Insights

Latest articles & upcoming events

AFS licence holder cops penalty for breach of the best interests duty

By Josephine Mammone (Trainee Lawyer), Kate Davey (Senior Associate) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) On 27 October 2017, the Federal Court imposed a significant penalty, totaling $1 million, against financial services firm NSG Services Pty Ltd (NSG) in what ASIC has described as ‘the first civil penalty imposed on a financial services licensee for breaches … Read more

Federal Court rules on unfair contract terms

A recent Federal Court decision regarding the unfair contract terms regime provides valuable guidance for businesses regarding the types of terms which may be declared void.   Background   In November 2016, the existing unfair contract term protections for individual consumers were extended to cover standard form contracts with small businesses.  The effect of this … Read more

JOY Law: Jewish Community responds to marriage equality debate

Jennifer Huppert, Special Counsel at KHQ Lawyers and President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria joined Jack Stuk on JOY Law to discuss the Jewish community response to the debate over marriage equality and the Australian Marriage Postal Survey. Jennifer spoke about: the Jewish Community Council of Victoria’s call for respect and decency in the marriage equality … Read more

JOY Law: marriage equality and religious freedom

Amelia Edwards, lawyer in our Corporate & Commercial team, joined me on JOY Law to discuss religious freedom, discrimination and the Australian Marriage Postal Survey, including: religious organisations and exemptions from discrimination; existing legal protection for religious freedom (for example, not having to ordain a priest who is transgender); commercial enterprises and discrimination; potential implications … Read more

JOY Law: defamation, vilification & the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

As the debate over the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey heats up, Amelia Edwards joined me on JOY Law to talk about legal protections against defamation and vilification, including: free speech versus hate speech; freedom of communication on political matters; Vote YES, Vote NO campaign communications; legal protections against defamation and vilification; cyber bullying and … Read more

Director Identification Number to battle phoenixing activities


Posted By on 12/10/17

By Clea Cole (Lawyer) and Darren Sommers (Principal Solicitor) Last month, the Honourable Kelly O’Dwyer MP announced that the Turnbull Government would be introducing new laws in a bid to crack down on illegal phoenixing activities that cost the Australian economy up to an estimated $3.2 billion per year. What are phoenixing activities? “Phoenixing” occurs … Read more