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: 16 Feb 2017
The growth in internet usage, connectivity, the Internet of Things and the uptake in emerging mobile technologies in today’s world bring risks. Businesses are collecting and holding vast and increasing amounts of personal information electronically, and they are sharing this information with more and more partners, suppliers and contractors, both in Australia and globally.
Date: 14 Feb 2017
When independent contractors are engaged to perform work, there are many reasons why their contracts should be carefully prepared. One of those reasons has been highlighted by a recent Federal Court of Australia decision on the subject of entitlement to a patent.
Date: 10 Feb 2017
On 16 December 2016 Justice Davies of the NSW Supreme Court gave judgment in Marsden v DCL Developments Pty Ltd (No. 3)  NSWSC 1795, a case in which Rabobank (the Bank) was alleged to have breached clauses 20, 28 and 32 of the Banking Code of Practice (the Code).
Date: 06 Feb 2017
Privacy officers have awaited a decision handed down last month by the Full Federal Court, eager to see how the Court would interpret the meaning of “personal information” and in particular whether (and when) metadata would be personal information of an individual.
Date: 03 Feb 2017
In our 'Did you know...' series, we share our insights into recent developments in the Planning & Environment sector.
Date: 02 Feb 2017
Several key changes affecting Australian workplaces have recently taken effect and another round of reforms are in the pipeline. Some of these changes will have a significant impact on the way businesses manage their people and industrial relations issues, from the engagement of independent contractors to the administration of excessive annual leave balances.
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.
Date: 23 Jan 2017
The summer months can be frustrating for employers, as hot weather and sunny skies may tempt employees to ‘chuck a sickie’ and enjoy a day away from work. The lure is particularly strong on the Mondays and Fridays that shoulder a public holiday on a Tuesday or Thursday – the chance at a long weekend can be too good for some to pass up.
Date: 11 Jan 2017
Arguing that trade marks are ‘deceptively similar’ is one of the grounds most frequently relied on by trade mark owners asserting that another person’s mark infringes their own registered rights.
Date: 29 Dec 2016
Intellectual property issues don’t often make headlines in Australia’s rural press. But in recent months a patent application in the field of bovine genomics, jointly held by US companies Cargill and Branhaven, has entered the spotlight and will be challenged in the Federal Court next year by Meat and Livestock Australia.
Date: 21 Dec 2016
On 16 December 2016 the Supreme Court of Queensland issued a judgment in which three separate parties were held liable for $1.2 million in compensation payable for a worker’s serious injuries.
Date: 21 Dec 2016
On 20 December 2016 the Australian Federal Government released for consultation the findings of the Productivity Commission’s final report on its inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property (IP) arrangements.
Date: 19 Dec 2016
On 7 December 2016 the High Court handed down its decision in Daniel Matthew Simic & Ors v New South Wales Land & Housing Corporation & Ors  HCA 47, ruling on the enforceability of two undertakings with an incorrectly named beneficiary.
Date: 14 Dec 2016
Apportioning costs in any litigation can be difficult, but particularly so in patent litigation proceedings where there are often multiple issues being tested on both the validity and infringement of the patent in suit.
Date: 13 Dec 2016
New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has been successful in taking action against TM Publisher, one of the many trade mark solicitation scammers that trick trade mark owners into paying for unnecessary or non-existent services.
Date: 13 Dec 2016
As lawyers, we are forever expounding the importance of careful legal drafting. We are after all in the risk management business. However, this can sometimes be seen as unnecessary or at worst, pedantic and obstructive.