Online Defamation – Be Careful of What You Post!

Over the past decade or so there has been a sharp increase in the use of social media by both individuals and businesses.  Social media can be a useful promotional tool.  There are many benefits, in a commercial sense, associated with the use of social media outlets, particularly because of the ease with which you…

Impact of New Mandatory Data Breach Notification Laws

Amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Act) will require the mandatory reporting of “Eligible Data Breaches”.  The principal change to the Act is the introduction of mandatory notification requirements in the event of a data breach. The changes provide greater accountability and transparency with respect to the protection of our personal information and privacy….

Ceasing to be a sole director

If you are the director of a company in Australia and no longer wish to be in that position, subject to the company’s constitution, you may resign at any time by giving written notice to the company [1]. This resignation is unilateral and need not be accepted by the company to be effective [2]. But, what…

Creditor Bankruptcy Notices

Have you been involved in Court proceedings where the Court has ordered a person (“Debtor”) to pay you or your business more than $5,000? Has the Debtor failed to pay you despite being ordered by the Court to do so? If the answer to those questions is yes, you may be able to apply to the Court to make them bankrupt. A…

Case note: compensation for land injuriously affected by a planning scheme

The recent High Court decision in Western Australian Planning Commission v Southregal Pty Ltd; Western Australian Planning Commission v Leith [2017] HCA 7 has emphasised the importance for both landowners and purchasers to undertake their due diligence prior to the acquisition or sale of land. Four of the five justices of the High Court held…

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Diary of a Commercial Lawyer Part 2 – The Psychology of the Non-Compliant Taxpayer

15th January 2019

“His depression did not lift, it simply moved to one side a little” – Mervyn Peake – The Gormenghast Trilogy The woman was a self-employed tradesperson in her late 50’s.  She had always lodged her income tax returns and her quarterly business activity statements and income activity statements.  She had always paid superannuation contribution for... read more

Diary of a Commercial Lawyer Part 1 – The Pitfalls of Oral Contracts

7th November 2018

Reflecting on some 35 years of experience as a commercial lawyer, one thing in particular stands out: variety.  The extraordinary scope of the issues presented by clients to resolve. Apart from the fact there is nothing better than variety to keep your daily job interesting, 35 years of variables presented to you to deal with... read more

The SAT – reluctant interstate traveller

7th September 2018

Since its inauguration in 2005, the jurisdiction of the State Administrative Tribunal in Western Australia (SAT) has expanded exponentially to include more than 154 pieces of statutory legislation. The appeal of the SAT as a less complex, more informal, less procedurally stringent and expedited manner of dispute resolution has gained momentum and traction among the... read more