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  • 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

  • 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

  • New Defective Building Laws Come into Effect

    27 AUGUST 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    On 11 June 2020 the Parliament of NSW passed the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 which applies to building work, including residential buildings. The law was introduced following concerns raised about building defects and combustible cladding after reports of defects in high rise buildings. Read more

  • Strata Owner Wins Case But Forced To Pay Costs Of Owners’ Corporation

    27 JULY 2020 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    A man purchased one (1) car parking spot in a strata plan in Potts Point as an investment. Being close to the city, the car spot was highly valued, however getting a car into it required that the man drive over part of the common property, which was a garden. The owners' corporation did not approve of this and sought to prevent his movement over that part of the garden. This was first done by putting a metal chain across the edge of the garden, however the man removed the chain. In response to this, the owners' corporation decided to build a raised concrete garden bed to stop him. Read more

  • Court Awards Compensation for Missing a “Once-In-A-Lifetime Cruise”!

    21 JULY 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    Before the enormous disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the High Court heard a case dealing with the question of what happens when a planned tour holiday goes wrong or is not as advertised. Read more

  • Termination of Commercial Leases: Is the coronavirus a sufficient cause?

    02 APRIL 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    With all of the lockdowns and restrictions caused by the coronavirus crisis, many businesses are struggling and monthly rent in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars is often an expense they can no longer afford. The question then, is whether the coronavirus which has interrupted business revenue is also a sufficient reason for terminating a commercial lease or for the abatement or reduction of rent which would otherwise be payable. Read more

  • Court Finds "Helpful" Friend Guilty Of Manslaughter

    11 DECEMBER 2019 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    If you find yourself in a situation where you are with a vulnerable individual, it is essential that you consider the full impact of your actions, as you might face gaol time! Read more

  • New Drink Driving Laws Come into Effect

    19 NOVEMBER 2019 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    In late 2018 new drink driving rules were introduced. These new rules introduce harsher penalties and are part of a broader initiative by the NSW Government to reduce drink driving. Read more