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Australian Tariff Classification Update

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Classification of common household products is not as straightforward as it seems  What do baby wipes, vitamins, weight loss tablets and apple cider have in common? They have all been the subject of Australian legal...

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The keys are in the Porsche

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Good transport operators always have their clients accept their carefully drafted terms and conditions, which usually acts to exclude liability for their negligence. In an industry where margins are tight, prices are often set on...

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Update | Banking and Finance | February 2019

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In this issue Royal Commission releases its final report Mutual sector announces review of Customer Owned Banking Code of Practice Banks have until July 2019 to comply with new Banking Code of Practice AFCA and...

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Private Business Exits

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In the first of a four part video series, Principal Nick Miller provides practical advice for private business owners looking to exit. Watch now

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Uncertainty Continues for the Proportionate Liability Regime in Australia

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In two recent cases, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has considered the issue as to whether the proportionate liability provisions in the Commonwealth legislation apply in circumstances where a plaintiff has...

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An Update on the New GST Withholding Regime for the Sale of Residential Premises

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On 1 July 2018, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No) Bill 2018 came into effect. The Bill introduced changes affecting both vendors and purchasers of all residential property. It is particularly relevant to the...

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ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Act 2017 Becomes Law and Implements an Industry Funding Model

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On 15 June 2017, the Senate passed the ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Bill 2017 and related bills to implement an industry funding model for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Regulations that provide additional...

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National Mortgage Form About to be Rolled Out

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The development of the National Mortgage Form (NMF) by the Australian Registrars National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC) has been in development for many years. It is hoped the implementation of the NMF will simplify the...

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Standardisation of Statements of Advice and Clawback Rights for Life Insurance

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ASIC has in the past issued sample standard forms for different products. In another step along the road towards standardisation, on the 31st May, ASIC released a consultation paper on a new sample Statement of...

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What the Trans-Pacific Partnership Means for Countries that Trade with Australia

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It is expected that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be signed on 8 March 2018. While Australia has free trade agreements with nine of the eleven TPP members, the TPP still represents significant opportunities for exporters...

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Points to Consider When Preparing for a Business Merger

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Melbourne Partner Nick Miller sat down with Heather Dawson of Business Essentials to discuss mergers and some of the key points to consider, legal and otherwise, when preparing a business for a merger. CLICK HERE to...

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Duty of Care to Police Officers: Individual Circumstances Need to be Considered

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On 10 May 2018, Mahony DCJ delivered a judgment in favour of the Defendant in the District Court of New South Wales concerning a claim for work injury damages by a former police officer (Melanie...

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