The novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause mass disruption across the globe, with the extent of the damage yet to be understood. It has led to businesses examining their business models, cutting expenses and re-negotiating contractual relationships. It is hoped that, in this time, people and entities try to work together for general survival, rather than focussing on black letter law. However it is important to know how your contracts work, and your potential options. It is also important to prepare, commercially and legally, for the next black swan event.
The recent decision of Deputy President, Judge Parry, of the State Administrative Tribunal in Prosser v City of Bunbury  WASAT 41 reminds us of the importance for developers to scrutinise the planning approval conditions imposed, as one or more of the conditions may be unlawful.
A partnership is the relationship which exists between “persons” (see below) who carry on a business in common with a view to profit. In Western Australia, partnerships are governed by the Partnership Act 1895.
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).
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.
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 . This resignation is unilateral and need not be accepted by the company to be effective .
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.
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