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How to protect your assets in a de facto relationship

Although a formal ceremony isn’t required to be in a de facto relationship, and different laws apply, they can still hold some of the same rights as a marriage. Because of this, assets held both jointly and solely by either person, regardless of when they were acquired, may mean that either person could receive a [...] Read More

4 Weird Australian Laws You’ve Almost Definitely Broken Without Realising

As a country descended from convicts, we are known for our larrikinism and our love of sending up those in authority. But did you know – you are probably just as in line for being sent over the seas as your ancestors? Here are four weird of Australian laws that are confirmed as being true, [...] Read More

Law & Order in the Real World: Miranda Rights

Everyone who has watched television for more than five minutes has seen a criminal with the cuffs slapped on and the police officer reading them their rights, lines that most of us can recite from memory just from TV: “You have the right to remain silent…” But how close is Law & Order to the [...] Read More

Australia’s Cash in Hand Economy: What you need to know

More than 5500 workers dobbed in their employer for paying cash in hand this last financial year, using the Australian Tax Office’s tip line. Over 95% made this report anonymously. The Australian Tax Office (hereafter, ATO) has estimated that across Australia, 1.6 million businesses are engaging in the practice for a variety of reasons, including [...] Read More

Wanting to oppose a development in your local area?

Part of buying your own home is selecting the neighbourhood you will live in, and the feel of the area and the local community.  With Melbourne’s population exploding, however, it’s no surprise that there is a push for bigger residential and commercial developments in even traditionally more outer suburbs.  If you have a concern about [...] Read More

Franchising – An Essential Guide

Should I start my own company or a franchise? Franchising can be an attractive concept for people looking to start their own small business with only a little business experience.  They offer a multitude of opportunities to grow and develop your own business and income, with the support that a large business provides, including an [...] Read More

Social Media and Defamation: A Lawyer’s Role

Social Media’s undeniable saturation and hold on daily life, the pressure of being abreast of a never-ending news cycle, and the desire of Social Media users to publish their opinions and thoughts is increasingly reflected in our courts. None is more noticeable than the rise of defamation cases resulting from online behaviour. The growth of [...] Read More

Employment Law – Vital to the Success of your Business

Throughout 2015, the Australian public has seen many companies come under fire for poor or unfair employment conditions, particularly regarding wages. Most notably, burger restaurant Grill’d faced public backlash after one employee was unfairly dismissed for bringing to light the outdated employment contract which did not meet the minimum legal requirements. In September, inspectors from [...] Read More

Domestic Violence – Could you imagine being Cross-Examined by your Abuser?

Did you know? One in six women in Australia have experienced violence by a current or past partner Many victims face barriers which prevent or discourage them from reporting the abuse PM Turnbull announced a package aimed at increasing support for at-risk women and children A loophole in the Family Law Act sees victims at [...] Read More

Bilingual Lawyers – Overcoming the Barriers to Legal Service

  In a recent article, Felicity Nelson identified the increased demand for bilingual lawyers in Australia. As Australian law firms globalise, there is more demand than ever for multilingual lawyers, however Nelson found that a shrinking number of Australian students are seeking to study a second language. Interestingly, despite the demand for bilingual lawyers being [...] Read More
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