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De Facto Relationships: Are you in one?

De Facto Relationships: Are you in one?

Author: Lara Wentworth, Partner & Head of Family Law Are you in a de facto relationship? If you answered no, the question I have for you is, are you sure? A de facto status refers to two people in a relationship and begins with merely the act of two people living together for a period of […]
Family Law Proceedings and Social Media

Family Law Proceedings and Social Media

Author: Lara Wentworth, Partner & Head of Family Law Think twice before you post: How you can avoid the dark side of social media during your family law proceedings.   When it comes to family law proceedings, more and more often personal information found on social media is being used as evidence in Court. When used […]
New Workers Compensation Scheme Agent Arrangements

New Workers Compensation Scheme Agent Arrangements

icare (formerly known as Workcover) has announced that all workers compensation claims made after 1 January 2018 will now be managed by a single scheme agent – EML (formerly Employers Mutual Limited). If you have any questions or concerns about how this may affect your existing claim or future claims please call one of our […]

Separation: Would you consider your pet in the asset pool?

  Author: Lara Wentworth, Partner and Head of Family Law & Wills & Estate Planning   When a separation takes place, the parties involved must consider all financial and non-financial issues, among them, the pet dog.   The dog I hear you say? Yes, that is correct. The recent case of Downey & Beale Beale [2017] FCCA […]

Is your road traffic accident a blameless accident?

Author: Theresa Armstrong, Director and Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury It is a cruel fact that at some point in a road users life, be it motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians or cyclists, you may find yourself injured as a result of a road accident. Recent changes to the Motor Accident Compensation Act mean that if you have been […]
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Recent amendments to the Workers Compensation Act 1987.

The NSW Government has enacted further amendments to the Workers Compensation Act with the aim of giving back to workers some entitlements that were stripped in the harsh amendments that came into effect in 2012. See below link from WIRO outlining the amendments made: http://e.wiro.nsw.gov.au/link/id/zzzz56258c4eb6c29602Pzzzz555a8fcad1f11294/page.html

Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited v. SOK

The NSW Supreme Court of Appeal handed down a decision in the matter of Cram Fluid Power Pty Limited v Green [2015] effectively taking a very strict interpretation of the meaning of “only one claim for compensation” as set out in the Workers Compensation Act. This means that any injured worker who has made a […]
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The NSW Supreme Court of Appeal decides all workers are now limited to 1 lump sum compensation claim

The NSW Supreme Court of Appeal handed down a decision in the matter of Cram Fluid Power Pty Limited v Green [2015] effectively taking a very strict interpretation of the meaning of “only one claim for compensation” as set out in the Workers Compensation Act. This means that any injured worker who has made a […]
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ADCO CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LIMITED v. GOUDAPPEL

HIGH COURT DECISION The High Court this morning upheld the employer’s appeal against the decision  of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. In a unanimous decision the Court made the following Order: Appeal allowed. Set aside paragraph 3 of the order of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales […]
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Divorce Do’s & Don’ts

Divorce Do’s & Don’ts

Some helpful Do’s & Don’ts regarding your children, when getting a Divorce or Separation! DO – Reassure them that the break up is not their fault – Regularly tell them that you love them – Be positive about the other parent – Allow them to express their feelings – Let them know that you think […]
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