Coffee or Collusion: How should lawyers avoid the appearance of bias in Court?
The High Court has found that a WA judge and barrister have fallen afoul of “apprehended bias” by engaging in private communications together. The judge was hearing an appeal in the case of Charisteas v Charisteas, a particularly arduous and expensive family law matter, when His Honour engaged in secret...Read More
Will new laws protect contractors in the construction industry?
Following the insolvency events of construction companies Cooper & Oxley and Pindan, to name only two, there have been calls for better protection of contractors in the construction industry. In response to these calls, the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (“Act”) received royal assent on 25...Read More
Estate Expenses – who pays for them?
Legitimate costs of an estate include funeral, legal and accounting costs. There are also a wide range of other estate expenses that can be payable by an estate such as household bills, rent, mortgage repayments and insurance premiums – this all depends on the assets and liabilities owned by the...Read More
Legal essentials for your business
Whether you’re just starting up a new business, or you’ve been running your own business for a while, it’s important to ensure you have all the correct legal measures in place. Some things you will need to consider/implement include: Deciding on a business structure Internal agreements (shareholders’ agreement, partnership agreement,...Read More
What’s in a name? Changing a name in the family law context
Names are an important part of our identity and as family structures change, people may consider changing their name or the name of a child. However, there are processes and restrictions to be aware of when considering this. There is different legislation in each State governing the registration of names....Read More