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Temporary Remote Witnessing Changes Extended to 2021
Thursday 15 October 2020 / by Courtney Tran posted in Commercial Recovery & Insolvency Document Witnessing COVID-19

In March 2020, the New South Wales Government enacted the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 to prepare New South Wales for the impacts of COVID-19 in line with health advice, and to take immediate steps to address existing barriers in our laws that were incompatible with social distancing policies.  This included amending the Electronic Transactions Act 2000 ('the Act') to create a regulation-making power that would allow for regulations to provide for alternative mechanisms for signing and witnessing documents.

Pursuant to these powers, the New South Wales Attorney-General introduced the Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID-19 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020, which allows for documents to be signed by one person in one place, and witnessed by another person in another place using facilities such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom or FaceTime.


Jumping Castles and Insurance in Australia
Tuesday 6 October 2020 / by Natasha Miller posted in Insurance Jumping Castles Bouncy Castles Injury Liability

Jumping castles, otherwise known as bouncy castles or inflatable trampolines, are a firm favourite at fetes, birthday parties, beer gardens – and even in pools.  

Of course, like any form of fun, they have their hazards.


New Insolvency Regime to be Introduced From 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021 new insolvency regimes will be introduced which will involve:

  1. a new insolvency process for small businesses whereby financially distressed but viable companies can restructure their existing debts and continue to trade; and
  2. a simplified liquidation process which will allow for faster and lower-cost liquidation.

Legal Lockdown - Episode 11: Strength From Stress During COVID-19 with Amanda J. Scott
Tuesday 22 September 2020 posted in Legal Lockdown Amanda J. Scott Stress Create Success From Stress

We are delighted to launch SERIES 2: Legal Lockdown. In this first episode of the season, Adriana Giometti speaks with Amanda J. Scott, internationally recognised stress management expert and author of the New York Times reviewed ‘Create Success From Stress’. Amanda discusses her signature methods of managing and maintaining inner-strength.


Employer’s Non-Delegable Duty to Take Reasonable Steps to Protect an Employee From Psychiatric Harm Re-Examined: Zagi Kozarov v State of Victoria [2020] VSC 78
Monday 21 September 2020 / by Grace Gunn posted in Workplace Relations PTSD Zagi Kozarov v State of Victoria [2020] VSC 78

Recently, an employer's non-delegable duty to take reasonable steps to protect an employee from psychiatric harm was re-examined in Zagi Kozarov v State of Victoria [2020] VSC 78. 


Significant Changes to Bankruptcy Notices and Body Corporate Levy Recoveries
Monday 21 September 2020 / by Shane Roberts, Chris Hadley & Sam Marsh posted in Property Bankruptcy Notice Statutory Demand Creditors Insolvency

The temporary measures put in place by the Government in March this year which:

  1. increased the monetary threshold at which creditors can issue a Bankruptcy Notice to $20,000; and
  2. increased the time period in which a recipient of a Bankruptcy Notice has to respond to a Statutory Demand from 21 days to 6 months,

have now been extended until 31 December 2020.


Update on the Residential Property Market in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

As property lawyers, we are often asked about what is happening in the property market.  We are currently living in time of great uncertainty, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting not only how we go about our daily lives, but also the economy – in a significant way.  With this said, and despite what you may hear, the Eastern Suburbs’ housing market continues to strengthen – much of which stems from a chronic shortage of listings, combined with low interest rates.


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.


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