Recent news & publications

Date: 27 Sep 2017
Landlords and tenants of retail premises take note – there has been significant change to the regulation of trading hours for retail shops in Queensland, with the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act (Qld) 1990 (Act) having had its first major overhaul in more than 20 years.
Date: 30 Aug 2017
When a lease is being negotiated, landlords and tenants often pay little attention to the ‘make good’ provisions in the lease. As these clauses relate to what the tenant must do at the expiry or earlier termination of the lease, they are often glossed over as something that can be dealt with later.
Date: 08 Aug 2017
Electronic conveyancing commenced in NSW in 2013, allowing (but not requiring) lenders to electronically lodge mortgages and discharges of mortgages through Property Exchange Australia (PEXA).
Date: 28 Jul 2017
In New South Wales, the process for resolving a retail tenancy dispute is primarily governed by the Retail Leases Act 1994 (NSW) (RLA), which sets out the rights and obligations of the parties in resolving retail tenancy disputes, as well as the processes that must be followed.
Date: 30 Jun 2017
Key changes affecting Australian workplaces are about to take effect, impacting minimum wages, unfair dismissal, penalties for breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Fair Work Act) and superannuation contributions.
Date: 28 Jun 2017
As every landlord and tenant will know, disputes about a lease can arise for a wide variety of reasons. When a dispute relates to a retail lease in Victoria, the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (RLA) requires the dispute to be brought to the Victorian Small Business Commissioner (Commissioner) before it can be accepted by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Date: 31 May 2017
As we have explored previously, careless drafting of legal documents can have significant consequences, particularly when those documents come under the microscope in litigation.
Date: 24 May 2017
Three months from now, reforms to biodiversity legislation in NSW will come into effect. The NSW Government has opened a new round of consultation on the precise shape that some of those reforms should take, having released a package of information for public comment until 21 June.
Date: 27 Apr 2017
It has been some 13 years since the Retail Leases Act 1994 (NSW) (RLA NSW) was amended. In that time there have been intermittent opportunities for public submissions to the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, with changes to the legislation finally being debated in the NSW Parliament towards the end of last year.
Date: 23 Mar 2017
When assessing the value of buildings, property owners are quick to recognise the inherent worth in a physical asset such as premium floor space in a high rise or a prominent shopfront in a shopping centre.
Date: 17 Mar 2017
The March 2017 issue of Governance Directions, the official journal of Governance Institute of Australia, featured an article co-authored by Mark Baker-Jones titled ‘Governance and climate change risk’.
Date: 17 Mar 2017
In our 'Did you know...' series, we share our insights into recent developments in the Planning & Environment sector.
Date: 03 Mar 2017
In our 'Did you know...' series, we share our insights into recent developments in the Planning & Environment sector.
Date: 23 Feb 2017
Most commercial lawyers, whether in private practice or in-house, know that deals often proceed in two stages. In ‘Stage 1’, key terms are often hashed out by parties who are entrusted with the responsibility of agreeing upon the key commercial terms to the transaction.
Date: 17 Feb 2017
On 27 April 2016, the Queensland Government introduced the Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) (CoRA) which amended the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (the Act).
Date: 03 Feb 2017
In our 'Did you know...' series, we share our insights into recent developments in the Planning & Environment sector.
Date: 31 Jan 2017
Asbestos contamination has historically been a significant concern for many Australian businesses, given the material’s common use in the Australian construction industry until the early 90s.
Date: 31 Jan 2017
Seeking to introduce a number of changes to the NSW planning system, the NSW Government has released a draft bill that is open for public consultation until 10 March 2017.
Date: 25 Jan 2017
Over the last ten years, shareholders unhappy with the performance of a company have increasingly turned to class actions against the company and its directors.