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JOY Law: transgender youth & legal rights

My colleague in the KHQ Family & Relationship Law team, Bronwyn Montgomery, joined me on JOY Law to discuss legal issues regarding transgender youth and minors, including: parental responsibility and the role of both parents until the child turns 18 years of age; medical interventions requiring consent beyond normal parental responsibility; two stages requiring consideration … Read more

TPG fined for infringing spam laws

In a warning to businesses which engage in email marketing, telecommunications giant TPG has been fined by the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) for breaching the Spam Act 2003 (the Act). Background Under the Act, businesses sending commercial electronic messages, such as e-newsletters and marketing emails, must comply with (amongst other things) three key … Read more

JOY Law: who gets the pets? Property settlement when relationships end

My colleague in the KHQ Family & Relationship Law team, Bonnie Phillips, joined me on JOY Law to discuss matters concerning property settlement when relationships end. We talked about the steps to working through a property settlement, including: proving relationship status (a key consideration given same sex marriage it not yet legal in Australia); agreeing … Read more

Court rules Meriton manipulated online reviews

The Federal Court has found that Meriton Serviced Apartments (Meriton) engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct regarding online reviews of its properties posted on the TripAdvisor website. Background to the case TripAdvisor provides a “Review Express” service to participating businesses.  A participating business provides TripAdvisor with the contact details of customers who have consented to … Read more

Court rules Binding Financial Agreements invalid

In the recent decision handed down by the High Court of Australia in Thorne v Kennedy, the enforceability of Binding Financial Agreements was considered.  This decision has been eagerly awaited by the family law community due to the ramifications for parties and practitioners regarding existing and future Binding Financial Agreements. Background This case involved a … Read more

Franchise systems benefit from competition law changes

Profit opportunities for franchise systems arising from changes to competition laws When your franchise system was established, considerable thought was given to the profit centres it would create and achieving from them a return satisfactory to the system and/or its shareholders, which at the same time provided an acceptable income to your franchisees to justify … Read more

JOY Law: intersex people and the law

On this episode of JOY Law, I spoke about legal issues affecting intersex people, including: historic and current legal rights; parental decisions about “special medical procedures” (and what these are); birth certificates and assigning gender at birth; the definition of “intersex”; and state-by-state differences in legal rights relating to intersex people. Listen to the podcast … Read more