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Good Wills Hunting: The Risks of using a DIY Will-Kit

posted 16th May 2018

Think you’re sorted if you prepared your own Will using a Will-kit from the newsagency, or one you downloaded from the internet, or one you’ve freestyled and typed up yourself? Think again! ...

When does a comment online cross the line? Part 2

posted 8th May 2018

Social media encourages participants to communicate in an instant, flippant and often attention seeking manner, with posts able to be republished and endorsed with the click of a button. These traits might add to the fun of engaging in social media, but they also drastically increase the potential to defame another person online.

Managing the rise of Airbnb - Is there really a problem?

posted 4th May 2018

Earlier this month, Meyer Vandenberg together with the Planning Institute of Australia and Capital Crown Leasing hosted a first of its kind think tank ‘Managing the rise of Airbnb’. The think tank was held to promote a conversation about the planning and legal intricacies of Airbnb (and other short term holiday letting platforms), against the backdrop of Canberra’s unique planning framework.

Sex, Drugs and Rock'n Roll - your liability as an employer

posted 28th March 2018

More than half of Australian employees will have at least one office romance during their working life. Hangovers cause 11.5 million ‘sick days’ per year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, and 61% of regular drug users are in full time employment. For employers, this can mean increased liability for sexual harassment claims, decreased workplace health and safety, and decreased productivity. So what can employers do when sex, drugs or alcohol start to impact the workplace?

ACT Building Owners: Changes to Cooling Tower Laws Affect You!

posted 26th March 2018

Unless there is a reasonable excuse, failure to comply with the code of practice applying to cooling towers, and register a cooling tower, is an offence which can result in fines or imprisonment.

Do you stand a chance challenging a Will?

posted 21st March 2018

We often hear stories of ‘I heard….’ when it comes to Wills and who’ll get what when someone dies. Those stories are rarely right, which is why it’s important you get expert advice when doing your Will or if you’re thinking of challenging someone else’s Will...

Builders Beware: NSW cracks down on the use of unsafe building products

posted 14th March 2018

Most of us will remember the fires which ripped through the Grenfell apartment tower in London in June 2017 and the Lacrosse building in Melbourne in 2014. The Grenfell fire contributed to the deaths of 80 people. It’s believed that the external cladding which formed part of the building may have accelerated the spread of the fire ...

When does a comment online cross the line?

posted 9th March 2018

From scathing reviews of hairdressers to online trolling and keyboard warriors – social media is awash with defamatory content. The instantaneousness and ease at which comments can be spread to a wide audience means that social media is a particularly dangerous medium for the publication of defamatory matter...

Security of Payment - 2017 Key Cases

posted 6th March 2018

Falsely sworn statutory declarations, misplaced letters by Australia Post… in 2017, we saw a range of strange and interesting cases before the courts under each jurisdiction’s Building and Construction Security of Payment Act (referred to throughout this e-brief as ‘SOP Act’). Check out these key cases ...

Are your leased premises being used for retail purposes?

posted 22nd February 2018

In the ACT, the Leases (Commercial and Retail) Act generally applies to small commercial premises and premises being used for the sale of retail goods and services. However, the test for determining whether a tenant is offering retail services may not be as simple as you think...