Recent cases – family law

The following case summaries were prepared by the Hon Peter I Rose AM QC. Yip & Wreford and Anor [2015] FamCAFC 21 This was an application for leave to appeal from the dismissal of an appeal from the Social Security … Continue reading

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Top three tips for Bodies Corporate dealing with storm damage

By Warren Jiear (Partner) and Mario Esera (Senior Associate) of  Piper Alderman Homeowners in Queensland continue to suffer at the hand of Mother Nature – most recently during Cyclone Marcia. Tidying up in the aftermath of a natural disaster is difficult for … Continue reading

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Draft online piracy code concerns consumer groups

By Rufina Cheung of Wolters Kluwer,  CCH As reported previously, a draft industry code, Copyright Notice Scheme C653:2015, has been released for public comment. The code facilitates a scheme where Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and copyright holders cooperate in trying … Continue reading

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Draft online piracy code released

By Rufina Cheung of Wolters Kluwer,  CCH A draft industry code, Copyright Notice Scheme C653:2015, was released for public comment on 20 February 2015. The deadline for providing feedback on the code is 23 March 2015, 5 pm (AEDT). What … Continue reading

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Recent cases – family law

The following case summaries were prepared by the Hon Peter I Rose AM QC.  Somerton & Wells (Deceased) and Anor [2015] FamCAFC 12  Leave to appeal was sought against orders which discharged orders by an acting magistrate in relation to … Continue reading

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Tougher rules for foreign purchases of agricultural land

Reduced threshold The Commonwealth government has announced it will be introducing better scrutiny of foreign purchases of agricultural land by reducing the current screening threshold from $252m to $15m. Thus from 1 March 2015 foreign purchases of agricultural land exceeding … Continue reading

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Stay of forfeiture proceedings, criminal proceedings pending

In Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police v Zhao [2015] HCA 5 the High Court has dismissed an appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal (Vic) which had stayed proceedings for the forfeiture of property of the second … Continue reading

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Morals clauses in player contracts ‘too broad’

Contracts covering professional athletes’ personal behaviour are too broad, potentially breaching their rights as individuals and as employees, a group of academics argue in a newly published paper. The authors, from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the University … Continue reading

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Unconscionable conduct: is there a way forward?

By Brian Egan, Wolters Kluwer consultant for Corporations Law In its Draft Report (September 2014), the Competition Policy Review (the Harper Review) had this to say about unconscionable conduct, at pages 217 and 218:  “The Terms of Reference ask the … Continue reading

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Drafting financial agreements – a checklist

Drafting financial agreements has become increasingly stressful for family law practitioners as a result of the complex requirements that must be met for such agreements to be binding. When drafting a financial agreement the following matters should be included: 1. … Continue reading

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