Drone Intrusion Part 1: What are my rights?

By Paul Fletcher. I was recently staying down south at a friend’s secluded property – delightful solitude from all urban traffic and other noise. The loudest sounds were the tumbling notes of happy birds and the scratching of chooks in the garden. The nearest neighbour was safely out of eye sight and earshot. The most…

Unfair Contract Terms and the Protection of Small Businesses

The current unfair contract terms regime applies to standard form “consumer contracts”. It is being extended in November 2016 to also cover standard form “small business contracts”. The regime exists under the Australian Consumer Law contained in schedule 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (“ACL”) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth)….

Proposed changes to Construction Contracts Act

On Thursday, 22 September 2016, the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill 2016 (WA) (the Bill) was introduced into Parliament. The changes to the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA) have been proposed following an independent statutory review of the Act. The proposed amendments, amongst other things, seek to improve security of payment for subcontractors and make the…

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To send or not to send

16th October 2017

Direct Marketing under Australian Privacy and Spamming Laws Before you hit send on that commercial electronic message (including, amongst others, emails and SMS messages) (“CEM”) you should be aware of the application of Australian privacy and spam laws. Finding electronic addresses online or purchasing a list from a business to business list supplier (“B2B List... read more

Employers caught by own policies

14th September 2017

Businesses, particularly large ones, often develop internal policies concerning the employment of their employees. These policies deal with a wide range of matters including the use of motor vehicles, drugs and alcohol, conflicts of interest, IT and social media, confidentiality and intellectual property, dress codes, bullying, harassment and anti-discrimination, redundancy entitlements and eligibility for share... read more

Caveats

17th July 2017

What is a caveat? A caveat is a notice recorded on a title to land to protect an interest that affects that title.  The caveat forbids registration of any further interests that may affect the interest recorded in the caveat without the consent of the caveator (the person who lodges the caveat). Each state and... read more