Qld: feedback sought on body corporate governance matters

Feedback is being sought by the Queensland Government by 30 January 2015 on an options paper for body corporate governance matters. The options paper examines issues relating to by-laws, recovery of body corporate debts and termination and redevelopment of community … Continue reading

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Recent cases – family law

The following case summaries were prepared by the Hon Peter I Rose AM QC. Zaruba & Zaruba [2014] FamCAFC 237 This appeal was allowed by consent. Cost certificates were granted. Mellick & Mellick [2014] FamCAFC 236 This was an appeal … Continue reading

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Property developers need to review stamp duty liability following Lend Lease High Court decision, says Pitcher Partners

Property developers will need to review the stamp duty implications of their development projects following this week’s High Court decision in the Lend Lease case, said Pitcher Partners partner Craig Whatman. Mr Whatman said the High Court ruled in favour … Continue reading

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Government announces new measures to tackle online piracy

The government has announced new measures to fight online copyright infringement, including an industry code and website blocking.1 The industry code will involve a warning notice scheme, and a process to assist rights holders to take direct copyright infringement action … Continue reading

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Practical lessons from High Court trade marks case

By Rufina Cheung, of Wolters Kluwer, CCH,  initially published in the Australian Intellectual Property Law Tracker  As reported earlier, the High Court has clarified the test for whether a trade mark is “inherently adapted to distinguish”, particularly in the context of foreign words: Cantarella … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Managed Investments Law

  Pamela Hanrahan wraps up those important developments in Australian managed investments law as we draw to a close for 2014: 1. Abolition of CAMAC On 6 March 2014, the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC) released a discussion paper … Continue reading

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Making news — Australian Legal Compliance — Part 3

  In part three of the series, we look at further recent developments covered in the Australian Legal Compliance Newsletter.   1. OAIC releases draft guide to regulatory action   The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released … Continue reading

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Making news — Australian Legal Compliance — Part 2

Recent developments covered in the Australian Legal Compliance Newsletter include: 1. Streamlining of Future of Financial Advice Bill 2014 The future of Corporations Amendment (Streamlining of Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2014 (the Bill) is in doubt following the disallowance … Continue reading

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ACIP releases Options Paper on designs

The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has released an Options Paper on the Review of the Designs System, and requested submissions by 23 January 2015. ACIP presented three broad options for revising the Designs Act 2003 (Cth). • Option … Continue reading

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Financial System Inquiry — the final report is in

The much anticipated final report of the Financial System Inquiry (FSI) is in, making 44 recommendations relating to the Australian financial system. Key recommendations you should be aware of include: Banking • call for bank (and credit unions) capital levels to … Continue reading

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