Monthly Archives: November 2018

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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This fortnight APRA announced the Terms of Reference for its enforcement strategy review which will be led by APRA Deputy Chair John Lonsdale.

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This edition includes media coverage relating to recent appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court, reform regarding transparency in cases where mercy is granted, Australia’s facial-matching system and digital identity program.

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Over the past fortnight the Sentencing Advisory Council has released a report on offender paid compensation and the Victorian Law Reform Commission has been asked to report on the state’s committal system with particular emphasis on best practice for supporting victims.

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We welcome Emma Cook, who has joined the firm as a Partner in our Corporate & M&A team, specialising in Equity and Debt Capital Markets. Emma started with us on 8 November, and is based in our Brisbane office.  Emma follows her colleagues Partner, Matthew Reynolds and Senior Associate, Dan Stumm to Thomson Geer. In […]

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Lessons from initial enforcement actions On 12 November 2016, the “unfair contract terms provisions” of the Australian Consumer Law (which previously only applied to ‘consumers’ contracting for personal or domestic purposes) were extended to also apply to standard form small business contracts. Following an initial education campaign, the ACCC has now initiated a number of […]

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This edition includes articles regarding the newly formed dispute resolution scheme AFCA replacing the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal, the Final Ombudsman Service and the Credit and Investments Ombudsman.

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