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Making Custodian Pty Ltd v CBRE (C) Pty Ltd QSC 80. It is important to note, when dealing with legally binding contracts, that...

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Foreign resident capital gains withholding payments – impacts on foreign and Australian residents Following on from our previous article regarding...

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Monday, September 18, 2017Overseas travel and separated parents.

Overseas Travel and Separated Parents Holiday arrangements for children, including a parent taking a child overseas, are a common topic...

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Thursday, April 27, 2017Five Steps to freedom

Is your relationship strained beyond repair? Not sure what your options are? Confused, will it be costly, how can I protect myself, how...

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Changes to Retail Shop Leasing Bill in Queensland   Background On 10 May 2016 the Retail Shop Leases Amendment Bill...

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New tax to apply on property sold over $2m to foreign residents Introduction The Australian Government has recently passed new legislation pertaining to the withholding...

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Recent reforms to the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 will improve personal safety in domestic dwellings by imposing strict requirements for the installation...

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New change to the First Home Owners’ Grant The Queensland Government has introduced the Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant, formerly...

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The Australian Government has recently passed new legislation pertaining to the withholding tax on payments for the disposal of taxable Australian property.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016Independent Contractors

Independent Contractors A recent Federal Court decision in the case of SBA Music Pty Ltd v Hall (No 3) ...

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Buyers Wanting To Add Other Names To A Contract We have on occasion seen clients who are unable to obtain...

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When can my child decide where they want to live? A frequently asked question by separated parents is “when can...

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Thursday, April 14, 2016Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common

Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common would be the legal jargon that buyers will hear when they purchase a property together....

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There is a common misconception that if you are married you do not need a Will because your assets will pass to your spouse....

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As our lives get more complex, it's only common sense that so too will our estate planning. For people who have a business or...

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Shareholder’s Agreement is a contract between two or more partners that outlines the funding, structure and management of a business and its owners. It...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016Retirement Village Units Tips and Traps

One of the biggest factors to consider when deciding to move into a retirement village unit is the costs of the unit you intend...

Dispute with Your Franchisor

Often clients having bought into a franchise with little upfront advice will contact us raising questions as to the ability of the franchisor to...

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Sold Under Market Value: The Duties of Mortgagee A 2013 decision of the NSW Supreme Court reminds mortgagors and those exercising powers of sale...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015The Great Start Grant

The Great Start Grant First Home Owners Grant The Great Start Grant is a Queensland Government initiative designed to help...

First Home Owners

Monday, October 26, 2015First Home Owners & Stamp Duty

First Home Owners & Stamp Duty What You Need to Know About Stamp Duty if You are a First Home...

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Foreign Persons and the law requiring acquiring property in Australia Recently we have had clients who are married and live...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015Do you have the right to a view?

Do you have the right to a view? COLLARD v BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL QPEC 62 Do you have the...

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Tuesday, August 11, 20152015 Proposed WorkCover Changes

2015 Proposed WorkCover Changes The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 was introduced into Parliament on 15 July 2015. The Bill...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015Unfair Dismissal Case

Unfair Dismissal Case Keenan v Leighton Contractors is a case whereby, a team leader told a board member to “F*** off”, repeatedly proposing to...

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Contracts are legally binding documents – it’s important whose name is on them! Taheri v Vitek is a case surrounding the appellant wife and...

House in the trees

Get Your Commission on the Day of Settlement Would you like your commission paid direct to your bank account on the day of settlement? Hatzis...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015Electronic Conveyancing is Here

Electronic Conveyancing is Here All Lawyers will soon be able to prepare title documents and settle residential Conveyancing matters electronically using the National Word...

employee dismissal

When workplace issues arise, it is usual for some negativity to build between the two parties causing tension between them and for one...

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Can a Trade Union Enter My Workplace? A client has recently come to us with issues regarding Trade Unions entering onto construction sites without...

In this podcast, George Hatzis discusses both the advantages and complexities of “prenups,” or as they’re commonly referred, “binding financial...

Driving efficiency in your business is a key objective and with it, comes the search to find new ways of getting...

When it comes to establishing a business, there’s a lot in it. It’s not unusual that new business owners in...

Monday, July 6, 2015How to Start Estate Planning

When and how do you start thinking about making sure that those who you love are taken care of in...

Monday, July 6, 2015Why You Need an Up to Date Will

Have you ever wondered what happens if you or someone you love passes away without having a will, or an up to date...

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015Employee redundancy checklist

Employee redundancy checklist If you have recently been made redundant and feel you have been unfairly dismissed, please answer the following questions to see...

