Monthly Archives: March 2012

It is a common battleground in adjudications taking place in Queensland under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) that issues relating to the licensing status of those that perform building work and the type or character of that work included within a payment claim are played out. Download our alert to read about relevant cases and the recent qualification between 'building work' and 'non building work' and how it relates to payment claims.

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In a very recent landmark decision, the Federal Court of Australia has determined that copyright subsisted and was infringed in both source code and macro commands. The decision heralds a significant step in the evolution of copyright law and its application to computer programs. Download our alert now to read about the key issues associated with the judgment and what you need to be aware of as a result.

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For most listed companies, they will need to report on their diversity policy and measurable objectives in their annual report for the first time this year. To do that, if they have not yet already, companies will need to take the first step and adopt a diversity policy and a set of measurable objectives.

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Justice McDougall in Oppedisano v Micos Aluminium Systems has recently considered in detail the residential building work exclusion under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW). Download our alert to read about the case, the decision handed down by Justice McDougall, the relevant State and Territory differences and the practical issues to be aware of.

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An overview of the types of corporate structures commonly used by overseas companies setting up business in Australia.

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A number of partners at Thomsons Lawyers have been acknowledged for the first time in the fifth edition of Australia's Best Lawyers, which was published in the Australian Financial Review on 02 March, 2012 and on BestLawyers.com.

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The Supreme Court of Queensland, in Watpac Developments Pty Ltd v Latrobe King Commercial Pty Ltd & Anor [2011] QSC 392, has again been asked to determine whether or not the early release of a ‘deposit’ to the vendor means the contract becomes an “instalment contract” and thus subject to the instalment contract regime under the Property Law Act 1974 (PLA). This issue has been the subject of conjecture and doubt in recent years.

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