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Publication - 06 Jul 15

An employee's misconduct during and following his work's Christmas function was the subject of a recent decision of the Fair Work Commission. Worryingly for employers, the Commission took a fairly narrow view of which allegations could be relied upon as being valid grounds of dismissal. Essentially, the misconduct which occurred following... Read More

Publication - 02 Jul 15

In Melbourne Stadiums Ltd v Sautner,1 a Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia held that once a contract has been lawfully terminated (whether by either party on notice, on grounds of redundancy or otherwise), an employer cannot later exercise a right to summarily terminate the contract, as a contract... Read More

Publication - 02 Jul 15

In Cerin v ACI Operations,1 an employer tried to persuade the Federal Circuit Court that its employee's employment had come to an end due to the "doctrine of frustration", which allows contracts to be set aside where an unforeseen event leads to circumstances where contractual obligations cannot be fulfilled. On this... Read More

Publication - 02 Jul 15

In the recent decision in Cerin v ACI Operations,1 the Federal Circuit Court rejected an employer's argument that its employee's employment had come to an end due to the "doctrine of frustration", which allows contracts to be set aside where an unforeseen event leads to circumstances where contractual obligations cannot... Read More

Publication - 16 Dec 14

In any de facto relationship or marriage, the boundary between "what's mine" and "what's ours" is not always clear cut in the eyes of the law.  In this article, we discuss asset planning and look at how a Financial Agreement can be a valuable asset planning tool for those wishing to protect... Read More

Publication - 16 Dec 14

Family violence is unfortunately more prevalent than many realise and impacts many Australian families and children. During 2013/2014, police responded to 65,000 family violence incidents in the state of Victoria alone. A number of recent tragic incidences of family violence have led to increased media reporting and political attention about family... Read More

Publication - 16 Dec 14

Court proceedings resulting from a relationship breakdown can be emotionally challenging - litigation is a big step which should not be taken lightly. Our role as lawyers is to ensure that our clients and their advisors (eg financial professionals) are aware of the process, its advantages and also its shortcomings, including... Read More

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