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Legal Update: Changes to the Corporations Act 2001 assist businesses during COVID-19

On Wednesday 6 May 2020, the Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination (No. 1) 2020 (Cth) (the Determination) came into effect, modifying the operation of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) in response to COVID-19. The Determination will be repealed in 6 months but in the meantime, it will allow company officers to validly execute […]

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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. […]

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Recording partners in family law disputes

In most cases, it is an offence to secretly record a conversation with another person without their permission. However, as the development of technology nearly guarantees an audio or video recording device will be on most individuals at any given time (i.e. smartphones), there are frequent cases where a party has secretly documented interactions with […]

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Why is Home Warranty Insurance so important?

Home Warranty Insurance (HWI) is a statutory scheme to indemnify homeowners for loss or damage caused while undertaking residential building works in NSW. The Home Building Act 1989 provides statutory warranties against breaches contained in Part 2C of the Act and will hold builders and developers liable to front the costs for rectifying defective works. […]

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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 […]

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Does infidelity affect property settlements at the end of a relationship?

It can sometimes be a testing time for couples who are experiencing separation or divorce. Unfortunately, when the relationship ends due to infidelity it can be additionally complicated and emotionally driven. Clients may be concerned that they will be disadvantaged in the property settlement if they have been unfaithful, or conversely clients may be seeking […]

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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 […]

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What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

An Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) is someone who represents and promotes a child’s best interests throughout family law proceedings. An ICL is truly independent of the Court and enables a child to be involved in decision-making about parenting arrangements without influence from the parties. An ICL will consider the views of the child in conjunction […]

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COVID-19: What you need to know about early release superannuation

As we have previously blogged, the Government has released various stimulus packages in response to COVID-19 to help the economy withstand and recover from the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic. Unfortunately, many people will lose their jobs or have their income reduced as their regular work hours vary. To assist those in need, the Government […]

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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 […]


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