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Left out of a Will, want to put it right?

Where’s there’s a Will, there’s sometimes a Way – to upturn it. Karl Lagerfield died last month.  According to Le Figaro, his cat Choupette was to inherit a good bit of his estimated $300 million fortune.  She’s no retiring feline, this one, she has her own Instagram account.  Here is an image of Choupette with […]

NO SATISFACTION FOR QUEENSLAND CLUB OWNERS

The issue of whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor is relevant for many business risks.  These include the risk of employee-type claims for unfair dismissal or award wages, of the obligation to remit PAYG withholding tax amounts to the ATO, and of claims by revenue collectors in the states and territories for […]

Going Up: Buying high rise strata just got better, or did it?

The Opal Tower failure in Homebush Bay has heightened fears about high rise residential building defects.  Only last year the combustible cladding drama resulted in new laws  http://www.cml.com.au/a-cladding-tinderbox-will-your-high-rise-insulate-or-immolate/  and from 22 February 2019 all residential apartment owners must have checked for external combustible cladding and if affected, registered with the NSW Government Now, post- Opal, the […]

Proposed Changes to the NSW Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme

The Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Building Defects Scheme) Bill 2018 was assented to in September 2018 and should come into effect later this year once proclaimed. It proposes changes to be made to the strata building bond and inspections scheme, under part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (“the Act”). The amendments mainly affect Developers who […]

Supercharge your Death Benefits

When it comes to estate planning, most clients know how important it is to have an up to date will. What a lot of clients don’t know is that their biggest asset may not be covered by the will. It used to be said that the family home was the biggest investment most people ever […]

What a Waste: Small Business Unfair Contracts

ACCC v JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 1224 In early 2016 we reported on the planned start of the new small business unfair contracts regime under the Australian Consumer Law click here. The unfair business contracts regime started in November 2016. It has taken less than 12 months for a court to […]

A Thorne in two Binding Financial Agreements?

The unanimous High Court ruling in Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 highlights the broadened circumstances in which financial agreements can be set aside in Australia, casting considerable doubt on agreements that are heavily weighted in favour of one party. The court set aside two financial agreements that were made pursuant to Part VIIIA of […]

If It Quacks Like a Duck, It’s Probably Ms Duck

Sham Contracting Update – Class Actions A new class of class actions is hitting the Australian courts and creating headaches for putative employers.  The Federal Court has four class actions now where employee entitlements are being claimed for contracted workers using the sham contracting and general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act. It was […]

Beware the Ides of Short Term Rentals – Short Term Lettings and Property Investors

Short Term Lettings and Property Investors Short term lettings have been for some investors and absolute bonanza, returning well above average returns. However, short term rentals have been in a legal limbo since a NSW court decided that short term lettings were not lawful under local planning laws.  Do you remember the story (only four […]

A Cladding Tinderbox: Will your High Rise Insulate or Immolate?

A Cladding Tinderbox:  Will your High Rise Insulate or Immolate? No-one wants to get caught in a high rise fire.  A spate of external cladding fires around the world has prompted new precautions.  Anyone that owns or lives in a residential high rise should read on.  Inflammable aluminium composite panels were banned in NSW from […]