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Bankrupt? Here's what your trustee can take and sell ...

posted 1st November 2017

During bankruptcy, the role of a trustee in bankruptcy is to gather together the bankrupt person’s property and sell it to raise money to repay the person’s creditors...

Are you using Airbnb illegally?

posted 27th October 2017

Airbnb is a popular and often cheaper alternative these days to otherwise expensive hotels and serviced apartments. Unit owners are understandably eager to take advantage of the flexibility of short-term arrangements and high returns for holiday periods, long weekends and those frequent periods when parliamentarians come to town. But what if the Owners Corporation in your unit complex passes a rule that bans the use of Airbnb? ...

Attention all Franchisors and Corporate Groups! You are now liable for breaches of the Fair Work Act

posted 25th October 2017

The Fair Work (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (Cth)(the Amendment) introduced a slew of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the FW Act), and the recent changes affect every employer. We are doing a four-part series on these amendments due to their breadth and universal applicability.

Employers: Increased penalties around employee records

posted 20th October 2017

The Fair Work (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (Cth) introduced a slew of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), and the recent changes affect every employer...

How do I deal with an under-performing employee?

posted 16th October 2017

Terminating employees is not without risks. “T’s” need to be crossed and “I’s” dotted to avoid winding up in the Fair Work Commission facing an Unfair Dismissal or General Protections Application...

How to appoint a new Body Corporate Manager in the ACT

posted 13th October 2017

A body corporate manager is engaged by an owners corporation to manage the units plan and assist the Executive Committee...

Want to win Commonwealth work? You need a Workplace Relations Management Plan

posted 4th October 2017

Builders may not know it, but submitting tenders for federally-funded work recently got harder...

Just been made bankrupt? Here's what to do ...

posted 3rd October 2017

If a bankruptcy order has been made against you by the Federal Circuit Court and a trustee appointed to your bankrupt estate, it’s not necessarily the case that all is lost and you have to remain bankrupt.

Buying a property - are you insured?

posted 22nd September 2017

When buying land with a building or other improvements on the land, a purchaser will often seek advice from their solicitor in relation to their rights and obligations under the contract. However, purchasers may not be aware when risk passes in relation to the property – it could be much sooner than they think!

Developers Beware - Stamp duty is a necessary evil

posted 4th September 2017

Stamp duty is a duty which is payable in the ACT on the transfer of ‘dutiable property.’ Examples of dutiable property include but are not limited to: transfers of land, shares, and units in unit trusts...