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Significant Changes to Casual Employment – Know your new obligations

The implementation of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Job and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (“Amendment Act”) on 27 March 2021 ends the opportunity for employees to ‘double dip’ on claims for entitlements and enables casual employees to request permanent employment. However, it also places significant obligations on employers of casual employees. Under the Amendment Act, […]


Contesting a Will in Victoria

Have you been left out of a Will or not provided for enough from a deceased estate? If so, you may be eligible to contest the Will. There are varying rules across Australian states for contesting a Will. Where the deceased permanently lived, owned real estate and the date of the deceased’s death are relevant. […]

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What are my Duties as an Executor of a Will?

An executor is a person appointed in a Will to administer the estate of the Will maker. The estate of a deceased person is the composite of their assets and liabilities. When there is no Will left, the person to deal with the administration of the estate will be somebody appointed by the Court as […]

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Changes to Retail Tenancy Laws

Disclosure statements and market rent reviews for further terms (lease renewals)  From 1 October 2020 retail leasing has changed due to amendments to the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (“the Act”). Changes to notice and disclosure obligations in relation to further lease terms (renewals) Where a lease contains an option for a further term, s.28 of […]

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Are Commercial Tenants Entitled to Further Rent Relief?

Yes – the Victorian Government has extended the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme) to 31 December 2020 (the Extension Period). Under the extended Scheme, commercial landlords must offer rent relief within the Extension Period that is in proportion to the fall in turnover if the tenant is eligible.  For instance, the rent relief should be […]


Trade Mark Licensing

If you are licensing your trade mark, you could be permitting more than you bargained for… Did you know, that if you licence another party to use your trade mark, the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) confers certain rights on the licensee (known as the authorised user).  These statutory rights permit the licensee to: commence trade mark infringement proceedingsgive […]

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The False Economy of a Will Kit

A clause in a homemade will can appear crystal clear to the person writing the will, yet it can be very ambiguous to another person reading it after the will-maker has died.  Many people think making a homemade will saves money, but they are often wrong. In recent times there has been an increase in […]

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Legal Trivia: Undercover Agents and GST Law

Did you know? For those of our clients who have part time work as an undercover agent for a government law enforcement agency – a valid tax invoice is NOT required to claim an input tax credit for a creditable acquisition if it relates to a reimbursement of an expense relating to your work as an undercover agent.  […]

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