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    New Federal Industrial Relations Bill Introduced

    By James Sanders, Associate and Jennifer Sung, Lawyer On 9 December 2020, the Morrison Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (Bill). The Bill proposes significant reform of existing industrial relations law to assist Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, creating greater certainty and increased flexibility for both employers…

    The Costly Pursuit of the Meaning of the Terms of a Will

    11 Dec 2020

    The recent case of Greenham v Greenham [2020] VSC 749 involved the estate of the late Ethel Elizabeth Greenham who died in 2017 survived by her adult children Alan and Jennifer. The estate included a 310-acre property at Pental Island on the Murray River which was used to operate a farm and caravan park business and included three valuable water shares, the ownership of which came into dispute.

    Is it a Lease or a Licence? – What does that mean for a landlord with a defaulting occupant?

    As the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic hits the commercial sector, there has been an increase of businesses challenging the legal arrangements under which they occupy premises. Often their inability to pay rent forms the basis of a dispute. Such a dispute arose in the recent VCAT decision of Sumbul Holdings Pty Ltd v LDZ Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2020] VCAT 1272 where an occupant butcher who had fallen into arrears, challenged the nature of their occupation with a view of obtaining relief.

    Five Things to Consider when Contemplating Separation

    30 Nov 2020

    Following the breakdown of your relationship, whether marital, de facto or same sex, can be a very distressing and highly emotional time. You may find yourself having to contemplate issues relating to children, finances and property caused by the change in your circumstances. It is important to develop an action plan.