New penalty regime – Are your business standard terms and conditions fair?

Posted: 29 Jan 2024

There have been recent changes to the Australian competition and consumer law which came into effect on 9 November 2023. […]

Deliberately leaving people out of wills & resulting family provision claims

Posted: 22 Jan 2024

People often write wills entirely leaving out (whether deliberately or inadvertently) family members or other ‘eligible’ people. These types of […]

Is a former employee disparaging your business?

Posted: 15 Jan 2024

Non-disparagement clauses are common features of settlement agreements and deeds of release in employment disputes. They are intended to prevent […]

Setting up in business for yourself

Posted: 10 Oct 2023

For the entrepreneurial amongst us, starting out in self-employment and building your own successful business, either by yourself or with other people, is a highly […]

Choosing the right business structure for your business

Posted: 26 Sep 2023

Choosing the right business structure for your business is an important decision. Getting it wrong can have consequences for the business, as […]

Are you the trustee or a beneficiary of an Estate? Read on.

Posted: 31 Jul 2023

A trustee of an Estate holds a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries of the Estate. This means that the trustee can only act in the best […]

Buying or selling a business and in dispute? Read on.

Posted: 24 Jul 2023

If you or someone you know has fallen into dispute over the purchase or sale of a business, then you may like to read on.  […]

Are you a tradie waiting on getting paid? Read on.

Posted: 17 Jul 2023

If you are in the trades and don’t have a good set of standard set of Terms & Conditions (T&C’s) which you use for your customers, then you should read […]

Suing or being sued in the Minor Claims Division of the Magistrates Court?

Posted: 10 Jul 2023

If you or someone you know is contemplating or involved in a minor case claim (under $10,000) through the WA […]

Business Terms & Conditions: Why you should review them.

Posted: 29 May 2023

If you are in business and have a standard set of Terms & Conditions (T&C’s) (or need some) which you […]

Don’t trust the executor of an estate?

Posted: 15 Dec 2022

Being an executor is often a somewhat thankless task. An executor plays an important part in deceased estate administration. They hold extensive […]

Driver Licensing – Alcohol Interlock Condition

Posted: 08 Dec 2022

If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge, then depending on a few different factors, you may […]

Liquidated damages clauses in contracts – what you need to know

Posted: 01 Dec 2022

It is fairly common for contracts to include a clause which says that in the event of ABC occurring, Party […]

Pleading Guilty in the Magistrates Court – A Handy Tip

Posted: 31 Aug 2022

If you (or perhaps someone you know) is going to be pleading guilty to a charge being heard in the […]

How to appeal a decision to refuse the grant of a drivers licence in WA

Posted: 24 Aug 2022

If you (or someone you know) has been refused the grant of a drivers licence you may have a basis […]

Undertakings in Misconduct Restraining Order applications in WA

Posted: 17 Aug 2022

If you (or someone you know) is applying for a Misconduct Restraining Order (MRO) against another person, then you may […]

How to make an application for an Extraordinary Licence in WA

Posted: 10 Aug 2022

If you or someone you know (‘asking for a friend’ perhaps?) are in the unfortunate position of needing to make […]

Selling a Business – What about employee entitlements?

Posted: 15 Jul 2022

Selling or buying a business can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. However, it is important to […]

Have you been charged with dangerous driving in WA?

Posted: 08 Jul 2022

Dangerous Driving is potentially a very serious offence and depending upon the circumstances and outcome, may attract a term of […]

How to prepare for your WA Magistrates Court sentencing

Posted: 01 Jul 2022

If you have been charged with a criminal offence in WA and you elect to plead guilty or are found guilty following a trial, the […]

Dealing with difficult neighbours

Posted: 24 Jun 2022

Disputes with a neighbour can have a serious impact on your everyday life and cause significant stress. Disagreements occur from […]

Appointing a Guardian through the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)

Posted: 17 Jun 2022

It seems logical that guardians must make decisions that are in the best interests of the personwhom they are responsible […]

Why Relationship Property Settlements Should be Formalised

Posted: 10 Jun 2022

Separating partners often reach an agreement between themselves about how to divide their relationship property and in many cases, never […]

Key Points to Consider When Purchasing a Business

Posted: 03 Jun 2022

Purchasing a business can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. However, there areseveral key points which ought […]

2022 Workplace Health and Safety Law Amendments

Posted: 13 May 2022

The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (Act) commenced on Thursday 31 March 2022. It is intended ‘to provide a […]

