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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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  • 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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  • Former police prosecutor takes on new role at Kells Lawyers

    Kells welcomes the New Year with the appointment of Patrick Schmidt, who joins the firm from the NSW Police Force, effective 7 January 2019.

    Shayne Lopeman - Marketing Coordinator

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  • Buying off-the-plan? Stronger rights introduced to protect purchasers

    Recently, the NSW State Government announced its intention to provide purchasers of residential properties off the plan greater consumer protections aimed at ensuring that the property they receive is what they contracted for.

    Kyle Bridge - Lawyer 

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  • Casual Employees – they may not be as casual as you think!

    If your business employs a number of casuals you should be carefully reviewing the terms of their employment. There are two recent developments that will have a substantial impact on the employment of casual labour. 

    David Potts - Partner

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  • You could cop a $500 fine by obeying the street signs

    New road rules that came into affect last month will change the way you follow street signs. 

    The Kells Criminal Law Team

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  • How the King of the Mountain cut the wrong corners

    In 2006 Peter Brock tragically passed away at a race meet and, like him, he joins many other famous celebrities who failed to get their Will properly in place. 

    Michael Mobberley - Associate 

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  • Does my neighbour have to contribute for the new fence?

    Disputes over fences are common and, if not handled carefully can turn once friendly relations between neighbours into awkward silences, steely glares and hostile territory.

    Mark Evans - Lawyer 

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  • How a trip from Sydney to Wollongong can cost you your license!

    Did you know that certain speeding offences can result in you automatically losing your license? 

    The Kells Criminal Law Team

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  • Free Billy - Why is Billy Slater allowed to play in the Grand Final?

    Surprisingly, the biggest talk out of the weekend's NRL action was not what took place on the field, but the management of the sport, and its disciplinary procedures in relation to Billy Slater. 

    Michell Micevski - Lawyer and Byron Turner - Law Cadet.

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  • Compensation for child abuse survivors

    Child abuse survivors having to stand up against big institutions in court is harrowing. However, proposed new changes into child sexual abuse will present a step forward in safeguarding justice for victims.  

    Natalee Davis - Lawyer 

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  • Surrogacy: yours, mine or ours?

    Surrogacy may have become a popular way for many couples in the limelight to have children, notably Kim and Kanye West, Elton John as well as Sarah Jessica Parker. But it isn't just a service for the rich and famous and if you find yourself wanting to pursue this avenue, you should seek legal advice before embarking on surrogacy.

    Franca Parolin - Senior Associate and Olivia Southall - Law Cadet

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  • When is it reasonable to dig up the past?

    Generally speaking, access to a court file is only permitted to the parties involved and named in the court proceedings on the file in question but permission can be granted to inspect a file.

     Franca Parolin - Senior Associate and Olivia Southall - Law Cadet

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