Yearly Archives: 2018

This edition focuses on AFCA’s first month in operation, where they have already received 6,522 complaints from consumers and small businesses and over 13,000 phone enquiries.

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In this newsletter we cover the encryption laws that recently passed through the Senate, anti-corruption measures and much more.

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Welcome to the last edition of our public sector newsletter for 2018. The past fortnight dominated by revelations in relation to ‘Lawyer X’ and the consequential announcement of a Royal Commission into the management of police informants. However the past fortnight also saw announcements regarding corruption in the public sector, and the use of solitary […]

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Winemakers’ Federation of Australia Incorporated (WFA) and Wine Grape Growers Australia Incorporated (trading as Australian Vignerons) (AV) have agreed to amalgamate, with the amalgamated association proposed to be named ‘Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated’. The Thomson Geer team of Partner, Loretta Reynolds, Special Counsel, Annabel West and Lawyer, Isobel Maddern, acted for WFA and AV. WFA […]

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This edition covers a wide variety of issues including recent activities undertaken by the newly established AFCA, including the appointment of a dedicated small business lead ombudsman.

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The election was the main focus of the past fortnight, with barristers and solicitors criticising an opposition policy to judge judges on their sentencing records and some Supreme Court decisions in relation to electioneering. The Supreme Court also considered the review of some Medical Panel determinations.

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This fortnight, the main focus was on the passing of the NSW Justice Legislation Amendment Bill (No 3) 2018 (the Bill) through both houses of parliament. The most notable amendment is the clarification of the jurisdiction of the District Court in relation to actions arising out of commercial transactions.

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This article considers the trend of mine operators converting voids into pumped hydro power generation facilities, and its legal issues and solutions Introduction – pumped hydro in mining operations and final rehabilitation Mine operators are always looking for ways to reduce capital and operating costs and final rehabilitation costs.  Pumped Hydro is an easy to implement and […]

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The surcharges As you may know, NSW has imposed a surcharge purchaser duty on foreign persons acquiring ‘residential-related property’.  This is currently 8% on the dutiable value of a residential-related property.  The surcharge is in addition to the duty payable on the transaction. It has also imposed a surcharge land tax on foreign persons holding […]

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In a team led by Partner, Eu Ming Lim, we have advised Chinese Mainland Investor, Mr Da Xie, on the purchase of a prominent office block on St Kilda Road from property tycoon, John Beville, for $163 million. The 509 St Kilda Road property is a 7-storey office tower which offers 19,500 sqm net lettable […]

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