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Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory August 1, 2011

Privacy Exemptions for Small Business

Recent events regarding the abuse of privacy in the UK, namely the News of the World scandal and its subsequent closure, have prompted a wider debate about privacy and privacy legislation in Australia. To date, The Privacy Act exempts businesses with an annual turnover of $3 million or less. Telecommunications service providers, however, do have […]

Immigration Law July 1, 2011

Abroad and fraud: avoid migration scams

Fraud is a criminal offence in Australia, and that includes the migration process. Migration fraud includes document fraud, where visa applicants are responsible for the information contained within, even if someone completes it for you. Identify your identity – watch for fraud Becoming a victim of migration fraud could mean you lose money, your visa […]

Family Law July 1, 2011

Family Law: Basic Questions Relating to Parenting Orders

Parenting orders are enforceable arrangements that deal with the welfare of a child. Orders can be made by the courts, however, the desirable outcome is for the parties to reach an agreement without the intervention of the legal system. If the separating parties are unable to resolve their issues, the courts will intervene. Who can […]

Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory July 1, 2011

Social Networking in Business

Many businesses including small businesses have embraced social networking sites as a way to market their products and services.  Facebook fan pages are often a popular choice, enabling members of the public to post comments about a product or service. As a result of a recent Federal Court of Australia decision, businesses may be liable […]

Immigration Law June 1, 2011

Guarding the guardians: student visa subclass 580

Student visa subclass 580 International students under 18 years of age studying in Australia on a student visa may require a guardian. There may also be exceptional circumstances where a student over 18 years of age may need a guardian for religious or cultural reasons. Student Guardian Visa 580 – what is it? This visa […]

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 […]