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Unfair contract terms reforms: are you ready?

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The reforms to the unfair contract terms regime, including the introduction of significant penalties, commence on 9 November 2023. Be prepared and ensure your contracts are compliant with our new checklist.

The Checklist, Application of the unfair contract terms regime and assessing whether a term is unfair is designed to assist businesses to determine whether a contract is subject to the unfair contract terms regime under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and assess whether the terms of the contract may be unfair. It also provides a checklist of considerations to assist businesses to implement a general contract risk management strategy to reduce the risk of contravening the unfair contract terms regime.

By Practical Law Commercial Team

Practical Law Australia’s expert legal writers have practical expertise gained from some of the country's leading law firms and corporate legal departments, including Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and more. They understand the pressure to deliver timely and cost effective legal advice, which is why Practical Law’s fully maintained practice notes, precedents, drafting notes and checklists offer clear and concise know-how with a practical perspective.

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