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Australian Bushfires | Holman Webb Lawyers

Australia is currently in the midst of battling a tragic and unprecedented bushfire season. At the time of publication, there have been 25 deaths, a number of people still unaccounted for, over 1600 homes destroyed, and hundreds of other homes damaged by the fires. A number of major capital cities have also been blanketed with hazardous smoke for weeks, with the Federal Government telling a number of Canberra based employees to stay home on 6 January 2020.


Boat and Jet Ski Insurance - Holman Webb Lawyers
Jan 6, 2020 3:37:05 PM / by Natasha Miller posted in Insurance

For countless Australians, Summer presents the perfect opportunity to get out of the house, head to the water and cool down with a dip in the ocean, a float in the harbour or a swim in one of the nation's many winding rivers. Whilst the majority of us are happy enough with splashing about in the waves - a large number of Australians do enjoy spending time on the water, in a wide range of varying watercraft.


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Dec 18, 2019 8:42:55 AM / by Ethan Brawn posted in Workplace Relations

Comcare v Michaela Banerji [2019] HCA 23

The implied right to freedom of political communication can be a complex issue for employees. Finding the balance between workplace policies and the ambiguity of "freedom of speech" can be tricky, especially within the context of social media use. In some circumstances, an individual's expression of political opinions can result in findings of misconduct.


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Dec 4, 2019 2:32:09 PM / by Danny Adno posted in

Before midnight on 31 December 2019, review all discretionary trust deeds and amend them to satisfy the no foreign beneficiary requirement and the no amendment requirement.


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Nov 20, 2019 4:45:35 PM / by Alicia Mataere and Lee Pike posted in Insurance Workplace Relations

On 25 February 2019, Safe Work Australia published the final report of Marie Boland's review of the Model Work Health and Safety Laws ('the Review'). The Review made a number of recommendations, on which Safe Work Australia sought comment through its Consultation Regulation Impact Statement ('CRIS').

The CRIS, which was completed on 5 August 2019, was published in order to assist Safe Work Australia to prepare a Decision Regulation Impact Statement for WHS Ministers.

The Decision Regulation Impact Statement is expected to be provided to the various WHS Ministers towards the end of 2019.


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Nov 18, 2019 12:08:42 PM / by Holman Webb posted in Insurance

Holman Webb's insurance team is delighted to invite readers to attend our upcoming November insurance breakfast seminar, co-hosted by icourts.


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Nov 18, 2019 8:51:38 AM / by Corinne Attard posted in Franchising & Retail

Holman Webb is pleased to relay the firm's successful involvement in the recently announced Australian expansion of Planet Fitness® ('PF'), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States.

Holman Webb's Franchising and Retail team, headed by Best Lawyers Sydney Franchise Lawyer of the Year 2019, Corinne Attard represented PF Growth Partners, LLC ('PFGP') one of the largest franchisees in the Planet Fitness® system with locations in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, Florida, Washington and Northern California in its investment in Bravo Fit Holdings Pty Ltd. ('Bravo'), the Australian PF franchisee.


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Nov 13, 2019 11:39:37 AM / by Jonathan Casson posted in Business Corporate & Commercial
  • Should lawyers expressly encourage clients to consider the organisation's values when considering their advice?
  • Directors and senior executives must put in a serious effort to understand the culture of their organisation.
  • Legislative change to the financial services provisions of the Corporations Act have introduced a new test that applies to all dishonesty offences.

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Nov 6, 2019 3:35:51 PM / by Daniel Jepson posted in Intellectual Property Protection

As most people would likely be aware (and as Holman Webb has previously stated), trade marks are vital business assets - with dozens of trade mark applications being filed every day in Australia. With this in mind, if your application is not up to scratch, significant issues can arise down the track which may prove to be unresolvable.


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Nov 4, 2019 12:52:03 PM / by John Wakefield & Rui Chi posted in Dispute Resolution and Litigation

In the recent decision of Mann & Anor v. Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 329 on 9 October 2019, the High Court clarified the circumstances in which a restitutionary claim on quantum meruit will be available to a contractor who has elected to terminate the contract for the other party's repudiation, in relation to entire contracts and separable portion contracts.


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