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Apr 30, 2009 – In this era of environmental awareness no one would wish to discourage the practice of reusing paper or any other commodity. And legal practice must still be one of the more prolific users of paper even though many firms aim for a paperless office to
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Oct 1, 2018 – The ramifications of changes to the Return Work Act 2014 are being worked through by the SAET and the Supreme Court. Practitioners need to keep abreast of these decisions.
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Feb 1, 2016 – Firms, big or small, have mental health on their agenda. The statistics does not allow it to be off the agenda, the Mental Health Commission reports that one in four adults will suffer from mental health or neurological disorders during their lifespa
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Nov 14, 2019 – This document is intended to provide guidance to the Independent Children's Lawyer (ICL) in fulfilling his/her role. The Guidelines have also been issued for the purposes of providing practitioners, parties, children and other people in contact wi
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May 1, 2019 – The risk of conflict of interest is pervasive in wills & estates matters but will sometimes not be obvious. Practitioners should always give sufficient consideration to the possibility of conflicts arising, even in apparently simple situatio
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Feb 16, 2018 – Paper presented by the Honourable Chris Kourakis, Chief Justice of South Australia on Saturday, 17 February 2018. In South Australia, section 8 of the Wills Act 1936 (SA) outlines the statutory requirements for a valid will. In addition to the s
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Aug 7, 2014 – A legal practitioner's name was recently struck from the Roll of Practitioners from the Supreme Court. The practitioner had failed to comply with a court order with respect to the payment of settlement funds from his trust account.
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Oct 6, 2014 – In Hall & Hall v Basbuild Pty Ltd [2013] SADC 132 his Honour Judge Beazley quoted some very interesting remarks by Lord Bingham of Cornhill (then Lord Chief Justice of England)1 as to settlement agreements as follows: “The law loves compromise.
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Aug 6, 2016 – Effective time management can be the key to achieving a good balance between your work life and you home life. Better productivity at work can fee up more time in your day for other things without compromising your efficiency.
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Mar 1, 2018 – In my early days of practice, counsel would produce a skeleton argument to assist in the conduct of an appeal or application. Generally, a skeleton tended to be a statement of the propositions intended to be advanced and which, if accepted, wou
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Feb 6, 2012 – Many practitioners recall a time when the obligation of an instructing solicitors to make payment of barristers' fees was stringently observed.
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Nov 14, 2019 – A letter to the profession from the Family Violence Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation
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Jul 1, 2018 – According to recent research, a large percentage of Australian property lawyers are not aware of the scale of the risk of fraud in property transactions. This is worrying as there has been a huge amount of publicity surrounding those matters for some
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Oct 1, 2015 – As practitioners would be well aware, the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (“the Act”) allows persons in, or contemplating a marriage or a defacto relationship to enter into agreements providing for the distribution of their assets in the event of the brea
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Jun 19, 2015 – Most practitioners would - or should - be well aware of the practical difficulties now encountered as a result of the Full Court decision in Players Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (Receivers appointed) & ors v Clone Pty Ltd (2013) 115 SASR 547.
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Oct 25, 2013 – Luke Broomhall is an experienced Forensic Psychological who as a special interest in the well-being of lawyers. He has conducted workshops on that topic for some larger Adelaide firms.
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Nov 6, 2015 – Rules 4 and 4 of the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules set out the paramount duty of solicitors to the Court and the administration of justice and other fundamental duties. It is often challenging to maintain these obligations with dealing with 'd
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Jun 30, 2012 – Lawyers should check their retainer agreements to ensure that they do not contain provisions which breach the "no profit rule".
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Jul 1, 2018 – My office received a large number of complaints involving deceased estates. There are many reasons for them.
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Mar 25, 2016 – I want to deal briefly in this article with trust accounts. I'm not going to look in any detail at the new rules that are in Schedule 2 of the Legal Practitioners Act - that is something that is more properly the role and responsibility of the Law So
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Jun 25, 2016 – The Ethics and Practice Unit has become aware of a growing and worrying trend in Australia whereby emails between lawyers and clients are being intercepted and criminals (or "fraudsters") are impersonating the clients and authorising payments from th
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May 6, 2015 – Lawyers are not judges of their clients' causes, but great care should be taken to provide proper advice as to risks.
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Aug 1, 2019 – Even if you are “merely” witnessing a document, substantive duties to advise may still arise. Be very careful to ensure that you do not breach such duties.
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Mar 1, 2018 – My article in the September 2016 edition of the Bulletin dealt with various issues relating to costs disclosure, costs agreements and bills. A recent decision of the Full Court of the Supreme Court is relevant in relation to some of those issues, and