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How should employers manage the COVID-19 vaccination roll out?

With COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out in Australia, employers may be considering asking their employees whether they have been, or will be, vaccinated against the virus. They may also be wondering whether they can, or should,…

Types of assets and estate planning

A common misconception in estate planning is that all of your assets (no matter the capacity in which they are held) are ‘estate assets’ and governed by your Will. The distribution of an asset will…

Sambucco: Revocation of a Will by marriage

Many people are not aware that a marriage can revoke a Will. Similarly, a divorce can invalidate appointments and gifts in a Will to the spouse. Sambucco v Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria…

Changes to Trust transactions – What you need to know

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently foreshadowed the application of section 100A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (the Act) will be broadened. The implications are that trust transactions that usually would…

Property Developers look out – Owners Corporation changes are coming

Shopping for an Owners Corporation Manager is the easy part. It is the juggling act of maintaining your vision as a Developer whilst continuing to act in the best interests of the Owners Corporation that…

Corporate Insolvency Reforms for Small Business

On 31 December 2020, the extension of the temporary relief measures introduced by the Federal Government on 22 March 2020 came to an end. In their place, the Corporations Amendment (Corporate Insolvency Reforms) Act 2020…

Patent Law Update – High Court Overturns 100 Years of Law

Late last year, the High Court of Australia overturned more than 100 years of precedent when it handed down its decision in Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corporation [2020] HCA 41 (Calidad v Seiko)….

The new illegal Phoenixing Legislation effecting Director Resignations

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Act 2020 (Phoenixing Act) was enacted last month to assist ASIC and liquidators to combat illegal phoenixing activity in Australia. The Phoenixing Act amends the Corporations Act 2001,…

2020 Vision and Returning to Offices

After nearly a year of working from home, returning 50% (and now 75%) of staff to offices is confusing. Do we want to go back to our offices? Do we work better at home? Do…

Review your Wills in Light of Changes to the FIRB Regime

The Australian Government have introduced changes to our foreign investment laws (FIRB Regime) which have come into effect from 1 January 2021. The new amending legislation is as follows: Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia’s National…

What’s next for Landlords and Tenants?

With the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020 (‘Regulations’) due to end on 28 March 2021, Landlords and Tenants are faced with interesting issues. Rent relief agreements Many Landlords and Tenants…

New General Environmental Duty (GED) to impact businesses

Businesses need to be aware of a new regulation around harm to the environment and human health. Noise pollution, chemical storage, waste management and contamination will all be put under the microscope, closer than ever…