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Things to do when you separate from your partner

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (1)



Have you just separated? Are you thinking of separating? If so, here is a list of useful things to do as soon as you can.


1. Take Important Things with You


If you are going to leave, then take all your important things with you. Don’t bank on being able to get them later. Lawyers have often dealt with separated parties who take perverse delight in not handing ...

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How you can save on legal fees

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)




This post discussed why legal fees tend to be so high. The good news is that as a client there are a number of ways you can reduce your legal fees, as the rest of this article will show. 


Be proactive


Most clients only come to see a...

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How to be an impressive witness in court

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Introduction


Witnesses are usually assessed according to their credibility and reliability.


In cases where there are disputes of fact, the performance of the relevant witnesses will be critical, as the case is likely to be determined according to which witnesses are believed and which are not.


This article discusses dome of the do’s and don’ts i...

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Employee caught stealing alcohol 'unfairly dismissed'

Posted on November 28, 2016 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)


The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is known for sometimes making unfair dismissal decisions which arguably are counter-intuitive and/or contrary to community standards and expectations. The following recent case, in which a Qantas employee was caught stealing and later lied about the stealing, is an excellent example.


What happened


On 14 February 2016...

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Labor MP sued for sliming student

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)



Labor Member for the Queensland seat of Griffith Terri Butler is being sued by one of the university students involved in the

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Identity politics, political correctness and section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

Posted on November 7, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)




On 4 November 2016, Judge Jarrett of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia dismissed a claim brought by Cindy Prior under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) as a result of posts published on Facebook by students at the Queensland University of Technology that complained of being kicked out of an ‘Indigenous only’ computer lab. This ends a 3 year long legal saga and o...

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Why the girlfriend of Man Haron Monis was convicted of murder

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)


 

What happened


Amirah Droudis, the girlfriend of Lindt siege gunman Man Haron Monis and formerly named Anastasia Droudis, was yesterday convicted (ie found guilty) of the murder of the ex-wife of Monis.


The

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When the Solicitor-Barrister relationship turns sour

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)


There are many aspects to the solicitor-barrister relationship. In some ways the relationship is symbiotic: solicitors need barristers when a case requires specialist advice or is going to trial, and barristers need solicitors to refer work to them. It is certainly in the interests of solicitors to have good relations with at least some barristers and vice versa. However, many (but not all) barristers consider themselves to be...

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Why are lawyers so expensive?

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)



Most complaints about lawyers concern how high their legal fees are. The professional fees charged by lawyers are notorious. When many clients earn an average of $20-40 per hour, it can seem unfair that your lawyers charge you hundreds of dollars per hour. However, as this article will demonstrate, there are reasons why legal fees are so high.


Operating costs


The main reas...

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The perils of social media for twits

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (1)



The laws of defamation apply to social media as much as they apply anywhere else:

 

A FORMER high school student has been ordered to pay $105,000 to a teacher for writing d...

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