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(WIP) In Touch: 02 Competition news

The latest in competition and consumer law.


Missing Mascot papers prove value of Hub

As if the former residents of Mascot Towers in Sydney weren’t doing it tough enough, last month they received another blow and it’s one that smacks of local government incompetence, with maybe even a whiff of potential corruption. As the NSW government cranks up an investigation into what led to the emergency evacuation three...


It Depends – Do I pay stamp duty on the change of trustee?

In this edition of ‘It depends’, senior associate Tom Walrut talks about whether you need to pay stamp duty on a change of trustee and what circumstances you need to look out for. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Hi and welcome to today’s It depends. Today we’re going to be talking about stamp duty and stamp duty on the...


Surrogacy Act 2022 (Northern Territory)

Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Director Stephen Page published a paper regarding the Surrogacy Act 2022 that was enacted on 12 May 2022. The Surrogacy Act brings the Northern Territory into line with every State and the Australian Capital Territory in regulating altruistic surrogacy and criminalising commercial surrogacy. DOWNLOAD THE PAPER HERE. Disclaimer: Every effort...


(WIP) Minimum fines of $10 million

In April this year, highly anticipated increases to the financial penalties for contravening the Franchising Code (the Code) came into effect. As a result of these changes, it's essential that business review their franchise agreements to ensure they remain compliant with the Franchising Code.


Environment Protection Act fires the starting pistol

The new Environment Protection Act 2017 (Vic) (the EP Act) brings a raft of changes, including introducing direct third-party enforcement rights. This Insight outlines the key things companies should know about the third-party enforcement rights regime.


Deal profile | Gadens supports the future growth of cloud-based winery production software, vintrace

Gadens is pleased to support the founders of vintrace, one of the world’s most trusted winery production software companies, on its sale to Encompass Technologies, a comprehensive cloud-based ERP, CRM, eCommerce, and data solutions provider for the food and beverage industry. Founded in 2007, vintrace has remained at the forefront of innovative technology to help...


Common mistakes made in an Application for a Domestic Violence Order

The process of filing an Application for a Protection Order aka an Application for a Domestic Violence Order (“DVO”) can be confusing and overwhelming when you do not have legal support. What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence includes: Physical or sexual abuse; Emotional and psychological abuse; Economical abuse; Threatening behaviour; Coercive control; or Behaviour which is any other way controls or dominates...


It Depends – What did the High Court decide about binding death benefit nominations in SMSFs in Hill v Zuda?

In this edition of ‘It depends’, partner Scott Hay-Bartlem talks about the recent Hill v Zuda High Court decision on binding death benefit nominations in self-managed superannuation funds. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Welcome to this ‘It depends’ where I’m talking about what the High Court decided about binding death benefit nominations in self-managed superannuation funds in the recent...


What is the best way to separate from your spouse or partner? How to end a marriage or de facto relationship well.

People sometimes come to us for pre-separation advice. That is before they have made a decision to end a relationship or marriage. Sometimes they want to talk through the pros and cons of embarking on the path of separation and divorce and other times, they know that they wish to separate but want to...


‘Rate my builder’

In this Insight, we explain iCIRT's potential impact, and what action construction professionals and businesses can be taking now.


Stamping out stamp duty

In the state budget for FY 2022/23 handed down this week, the NSW Government has announced the first steps towards reforming the stamp duty payable in respect of certain property transactions. Stamp duty reform has been flagged for some time, with a number of policy options outlined in the NSW Treasury Consultation Paper Buying...


The post-election anti-bribery landscape

In this Insight, we consider how federal anti-bribery laws may evolve under the Albanese government, and comment on its possible use of sanctions.


QLD: By-Law Series – Part 4 – Enforcement

The Act 1997 sets out two specific obligations that a Body Corporate must follow with respect to by-laws. First, they must enforce the by-laws and second, they must act reasonably when doing so. The post QLD: By-Law Series – Part 4 – Enforcement appeared first on LookUpStrata.


NSW: Strata Hub: Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Information) Regulation 2021

It is important you are informed and aware of the new reporting requirements for Strata Hub and ensure you meet the date of compliance. The post NSW: Strata Hub: Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Information) Regulation 2021 appeared first on LookUpStrata.


Key Differences: Receivers, Liquidators and Administrators.

This article examines key differences between receivers, liquidators and administrators. What is a liquidator? A liquidator can be appointed by the creditors of an insolvent company or by the Court. In simple terms, the role of a liquidator is to, inter alia: Collect, protect and realise the assets of the company; Investigate whether there are any potential claims available...


Samsung Australia to pay $14m penalty for misleading water resistance claims

23 June 2022Samsung Electronics Australia Pty Ltd (Samsung Australia) has been ordered by the Federal Court to pay $14 million in penalties after it admitted misleading consumers about the suitability of various Samsung Galaxy phones to be submerged in pool or sea water, in proceedings brought by the ACCC. The false or misleading claims were...


Legal Parentage After Domestic Surrogacy Arrangements

Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Director Stephen Page presented a paper at Growing Families‘ National Conference Day Sydney. His paper “Legal Parentage After Domestic Surrogacy Arrangements” discusses three matters: the overall discussion of surrogacy in Australia; how the intended parents become the parents (including overcoming obstruction from a difficult surrogate); how to reduce risk in your...


Liverpool Partners’ proposed acquisition of Genea not opposed

23 June 2022The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of Genea Limited (Genea) by Liverpool Partners Pty Ltd (LVP). LVP recently acquired Adora Fertility Pty Ltd on 1 June 2022. Adora and Genea both supply fertility services including In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). The ACCC’s review focused on the areas of overlap between Adora and Genea...


Giving free legal advice to the most vulnerable

Here at Flat Chat we frequently recommend that cash-strapped apartment residents make use of the services provided by Marrickville Legal Centre, if they need strata law support but can’t afford commercial rates. But every time I do that, I get a twinge of guilt because I know the service – based in Marrickville, Sydney,...