To advise, or not to advise: financial agreements

By Celia Oosterhoff

Financial agreements made under the Family Law Act can be set aside on various grounds, including the provision of independent legal advice before entering into a binding financial agreement.

‘Three Strikes’ licensing is out: how the new ‘Demerit Point Scheme’ works

By Julian Hawkins

On 1 January 2021, Liquor and Gaming NSW's new 'Demerit and Incentives Point System' replaced the existing 'Violent Venues, Three Strikes and Minor Sanctions Scheme'. The new scheme adopts a fundamentally different approach, actively encouraging compliance through the use of both incentive and deterrent measures.

COVID-19 Update: Changes to development consent laws in NSW

By Mark Fitzpatrick

2020 saw several significant amendments to rules regulating the lapsing and rejection of development consents in NSW. This article summarises some of these changes to statute and recent case law considering the amended legislation. 

‘Til death do us part: a guide to family provision claims by de facto partners, spouses and former spouses

By Cameron Sydes

Spouses, de facto partners and former spouses are eligible persons who may bring a claim for further provision from the deceased's estate. The Court will balance a diverse range of factors when determining whether to make an order for provision and the extent of any further provision ordered.

Buyer Beware: Some of the risks of purchasing shares in a Company

By John Pegg

When a purchaser looks to acquire a business, it usually faces a choice between acquiring all the assets of the business or acquiring the shares in the company that owns the business. Each approach has its own benefits and risks. This article focuses on the issues which arise for a purchaser when acquiring shares in

Stop Standing By: the key to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace is commitment

By Leonie Kyriacou

Eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace requires a serious effort, but there are strategies that help to achieve that goal.  All it takes is employers who are committed to prioritising a safe workplace above all else.

Good food, good gambling – bad food?

By Bruce Gotterson

This article appeared in the December edition of ClubLife Magazine. You can download a PDF version of the article here. Good quality food is a must in any successful club and as catering is a specialized skill many clubs outsource their catering to an external caterer. One of the key ingredients to any successful arrangement

Financial elder abuse

By Daniel Fleming

Elder abuse is a well-recognised problem in Australian society which commonly occurs within family context. Although elder abuse is not itself recognised as a claim or cause of action, other legal remedies may be available if you know or suspect someone to be the victim of elder abuse.

COVID-19 and business interruption insurance – a win for businesses

By Chris Sydes

The NSW Court of Appeal's recent decision has significant consequences for registered clubs and businesses impacted by COVID-19

JobKeeper 2.0: JobKeeper enabling directions

By Leonie Kyriacou

JobKeeper enabling directions allow employers, who qualify and participate in the JobKeeper scheme, to issue certain directions to employees, including stand down directions, directions to change duties and directions to change the location of work.

JobKeeper 2.0: What does it all mean?

By Leonie Kyriacou

The Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Jobkeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020 was passed through both Houses of Parliament on 1 September 2020, which followed an announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 21 July 2020 that the ‘JobKeeper’ payments would be extended beyond 31 December 2020.

So, what is due diligence and what does the process involve?

By Bruce Gotterson

In our previous newsletter which was distributed earlier this week, we discussed the need for clubs to enter into confidentiality deeds as part of the due diligence process. From our newsletter, we have received some enquiries as to the due diligence process in respect of club amalgamations. In the commercial world, there are many different