Clayton & Bant – A Dubai-ous Divorce

In Brief: In Clayton & Bant [2020] HCA 44 the High Court concluded that a ruling made in divorce proceedings in the United Arab Emirates, which did not deal with a full division of assets between the parties, did not preclude ...

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Business interruption insurance for COVID related losses; can insurance companies rely upon pandemic exclusion clauses? The Supreme Court say “no”

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across all industries have been severely impacted for a number of (obvious) reasons including lockdown measures and a decline in consumer spending. Businesses looking to recove...

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How can I recover a debt in 2021?

In 2020 the Federal Government introduced temporary changes which impacted some of the ways in which a creditor could recover debts owing by a debtor. With the majority of these temporary measures having come to an end on 31 De...

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Spotlight on Family Law

With the exception of buying a house, family law, of all the legal fields out there, is the area of law the average person is most likely to come into contact with throughout their life. The reason is self-evident – while most p...

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Insolvency law reforms: simplifying matters for eligible small businesses

Following the end of temporary measures to protect businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on 31 December 2020,  the new Corporations Amendment (Corporation Insolvency Reforms) Act 2020 (Cth) ("Act") and associat...

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Why assumptions should never replace good preparation

When employers and employees appear at the Fair Work Commission, they do not have the automatic right to be represented by a lawyer.  Unlike in other jurisdictions, it is assumed a party will represent themselves, unless the FWC ...

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