Property update - 31 August 2015

Since the forced sale earlier this year of the $39 million Point Piper Mansion, Villa de Mare, which was acquired in breach of Australian foreign investment laws, the Government has foreshadowed the introduction of a tougher and more robust foreign investment regime which would create greater transparency and increase compliance.  Read more...

Financial Services update - 25 August 2015

A recent superannuation decision has delivered a surprising result worthy of review for trustees. In Beck v Colonial Staff Super the court held that a trustee's exercise of its power to amend the relevant trust deed in order to remove a discretionary benefit payable to a member was invalid and in breach of the trustee's duties under general law and superannuation legislation. It is our view that this decision is particular to its own facts, however, caution should be taken when making amendments to trust deeds which remove a beneficiary's right to discretionary benefits.
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Litigation update - 29 April 2015

A recent decision confirms that where a creditor has received a preferential payment, they may offset that payment against any pre-liquidation debt they are owed. From an insolvency practitioner’s perspective, this could significantly reduce or nullify the quantum of any unfair preference claim it may have against a creditor.  Read more...

Contract Law newsletter - 13 April 2015

Contract Law - Year in Review is an annual publication. This edition provides insight into the key contract law cases of 2014.  Read more...

Corporate eBulletin - 13 April 2015

The Full Federal Court has overturned last year's controversial decision that late payment fees charged by ANZ Bank were 'extravagant and exorbitant' and were therefore penalties and unenforceable. We examine the Federal Court's refocusing of the penalty doctrine and the broadening of the categories of costs that can be taken into account when assessing the reasonableness of a fee.  Read more...

Corporate eBulletin - 27 March 2015

On Thursday 26 March 2015, the controversial data retention or 'metadata' law was passed by the Senate with bipartisan support. In this eBulletin, we flag some important implications of these new laws in relation to privacy obligations and the imminent arrival of a mandatory data breach notification scheme.  Read more...

Corporate Law update - 25 March 2015

The Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Act 2014 has now come into effect. This e-Bulletin provides a short summary of the key changes implemented by the Act.  Read more...

Defamation eBulletin - 23 March 2015

In this eBulletin, we consider the legal protections of copyright, privacy and defamation, and the options available to you if you find your image or photographs being used online without your permission.  Read more...

Competition Law Update - 20 February 2015

In this eBulletin, we review the ACCC's new priorities for 2015 and what they may mean for your business.  Read more...

Commercial Disputes eBulletin - 17 December 2014

In a recent case, the Full Federal Court found that a company which had incorporated almost exactly the same words as its competitor's trade mark as part of a search engine optimisation campaign had not infringed the competitor's trade mark.

In this eBulletin, we review the decision and the lessons that came out of it for trade mark owners. We also look at the decision in the broader context of trade mark disputes relating to search engine results.
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