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Short-term Accommodation: Striking the Right Balance for Strata Apartments

During a weekend in San Francisco in 2008, when all of the hotels were sold out for a design conference, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia decided to rent out an air-mattress in their apartment on Rausch Street.  It is unlikely that the person hosted by Brian and Joe that weekend had any idea that they were the first guest of what would become the  global business known as Airbnb.


Holman Webb's Brisbane Office Announces Three Promotions
Thursday 2 July 2020 posted in Promotions Brisbane

Holman Webb's Brisbane Partners have much pleasure in announcing three promotions.


Legal Lockdown - Episode 10: Debt Recovery and COVID-19

In Episode 10 of Legal Lockdown, Adriana Giometti speaks with Chris Hadley, Partner within Holman Webb's Commercial Recovery and Insolvency Group, to discuss a range of COVID-19-related changes brought about in the debt recovery space.

Topics include:

  • Has there been a surge in insolvencies and bankruptcies?
  • What can we expect to see moving forward?
  • Government relief measures
  • Changes to statutory demands
  • Director's liability in light of the changes

Recent Changes to the National Minimum Wage, Civil Penalties, WHSQ Inspector Powers and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

There have been a number of recent developments within the workplace relations arena, specifically:


Claimants Entitled to Compensation for the Cost of Hiring a Reasonably Equivalent, Commensurate, or Comparable Replacement Vehicle
Tuesday 23 June 2020 / by Charbel Trad posted in Insurance

The latest development in the ever-changing world of 'Loss of use' claims has seen the NSW Court of Appeal hand down their respective decisions in Lee v Strelnicks; Souaid v Nahas; Cassim v Nguyen; Rixon v Arsalan [2020] NSWCA 115


In case of emergency…exploit rights? A summary of the Crown’s power to exercise intellectual property rights in an emergency
Monday 22 June 2020 / by Daniel Jepson posted in Intellectual Property Protection

Key takeaways:

  • Recent changes to the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) and the Designs Act 2003 (Cth) give Commonwealth, state and territory governments the power to exploit patent and design rights in an emergency.
  • These Acts also permit the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to exploit rights outside an emergency, though the process is more onerous.
  • The Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) permits Commonwealth and state governments to use private works with immunity, in an emergency or otherwise.
  • While "the Crown" is referenced within each Act, the power is generally available to the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and anyone they authorise.
  • All three Acts provide for some form of compensation, though in some circumstances it may be impossible to reach a firm conclusion on what is fair and reasonable.

Legal Lockdown - Episode 9: Pivoting Your Business to Navigate a Crisis

Is your company ready to pivot in the event of a crisis?

In the latest episode of Legal Lockdown, Adriana Giometti speaks with Karina Rodríguez Díaz, Crisis Management Underwriting Manager, Australasia at HDI Global Specialty SE, to discuss how organisations within a wide range of industries have managed to pivot their businesses in order to adapt to changes brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.


What Needs to be Done When a Franchise Agreement Nears The End of its Term?
Thursday 11 June 2020 / by Daniel Jepson posted in Franchising & Retail

The Franchising Code of Conduct ('the code') contains a number of important protections for franchisees. 

One particularly important, yet often overlooked protection is the requirement that franchisees receive advanced notice of the franchisor's intentions when the franchise agreement is coming to an end.  Will the Franchisor consider an extension, or renewal - or do they intend for the relationship to end? 


Legal Lockdown - Episode 8: Virtual Courts
Thursday 4 June 2020 posted in Insurance Legal Lockdown

Virtual Courts – a hindrance to justice, or the way of the future?

In Episode 8 of Legal Lockdown, Adriana Giometti joins General Insurance Special Counsel Sarah Wheeler for a look at how Australia’s courts have navigated the recent lockdowns through the use of online hearings.


Holman Webb Announces 10 Promotions Across Sydney and Melbourne Offices
Friday 29 May 2020 posted in Insurance Workplace Relations Holman Webb News

Holman Webb is delighted to announce ten promotions across our Sydney and Melbourne offices. 


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