Appeal court rules on ethical duty to rescue

According to the Supreme Court of West Australia, Court of Appeal, a medical practitioner does not owe a general ethical duty to rescue of the type identified by the State Administrative Tribunal in Medical Board of Australia and Dekker [2013] … Continue reading

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Commercial lawyers, need help keeping up?

As a commercial lawyer,  we know your focus is squarely on delivering meaningful, timely, decision-enabling advice to your business. CCH understands that the boundaries of Australian commercial law are constantly expanding to accommodate increasingly complex commercial practices. We appreciate your need for a broader database of legal news in … Continue reading

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Yet another government focus on enterprise – the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Barriers to Business Entries and Exits

Written by Michael Murray, writer for CCH’s Australian Insolvency Management Practice on behalf of Ferrier Hodgson. Following my comment1 on Australia’s approach to business rescue and entrepreneurialism, the government has now asked the Productivity Commission to suggest ways of “unleashing … Continue reading

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Justice Award to Professor Andrew Mowbray

Wolters Kluwer, CCH would like to congratulate Professor Andrew Mowbray Co-Director and Co-Founder of AustLII, on receiving the Justice Medal at the Justice Awards dinner at NSW Parliament House last Wednesday 19 November 2014. The Justice Medal is the highest … Continue reading

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NSW: New “Contract for the Sale and Purchase of Land” — 2014 Edition, released

By Katherine Gardner, of CCH Australia On Monday, 17 November 2014, the Law Society of NSW and the REINSW (Real Estate Institute of NSW) issued the 2014 edition of the Contract for Sale and Purchase of Land. Primarily, it has … Continue reading

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Recent intellectual property cases

The following is a wrap-up of decisions that have been reported in CCH’s Australian Industrial & Intellectual Property service: PATENTS           • Is computer implementation sufficient to make a method patentable?: Subject to any High Court appeal, this decision would appear … Continue reading

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FOFA amendments disallowed – where to now?

Contributed by Tina Doan, CCH writer/editor. Since being introduced by the previous Labor government in 2012, the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms have been subject to intense political debate and numerous amendments. In the latest development, the opposition government … Continue reading

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Supply chain risk

By Daniel Sheehan, Editor of GRC Professional In a low-growth global environment, many companies are struggling to grow revenues. In order to sustain profitability and keep shareholders happy, companies are having to make aggressive cost cuts. One of the first … Continue reading

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PPSA case update 2014

As the year draws to a close I thought it may be useful to provide a list of the Personal Property Securities Act (2009) (PPSA) Australian decisions that have been covered in our CCH Australian Personal Property Securities Law Reporter for … Continue reading

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Application of s 588FL can lead to “seemingly draconian outcomes”

Written by Anne Wardell, Editorial Content Manager. The importance of registering a security interest as soon as possible has been demonstrated by a recent decision of Sifris J of the Supreme Court of Victoria. In Carrafa, Gountzos & Lofthouse (as … Continue reading

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