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ACCC steps up country of origin prosecutions


Posted By on 12/11/18

It has been a ‘fine’ time for the ACCC this year – a fact to which Ozwear Connection (‘Ozwear’)and Birubi Art (‘Birubi’) will no doubt attest.  Both these entities have caught the attention of the regulator in relation to country of origin claims. Background Under the Australian Consumer Law (‘ACL’), businesses are prohibited from making … Read more

Australia is boring when it comes to judicial appointments … when compared to the US!


Posted By on 19/10/18

By Darren Sommers (Principal Solicitor) and Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) The American Senate voted 50-48 confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the most recently appointed member of the American Supreme Court.  The appointment was preceded by divisive political debate after allegations surfaced that Judge Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women while in high school and college.  Judge Kavanaugh … Read more

SPEAR – technology leads to efficiency for subdivisions

Electronic lodging of Plans of Subdivision and Consolidation via SPEAR SPEAR is an online based lodging system operated by Land Use Victoria, allowing subdivision planning permit and certification applications to be compiled, lodged, managed, referred, approved and tracked online, anytime. A few months ago we undertook our first ever lodging of a plan of subdivision … Read more

Hello Australian Financial Complaints Authority – what now?


Posted By on 1/10/18

By Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) and Venn King (Special Counsel) Complaints – nobody needs them, but everyone has them!  Which is why there have to date been a variety of external dispute resolution (“EDR”) systems approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in the financial services arena.  But who needs multiple dispute resolutions … Read more

4 yearly review of Modern Awards – our Q2 update

By Michael Cochrane (Senior Associate), Josephine Mammone (Trainee Lawyer) and Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) There has been much discussion about the macroeconomic picture of our workplace relations system in recent times with the gig economy, “wage theft”, the ACTU’s “change the rules” campaign, enterprise bargaining trends – and of course that leadership circus in Canberra … Read more

Financial services – may the licence be with you …


Posted By on 20/09/18

… or why corporate advisers really need an Australian Financial Services Licence By Venn King (Special Counsel) and Darrell Choong (Trainee Lawyer) There has been a great disturbance in the Force … or the financial services world at least! A recent case, Validus Advisory Group v Consolidated Tin Mines Ltd [2018] NSWSC 417 (“Validus”) has shone … Read more