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Building Disputes with Home Owners or Builders

Home Owners If you get into a building dispute with your Builder, prior to making an application in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“NCAT”), you are required to attempt to resolve your dispute with the Builder through NSW Fair Trading. NSW Fair Trading (“Fair Trading”) will then attempt to mediate your dispute. The first …

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Are you lending money to a family member to purchase a property?

It is common for family members to enter into a Deed of Loan when lending money to a party purchasing a property. One of our recommendations to coincide with a Deed of Loan is that it should be secured. We recommend you do this by lodging a caveat over the to protect the lenders interest. …

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Ban on Cross Examination in Family Law Domestic Violence cases

The Family Law Act was recently changed. These changes were to ban personal cross-examination in family law proceedings involving allegations of family violence. This new legislation only applies in specific circumstances from 10 September 2019 (6 months after the commencement of the amendments). The Court is also now required to use other protections for victims …

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Are your causal employees really casual?

WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 What’s the case all about? A recent Full Federal Court (‘Court’) decision may have major implications for employers and labour hire companies who rely on a casual workforce.   Mr Paul Skene accepted an offer of casual employment from WorkPac Pty Limited (‘WorkPac’) and worked for two …

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Is my claim for a debt statute barred?

Contractual relationships govern most of our daily interactions and over the course of our lives most of us will enter into a contract either as an individual or business. In many cases, these contracts concern one party owing money to another. What often comes as a surprise is that in NSW, there comes a time …

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