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Property transfers between married or de-facto couples: What if they are not Australian citizens?

Property transfers between married and de-facto couples occur regularly in NSW. Under section 104B of the Duties Act 1997 (NSW), these transfers qualify for an exemption of stamp duty provided it is the couple’s principal place of residence, and they enter onto the Title as joint tenants or tenants in common in equal shares. Transfers […]

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Key Money and Retail Leases

Retail leases are highly regulated in all Australian states and territories. As a result, landlords and tenants entering these types of legal arrangements should be aware of their legal rights and obligations under the terms of the lease. Key money may be requested when entering or renewing a retail lease, which essentially means a non-refundable […]

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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 […]

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What is Defamation?

Defamation occurs where someone distributes or publishes material which is harmful to a personal, professional, or business reputation. Such material will be deemed defamatory if content negatively affects the reputation of another, and it is offensive, inflammatory, or untrue. Defamatory material can take many forms, so long as it is published to another person, or […]

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The clock is ticking: Family law time limits for making claims

When a couple decides to separate, there is often a variety of issues and difficulties to endure, but it is important to remember that any claims for property and spousal maintenance must be actioned promptly. While there are no time limits for parties wishing to obtain parenting orders for children, there are limitations in place […]

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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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Directors Duties: Avoid Storm-y conditions

On 27 March 2020, the Federal Court handed down its decision in Cassimatis v Australian Securities and Investments Commission [2020] FCAFC 52 and held the principals of Storm Financial (Storm), Emmanuel and Julie Cassimatis, had breached their director’s duties. The Federal Court concluded that the pair breached their duties by failing to prevent their company […]

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COVID-19 Legal Update 9 April 2020

The Australian Government has recently implemented changes to legislation in response to COVID-19 and to help the economy withstand and recover from the economic impact of Coronavirus. While the new restrictions affect our day-to-day lives, the available relief attempts to alleviate strain caused to businesses and individuals. JobKeeper stimulus legislation Last night, the Australian Parliament passed […]

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“Beyond reasonable doubt”? Why the High Court quashed Pell’s convictions

On Tuesday 7 April 2020, the High Court unanimously acquitted George Pell of his convictions. However, the decision did not relate to if Pell committed the offences, and focussed on whether a decision made in the Court of Appeal was a miscarriage of justice. In other words, the High Court assessed the decision of the Court […]

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Cyber Security during COVID-19

It is important to remain vigilant against the risk of cyber-crime and scams which are attempting to take advantage of the current crisis. It is reported that there has been an increase of disguised health updates and available relief in circulation through emails, SMS messages and phone calls. These attacks use credible COVID-19 information as […]


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