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Contaminated Land – What constitutes notice to a buyer?

Queensland’s Environmental Protection Act (Section 421) requires a vendor of land recorded on the Environmental Management Register to give notice to a potential purchaser prior to signing any...

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Investing in Australian Real Estate

This brochure provides global investors a practical and quick overview about real estate investments in Australia, which includes answers to some of their commonly asked questions.

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Distribution of trust assets under a DOCA: the latest guidance from the Federal Court

The Federal Court has confirmed that there is no difference between liquidation and deed administration of a corporate trustee in relation to dealings with trust assets and the distribution of...

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Set it off! The West Australian Court of Appeal breathes new life into section 553C

The Court of Appeal - Supreme Court of Western Australia has delivered a decision confirming that a statutory set-off under s 553C of the Corporations Act can still be available to a creditor...

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PMSI refinancing – make sure you protect your interests!

When refinancing inventory, gaining 'super priority' for a purchase money security interest (PMSI) over existing general security interests is paramount to protecting the investment made by the...

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Recalibration of funding commissions to better link risk and reward

Lenthall reaffirms the Federal Court’s preference for common fund orders with funding commission rates struck by the lesser of a multiple of costs or net recoveries to better link risk and reward.

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FIRB releases new guidance notes for foreign purchasers

On 25 September, Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board issued 2 guidance notes, designed to clarify Australia’s foreign investment policy in 2 key areas - acquisition of agricultural land and...

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Lo and behold: High Court dismisses 'holding DOCA' appeal

The High Court recently handed down its much anticipated judgment in Mighty River International Limited v Hughes, confirming that ‘holding’ deeds of company arrangement can be valid under the...

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Linc Energy – High Court refuses special leave to Qld State Government

The High Court has refused to grant the Queensland State Government (Qld Government) special leave to appeal the Queensland Court of Appeal’s March 2018 decision in favour of the liquidators of...

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Industry beware: New framework for clawing back proceeds of environmental crime in NSW

The NSW EPA has recently announced a new framework which can be used to force environmental offenders to pay back any profits which they have made due to their offending behaviour. This will be...

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Casual employees: not so casual when it comes to annual leave

Employers can no longer assume that casual employees are not entitled to paid annual leave.

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Biggest fine ever for breach of competition law – a sign of things to come

Last month, the Full Federal Court ordered Japanese company Yazaki Corporation (Yazaki) to pay a penalty of $46 million for engaging in cartel conduct in contravention of the Competition and...

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Recent landmark case marks a significant change to the interpretation of waste laws in NSW

A recent decision handed down by Justice Pain of the Land and Environment Court has changed the way that waste laws in NSW are applied by overturning a seminal waste case and providing guidance on...

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May the Stay be with you…

From Monday next week the much hyped stay on ipso facto rights in certain contracts will be law. The relevant Legislation, Regulations and Declarations commence this Sunday, 1 July 2018.

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Proposed amendments to whistleblower laws – what’s new?

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017), which is currently before the Senate, consolidates the existing whistleblowers’ regime in the corporate and financial...

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Workplace investigations: does an employer have a duty to take reasonable care?

Workplace investigations are becoming more common in the employment landscape. Australian courts have been required to scrutinise the extent to which an employer owes a duty to their employees.

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Update on labour hire licensing laws

South Australia and Queensland have recently introduced new labour hire licensing legislation to provide greater protections for workers and accountability for employers in the labour hire industry.

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Legislation Update - Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic)

The Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) (Act) received Royal Assent on 15 May 2018 and will repeal and replace the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic).

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Dramatic rise in Land and Environment Court penalties

JWS recently conducted an analysis of Class 5 proceedings determined by the Land and Environment Court (LEC) in the last five years.

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Changes to the FFSP regime

On 1 June 2018, ASIC released Consultation Paper 301 in connection with the Australian financial services (AFS) licensing exemptions applicable to foreign financial service providers (FFSP...

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Competing class actions & beauty parades – and the winner is…?

Lee J’s recent decision in Perera v GetSwift Ltd to allow only one overlapping class action to proceed (the Webb Proceeding) and to permanently stay the other two Federal Court actions (Perera and...

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Set-off in unfair preference claims: In the matter of Cardinal Project Services Pty Ltd

The ability of creditors to rely upon the statutory set-off provision in section 553C of the Corporations Act to reduce or eliminate their exposure to unfair preference claims has been a matter of...

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What do the Budget R&D changes mean for your company?

In the Federal budget handed down on Tuesday 8 May 2018, Treasurer Scott Morrison announced major changes to “better target” the research & development (R&D) tax incentive.

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Acumen Federal Budget Special Edition 2018

This special edition of Acumen discusses the key taxation reforms announced on the evening of 8 May 2018 by Treasurer Scott Morrison in the 2018 Australian Federal Budget.

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