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Restrictions on claims in quantum meruit – the decision in Peter Mann & Anor v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd HCA 32

By |2021-04-21T00:08:25+00:00April 15th, 2021|COMMERCIAL LAW|

The High Court's recent decision in Peter Mann & Anor v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd HCA 32 has limited the circumstances in which a builder can bring a claim in quantum meruit. A claim by a builder or other contractor in quantum meruit is a claim for the reasonable value of work done. Prior to the decision in Mann v Paterson, if a builder chose [...]

What Is An Advance Care Directive?

By |2021-04-21T00:29:51+00:00April 15th, 2021|ESTATE LAW|

An Advance Care Directive is a written statement of your wishes for your future health care. It comes into effect only if you are incapable of making health care decisions for yourself or communicating your wishes. Why make an advance care directive? You may have already appointed an Enduring Guardian to make decisions about your personal care and to give formal consent to medical treatment [...]

What can I do? My elderly mum/dad has a new partner and I am worried they will be taken advantage of

By |2021-03-31T04:00:52+00:00March 31st, 2021|FAMILY LAW|

This concern is often expressed to us by clients who have been assisting their parent to manage their financial and health affairs.  A combination of factors has combined to heighten this concern and among them are: People are living longer;There is a greater acceptance of, and tendency to form, new romantic relationships late in life; andThe enormous increase in value of most residential properties has [...]

The upcoming reforms to Unfair Contract Terms legislation

By |2021-03-31T04:00:19+00:00March 31st, 2021|COMMERCIAL LAW, LEGAL NEWS|

Since 2010, the Australian Consumer Lawhas provided protection for consumers and small businesses against unfair contract terms (UCTs) contained in standard form contracts. In November 2020, following consultation with the public, legislators announced a further strengthening of the UCT protections. The UCT protections will continue to apply only to standard form contracts issued to consumers and small businesses. What are unfair contracts? A term contained [...]

PPSR: Relevance to Individuals and Businesses

By |2021-02-26T05:09:14+00:00February 24th, 2021|COMMERCIAL LAW|

What is the PPSR? The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) is the official government register of security interests in personal property.  When a person or business borrows money or purchases personal property on credit terms (such as a car or items of stock), the debt secured by that property is registered on the PPSR.  The register acts as an online public noticeboard detailing all registered [...]

Family Courts Establish Priority List

By |2021-02-26T05:08:23+00:00February 23rd, 2021|FAMILY LAW, LEGAL NEWS|

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have established a priority list to deal with urgent family law matters. The list was originally set to run for a number of months during the height of the pandemic but has been expanded to help address urgent cases continuing to arise that are directly affected or escalated by issues related to the [...]

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 [...]