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Manager who Hits Employee Sacked, but Court has Another View. An interesting case in South Australia last week, with the...

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Monday, May 4, 2015Getting Paid

Getting Paid Does your business struggle to chase up overdue client payments? Do you find yourself wasting your day following...

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The Importance of Strictly Wording Binding Documents We recently acted in an estates matter where the deceased had nominated his...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015A Guide to Buying your Home

A Guide to Buying your Home In December 2014, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland issued the Tenth Edition of...

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Testamentary Capacity and Making a Will Our Estates team at Hatzis Lawyers deal with a wide range of Wills and...

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Thursday, April 2, 2015Agents Commission

Agents Commission It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that an agent who locates a buyer and brings about an unconditional...

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A recent decision of the full court of the Family Court of Australia determined a case involving a husband and wife married for 22...

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Tuesday, September 9, 201412 extra reasons to use Hatzis Lawyers

We can’t comment on what other solicitors will do with their fees, but we can tell you what we will do for you! Do other...

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Making sure you get your contract right the first time Commonly some of the problems we see home buyers make...

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The cheapest part of any legal transaction is at the beginning. One of the most important things we tell our...

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Increased risk of legal action for employers disregarding mental health. It appears that employers may not be responding to the...

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Don’t sign an REIQ contract unless we see it first! Our firm has been thriving for nearly 30 years, and...

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Distribution of possessions after divorce: How we can help. Divorce is a very stressful process. After a divorce you are juggling...

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Things to consider before signing a commercial lease When organising a commercial lease agreement, it is important that you take...

estate_planning

Things to keep in mind when planning your estate. As you get older, it is important to begin to plan your estate to both...

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Baden-Clay convicted two years after Allison’s death. Finally, it is over. Two years after the death of Allison Baden-Clay, her husband...

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Laws Regarding Compensating Abusive Parents to be Reviewed. The Victorian Government has been involved in two cases in the past...

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Disassociating from a Criminal Gang. As of 1st July, particular industries have amended their licensing requirements so that active members of...

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Sports Clubs’ Should Review Anti-Doping Initiatives. Recently we have acted on behalf of a sporting club in reviewing their anti-doping...

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Fairness in the Workplace: Accusations and Liability Part 2 As introduced in article one, the amendment, related to the simplistic approach to streamlining a...

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Fairness in the Workplace: Accusations and Liability: Part 3. Part 3 – Deemed liability provisions’   This third and final provision provides a direct liability definition of...

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Fairness in the Workplace: Accusations and Liability Part 1. Part 1 - Fairness across the board in workplace accusations and corporate liability.   Queensland has passed...

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Legal Action Taken to Prevent Dumping in Barrier Reef. The Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) will be defending the dumping of dredge...

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Controversial Police Sting Tactic Under Legal Question. A police tactic used in the capture of several high-profile killers, including that of the late Daniel Morcombe, is...

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Movement on father’s overnight access, balance between parents suggested. Family Law principles relied upon by Courts and Lawyers regarding separated fathers having their children...

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Withholding Information when Selling a House may cost you. We have recently been consulted for advice by a real estate agent who has run...

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Are you eligible for the First Home Owners Grant? When you buy or build your first home, you may be eligible for a $15,000 grant...

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Reviewing A Binding Financial Agreement is Essential! When a client calls us about reviewing a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) an extensive review of a...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014“Walk In Walk Out” Contracts

"Walk In Walk Out" Contracts. When you’re buying or selling a business what does walkin-walkout really mean   The standard REIQ Business Contract provides and asks...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014The Importance of Reviewing Contracts

We have written previously on this website about the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 and the wide ranging implications that its introduction had...

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Planning for the Future of a Disabled Child. Options for parents or grandparents (or even siblings) with a child with...

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Hatzis Lawyers Receives Sci Qual International's Bronze Award.   Hatzis Lawyers has been presented with Sci Qual International's Quality Management Bronze award in honour of...

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The Problems with Changing Between Real Estate Agencies. If you’re about to sell a property, there is a nasty trap you need to be...

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Monday, February 17, 2014A New Light Shed on Employee Dismissal

A New Light Shed on Employee Dismissal. Steri-Flow Filtration Systems (Aust) Pty Ltd v Craig Erskine (2013) sheds a new light on the dismissal...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014How to Lose Your Commission

How to Lose Your Commission. Once you sign the contract, the problem is YOURS! Before you buy a property, whether it is land or a...

