Monthly Archives: March 2018

The most significant changes to Australian competition law in 20 years commenced on 6 November 2017. A number of amendments were made to Australia’s Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA), following recommendations arising from the ‘root and branch review’ of competition law and policy commenced by the Federal Government in 2015 (commonly known as the […]

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The finalists for Lawyers Weekly’s 30 under 30 Awards have been announced – congratulations to Thomson Geer Senior Associate Arjunan Puveendran for being shortlisted in the area of Commercial! The Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 is an exciting awards program that identifies the best young lawyers across Australia – those striving for professional excellence within […]

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We would like to thank all those who attended Thomson Geer’s NSW Public Sector CPD Intensive on 20 March 2018. It was very good to be able to have a dialogue on a range of important topics with our readers. This edition covers the refusal of Eddie Obeid’s application for special leave and much more!

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This fortnight our articles include updates on the results of the first round of public hearings of the Banking Royal Commission, management of ASIC’s new powers and increased responsibilities, and updated research on the composition and pricing of banks’ debt funding and lending rates. We hope you enjoy!

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It has been a busy fortnight. The Victorian Government has committed to the National Redress Scheme for victims of sexual abuse whilst in institutions, and the Law Council of Australia has called for other states to follow suit. The Government is taking steps to correct the criminal records of individuals who required State care as […]

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This edition covers a range of issues including the final attempt for freedom, by former Labour minister Eddie Obeid, as he has sought special leave to appeal his conviction to the High Court of Australia. The special leave application will be heard on 23 March, 2018.

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This fortnight our priority news story is on NAB’s development of a new mortgage product in partnership with a co-ownership platform. The new development creates the potential to solve Australia’s housing affordability crisis.

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Summary Premises used for industrial purposes that previously would not have been considered retail premises may now be subject to the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (RLA). It has been held by the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal that part of the test of whether premises are retail premises for the purposes of the RLA […]

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Issue: Can you obtain indemnity costs if you settle a claim on more favourable terms than you previously offered to accept in an Offer of Compromise? Facts: Amaca was seeking contribution from CSR towards settlement monies it paid to 204 claimants. Amaca served two Offers of Compromise. The proceedings were eventually settled on terms more […]

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Last week, NSW Racing Minister Paul Toole announced a raft of proposed changes to clubs and gaming legislation.  The bills are before Parliament waiting on further debate.  Below is a snapshot of the most important changes that will take effect if the bills are passed: 1. Is it harder to increase the gaming machine threshold? […]

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