Monthly Archives: February 2018

The New South Wales Court of Appeal has refined the meaning of unconscionable conduct pursuant to sections 22 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (ACL), and its predeccesor provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (TPA), as it applies to business transactions in its recent decision in the matter of Ipstar Australia Pty Ltd […]

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The not-for-profit Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS SA), part of national provider, Silver Chain Group, will take over as the new provider of South Australia’s previously government-managed Domiciliary Care Services before June 2018.  Thomson Geer advised Silver Chain Group on this transaction. The South Australian State Government is moving Domiciliary Care Services provided in metropolitan […]

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Issue 35 of our Public Sector Newsletter for NSW is now available. This edition includes the recent serious breach of Federal cabinet confidentiality which arose when highly sensitive cabinet documents were discovered in two old filing cabinets bought at a second-hand shop in Canberra, and much more. Read more to view our full wrap-up of the past fortnight’s media, […]

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Darren Fooks has joined Thomson Geer in its Brisbane office as a Partner, strengthening the firm’s energy & resources capabilities. Darren is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in relation to Mining, Oil & Gas and Electricity projects and developing strategies for successful client outcomes. He is also recognised as a leading Native Title […]

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The last fortnight has seen the announcement of additional funding to help children avoid the protection system, the consideration of additional security requirements for gun stores and new laws passed making prisons and youth justice centres ‘drone free zones’. Meanwhile the debate in relation to mandatory sentencing and the unprecedented attack on the Victorian judiciary […]

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A significant issue to highlight in this edition is the increasing importance of cyber security as banks are becoming more susceptible to cyber risk due to reliance on cloud computing and online banking.

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Below is a summary of various Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) developments which may be important for charities to consider. 1. Review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) legislation   On 20 December 2017 the Government released the terms of reference for the mandated review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 […]

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Thomson Geer has started 2018 with a new Melbourne-based property partner, Sarah Rizk. Sarah’s arrival will bolster the firm’s property and leasing capabilities. Sarah’s key areas of practice include property acquisitions and disposals, property development and subdivisions, structuring advice, property related tax advice, and leasing matters. She works closely with landowner and investor clients to […]

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Our Corporate team advised Jessica Rudd on the sale of her business Jessica’s Suitcase to eCargo Holdings Limited for $15 million. Jessica’s Suitcase operates an eCommerce store on Alibaba’s Tmall Global Platform, offering quality Australian and New Zealand products to Chinese consumers. eCargo is a China-based eCommerce technology and specialist execution group. The acquisition provides […]

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This edition details the appointment of Christian Porter MP as the 37th Attorney-General for Australia, taking the reins from The Hon George Brandis QC, and more.

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