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Updates to director resignation provisions under the Corporations Act

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Section 203A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (a replaceable rule) provides that a director may resign by giving written notice of the resignation to the company at its registered office. For companies with a...

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COVID-19 Vaccines – Critical Questions for your Workplace

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Guidance for the vaccine roll out in Australian workplaces was released by the Federal Government on 19 February 2021.  This took place via a media release from Christian Porter, Minister for Industrial Relations and updated...

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Federal Treasurer announces extension of measures relating to virtual AGMs and signing and sending electronic documents

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The temporary COVID-19 exemptions regarding virtual AGMs and signing and sending electronic documents has been extended until 15 September 2021, Federal Treasurer the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP has announced. Importantly, the announcement also foreshadowed that some of the...

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Further Extension of COVID-19 rent relief scheme in Victoria – update

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Extension On 14 December 2020, the Victorian Small Business Commission confirmed that the Victorian Covid-19 rent relief scheme for retail and commercial leases, which was due to expire on 31 December, would be further extended...

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Clayton & Bant – A Dubai-ous Divorce

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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...

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

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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 recover those...

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How can I recover a debt in 2021?

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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...

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Spotlight on Family Law

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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....

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Insolvency law reforms: simplifying matters for eligible small businesses

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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 associated regulations commenced on...

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Why assumptions should never replace good preparation

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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,...

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Home office set up, or setting up the office at home?

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Fair Work Commission confirms desk not required to be provided to employee working from home It has been a turbulent year for most workplaces, including managing the sudden shift to working from home arrangements. Against...

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New Customs legislation to change the effect of recent Australian cases – However, we still need to learn French

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Over the past few years, Customs has had some major, and at times, surprising losses in Australian Courts and Tribunals (including one case where wheelie bins were classified as vehicles!).  The most high profile loss...

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