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  • Can an employer stop staff from posting comments in public forums?

    Where an employee uses his or her own device and makes the comment in his or her own time. What right does an employer have to control that activity? Interesting issues arise about whether an employee has an implied right to freedom of speech. 

    David Potts - Partner 

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  • In need of a hero – the threat of elder abuse and what you can do to prevent it

    What had started for Stan as an office assistant role in the 1930's became the opportunity of a lifetime by the 1960's. Asked to create a new era of superheroes for his employer Marvel, Stan's imagination ran wild, with his creations becoming household names around the world.

    Michael Mobberley - Associate 

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  • Can I change my child's surname after separation?

    After separating from their partners, many parents ask about the process of applying to change their child's surname, the reasons behind this varying. 

    Ashleigh Barry - Associate and Laura Hope - Law Cadet

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  • Aretha Franklin: Handwritten Will found under couch cushions

    Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, was a larger than life American singer who gave us the inspirational songs "RESPECT" and "You make me feel like a natural woman". When she passed away in August 2018, it was thought the songstress did not leave a Will, leaving many wondering why a person with such significant assets would overlook such a task.

    Nicki McNamara - Lawyer 

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  • Zero-tolerance – NSW drink-drivers will lose licence immediately

    From 20 May 2019 penalties for low range novice and special range drink driving will be strengthened to create harsher punishments for all road users.

    Patrick Schmidt - Special Counsel

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  • Ensure you are covered – how the date for completion of building work affects your coverage under the Home Building Act

    Homeowners seeking to rely on the protections afforded by the home owners warranty provisions must be careful in considering the date of completion of work to ensure their claims are commenced within the relevant time provisions.

    Alexandra Haverkamp - Lawyer 

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  • What does a sleep divorce really mean?

    Does sleeping in separate bedrooms constitute a separation under the Family Law Act?

    Franca Parolin - Senior Associate

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  • Coffee Strikes Again

    We had to introduce CAUTION HOT, do we now need to introduce LID ON so that injuries of this nature do not happen!

    Karena Nicholls - Special Counsel 

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  • When a section 34 Agreement may be invalid

    Do you know when a section 34 Agreement may be invalid? 

    Mark Evans - Lawyer 

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  • What is a Strata Scheme?

    In New South Wales, properties such as apartment buildings, unit blocks or townhouses are managed in a strata scheme.  The day-to-day management duties of a strata scheme vary from scheme to scheme, and are generally managed by the following bodies.  

    Mitchell Micevski - Lawyer 

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  • Can an email serve as a good notice under a contract?

    Technology is becoming increasingly popular and dominant, and individuals and businesses now rely on email as a main form of communication.  However, can an email be a valid method of serving a notice under a legal contract?  

    David Addinall - Associate

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  • Would you pay for something that never happened? Soccer star's death raises legal quandary

    Many people would expect that if they agree to purchase a service but never receive anything, they wouldn't be liable to pay but the recent death of football player Emiliano Sala has created a potentially complicated situation.

    Michael Mobberley, Associate

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  • Want to successfully contest a Will? Simply being eligible to claim is not enough

    In 2017 Olivia Mead contested the Will of her late father, mining magnate Michael Wright, to ultimately receive over $6 million in cash and in 2015, Shari Lea Hitchcock and her 'love child' daughter Paula successfully contested the estate of the late Richard Pratt to receive over $100 million.

    Michael Mobberley - Associate

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  • Squatter seizes ownership of house under law

    Under the law of adverse possession, possessing a property uninterrupted for 12 years allows a person to become the registered owner.

    Kyle Bridge - Lawyer 

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  • Kells Family Law Partner recognised in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia

    Kells Lawyers is delighted to announce that Partner, Peter Chodat has been named among Australia's finest lawyers in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia, announced today in the Australian Financial Review. 

    Shayne Lopeman - Marketing Coordinator 

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  • Changes to off-the-plan contracts

    The NSW Office of the Registrar General released a discussion paper which identified a set of reform proposals designed to strengthen protections for consumers purchasing off-the-plan properties. 

    Jarrad Downs - Associate

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  • Council Officers' Investigation Powers Clarified

    The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision of the Land and Environment Court which significantly curtailed the scope of investigation using section 119J notices requiring information and records.

    Mark Evans - Lawyer 



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  • Pell: Evidence Beyond Reasonable Doubt and Rights Beyond the Criminal System

    Child abuse survivors having to stand up against big institutions in court is harrowing, but the amendments within the civil jurisdiction present a step forward in ensuring justice for victims.

    Natalee Davis - Lawyer 

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  • Homeowners rights

    A majority of the recent comments surrounding the issue of "home-owner rights" when an intruder enters your property appear to focus around the issue of "self-defence". So what can you do if someone enters your house uninvited?

    Patrick Schmidt - Special Counsel 

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  • Neighbour's tree damage - who pays the cost?

    What can you do when your neighbour’s tree drops leaves in your yard or the roots are creeping ominously towards your plumbing?

    Mark Evans - Lawyer 

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