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Major changes to Long Service Leave Laws

Employment Law     

Long Service Leave Law changes Employees and employers are well aware that one of the entitlements accrued by employees is Long Service Leave. The Victorian Parliament has recently passed the Long Service Leave Bill (2017). This new legislation will come into force from early November 2018, at the latest, and contains some major changes. How

What Business Structure Should You Choose?

Business Law     

When starting a business, it is important to decide firstly the legal structure of the business. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to business structures. Your options include operating as a sole proprietor, a partnership, a company or through a trust. You may even want to use a combination of these structures. This article

What is a Caveat?

Property Law     

What is a caveat? A caveat is an instrument that can be registered with Land Victoria to temporarily stop any dealings with a property. A caveat can prevent transfers of a property from being registered on the Certificate of Title and therefore stop someone from taking legal ownership of a property. You can find out

Underquoting in Real Estate Transactions

Property Law     

What are the obligations of real estate agents? The amendments to the Act took effect on 1 May 2017 and introduce a range of new measures against underquoting in residential property sales. The measures will now include the following: Property selling prices and likely selling prices must be specifically advertised either as a single price

Family Dispute Resolution

Family Law     

Do I have to go to Mediation before going to Court? Family Dispute Resolution is a form of mediation in the family law context that is utilised as a means to resolve disputes. Generally, you should attempt some form of mediation prior to engaging in the stressful and expensive process of going to Court. Family

Statutory Demand

If the Company does not respond to a letter of demand, the next step can often be to serve a Creditor’s Statutory Demand. A Statutory Demand requires the Company to satisfy its debt to you within 21 days of service. If the Company fails to do so, or fails to apply to set aside the

Can I be personally liable as a director?

Business Law     

This is a common question that arises for directors, whether it be directors of a proprietary limited company or public company: can I be personally liable as a director? There are various situations whereby you are protected from being sued in your personal capacity as a director. However, you cannot solely rely on these methods

How does an Intervention Order Work?

Family Law     

What is a Family Violence Intervention Order? In Victoria, a Family Violence Intervention Order (“IVO”) is an Order made in the Magistrate’s Court to protect a victim from domestic violence, generally perpetrated by an intimate partner or former partner. Sometimes an IVO is referred to as a “Restraining Order”, a “Family Violence Order”, or an