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  • 9 Things Your Business Needs to Know About Cybercrime!

    23 NOVEMBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    Cybercrime represents a major threat to all businesses. Here are the top 9 things to consider with respect to cybercrime. Read more

  • How Should Your Business React to Employees Who Push the Boundaries with their Jokes at Work ?

    17 NOVEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    In a recent case involved an employee of an oil refinery. The oil refinery’s management was in the process of negotiating a new pay deal with staff. The negotiations had been going for over two years without reaching an agreement. Read more

  • Charged With A Drink Driving Offence? We May Be Able To Give You A Second Chance!

    03 NOVEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    Recently, a 19 year old man drank three (3) beers one evening, drove home a few hours later and was pulled over by the police. When breathalysed he was found to be slightly over the drink driving limit and was charged with a drink driving offence. He pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced but kept his driving license, and kept his clean criminal record. How? Read more

  • Can You Be Held Liable for Industrial Manslaughter?

    27 OCTOBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    As a business owner you will be aware that you must provide a safe work environment. Recently, new laws have been introduced in QLD, Vic, the NT and the ACT relating to industrial manslaughter. These laws mean that the operators of businesses in those states and territories can be held criminally liable for the death of their employees at work. Read more

  • Does Your Business Supply a Big Business? You Need to Know About the Proposed “Payment Times Laws”

    20 OCTOBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    For your business to survive and thrive you must understand the importance of cashflow. Cashflow is greatly affected by the time you give your customers to pay your invoices. Whilst it is common for businesses to give 30-day payment terms, it is often the case that big businesses impose payment terms of 60, 90 or 120 days. As small business owners generally want to have big businesses as customers, they have little choice but to agree, even though it will adversely impact on their cash flow. As a consequence, your business could be profitable, but ultimately destroyed by poor cashflow. Read more

  • Can You Be Held Liable for the Comments of Others on Your Social Media Post?

    13 OCTOBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    In a recent case, there was a young Aboriginal man who had been in and out of youth detention since he was 11 years old. Whilst in detention the man was particularly violent with staff and others, with some victims requiring hospitalisation. Years later there was significant media coverage of the boy’s treatment whilst in detention. It was disclosed that he had been thrown into his cell, threatened, restrained and generally mistreated in a heavy-handed manner. Read more

  • Disputes within Strata Plans Are Best Resolved Informally!

    29 SEPTEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    The owners in a block of units in Manly faced a significant problem. All the residents’ mailboxes were located in a communal mail room. Each mailbox had a lock. The strata managers received reports of break-ins in the communal mail room by gangs stealing mail. The chairman of the owners’ corporation believed that as a result of residents’ failure to keep the mailboxes locked, criminal gangs were able to produce a master key. The chairman of the owners’ corporation emailed all residents asking them to make sure their mailboxes were locked. Read more

  • Self-Representing In the Family Court? Think Again!

    25 SEPTEMBER 2020 FAMILY LAW & DE FACTO RELATIONSHIPS LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    A recent family law case saw a husband and wife both decide to deal with their property settlement without engaging lawyers. The couple were struggling to deal with a complex financial situation, with multiple businesses and financial interests between them. Read more

  • 8 Things You Need to Know About Your Customers’ Right to a Refund

    15 SEPTEMBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    If your business supplies goods or services then generally the Australian Consumer Law will have an impact on your obligations to your customers. Read more

  • Think Carefully and Get Advice Before You Resort to a “Self-Help” Remedy to Your Property Dispute!

    08 SEPTEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    A few years ago, a builder purchased a property in a regenerated suburb. He intended to knock down the existing house and build on it a large new house for his family. Read more