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  • Casual Employees – they may not be as casual as you think!

    If your business employs a number of casuals you should be carefully reviewing the terms of their employment. There are two recent developments that will have a substantial impact on the employment of casual labour. 

    David Potts - Partner

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  • You could cop a $500 fine by obeying the street signs

    New road rules that came into affect last month will change the way you follow street signs. 

    Adam Bye - Senior Associate and Laura Hope - Law Cadet. 

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  • How the King of the Mountain cut the wrong corners

    In 2006 Peter Brock tragically passed away at a race meet and, like him, he joins many other famous celebrities who failed to get their Will properly in place. 

    Michael Mobberley - Associate 

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  • Does my neighbour have to contribute for the new fence?

    Disputes over fences are common and, if not handled carefully can turn once friendly relations between neighbours into awkward silences, steely glares and hostile territory.

    Mark Evans - Lawyer 

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  • How a trip from Sydney to Wollongong can cost you your license!

    Did you know that certain speeding offences can result in you automatically losing your license? 

    Adam Bye - Senior Associate 

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  • Free Billy - Why is Billy Slater allowed to play in the Grand Final?

    Surprisingly, the biggest talk out of the weekend's NRL action was not what took place on the field, but the management of the sport, and its disciplinary procedures in relation to Billy Slater. 

    Michell Micevski - Lawyer and Byron Turner - Law Cadet.

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  • Compensation for child abuse survivors

    Child abuse survivors having to stand up against big institutions in court is harrowing. However, proposed new changes into child sexual abuse will present a step forward in safeguarding justice for victims.  

    Natalee Davis - Lawyer 

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  • Surrogacy: yours, mine or ours?

    Surrogacy may have become a popular way for many couples in the limelight to have children, notably Kim and Kanye West, Elton John as well as Sarah Jessica Parker. But it isn't just a service for the rich and famous and if you find yourself wanting to pursue this avenue, you should seek legal advice before embarking on surrogacy.

    Franca Parolin - Senior Associate and Olivia Southall - Law Cadet

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  • When is it reasonable to dig up the past?

    Generally speaking, access to a court file is only permitted to the parties involved and named in the court proceedings on the file in question but permission can be granted to inspect a file.

     Franca Parolin - Senior Associate and Olivia Southall - Law Cadet

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  • 8 Key Tactics for Hiring the Right Employee

    Hiring the right employee enhances your work culture and for most businesses having the right person in the right position is crucial. This article will focus on some practical tips about how to get the best results for you.

    David Potts - Partner

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  • Do I have a right to a view?

    The dispute around James Packer's Crown Resorts involving views of Sydney Harbour from Barangaroo recently raised the question of do I have a right to a view?  

    Mark Evans - Lawyer and Byron Turner - Law Cadet. 

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  • AirBNB - 2 strikes and you're out!

    In this day and age, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't heard about the short term property renting phenomenon AirBNB. Whilst this "Uber'' of the property market has some property owners grinning, their neighbours aren't as impressed. 

    Michael Mobberley - Associate  

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  • Kells continues to promote top talent

    Kells is set to increase its Illawarra and Sydney position across a number of key specialities with the promotion of one Special Counsel, one Senior Associate and two new Associates, effective 1 July, 2018. The new Special Counsel, Senior Associate and two Associates build on Kells' reputation for advising clients on...

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  • Property Developers and GST: New Draft Laws to Ensure Compliance

    A new Bill has been introduced into Federal Parliament which makes amendments to several tax Acts aimed at strengthening compliance by property developers with their obligations to remit GST to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

    - Kyle Bridge with Mitchell Micevski, Lawyers - 

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  • Can a real estate agent be liable for misleading and deceptive conduct

    The Supreme Court of NSW reviewed the issues that can arise when a purchaser seeks to sue a real estate agent for misleading and deceptive conduct pursuant to section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law.

    - Alexandra Haverkamp, Lawyer - 

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  • Amendments to EPA Act have commenced

    Significant amendments to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 ("EPA Act") introduced by the Environmental Planning & Assessment Amendment Act2017 commenced on 1 March 2018.

    - Mark Evans, Lawyer. -

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  • Protection of your Employment whilst on Workers Compensation Benefits

    If you have a significant injury which will result in you being unable to return to work for some time, your right to continuing employment may be uncertain.

    - Natalee Davis, Lawyer - 

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  • Our Thirroul Office has Moved

    You won't have to look too hard to find our Thirroul office, we've moved right next door! A bright and modern space has been designed with your comfort in mind. Come and say hello sometime. 

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  • Local planning panels take place of councillors as consent authority.

    Amendments to the EPA Act regarding local planning panels commenced 26 February 2018. Councils within the Greater Sydney Region and Wollongong City Council must have their planning panels in place by 1 March 2018. From 1 March 2018 councillors are no longer able to exercise a council's functions as consent authority.

    - Mark Evans, Lawyer - 

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  • Workers Compensation Recipients: Don’t Let Your Leave Get Left Behind!

    If you are an injured worker in receipt of workers compensation and continue to be employed, you should be aware that you have a right to continue to accrue your leave entitlements. 

    Natalee Davis - Lawyer

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