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 [...]

Covid-19 and Residential Tenancies

By |2020-04-22T07:15:19+00:00April 17th, 2020|LEGAL NEWS, Uncategorized|

In a bid to ease the pressures being faced by residential Landlords and Tenants in the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, the NSW Government has passed a number of measures. For residential tenants in NSW, perhaps the most significant measure is a new amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act introducing the concept of a '6-month moratorium' for residential tenancies. For a period of 60 days, commencing 15 [...]

When is an Email Exchange Contractually Binding?

By |2019-02-28T22:42:55+00:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Many people aren’t aware that pre-contract negotiations conducted over email could amount to a legally binding contract. In recent years the Courts have ruled that email negotiations create binding contracts, regardless of whether a formal contract is ever signed. When negotiating via email, always proceed with care. The informal nature of an email does not prevent either party involved from enforcing an agreement reached via [...]

Ignoring your Partner’s request to finalise property matters

By |2019-02-28T22:41:56+00:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Separating from your partner is stressful and difficult however there are some matters that should be dealt with promptly. If your partner commences legal proceedings in order to finalise your property matters, ignoring their approaches in the hope that the dispute will resolve itself can seriously impact the outcome of your court proceedings. The Family Law Act requires full financial disclosure by each party when [...]

Family Law and Social Media

By |2019-02-28T22:41:04+00:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Social media is extremely popular as it allows you to easily connect with family and friends all over the world. What you may not be aware of is that what you post on social media may affect the outcome of your parenting proceedings. It is important to remember that the Family Court has allowed photos and other material published on social media platforms, such as [...]

Change to Fair Work legislation

By |2019-02-28T22:39:54+00:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

An important change has been made to Fair Work legislation affecting employers of casual employees Following the decision made in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131, the Fair Work Act Regulations 2009 (Cth) has been amended to protect employers from casual employees "double dipping" by receiving casual loading as well as entitlements due to permanent employees, such as paid annual leave. The new [...]

What is PEXA?

By |2019-02-28T22:38:50+00:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

PEXA (Property EXchange Australia) is an electronic platform for the settlement of conveyancing and other land related transactions. The types of transactions which can be effected on PEXA are sales and purchases, the lodgement of caveats, the granting and discharge of mortgages and refinance matters. There is a mandated timeline for these transactions to be effected electronically and PEXA is already the only way in [...]

10 Workplace Entitlements that Apply to all Employers

By |2019-02-28T22:37:04+00:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The National Employment Standards (NES) are 10 minimum terms of employment that apply to all employees in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). The 10 minimum workplace entitlements in the NES are: A maximum standard working week of 38 hours for full-time employees, plus ‘reasonable’ additional hours. A right to request fl exible working arrangements to care for a child under school age, [...]

Getting Divorced

By |2019-02-28T22:36:12+00:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

A divorce is the dissolving of a marriage and does not include the financial settlements or parenting agreements. In order to apply for a divorce you and your spouse must have been separated for twelve months and meet one of the following criteria: Be an Australian citizen. Have lived in Australia for 12 months before making an application. Be lawfully present in Australia and consider [...]

Bali Democracy Students Conference

By |2019-02-28T22:35:16+00:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Bali Democracy Students Conference (BDSC) is a student conference on democracy that was held earlier this month in Bali, Indonesia. Tristan Croft a Paralegal from our Bega Office was selected to attend. The theme of this years conference was "Democracy for Prosperity - Students Perspective". Around 137 students attended as guests of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. Tristan has prepared [...]

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