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De novo appeals against sentence to be removed

Having acted for corporate accused who have been exposed to the inefficiency and costs of running a plea twice (in the summary and then appellate jurisdiction) on the same evidence, material and submissions, the amendments proposed by the Justice Legislation Amendment (Unlawful Association and Criminal Appeals) Bill 2018 are welcome. Current position An appeal by … Read more

Tough gig for workers

By Michael Cochrane (Senior Associate) and Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) In May 2018, Greens MP, Adam Bandt introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Making Australia More Equal) Bill into parliament.  The bill is targeted at gig economy workers (also known as “sharing” economy workers), such as Ubereats drivers and Deliveroo bicycle riders. Currently, these workers are considered … Read more

Property owner bears clean up cost

A recent case highlights the importance for property owners in ensuring they are aware of uses of their properties by lessees and take appropriate steps to deal with any residual issues once the lessee decides to move on. Background A holding company in Victoria leased property to a skip bin company that intended to use … Read more

Jenny Craig tips the scales over misleading ad

By Naomi Stephens (Paralegal) and Amelia Edwards (Lawyer) Weight loss giant Jenny Craig has paid penalties totalling $37,800 following an investigation by the ACCC into multiple misleading representations made in its lose “10kg for $10” campaign. What happened? Wrongly trimming the informational fat: The campaign ran from December 2017 to February 2018, with advertising stating … Read more