Fox & Staniland are committed to respecting the privacy of information about individuals.
We are bound by the National Privacy Principles under the Privacy Act 1988 and other laws which protect privacy.
We must only collect personal information that is necessary for our functions and activities. For example, we may collect personal information to provide our legal services or other associated services, such as training and consulting. We may also collect personal information about individuals seeking employment with us.
In certain circumstances we may collect sensitive information or health information about you. We will only collect this information if you provide it voluntarily, consent to us collecting it or we are otherwise authorised by law to do so.
If we are not provided with personal information that we request, we may not be able to fully provide our services to you.
Irrespective of whether personal information is stored electronically or in hard copy form, we take reasonable steps to protect the personal information we hold from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
In a recent case a husband and wife were trying to have children by IVF. Five embryos were produced. One of the embryos was successfully implanted and the wife gave birth to a child. The remaining four embryos were frozen. Read more
As our lives increasingly move to “online digital platforms”, it is becoming more important to help your executor access your “digital assets” after you die. Digital assets include social media accounts, shopping accounts, bank or investment account details, entertainment collections, gambling accounts, and the like. Read more
In a recent Supreme Court case a man negotiated to purchase a property. It was agreed that the deposit was to be paid in two installments. Therefore, the contract included a clause that specified that the first installment was payable on exchange of contracts, and the second installment was to be paid "on the 4th month after the contract date". Read more
There was a man and woman who married and had a child. When the child was two years old, the mother and father decided to divorce. Their behaviour during the divorce was respectful. The period after the divorce was described as “harmonious”. It appeared as though the divorce had gone smoothly, and all parties could start their new lives. Read more