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17 January 2020

Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) – What is it?

On November 1, 2018 the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, or AFCA, commenced to receive complaints from consumers and small business. What is the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (‘AFCA’)? AFCA is not a government department or agency and is not a regulator of the financial services industry. AFCA are a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee that is governed by a […]

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3 December 2019

Costly false accusations – Wagner & Ors v Nine Network Australia & Ors

(📸 By Timothy – Flickr: Lake Annand 2, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12650243) On 6 September 2019 in the Supreme Court of Queensland, under the direction of Justice Applegarth, a jury found that Nine Network Australia & Ors (“Nine”) defamed Toowoomba’s Wagner brothers in a 60 Minutes report on 24 May 2015 about the Grantham floods […]

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26 November 2019

What are your legal rights when your land or property is being resumed through Compulsory Acquisition?

Why would my land be resumed? With the many major infrastructure projects (such as construction of new roads and busways) currently being undertaken across Queensland, many landowners are having part, or all of their property resumed/acquired by an authority to make way for the infrastructure. This process is known as Compulsory Acquisition. Compulsory acquisition occurs […]

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21 November 2019

Commercial Disputes – Arbitration, Mediation or Litigation?

What are your options should you find yourself in a dispute with: your landlord or body corporate over the conditions of your office suite or real property; or a customer or contractor about the meaning and implications of ambiguous terms in a contract; or a business partner over distribution efforts and rewards; or a former […]

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18 November 2019

Is a charity or not-for-profit organisation required to have a Whistleblower policy?

From 1 January 2020 charities and not-for-profits structured as public companies (including companies limited by guarantee) and large proprietary companies must have a whistleblower policy unless they have an annual consolidated revenue of less than $1 million. There is an obligation to make the policy available to all employees and office holders of the company. […]

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12 November 2019

Cross River Rail – Resumption of land and properties. What am I legally entitled to claim in compensation?

The Cross River Rail is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be undertaken in South East Queensland. The Project team have stated, “It is a critical public transport infrastructure project which will improve quality of life, help our economy keep growing, generate thousands of jobs, and activate urban development across the whole region.” As […]

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12 November 2019

Contracts – the fine print

“It’s better to do it now and ask for forgiveness later”. You may have heard this expression. Have you ever wondered how it can turn out? In the Queensland Supreme Court, a recent Court of Appeal decision has slapped down a land buyer who installed solar panels on a house without first getting the seller’s […]

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8 October 2019

How good is your word – Sebastian v Day

Most people know that contracts can be anything from a formal written agreement to a verbal promise, or a combination of both. They may also be familiar with the phrase “you are only as good as your word”. People often make handshake-deals with close friends or family due to the trust fostered within those relationships […]

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1 October 2019

Genuine Redundancy – A reminder to consult

In the midst of economic downturns or poor financial performance, employers are often faced with the difficult decision to restructure their business, or streamline/automate some of their processes to remain competitive. Sometimes employers are left with no other option but to make some of their hard-working employees redundant. However, employers should be wary of their […]

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23 September 2019

What is a Restraint Clause?

Business owners put a lot of hard work and effort into building their business. It is important to protect your commercial information and intellectual property. What do you do when an employee leaves to work for a competitor? Firstly, it is very important to have a well drafted employment agreement in place which contains strong […]

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