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  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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