Debt collection approach

Dealing with overdue debts can be the least pleasant part of being in business, but without cash flow a business will struggle.  Managing payments should be given top priority. Debtors should be made aware of the debt and the lapsed payment terms and be advised of any imminent legal action. The first step in a typical debt recovery process is the creditor issuing a letter of demand before commencing…

Know your land rights: implications of ESAs

Over 98,000 parcels of land in Western Australia are identified as environmentally sensitive areas (ESA). If your land, or part of it, is declared to be an ESA, there can be significant consequences, including limiting activities that involve clearing vegetation, such as the construction of a building or other structure.  An ESA can have a substantial impact…

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Municipal Mysteries of Town Planning Law

8th August 2019

“He reached Chesham Square and made diagonally for No. 10 (which was) between two houses, of which one, rationally enough, bore the number 9 and the other was numbered 37: but the fact that this last belonged to Porthill Street was proclaimed by an inscription placed by whatever highly efficient authority is charged with the... read more

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