personal possessions, bike, tools

Conversion & Detinue

Someone has my property and won’t give it back.  What can I do?  We hear this scenario all too often; you’ve left your personal property at a mate’s place, and now they are refusing to give it back.  Or maybe they’ve sold it, or given it away.  De…
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Notifiable Data Breaches

In February 2018, amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 saw the introduction of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme.  The Notifiable Data Breaches scheme applies to all organisations that are subject to the Privacy Act and establishes a framework for assessing and resp…
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Neighbourhood Tree Dispute

Neighbourhood disputes can arise over a variety of matters, and have the potential to become all consuming for those involved.  One such example is neighbourhood tree disputes resulting from overhanging branches.  The question is, who is ultimately responsible fo…
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Annual Leave for
Casual Employees

Annual leave for casual employees?  What the decision in Workpac v Skene means for you. Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), an employer is required to pay its permanent employees (part-time and full-time) a number of entitlements, such as: paid annual leave; paid perso…
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Payment Claims in
the Construction Industry

We have previously touched on the new Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (“the BIF Act”) and summarised some of the changes effected by its introduction.  The following article will explore how progress payments are claimed unde…
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Important Changes to
the Building Industry

In 2017, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation to reform many aspects of the building and construction industry.  Although the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (“the BIF Act”) commenced on 10 November 2017, many of the…
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Copyright, Trademarks and
Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law is both complex and interesting, focusing on incentivising artists, creators and inventors to contribute to the progression of arts and science.  This is achieved by protecting the exclusive rights of an individual and affording them con…
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Debt Recovery vs
Debt Management

There are a number of different mechanisms available to recover a debt owed, including, but not limited to: Commencing proceedings through the traditional courts; Making a claim with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal; Making a payment claim under th…
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