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Our thorough industry understanding allows us to address your legal issues in the context of the challenges that really matter to your business.

DibbsBarker provides a full suite of commercial legal services

Our service offerings are tailored to your requirements. We team closely across the firm to provide comprehensive legal advice that covers all elements of your matter.

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Our personal service, flexibility, accessibility and deep industry understanding ensure a unique service to our clients, helping them achieve their business goals.

Recent News and Publications
Lesson for administrators: plan ahead for the first creditors' meeting
Many administrators might expect a first creditors' meeting to be relatively formulaic and uneventful, addressing little more than the appointment of a committee of creditors. However, administrators should be aware that these first meetings can potentially involve more substantive action. The Federal Court recently considered a circumstance in which a first meeting of creditors involved the passing of a resolution to extend the period of time for convening the second creditors' meeting, with the Court noting that this was a 'significant' factor favouring the grant of the extension.
High Court unanimously rejects patenting of isolated DNA in breast cancer gene case
The High Court of Australia today unanimously allowed an appeal from the Full Federal Court, holding that isolated nucleic acid (such as DNA or RNA) corresponding to forms of the BRCA1 gene associated with increased cancer risk is not a ‘patentable invention’ within the meaning of Australia’s Patents Act 1990 (Cth) (Act). The decision in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc [2015] HCA 35 was much anticipated, with potentially wide-ranging implications for access to certain types of genetic material by the scientific and research community. We summarise the High Court’s decision below.
Resolving statutory illegality in landlord and tenant disputes
How do you resolve an apparent competition between two separate pieces of legislation, where one creates rights that are seemingly taken away by the other? This was the question recently considered by the High Court in a dispute between a landlord and tenant where the issue of statutory illegality came to the fore. In Gnych v Polish Club Ltd, the High Court ruled that the landlord could not rely on its own breach of one statute to argue against the existence of a lease under another statute.
Recent Webcasts
Maree Skinner, head of our Employee & Industrial Relations team, talks to BRR Media about the legal risks that can arise when the work-life balance becomes blurred and employees are expected to be available outside of their regular working hours.
Lis Boyce, Partner in our Commercial team, comments on some of the growing technology trends in the healthcare industry. Lis is joined by Special Counsel Marie Feltham, a specialist in privacy and health regulation, to discuss particular issues relating to the collection and use of health data and the increase in patients' engagement with their own devices and treatment.
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.