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The importance of your Will when you have children under 18. A will is extremely important to have in place...

casual_employee

Dismissal of a casual employee, Be Warned Employers. In a recent case an Employer was guilty of unfairly dismissing a casual employee.   The Employee was...

diy_will_kits

Why “Will-kits” are not cheap alternatives. A Will-kit or a home-made Will appears to be a good bargain costing only approximately $20 or $30...

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Self-Managed Superannuation Funds – Compliance. The Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”) has extremely strict rules for self-managed superannuation funds (“SMSFs”). If...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014Injuries that Force Cessation of Work

Injuries that Force Cessation of Work. Have you been injured? Did you sustain any injuries? Do you have superannuation? Are you unable to return to your...

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Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones would have been shocked (to say the least) at the penultimate episode for Season 3. Robb Stark's broken...

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The Family Court of Australia's View on Child Abuse The Family Court of Australia’s paramount objective is to consider ALL circumstances involved to decide...

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Thursday, August 15, 2013Are Your Contractors Really Employees?

Are Your Contractors Really Employees? Many businesses wish to mobilize their staff to Contractors rather than hire as employees. George...

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High Court Distributes Husband’s Property Against Will. A recent High Court decision has controversially opened the “floodgates” in deciding that...

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What is the definition of a Criminal Organisation? At the heart of the common law tradition is “a method of...

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I do not speak or read English. Can I still make a Will? A will can be made for non-English...

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What is a Testamentary Discretionary Trust? A Testamentary Discretionary Trust is a special form of trust incorporated in your Will....

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013What is a Statutory Will?

What is a Statutory Will? A statutory will is a will made by the Supreme Court for a  person who...

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Challenging a Will or Deceased’s Estate Types of Challenges An estate may be challenged on the following: the deceased did...

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Not all assets of a deceased person are available for distribution to beneficiaries, why not? Jointly owned property Jointly owned...

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I have been appointed as an Executor. What do I need to do? Executor’s Role An executor is the person...

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Who is responsible for funeral expense payment? It is the executor’s right and responsibility to organise the funeral and funeral...

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My relative died without a valid Will. What should I do?   The intestacy laws list out who is to receive...

superannuation

Thursday, July 25, 2013Superannuation and My Will

Superannuation and My Will. Do you know that superannuation does not automatically fall within your estate assets available for distribution...

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Winding back the clock on Human Rights: the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 The Federal Government recently released a draft exposure Bill titled...

Thursday, July 25, 2013Rebels Bikie Gang Under Scrutiny

The Serious and Organised Crime Coordination Committee (SOCCC) has formed a national task force incorporating 14 national law enforcement agencies to investigate the...

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Personal Properties Securities Act: Importance of Registration. As part of our ongoing commitment to our subscribers to update them as to new developments in...

probate

What is the difference between a Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration? The Estates Solicitors at Hatzis Lawyers Sunnybank...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013Conveyancing: Time is of the Essence

Conveyancing: Time is of the Essence The vast majority of residential conveyances in Queensland are conducted using the REIQ Standard...

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Justice Must Be Seen to be Done, as Well as Done: UK Court of Appeal The Court of Appeal for the United Kingdom has...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013The Land Title Act and Leasing

The Land Title Act and Leasing In Queensland, interests as to land rights are governed by the Land Title Act 1994 (Qld).   That Act (replacing...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013Misdiagnosis and the Law

Misdiagnosis and the Law We recently read about detrimental effects that a misdiagnosis of terminal cancer (insofar that the patient...

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Brisbane Solicitors, Hatzis lawyers, say that buying a home can be a very stressful process. There are numerous pressures on even experienced buyers, especially in...

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Daughter Ordered to Live With “Sperm Donor” Father The Federal Magistrates Court has Ordered that a 7 year old girl...

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The Pitfalls of Transferring Property without finalising a Separation Agreement. It is vitally important that, after separation, legal advice is sought to effectively cut...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013Contesting a Will

Contesting a Will. A legal will may still be contested according to the laws of Queensland in a number of...

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The Importance of Having an Enduring Power of Attorney.   Many people assume that having a Will is the main focus of any personal asset...

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Google Sued for Deceiving Statements In early February, the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in Google Incorporated v the Australian Competition...

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Once you sign the contract, the problem is YOURS! CONVEYANCING NEWS   March 2013   Once you sign the contract, the problem is YOURS!   Before you buy a property,...

