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  • 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

  • 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