These days, de facto couples have effectively the same legal rights and remedies as married couples. This is might not sound particularly important, however if you're in a de facto relationship and you and your partner choose to go your separate ways, your relationship status can potentially have a major impact on your finances when it comes to dividing your assets and working out who gets what.
A recent decision by the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has confirmed that it remains possible for the parties involved in disciplinary proceedings to make joint submissions on the final orders to be made in relation to sanction.1
Lander & Rogers has advised First State Super on its first agricultural investment in Australia, which has a land value of around $67M and total transaction value of $150M. First State Super has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with Select Harvests in relation to three almond plantations across NSW, Victoria and SA. First State Super will own the land and lease it back for 20 years to Select Harvests, which has been appointed developer of the orchards and manager of the entire orchard portfolio. Select Harvests retains ownership of the almond crop.
Australia may not be in a property bubble, but housing and housing policy are key issues that need to be addressed by both government and industry. This was the view of Ken Marchingo, CEO Haven; Home Safe, and Carolyn Viney, CEO Grocon at Australian law firm Lander and Rogers' annual Economic Briefing in Melbourne last week.
"We need to change the language from one focussed on what people with disabilities can't do, to what they can do" said Lucy Macali, National Disability Recruitment Coordinator at a recent seminar hosted by Lander & Rogers and the Equal Employment Opportunity Network.
Victoria may soon introduce laws that permit all people conceived by donor material to access identifying information about their donor parent.
Another reporting season is nearly here, bringing with it the usual market disclosures and the subsequent investor and analyst briefings. ASIC's high profile proceedings against Newcrest Mining Limited last year, which saw it secure a significant $1.2M fine against Newcrest for breaches of Australia's continuous disclosure laws arising from selective investor briefings, are a cautionary tale for listed entities.