Yearly Archives: 2017

Who’s Who Legal has released their Franchising analysis for 2017. They have identified 542 leading lawyers from 73 countries for their expertise in franchising law and their experience assisting clients in the establishment, maintenance and growth of their franchise businesses.  Thomson Geer Partners Tony Conaghan, Josh Simons and Philip Smith are three of the 24 lawyers […]

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This edition of the Public Sector Newsletter covers the continued controversy over dual nationality and the validity of the same-sex marriage Postal Survey, amongst a number of other issues.

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This past fortnight saw the passing of new laws in relation to labour hire employees and the appointment of Sven Bluemmel as Victoria’s first Information Commissioner. The past fortnight also saw an interesting VCAT decision as to whether it has jurisdiction to decide if an adequate search has been made for documents in response to […]

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QBiotics Group merger

12 September 2017
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Thomson Geer advised on the $130 million merger of the QBiotics Group by the use of two schemes of arrangement to tophat existing companies, QBiotics Limited and EcoBiotics Limited, with a new holding company, QBiotics Group Limited. The schemes were approved by the Federal Court on 31 July, and the merger was completed on 15 […]

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Monica Wilkie, a lawyer in our Brisbane office, has become the face of Surf Lifesaving Australia’s new advertising campaign focusing on diversity, with the key message “the ocean doesn’t discriminate, and neither do we”. The advertisement depicts people of culturally diverse backgrounds struggling in the water, serving as a warning that the ocean doesn’t discriminate. […]

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This edition of the Public Sector Newsletter relates to dual citizenship issues surrounding Australian senators and politicians that has taken centre stage in the media recently, amongst many other things.

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One of Australia’s leading leasing lawyers has re-joined Thomson Geer as Partner. Michael Liebich, who has more than 30 years’ experience in property law, has re-joined the firm from MinterEllison. His appointment further strengthens the firm’s presence in the national property law space, and comes hot on the heels of the arrival of a team […]

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Who’s Who Legal has released their Pensions & Benefits analysis for 2017.  In it, they identify more than 300 leading practitioners in the area of Pensions & Benefits, from 202 firms across 43 jurisdictions.  Thomson Geer Partners Scott Charaneka and Stanley Drummond are two of only 13 lawyers recognised as being leading practitioners in Australia […]

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A common question recently is whether trust deeds of self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) need to be amended following commencement of the new superannuation/tax regime on 1 July 2017. Our answer is below. Necessity to amend deeds Most SMSF deeds do not need to be amended.  It is unlikely that failing to amend a deed would […]

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Over the past fortnight the Victorian Government has announced Victoria’s first ever Cyber Security Strategy, established a new statutory authority to watch over the most serious offenders and expanded programs which make offenders more accountable for family violence. The past fortnight also saw two new judges appointed to the County Court. We congratulate Aileen Ryan […]

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