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Family Law June 1, 2011

Sharing Time in Relocation Cases

When the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) was amended in 2006, it introduced the concepts of “equal shared parental responsibility”, “equal time” and “substantial and significant time”. Until the High Court of Australia decision in MRR v GR, [2010] HCA 4, the relationship between these concepts was unclear in relocation cases.  One fundamental principle of the […]

Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory June 1, 2011

Contracting Principles for Small Business

Contracts are a fundamental part of operating a small business. Selling goods, purchasing materials, leasing premises and employing workers all involve entering into legally binding contracts. It is important to understand the essential elements of a contract so that you can develop solid business arrangements. A solicitor can assist your business develop best practices. It […]

Commercial and Business Law, Immigration Law April 1, 2011

Getting over overseas employment immigration

Australia has certain industries where overseas staff are needed. Businesses are allowed to recruit and employ staff from overseas (non-residents) with a right to be employed in Australia. This may be on a temporary or permanent basis. Temporary 457 visas This subclass 457 visa is valid between 3 months to 4 years and involves 3 […]

Immigration Law April 1, 2011

Ease-a visa cancellation

The process of obtaining a visa is lengthy, as is the process of cancellation. Having your visa cancelled, either by request or involuntarily by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, is serious as it can mean detention and removal from Australia. So what does it mean when your visa is cancelled? “This is the situation” […]

Family Law April 1, 2011

Children – Who decides which school?

If you are unable to reach an agreement through mediation or conciliation on the school which your child will attend than you may be in the position of needing to make an application to the Family Court for an order specifying the school the child is to attend. The Full Court of the Family Court […]

Family Law April 1, 2011

New Surrogacy Act 2010 commences: 1 March 2011

As of 1 March 2011, it is an offence in NSW to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements. The Surrogacy Act 2010 came into effect on the 1st March this year, making it illegal to begin commercial surrogacy arrangements after that date, however, regulations to be made under the Act do make provision for those who […]

Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory April 1, 2011

What you need to know about buying a franchise

It sounds ideal – a solid business opportunity where you still get to be your own boss. If you are considering buying a franchise you need to make sure that you are buying into a solid business opportunity and not a scam. Before you sign on the dotted line be aware of the following issues […]

Commercial and Business Law April 1, 2011

Australian Consumer Law

Since 1 January 2011, all Australian businesses have been operating under a new, national consumer law. The Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) has been renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). Schedule 2 of that statute sets out the new Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL replaced provisions in 20 national, state and territorial […]

Immigration Law, Wills and Estates Law March 1, 2011

Retirement requirements and immigration

Thinking about your retirement can be daunting, even though we are constantly reminded since the start of our careers to think about it. Did you know there are Retirement Visas for older people who want to retire in Australia? There are certain requirements that need to be satisfied, and different visa options depending on your […]

Family Law, Property Law March 1, 2011

Property Settlements and bankruptcy

If you are involved in family law property proceedings and the other party to the marriage or de facto relationship goes bankrupt it will affect the way in which the Family Court is able to deal with the proceedings. When a person is bankrupt all their property, including personal property and real property, becomes vested […]