In the matter of Assta Labels Pty Ltd: A “Warning Label” to ensure your PPSR registrations are correct

Registering your security interest on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) correctly is a critical step in perfecting your security interest under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). A recent NSW Supreme Court case, In the matter of Assta Labels Pty Ltd [2018] NSWSC 1094 (Assta Labels) provides a good practical example of […]

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Impact of Family and Domestic Violence Leave entitlements on Family Law cases

As part of its four yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has been considering submissions on the potential inclusion of family and domestic leave into those awards (see previous article here). The FWC has now determined that such leave should be provided for in awards and has finalised the model clause […]

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New Banking Code of Practice

  Click here for full size image.  Authored by: Annette Gaber, Partner Anna Koumides, Senior Associate

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Lease or Licence?

It is common in developments where the developer does not own the land that a developer will enter into a development agreement with the land owner coupled with a construction lease or licence to occupy and construct on the land. The ability to occupy the land is crucial to undertaking the development and if the […]

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Landlords beware – Ipso facto reforms further restrict your rights on insolvency default

On 1 July 2018, the new Insolvency Law reforms in relation to the restrictions on “Ipso Facto” clauses came into force (see new s.415D, s.434J and s.451E of the Corporations Act). In short, the Ipso Facto reforms create an automatic stay on a party’s right to enforce a provision to terminate or amend a Contract […]

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Malicious or criminal attacks the main cause of notifiable data breaches

The number of reported data breaches in Australia significantly increased in the period of 1 April to 30 June 2018, according to the second report on the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).  The scheme, which commenced on 22 February 2018, requires private sector and federal government entities […]

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Company fined for unlawful clearing of marine plants

In the course of carrying out works on private land fronting the Maroochy River on the Sunshine Coast, a company deposited waste building material and fill over an area of low lying land on the property and an adjacent wetland area. Following a complaint from the public, the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) commenced […]

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Application for summary judgment dismissed by Planning and Environment Court

The Planning and Environment Court has refused an application for a summary judgment in relation to an originating application made by the Council of the City of Gold Coast seeking declarations and consequential orders in respect of non-compliance with conditions of a development approval for a motor vehicle repair station over premises located in Ormeau. […]

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Brisbane’s Future Blueprint

Brisbane is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia and Brisbane City Council has released Brisbane’s Future Blueprint to guide the Council’s actions in shaping the future of Brisbane. While intended to improve planning and development outcomes for the city, the Blueprint presents a number of risks and challenges and has the potential to […]

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Changes to a 15 level multi-unit residential development are not a minor change

The Planning and Environment Court has refused an appeal against the decision of Brisbane City Council to refuse a change application for a minor change to a development approval on the basis that the change would result in ‘substantially different development’. The decision provides useful guidance on the consideration of whether proposed changes are a […]

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Major Victoria Planning Provisions reform with the gazettal of Amendment VC148

Yesterday (31 July 2018), the Victorian Government gazetted Amendment VC148, providing the most significant overhaul of the Victoria Planning Provisions (the VPP) since they were first introduced in 1997. Designed to modernise and simplify the Victorian Planning System, the reforms have been brought in after nearly a year of consultation led by the “Smart Planning” […]

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The first reported foreclosure in Queensland for 35 years – an innovative litigation solution

In June 2018, we assisted one of our government clients to achieve an innovative solution that delivered benefit for both the agency and its defaulting borrower whose security property was in significant negative equity – the first reported foreclosure in Queensland since 1981. The result provided the agency with protection, control and costs savings, and […]

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