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Proposed Merger of The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

By |2021-01-14T01:57:35+00:00January 13th, 2021|FAMILY LAW|

Why is the Government looking to merge the two courts? The Government is proposing a change the current structure of the Family Court system – which currently operates in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia.  The Government wants to unify the two separate courts into would become the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. Under the outlined system [...]

Importance of an exit clause in a Shareholders Agreement

By |2021-01-14T02:07:44+00:00January 13th, 2021|COMMERCIAL LAW|

What is a shareholder agreement? Properly drafted shareholders agreements provide a clear framework of agreed principles across a range of issues. The owners of a business operated by a company should execute a shareholders agreement as soon as possible and preferably before commencement of trade. Shareholders agreements provide various benefits throughout the establishment and operation of a business, covering important issues such as who can [...]

Employee Classification: Permanent v Casual v Contractor

By |2020-12-11T02:41:42+00:00December 11th, 2020|COMMERCIAL LAW|

The distinction between contractors, permanent employees and casual employees is a vital but often overlooked part of running a business. To ensure a business' legal obligations towards employees are met, it is critical that team members are classified and documented correctly. What is a permanent employee? A permanent employee is usually engaged under an employment contract or Award as either part-time or full-time, and has [...]

Consent and Sexual Offences

By |2020-12-11T02:41:49+00:00December 11th, 2020|CRIMINAL LAW|

What are sexual offences? Sexual offences are sexual activities carried out on one person without their consent. They are offences of a very serious nature which make the victim feel frightened, threatened and often suffer long-lasting effects. In criminal proceeding involving sexual offences against an adult the question of consent is often integral to the case.  That is whether the other person (complainant) had consented [...]

Ribbon Day 2020 – Walk For Respectful Relationships

By |2020-11-11T00:50:54+00:00November 11th, 2020|NEWS|

On Friday, 20 November 2020 our office is supporting White Ribbon Day and participating in the Walk for Respectful Relationships. Having a large family law practice serving Sydney and the NSW South Coast for 50 years we are well aware of the impact on society that domestic violence has and the need to address this through both education and support. We are always here to [...]

Estate Planning: Proprietary Estoppel & Wills

By |2020-11-04T22:19:52+00:00November 4th, 2020|ESTATE LAW|

The very recent case of Moore v Aubusson [2020] NSWSC 1466 illustrates the dangers of not making your testamentary plans clear and in writing during your lifetime. It was found that a verbal promise made by Ms Barbara Murphy (deceased) to her neighbours prior to her death substantially supplanted the contents of her Will. The promise resulted in the transfer of two properties on Louisa [...]

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Exemption for Granny Flats

By |2020-11-04T04:34:07+00:00November 4th, 2020|PROPERTY LAW|

Expected to start from 1 July 2021, a homeowner will no longer have to pay capital gains tax “CGT” for the creation, variation or termination of a formal written granny flat arrangement that accommodates the elderly, typically family members or people with disabilities. A principal place of residence is exempt from CGT, whereas investment properties are subject to tax on any capital gains on sale [...]

What happens to my children if I die? – Appointing a testamentary guardian

By |2020-10-14T22:13:46+00:00October 14th, 2020|FAMILY LAW|

What is a testamentary guardian? A testamentary guardian is someone who is appointed to provide daily care and responsibility for your children and to make decisions about your children's long term care, welfare and development in the event that one or both of the child's parents pass away.  A testamentary guardian generally has the same types of powers, rights and duties as a natural parent [...]

The Preparation of Evidence for Use in Sentencing in NSW Under Section 21 of The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act

By |2020-10-14T22:08:34+00:00October 14th, 2020|CRIMINAL LAW|

What is the content of Section 21? Section 21 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act, 1999, gives power to the court to reduce the term of imprisonment or the fine payable by an offender. The section gives the court discretion to award a sentence that is less severe than the maximum penalty. When does the court use section 21 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act, [...]

The Enforcability of a Verbal Agreement

By |2020-09-09T01:52:57+00:00September 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|

What are verbal agreements? A contract is an agreement entered by two or more persons with the intention of being legally bound. Verbal agreements are agreements made between persons based on spoken words. In order to be legally binding, a verbal agreement must have all the necessary features of a contract, including: Valid offer and acceptance of the terms of contractIntention to create a legally [...]