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February 14, 2024

Can a Facebook post cost you?

Associate Principal Caroline Callegari summarises the consequences of a defamatory Facebook post for both author and victim, in Rodgers & Anor v Gooding [2023] QDC 115.

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February 1, 2024

Losing Trust in your Trustee?

Navigating concerns regarding the management of your interests by a trustee or executor can be a delicate matter. Litigation Lawyer Kevin Li summarises the issues that may arise and how they might be managed.

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January 30, 2024

Unfair Contract Terms and International Contracts

Does your business trade internationally?  If so, be aware that a recent High Court case has confirmed that Australian laws regarding unfair contract terms may apply to your contracts. Mitchell Zadow, Managing Principal and Accredited Specialist (Commercial Law) explains.

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January 18, 2024

Can Qualified Privilege be a Defence to an otherwise defamatory Google Review?

Your new purchase turns out to be a lemon. Before voicing your anger on social media, seek legal advice as to your rights as a customer and, further, the risks that can flow from venting your anger in the public domain. Associate Principal and Litigation Lawyer Caroline Callegari reviews a recent case.

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December 20, 2023

As a Director, can I be personally liable for financial risks?

As a director, there are various situations where you are protected from being sued in your personal capacity. However, these protections should not be relied upon as there are some circumstances where you can be personally pursued for liability, Caroline Callegari explains.

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December 20, 2023

Is your swimming pool or spa registered?

Swimming pools and spas have become increasingly popular additions to residential properties in Victoria. Property owners are responsible for ensuring that the pool or spa is registered and complies with safety standards, as Property Law Accredited Specialist Andre Ong explains.

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December 8, 2023

'Tis the Season for Festive Celebrations: Navigating Legal Pitfalls at the Office Christmas Party

Celebrations such as the office Christmas party can sometimes test the boundaries of acceptable workplace behaviour. Mehraaz Sidhu provides some tips for employers to avoid tinsel turmoil.

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December 7, 2023

Navigating solar panel installations in rented properties

Roof top solar panels are growing in popularity, including for commercial and retail properties. Property Lawyer Ignatius Suwanto highlights important points for tenants to consider.

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November 30, 2023

Beware your actions online - What you post can come back to bite!

Authors of online posts have little control of just how far their posts will travel beyond their intended audience. Posting without forethought may give rise to unanticipated and unwanted consequences, as Associate Principal Caroline Callegari explains.

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November 23, 2023

Going into business with family and friends? What could possibly go wrong!

Starting a business with family members or friends may seem like a good idea. But what happens when the gloss wears off? As shareholders with a financial interest, the fall out can be costly. Caroline Callegari, Associate Principal and Head of our Disputes & Litigation team explains.

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November 9, 2023

Fair Work update: Major changes to Employment Law

Having completed two significant rounds of changes to the Fair Work Act, the Federal Government has introduced a Bill that would result in a third tranche of substantial reforms. Workplace Relations Accredited Specialist Samuel Ellemor provides a handy summary of the recent, and proposed, changes.

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November 8, 2023

Challenges against a Will: What amounts to "disentitling conduct"?

Wills & Estates Lawyer Melinda Van Rooyen looks at a recent case of ‘disentitling conduct’ where a beneficiary challenged the asset distribution in a Will.

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