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How to Choose a Testamentary Guardian for your Child What is a Testamentary Guardian? A Testamentary Guardian is a person...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012Facebook in the Workplace: An Update

Facebook in the Workplace: An Update We recently reported on some recent decisions of Fair Work Australia in relation to the importance of a...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012TDT Will Benefits

TDT Will Benefits  On 1 July 2012, the government increased the tax free threshold from $6,000.00 to $18,200.00. This means that testamentary discretionary trusts created...

New Superannuation Guarantee Laws Laws introduced make directors personally liable for their company’s unpaid Super guarantee charge. Companies have been given two weeks to...

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Monday, November 12, 2012Facebook in the Workplace

Facebook in the Workplace In two recent cases handed down by Fair Work Australia, the dangers of mixing social media...

In Howard v Commissioner of Taxationi FCAFC 149, the Federal Court had to determine whether equitable damages Howard had recieved were assessable...

Monday, November 12, 2012Social Networking and the Family Court

The Chief Justice of the Family Court is urging the Federal Government to regulate the use of social networking sites such as Facebook,...

The Federal Court has critisized ACM Group for abusing and blackmailing people according to the Sydney Morning Herald.  ACM was found to have...

Friday, October 19, 2012Child Disability Trust

Special trusts for relatives with disability If you have a child or relative you care for with a severe disability then you may be...

Yes, we recommend that you do. A Building and Pest Inspection Report can help you identify any structural faults or defects in the property...

Are you Ready for PPSA? In 2009, the government passed new legislation called the Personal Property Securities Act (“PPSA”) which has only come into...

In a move that sent Australian legislatures reeling, the High Court handed down three rather controversial decisions on Thursday, 11th November 2010, which...

Monday, October 17, 2011Guarantee Advice – Fixed Fee Service

We recommend our clients do their homework before committing to going guarantor for another party. Bank documents are very detailed and therefore it is...

Recent changes to the Body Corporate and Community Management Act (BCCMA) in April of this year have made it compulsory for owner’s registering...

Using a standard Business contract - considerations regarding employees when buying an existing business. When purchasing an existing Business an important factor to take...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011Unfair Contract Terms

From 1 July 2010 new trade practices legislation has been introduced regarding unfair contract terms in standard form consumer contracts. These changes will...

In 2009, the Commonwealth Parliament enacted the Personal Property Securities Act 2009, replacing more than 70 pieces of legislation Australia wide and several...

Thursday, May 5, 2011Retail Shop Leases Act

Recent amendments to the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 have made provisions commonly known as ‘ratchet’ rent provisions void in any lease for...

We have recently seen clients who saw us seeking advice concerning defective building works in relation to a building contract which involved the...

Following the recent inundations throughout most of the State, insurance companies will start to receive the numerous claims that people will be lodging...

Thursday, April 7, 2011Competition and Consumer Act 2010

In 2010 the Commonwealth Labor Government introduced amendments to the existing Trade Practices Act. As part of those changes the Act was renamed...

In a move that sent Australian legislatures reeling, the High Court handed down three rather controversial decisions on Thursday, 11th November 2010, which...

In a move that sent Australian legislatures reeling, the High Court handed down three rather controversial decisions on Thursday, 11th November 2010, which...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010Google to Pay Libel Damages

Reuters has reported that the Superior Court of France has ordered Google Inc to pay 5,000 euro to a man claiming that searching...

Thursday, August 26, 2010Collection of Keys on settlement

Can you arrange to collect the keys? Absolutely. It is our usual practice to have the keys left at the Real Estate Agent’s Office...

Thursday, August 26, 2010Prior Inspection – Do you need one?

Yes. We recommend you do one on the day of settlement. The standard terms and conditions of the Contract only allow one inspection by...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010The Importance of having a Signed Will

The Importance of having a Signed Will. It is every executors nightmare – finding out that the will they need...

The High Court in Bamford v Federal Commissioner for Taxation has caused ripples in the approach as to the treatment of income by...

Thursday, July 29, 2010Discrimination in the Workplace

It is a cardinal rule of Industrial Relations that an employer is never to discriminate against an employee. What most employers fail to...

For those concerned with trust law, the High Court’s ruling in Bamford v Federal Commissioner for Taxation is the first definitive decision to...

Thursday, July 29, 2010Division 7A Loans

The Commissioner for Taxation has released a ruling on what is classed as Div 7A loans in dealings between a private company and...

Under the Rudd Government’s new Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), a person is protected from being dismissed where the provisions of s 382...

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Business Purchases – What do you get for your money? Purchasing an existing business can sometimes be a stressful exercise. Questions such as “what...

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Dissolving a partnership? Some important things to know   We commonly provide advice to individuals operating small to medium sized businesses in partnership with others....

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