‘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

Protecting your confidential information in an amalgamation

By Bruce Gotterson

After the club which has called for expressions of interest in an amalgamation has selected its proposed amalgamation partner, the clubs will proceed to negotiate the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”). Whilst the clubs negotiate the terms of the MOU, each of the amalgamating clubs should undertake a due diligence process on the

Amalgamations: what you need to know

By Bruce Gotterson

Although the concept of an amalgamation may be familiar to many people in the club industry, you may be less familiar with the steps involved unless you have had first-hand experience and involvement in one. An amalgamation of two registered clubs is one of the most legally and commercially complex matters that a registered club

COVID-19 Update: General Meetings – Temporary Measures

By Bruce Gotterson

The NSW Government has introduced measures to provide financial relief for commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Regulations introduce a range of new protections for tenants of commercial and retail leases and limit the power of landlords to take steps to enforce terms of a lease during the period prescribed in the Regulations.