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Legal Action or Mercantile Agent?

February 17, 2017

When your business is not being paid for work that’s been completed or goods that have been delivered, do you think the next step is legal action? Do the costs of potential legal action mean that you are reluctant to engage a Lawyer? You don’t need to go to a Lawyer when you are in … Read more

Interview with dispute resolution Lawyer, Su-Ann Loh

January 30, 2017

Su-Ann Loh is the Director of Dispute Resolution at Lewis Holdway Lawyers & lawyer to Kearley Lewis, mercantile agency. In this interview, Su-Ann shares the issues that she most frequently comes across, as well as her tips on how to avoid having debt collection issues. Su-Ann works across both organisations within the Lewis Holdway community, and therefore … Read more

How can you be paid for providing the best education?>

December 1, 2016

Private education is a prestigious and well renowned institution of the Australian Education landscape. Parents have a sense of pride to know their children attend a private school. The sense of community and belonging is stronger. Unfortunately this form of education comes at a cost, and many parents are racking up unpaid debt for their … Read more

The 12 days of Christmas Cash Flow

November 11, 2016

We may not want to be reminded, but Christmas is just around the corner and we need to think about what this means for our cash flow. Whilst many SMEs will be at their busiest, the holiday period is also a time when cash flow can be at its tightest. It is worth doing some … Read more

Debt Collection: Top 3 Tips

Debt Collection: Top 3 Tips

September 23, 2016

Debt Collection: Top 3 Tips   1. Know your customer Always ask new customers for a signed credit application, and ensure they have provided you with an ABN. Undertake a credit check and cross check the details to the credit application. You want to make sure you know who you are dealing with and avoid … Read more

Three tips for Schools with unpaid school fees

September 19, 2016

Every parent chooses the best education they can for their children, and if they choose to send their children to a private school or college, they will make a choice so the school fees are within their budget at the time they make their decision. It happens to all of us at some stage in … Read more

Protecting Small Businesses from Unfair Contract Terms

August 29, 2016

Protecting Small Businesses from Unfair Contract Terms Are you a small business or is the party you trade with a small business; that is, an entity that employs fewer than 20 persons? If so, then you need to pay attention to the legal changes that will come into play on 12 November 2016. The changes … Read more

Debt recovery: keep your cash flow healthy

August 29, 2016

Debt recovery: keep your cash flow healthy We’re nearing the end of the first quarter of this financial year, and many of our business customers may have recently reviewed their debt recovery processes and procedures, to ensure they maintain a healthy cash flow and minimise potential bad debts throughout this year. When your business is … Read more

debt collection tips

Debt collection tips for SMEs

August 29, 2016

Debt collection tips for SMEs – position your business to get paid more quickly Whilst some business owners are reluctant to chase late payers for fear of losing their business relationships, it’s becoming increasingly important as we see evidence of larger businesses choosing to extend the time they take to pay their suppliers. The recovery … Read more