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  • Disobedient Employees? You Could be Responsible for Their Actions!

    01 MARCH 2022 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    An employer was involved in providing apprenticeship opportunities to young workers. The company engaged a 16-year-old high school student for work experience to see if it would take him on as an apprentice. The student was keen and seemed to show potential. Read more

  • Family Court Orders Mother Not to Leave Australia!

    21 FEBRUARY 2022 FAMILY LAW & DE FACTO RELATIONSHIPS LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    In a recent case a man met a woman who had moved to Australia temporarily from Belgium. They fell in love quickly and shortly had a child together. The father had lived in Australia his entire life, whereas the mother had lived in Belgium her whole life, and all her family were still situated there. The mother worked full time as a professional for an international firm. Read more

  • Many Strata Reports Should Be Discarded!

    14 FEBRUARY 2022 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    Only in extraordinary circumstances should a purchaser of a strata property (whether residential or commercial) proceed to exchange contracts or bid at an auction without first reading a written report on the affairs of the owners’ corporation. But beware! These days they are often provided by the vendor, or their selling agent. Do you see a problem? Read more

  • Can your Business Effectively Protect Its Interests?

    17 JANUARY 2022 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    Restraint of Trade Clauses can also be applied between businesses. This is often the case when one business is split into two businesses, or in Joint Venture Agreements where two businesses agree to co-operate on a project. A recent NSW Supreme Court Case involving flower wholesalers has shown how Restraint of Trade Clauses will not always be enforced by Courts. Read more

  • Could You be Liable for the Risks of an Intruder?

    13 JULY 2021 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    In a recent case, a landlord owned and operated a large shopping centre. The landlord engaged a security company to provide security for the premises. This security company sub-contracted the responsibilities to another security company who employed a man to guard the shopping centre. This man was made familiar with various manuals which covered his role and outlined responses to specific incidents like armed persons and robberies. Read more

  • Why you should prepare a clear written agreement

    01 JUNE 2021 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    Not having a properly drafted contract is risky, particularly when the good faith on which the relationship was built disappears, and the relationship ends. That is when a clear and concise written agreement, which sets out the rights and obligations of the parties, is invaluable. Read more

  • Using Secret Recordings as Evidence? Think again!

    11 MAY 2021 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION FAMILY LAW & DE FACTO RELATIONSHIPS

    In a recent case a husband and wife had two young children. The husband and wife separated. During the process of separation, the husband and wife began a long dispute over parenting. Following a serious motorbiking accident the husband was hospitalised for three months and the children stayed with the mother the whole time. Read more

  • Can Your Business Make Vaccines Compulsory?

    08 MARCH 2021 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for use in Australia. The question of whether these vaccines can be made compulsory for employees will be important. A recent case may give some guidance. Read more

  • Life Insurance Denied Due to Failure to Disclose!

    19 JANUARY 2021 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING

    In 2014 a man took out life insurance. He named his de facto partner as the beneficiary of the policy. In his application he had claimed to be a healthy individual who did not take drugs, and who lead a healthy lifestyle. The policy was for $2,625,000.00. Read more

  • Court Orders Person to Sell House After Divorce Settlement!

    15 DECEMBER 2020 FAMILY LAW & DE FACTO RELATIONSHIPS LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    A man and woman had been married to each other for many years. In 1997 a family home was purchased under the husband’s sole name. In 2000 the husband and wife separated, and the husband transferred half of the ownership of the home into his wife’s name. Following this, the husband and wife informally agreed that the husband would transfer his remaining one-half interest in the family home to the wife, making her the sole owner of the family home. Read more