08 Sep 2014
Some say that law and science don’t mix. They have obviously not met the team at DibbsBarker. Rachel Sciascia is the latest recruit to the 300-strong firm, taking on the role of Special Counsel with the Intellectual Property, Technology and Competition (IPT&C) team in Brisbane.
02 Jul 2014
DibbsBarker is pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners from 1 July 2014, as well as 12 other promotions firm-wide for the new financial year.
20 Jun 2014
Lydia Daly, Senior Associate in the DibbsBarker Employee & Industrial Relations team, joined Anne Andersen from the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland on 5 June 2014, to present a webinar on 'Understanding disclosure of pre-existing conditions.
15 May 2014
DibbsBarker announces today that prominent restructuring and insolvency practitioner, Macaire Bromley has joined the firm as a partner.
30 Sep 2014
What standard should be met to obtain an extension of time to file evidence in patent opposition proceedings? Since the introduction of the Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (Raising the Bar) Regulation 2013 (No.1), what constitutes ‘reasonable, prompt and diligent’ action has required clarification. The recent decision of Mineral Technologies Pty Ltd v Orekinetics Investments Pty Ltd  APO 63 (the Orekinetics decision) provides insight into what constitutes an adequate explanation for obtaining an extension to file evidence in answer.
30 Sep 2014
This is the second instalment of our three part series examining standard lease terminology. This article looks at the term ‘fair wear and tear’. Irrespective of the type of premises leased, most commercial leases require the tenant to keep the premises in good repair, fair wear and tear excepted. The question for both landlords and tenants is what is ‘fair wear and tear’ and what is the scope of this exception?
26 Sep 2014
Since the introduction of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) there has been very little case law concerning the interpretation of its provisions. On Wednesday, 24 September 2014, the Federal Court of Australia delivered a decision confirming that a failure to properly perfect a security interest in the shadow of insolvency, will result in the vesting of the personal property in the insolvent estate.
25 Sep 2014
This article takes a closer look at current employee and industrial relations issues affecting employers in the agribusiness industry, and provides useful lessons to help minimise the associated risks.
Maree Skinner, Partner in the DibbsBarker Employee & Industrial Relations team, discusses a recent unfair dismissal case in the Federal Court, which highlights the importance of setting and enforcing workplace policies.
David Carter, Partner in our Financial Services team, discusses the draft prudential guidelines for residential mortgage lending practices, recently released by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.
Jonathon Hadley, Partner in the DibbsBarker Employee & Industrial Relations team, discusses the recent landmark ruling by the Fair Work Commission reducing Sunday penalty rates for certain classes of casual employees in the restaurant industry, and the implications this decision may have for employers in other industries.