What you need to know about trading with a Trust

Posted: 04 Mar 2022

‘Trading trusts’ are now quite common in Australia. The term refers to a legal entity (the trustee) conducting a business […]

Landgate Transmission Applications

Posted: 25 Feb 2022

If you or someone you know is the Executor or Administrator of an estate which has real estate as a […]

Spent Conviction Order Applications at Sentencing in the Magistrates Court

Posted: 18 Feb 2022

If a person is being sentenced in the WA Magistrates Court, he or she may request that the Magistrate grant […]

Minor Case Claims in the Magistrates Court

Posted: 11 Feb 2022

A common query in civil matters is what is a minor case claim in WA? The short answer is a […]

Conduct Agreement Orders (Conduct Order) in Family Violence Restraining Order (FVRO) Matters

Posted: 28 Jan 2022

If you or someone you know is involved in an FVRO matter than you may like to read on. A […]

Compromise Settlements in Small Business Debt Disputes

Posted: 19 Jan 2022

If you or someone you know are involved in a small business and have a debt dispute which needs sorting […]

Separated parents who cannot agree on the vaccination status of their children

Posted: 12 Jan 2022

Since COVID-19 reached Australia lawyers have noted an increase in family law disputes between parents about the vaccination status of […]

Wills and the Importance of Testamentary Capacity

Posted: 29 Oct 2021

If you or someone you know are assisting an elderly relative update or replace a Will then you may like […]

Short Term De Facto Relationship Claims

Posted: 22 Oct 2021

If you or someone you know have been in a short-term de facto relationship and are unsure of your legal […]

Facebook Groups – Beware of Comments

Posted: 15 Oct 2021

The High Court of Australia recently determined that media companies are responsible (as ‘publishers’) for their readers’ comments on their Facebook […]

Sentencing for Drink Driving in the WA Magistrates Court – What You Need to Know.

Posted: 08 Oct 2021

If you or someone you know has been charged with drink driving which is being dealt with in the Magistrates […]

Police Barring Notices for Alcohol Related Offences

Posted: 01 Oct 2021

If you or someone you know has been served with a Barring Notice preventing them from entering licensed premises in […]

Default judgment set-aside applications in civil court proceedings

Posted: 24 Sep 2021

If you or someone you know need to apply to have a default judgment against you set-aside then you may […]

Restraining Order and Repeat Offenders

Posted: 17 Sep 2021

If you or someone you know is involved in a restraining order matter through the Magistrates Court then you may […]

Survivorship Applications when a person dies

Posted: 10 Sep 2021

If you or someone you know needs to make a Survivorship Application to Landgate to transfer a property from joint […]

Changes to consumer laws in 2021 and the impact on business

Posted: 27 Aug 2021

There have been a number of changes to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) recently. One of these is an increase […]

Vehicle Condition Disputes

Posted: 20 Aug 2021

The purchase of a vehicle is a significant financial commitment for many people. So what do you do when the […]

What Happens to My Super When I Die?

Posted: 13 Aug 2021

Lawyers often hear a client say something like ‘I don’t have any assets, so I don’t need a will’. This […]

Lending money to friends and family

Posted: 06 Aug 2021

Be Careful When Loaning Money to Friends or Family Many people help out friends or family members from time to […]

Debt Recovery – Letters of Demand

Posted: 04 Jun 2021

A letter of demand (whether issued by a creditor or a lawyer on the creditor’s behalf) to a debtor may […]

Security Cameras in a Residential Setting – An Invasion of Privacy?

Posted: 28 May 2021

Security cameras are regulated in WA by operation of the Surveillance Devices Act 1998 (the Act). It is an offence […]

Can a Secret Recording be used in Court?

Posted: 21 May 2021

One of the questions which is often posed in an increasing array of matters is whether or not a recording […]

Are you providing a Character Reference for Magistrates Court Purposes?

