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Summer Safety: The Crucial Nature of Boat Insurance
Monday 6 January 2020 / 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.

Government employees do not have the implied right to freedom of political communication
Wednesday 18 December 2019 / 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.

NSW Discretionary Trusts To Be Deemed Foreign Trusts Under Proposed Legislation
Wednesday 4 December 2019 / by Danny Adno posted in Business, Corporate & Commercial

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.

NSW Introduces Bill to Implement Recommendations following Safe Work Australia’s 2018 Review of Model Work Health and Safety Laws
Wednesday 20 November 2019 / 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').

Holman Webb Assists in Planet Fitness Australian Expansion
Monday 18 November 2019 / 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.

Insurance Breakfast Seminar: Artificial Intelligence in Insurance - 28 November 2019
Monday 18 November 2019 / 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.

Royal Commission: Culture and Dishonesty
Wednesday 13 November 2019 / 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.

Top Five Factors to Consider Before Applying for a Trade Mark
Wednesday 6 November 2019 / by Daniel Jepson posted in Intellectual Property Protection Trade Marks

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.

High Court Clarifies What Builders Can Recover After Terminating a Contract for Repudiation
Monday 4 November 2019 / by John Wakefield & Rui Chi posted in Dispute Resolution Terminating a Contract

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.

Circumstances Between Principal Contractor and Plaintiff Give Rise to Non-Delegable Duty of Care
Wednesday 9 October 2019 / by Nicholas Gordon posted in Insurance

The NSW Supreme Court recently delivered an interesting judgment in the matter of Hossain v Unity Grammar College Limited & Ors [2019] NSWSC 1313.

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