• Commercial Law

    Commercial Law

    We are business people as much as we are lawyers. We will take care of the legal documents so you can confidently run your business.
    As your business grows, its risk profile and governance challenges will change. We partner with our clients over the long term to ensure they are in the driver’s seat for success.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    We are in your corner when the going gets tough. Having resolved over 6,500 disputes for business owners have seen it all before.

    Whether you need a skilled negotiator or a fearless litigator, we specialise in delivering commercial results when:

    Customers refuse to pay;
    Suppliers let you down; and
    Business Partners do the wrong thing.

  • Employment & Safety

    Employment & Safety

    The biggest challenge for any business owner, is managing their employees.

    A difficult employee can make you question why you got into business in the first place and be toxic to your team morale.

    We deliver proactive solutions to manage your team via employment contracts, policies and procedures as well as handling employment disputes when they arise.

  • Property & Construction

    Property & Construction

    Property is the key most wealth in Australia.  Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing property, you need a lawyer you can count on.

    We can advise on the whole property development process from obtaining finance to development approvals, construction and sale or leasing.

    We also act for the Master Builders Victoria and have extensive expertise in construction contracts and disputes.

  • Family Law

    Family Law

    At Taurus Legal Management we understand the unique challenges clients encounter during family disputes, especially when children are involved. Our family lawyers specialise in handling high-asset cases with a focus on protecting clients wealth, securing their family’s future, and safeguarding the best interests of their children.


Education Provider Fined $250,000 for Illegitimate Enrolments

An education provider, Captain Cook College, has recently faced the Federal Court for proceedings brought by the ACCC. Its director, Mr Cook, was slammed by the Court and ordered to pay $250,000 in penalties, a contribution towards the ACCC’s costs and prohibited from managing a company for 3 years.

This case is the latest of high-profile proceedings brought by the ACCC against education providers who took advantage of Commonwealth subsidies. Back in 2015, the government were providing incentives to education providers who signed up consumers in the VET FEE-HELP program.

In September 2015, Captain Cook College’s financial performance drastically improved. This was a direct result of it removing consumer safeguards from its enrolment and withdrawal process in its online courses. The ACCC claimed that during this time, the College enrolled students who were ‘vulnerable and disadvantaged’ and were unlikely to complete or receive a benefit from completing the course. From these consumers, a whopping 86% of them never even logged in to access the course material.

The Court found that this amounted to unconscionable conduct and making false or misleading representations. Interestingly, the College’s parent company and former chief operating officer are on the hook for being knowingly concerned with the change in process. Their penalties will be decided at a later date.

It’s expected that more cases will be brought by the ACCC against education providers who took advantage of the VET FEE-HELP program. Although this is the fourth case against a VET-FEE Help provider, more than 2.8 billion in VET FEE-HELP debt has been re-credited since 2019. This means there is still a lot of money for the government to recoup.

If you need advice regarding your obligations to your clients or are concerned that you have engaged in unconscionable conduct, please contact one of our experienced commercial lawyers at Taurus Legal Management on (03) 9481 2000 or info@tauruslawyers.com.au.

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