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Who’s who in the zoo – how independent is your Australian IP Attorney?


Posted By on 23/02/18

Increasing concerns in Australia and New Zealand around conflicts arising from the new business model of publicly listed companies acquiring multiple Australian and New Zealand IP Firms have led to the new Code of Conduct for Trans-Tasman Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys 2018 which commences today. These concerns are centred on the independence of these … Read more

E-conveyancing – does anyone want to settle electronically?

By Claire Carrucan (Senior Associate) and David Krolikowski (Director) Unless you’re been living under a rock (or you’re unlucky enough not to practice in property law), the terms PEXA and e-conveyancing should be familiar to you. E-conveyancing is possibly the biggest shake up to conveyancing practice since the Torrens title system was introduced, and time … Read more

JOY Law – surrogacy in Australia

In this episode of JOY Law, Monica and I talk about surrogacy: what it is, how it works and the laws pertaining to surrogacy in Australia. In particular, we discuss: the various forms of surrogacy; intended parents and who gets named as parents on the child’s birth certificate; commercial surrogacy versus altruistic surrogacy; the legislation … Read more

Giving evidence at a Royal Commission

By Kate Davey (Senior Associate) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) The first hearing of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry will take place today in Melbourne. Although no witnesses will be called at this initial public hearing, we thought that it would be timely to briefly summarise the … Read more

Exemption from foreign purchaser additional duty – new guidelines

The Treasurer has released new guidelines, effective from 5 January 2018, regarding the factors to be considered when determining whether a foreign purchaser is entitled to an exemption from foreign purchaser additional duty (FPAD) on residential land. We’ve summarised below the changes from the old guidelines, as well as the significant new guidelines. Summary The … Read more

JOY Law – litigation mitigation

In this JOY Law segment, Paul Welling and Jack Stuk talked about commercial disputes and litigation – what it is, how it happens and how to mitigate or resolve it. Paul and Jack covered: what is litigation? how to avoid litigation by ensuring commercial relationships and agreements are properly documented (even if you are working … Read more

Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme – are you ready?


Posted By on 1/02/18

By Naomi Stephens (Paralegal) and Amelia Edwards (Lawyer) The Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme, established under the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth), comes into effect on 22 February 2018.  The Scheme imposes obligations on entities and organisations which hold personal information in relation to known or suspected data breaches. Who is caught by … Read more

Absentee owner land tax surcharge exemption – new guidelines

The Treasurer has released new guidelines, effective from 5 January 2018, regarding the factors to be considered when determining whether an absentee owner is entitled to an exemption from the absentee owner land tax surcharge (AOLTS). We’ve summarised below the changes from the old guidelines, as well as the significant new guidelines. Summary The new … Read more

JOY Law – separation and parenting arrangements

Relationship breakdowns are never easy, and when children are involved, matters can become fraught.  It’s crucial that parenting arrangements are carefully considered and documented as soon as possible after separation.  On JOY Law, we talked about: emotional burdens you face when dealing with the breakdown of your relationship; co-parenting post-separation; the importance of written agreements … Read more