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New South Wales Building Industry Reforms

Two new laws have been passed to restore public confidence in the NSW building industry and to stop 'dodgy' builders and developers:

The laws are part of the reforms promised by the NSW government in order to improve the quality of construction and provide better protections for consumers against non-compliance within the building sector. 


What does the Zipper Face Emoji Mean?  Burrows v Houda [2020] NSWDC 485
Monday 31 August 2020 / by Natasha Miller posted in Dispute Resolution Defamation Emojis

On 27 August 2020, in what seems to be the first Australian decision of its kind, Her Honour Judge Gibson considered the meaning of the “zipper face” emoji in the context of defamation.


Scammers, Hackers and Dodgy Money Transfers – are you Protected?

Recent reports that former NRL player Benny Elias was scammed out of $860,000 when hackers impersonated his lawyer during a property transaction come as an important reminder to be extra careful when transferring money online.


Podcast: Adriana Giometti – Understanding Your Client (Catching up with CUB)
Tuesday 25 August 2020 posted in Podcast Marketing Business Development

Catch Holman Webb Chief Marketing and Client Relations Officer Adriana Giometti in the latest episode of the Club of United Business 'Catching up with CUB' Podcast as she chats to CUB CEO Daniel Hakim to discuss:

  • The importance of understanding your clients
  • How neuromarketing is revolutionising market research
  • The future of technology in the law

Discretionary Trusts in NSW: Foreign Persons, Stamp Duty and Land Tax

Do you have a family trust in New South Wales? 

It is important to note that you may need to make urgent (by 31 December 2020) changes to your trust deed, to ensure that you don't pay extra stamp duty or land tax.


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


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