Update on Electronic Signatures under Section 127 of the Corporations Act

Electronic execution of documents is once again permitted under section 127 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ("Corporations Act"). On 10 August 2021, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No.1) Bill 2021 ("the Bill") passed...

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What happens when an executor fails to defend actions brought against the estate?

Family provision claims made by a de facto partner and a disabled adult child In Menzies v Perta; Perta v Perta  [2021] VCC 941, the deceased's de facto partner and daughter (from a previous relationship) issued proceedings in ...

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An update to the Complaints Practice Guide for Victorian Councils

Last month, the Victorian Ombudsman published an updated version of the 'Councils and Complaints – A Good Practice Guide' (Version 2) (Practice Guide). The Practice Guide incorporates important changes to enable Councils to comp...

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Last minute amendments to the design and distribution obligations

Everyone in the financial services sector is working hard on preparations for the implementation of the new laws imposing design and distribution obligations (DDO obligations) on the issuers and distributors of financial, deposit ...

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Are your terms and conditions up to date?

In 2020, the Fair Trading Act 1987 (NSW) introduced new amendments which require suppliers to take extra steps to inform consumers of certain terms and conditions. These changes have been enforceable from January 2021 and as of 31...

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High Court delivers win for employers on casual employment

In a landmark decision with major consequences, the High Court of Australia unanimously reversed a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court on 4 August 2021(WorkPac Pty Ltd v. Rossato & ors [2021] HCA 23) (see earlier a...

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