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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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  • 8 Key Tactics for Hiring the Right Employee

    Hiring the right employee enhances your work culture and for most businesses having the right person in the right position is crucial. This article will focus on some practical tips about how to get the best results for you.

    David Potts - Partner

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  • Do I have a right to a view?

    The dispute around James Packer's Crown Resorts involving views of Sydney Harbour from Barangaroo recently raised the question of do I have a right to a view?  

    Mark Evans - Lawyer and Byron Turner - Law Cadet. 

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  • AirBNB - 2 strikes and you're out!

    In this day and age, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't heard about the short term property renting phenomenon AirBNB. Whilst this "Uber'' of the property market has some property owners grinning, their neighbours aren't as impressed. 

    Michael Mobberley - Associate  

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  • Kells continues to promote top talent

    Kells is set to increase its Illawarra and Sydney position across a number of key specialities with the promotion of one Special Counsel, one Senior Associate and two new Associates, effective 1 July, 2018. The new Special Counsel, Senior Associate and two Associates build on Kells' reputation for advising clients on...

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  • Property Developers and GST: New Draft Laws to Ensure Compliance

    A new Bill has been introduced into Federal Parliament which makes amendments to several tax Acts aimed at strengthening compliance by property developers with their obligations to remit GST to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

    - Kyle Bridge with Mitchell Micevski, Lawyers - 

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  • Can a real estate agent be liable for misleading and deceptive conduct

    The Supreme Court of NSW reviewed the issues that can arise when a purchaser seeks to sue a real estate agent for misleading and deceptive conduct pursuant to section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law.

    - Alexandra Haverkamp, Lawyer - 

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  • Amendments to EPA Act have commenced

    Significant amendments to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 ("EPA Act") introduced by the Environmental Planning & Assessment Amendment Act2017 commenced on 1 March 2018.

    - Mark Evans, Lawyer. -

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  • Protection of your Employment whilst on Workers Compensation Benefits

    If you have a significant injury which will result in you being unable to return to work for some time, your right to continuing employment may be uncertain.

    - Natalee Davis, Lawyer - 

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  • Our Thirroul Office has Moved

    You won't have to look too hard to find our Thirroul office, we've moved right next door! A bright and modern space has been designed with your comfort in mind. Come and say hello sometime. 

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  • Local planning panels take place of councillors as consent authority.

    Amendments to the EPA Act regarding local planning panels commenced 26 February 2018. Councils within the Greater Sydney Region and Wollongong City Council must have their planning panels in place by 1 March 2018. From 1 March 2018 councillors are no longer able to exercise a council's functions as consent authority.

    - Mark Evans, Lawyer - 

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  • Workers Compensation Recipients: Don’t Let Your Leave Get Left Behind!

    If you are an injured worker in receipt of workers compensation and continue to be employed, you should be aware that you have a right to continue to accrue your leave entitlements. 

    - Natalee Davis, Lawyer - 

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  • Property Developers and GST: New Draft Laws to Ensure Compliance

    A new Bill has been introduced into Federal Parliament which makes amendments to several tax Acts aimed at strengthening compliance by property developers with their obligations to remit GST to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). 

    - Mitchel Micevski, Lawyer - 

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  • Further Extension to new Biodiversity Laws

    In a recent article we noted that the new Biodiversity laws (Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016) were expected to replace the EPA Act provisions regarding biodiversity assessment in February 2018,

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  • Can a strata by-law limit Airbnb style holiday lettings?

    Can a strata by-law limit Airbnb style holiday lettings?Alexandra Haverkamp explores a recent decision that could potentially change the Airbnb landscape in Australia: 

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  • Introduction to the Biodiversity Offset Scheme for Developers

    If you are engaging in development and your proposed development is going to impact the environment, offsetting that impact can play a decisive role in the success (or not) of the project.

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  • Family Court consent no longer required for treatment of Gender Dysphoria

    The Full Court of the Family Court of Australia has ruled that persons under the age of 18 who are diagnosed with gender dysphoria and wish to undergo treatment can now do so without the need of seeking approval from the Family Court.

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  • Commencement of NSW Strata Building Defects Regime

    On 1 January 2018 a new Part 11 was inserted into the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 to implement a new Strata Defects Regime affecting requires developers of residential or partially-residential strata buildings comprising four or more storeys

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