Pigott Stinson welcomes new Family Law Partner

By Ray Travers

We are pleased to announce that Celia Oosterhoff has joined Pigott Stinson as our new Family Law Partner. Celia is accredited by the NSW Law Society as an Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and is experienced in all aspects of family law advice and dispute resolution. She has over 12 years’ experience practising exclusively in Family

COVID-19 update

By Ray Travers

Last updated: 26 March 2020 at 10:00 pm I know that over the last week you would have received many communications from different sources in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The last thing I want to do at this time is to add further emails to your inbox. However, after reflection, I thought it

Family violence and separation

By Celia Oosterhoff

Our media agencies are again awash with reports of the shocking murder/suicide of Hannah Baxter, and their three children, at the hands of her estranged husband, Rowan Baxter. It has been widely reported in the media that in the lead-up to the attacks, Ms Baxter was the victim of a range of behaviours by Mr

All you need to know about brand protection, but were afraid to ask…

By Daniel Fleming

Your business' brand and reputation is everything. When starting a new brand, registering trade mark can be an invaluable tool for protecting your goodwill, but registration alone may not be enough.

Lesson for landlords in retail lease appeal

By Daniel Fleming

Pigott Stinson acted for the successful applicant tenant in a recent decision by the NSW Court of Appeal confirming that it is possible for a landlord to be bound by a lease even though the tenant has not signed the agreement or even if no written agreement has been prepared.

Striking trouble under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW)

By Brent Wilson

Provisions under the Building and Construction Security of Payment Act 1999 provide participants in the commercial construction industry with the right to make regular 'payment claims'. A Club that fails to comply with a 'payment claim' runs the risk of being wound-up for insolvency. Clubs should ensure that they take all steps to mitigate this risk.

Reducing director liability

By Matt Goodwin

Directors play a crucial role in clubs across NSW. Merely by becoming a director of a registered club you are taking on risk. However, directors can manage and mitigate their exposure to risk by adopting a few simple, yet invaluable legal strategies.

Challenging a will

By Daniel Fleming

There are probably a few misconceptions out there about what it means to “contest a will”. When clients tell me they want to “contest” or “challenge" a will, it can mean a few different things, but in most cases, the phrase refers what is commonly known as a "family provision claim".

The peril of being a social club director: to admit, or not to admit (new members)?

By Daniel Fleming

Key points Even where club directors have a wide discretion to admit nor not admit membership applications, directors must exercise that discretion in good faith. A Court will not conduct a “merits review” of a board’s decision to admit or reject a membership application. A Club can be held to have engaged in oppressive conduct

Disclaimer of leases – when insolvency and futsal collide

By Daniel Fleming

A little while ago we posted about the risks of rushing to lodge a caveat when in fact there is no caveatable interest. It is possible however, for an interest that is caveatable at the time of lodgement to lose its status as an interest in land if the agreement underpinning the interest is disclaimed

Don’t shoot the messenger – liability for third party posts and comments

By Ray Travers

Any organisation that engages with a social media platform assumes the risk that comments made on that platform may result in liability under various laws, including the law of defamation. Your organisation can minimise its exposure by implementing policies and procedures to ensure that all comments posted to the organisation’s social media pages are reviewed

When there’s a will, there may not always be a way

By Allison Wood

Despite being one of the most important documents that you will ever prepare, careless drafting or simple errors can lead to your will being invalidated. Although you cannot completely eliminate the possibility of a dispute arising in relation to your will, a well drafted will can significantly reduce that likelihood. You should consider updating your