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Posted by Ingrid McKellar General Property Law


A series of recent decisions in NSW courts and tribunals have drawn attention to a legal debarkle (mis-spelling intended) – if you are the owner-occupier of property in a residential strata plan, can the owners corporation ban you from keeping a pet at your property? The law is not as clear for such residents as […]

Posted by Ingrid McKellar General Property Law Wills and Estates


Pauperis v Pauperis, a recent decision from the NSW Supreme Court has considered when a person is deemed to have taken adverse possession of a property, and, when there are competing interests, which person will have better title at law. In the context of a dispute between brothers over their late mother’s estate, the court […]

Posted by Alice Willis General

Celeste Barber’s bush fire fundraiser demonstrates the complexities of Trusts Law

On Monday 25 May 2020, the Supreme Court of NSW upheld the long established principles of trust law which govern the use and distribution of trust money. In the high profile case relating to Celeste Barber’s bush fire appeal, the comedian established a Facebook fundraiser and nominated the Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service Brigade […]

Posted by Alice Willis General

Tips for Retirement Village Contracts

Retirement villages are mainly occupied by retired people aged over 55. The village usually consist of a residential complex which can also include other facilities depending on the level of care provided. Moving into a retirement village doesn’t have to be a difficult decision however there are certain rights and obligations surrounding retirement village contracts […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford General

Dividing fences: Who is responsible?

A dividing fence is a fence borders neighbouring properties along the common boundary, though it can sometimes lie on one property more than the other. In the ordinary course, each property owner will jointly own the dividing fence and be responsible for any modifications, repairs or alterations. There are some exceptions to this rule however. […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Business Law General

Know your rights: Unfair dismissal

If an employee has been unfairly dismissed from their regular employment, they may be eligible to make a claim with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) or Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) for unfair dismissal. An unfair dismissal claim may assist the employee to receive compensation or reinstatement of their employment. The relevant commission will consider whether […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Business Law General

Key steps to take when recovering debt

If an individual or business owes you money and they are refusing to pay, there are several options available for you to try and recover the debt. This is a common occurrence and may be an unfortunate consequence if you have lent money to a family member or friend, sold goods on credit, or are […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford General Wills and Estates

NSW comes first (FINALLY)! Regulations for electronic witnessing of documents in place

On Wednesday 22 April 2020, the NSW Government implemented the Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID-19 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020. The legislative response to COVID-19 permits electronic witnessing of estate planning documents, such as wills, powers of attorney, and enduring guardianship. The new regulation also allows affidavits, deeds, agreements, and statutory declarations to be witnessed via […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Family Law General

COVID-19: The risk of domestic violence during self-isolation

Many employees are working remotely as the strict COVID-19 protocols, such as self-isolation and social distancing, remain in place in Australia. Others may have been forced out of a job and are now enduring financial or psychological distress. Unfortunately, it is speculated that this may result in an increase of domestic abuse, putting those in […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Business Law General

COVID-19: New Emergency measures to protect tenancies

On Monday 13 April 2020, the NSW Government announced a funding boost and new emergency measures to protect tenancies. Land tax waivers In a further bid to encourage agreements on rent reductions, the Government has also allocated $440 million for land tax waivers or rebates for business and residential landlords. Landlords will be eligible for […]


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