Posted: 14 May 2021

When a person is pleading guilty (or has been found guilty) in the Magistrates Court, the Magistrate is permitted to […]

Changes to the Law Relating to Casual Employment

Posted: 07 May 2021

Changes to the Fair Work Act came into effect on 27 March 2021. Amongst other things, these changes have included […]

Part 1- Early Mediation in Family Law Disputes

Posted: 27 Apr 2021

If you (or someone you know) is going through a relationship separation and there is at least some dispute which […]

Buying or Selling a Business

Posted: 20 Apr 2021

If you or someone you know are considering buying or selling a business, then you ought to consider getting some […]

De facto relationships and contesting a will

Posted: 13 Apr 2021

All jurisdictions in Australia (including WA) permit eligible persons to contest a will if they can demonstrate that they have […]

Recent changes to ASIC rules regarding resigning as a director

Posted: 06 Apr 2021

If you or someone you know is planning to (or has recently) resigned as a director of a company then […]

Personal Guarantees in Commercial Leasing

Posted: 25 Mar 2021

If you (or someone you know) are a director of a company entering into a commercial lease, then you may […]

Arguments about the custody of pets post separation

Posted: 18 Mar 2021

An argument which comes up from time to time following relationship breakdown is who gets to keep the family pet. […]

How to Address Negative Online Reviews

Posted: 11 Mar 2021

Online reviews can be crucial to business success and by extension, negative reviews may cause financial loss. If your business […]

Franchising Changes in 2021

Posted: 04 Mar 2021

If you are involved, or considering becoming involved in, a franchise business then you may like to read on as […]

Spousal Maintenance

Posted: 22 Feb 2021

Spousal maintenance is financial support paid by one spouse to the other. It is entirely different and separate to child […]

Disputes About Trees

Posted: 15 Feb 2021

If you or someone you know is involved in a dispute about a tree (or trees) then you may like […]

Grandparent’s Rights in Family Law Matters

Posted: 08 Feb 2021

When there has been a relationship breakdown which has resulted in grandparents being prevented from seeing their grandchildren, a grandparent […]

Effective Estate Planning

Posted: 01 Feb 2021

There is more to an effective estate plan than simply signing a will for the lowest price you can find. […]

Spent Conviction Orders in WA

Posted: 22 Dec 2020

Spent Conviction Orders (SCO’s) can be applied for following an accused person being found guilty of an offence. If granted, […]

Contested Estate Claims

Posted: 15 Dec 2020

If a loved one has died (with or without a valid will) there is always a possibility that a contest […]

Local Government Prosecutions

Posted: 08 Dec 2020

If you (or someone you know) are being prosecuted by a local government (or a statutory authority such as Water […]

Commercial Leasing in WA

Posted: 01 Dec 2020

If you require commercial lease documents prepared (a new lease, extension, variation, assignment or surrender) or a review of a […]

Enforcing a Judgment in the WA Magistrates Court

Posted: 25 Nov 2020

If a debtor has been ordered to pay you money but they have still not paid in full, then you […]

How to apply to have a conviction set aside

Posted: 18 Nov 2020

If you have been convicted in your absence and need to make an application to have that conviction set aside, […]

Elder Abuse in WA – Prevention is Better than a Cure

Posted: 11 Nov 2020

Elder (or senior) abuse comes in many different forms, from physical abuse and threats to emotional control and manipulation. Where […]

Post Employment Restraints of Trade: The Basics

Posted: 04 Nov 2020

If you are an employer seeking to enforce a restraint of trade or an employee seeking to avoid a restraint […]

Family Violence Legislation Reform

Posted: 26 Oct 2020

The Family Violence Legislation Reform Act 2019 The WA State Government has announced a family violence law reform package intended […]

Harassment in the Workplace? What are Your Legal Options

Posted: 19 Oct 2020

Sometimes it is simply not practical to make an internal report to an employer about workplace harassment. For example, you […]

How to apply to have a licence disqualification removed

Posted: 12 Oct 2020

If you (or someone you know) have been disqualified for more than three years (including permanent ‘life’ bans) from holding […]

Applying for Letters of Administration when a person has died without a valid Will

Posted: 05 Oct 2020

If a loved one has died without leaving a valid Will then you may need to make an application to […]

Debt Recovery through the WA Magistrates Court: Some Practical Tips

Posted: 15 Sep 2020

One of the things which impacts on many small to medium sized businesses is a debtor who simply won’t (or […]

Standard form credit account contracts: Why your business ought to have one

Posted: 08 Sep 2020

If you are considering putting a standard form credit account contract in place for your business (or updating an existing […]

Restraining Orders in WA: What You Need to Know.

Posted: 31 Aug 2020

If you (or someone you know) are seeking a restraining order or someone is seeking a restraining order against you, […]

How to make an application for an Extraordinary Licence in WA

Posted: 17 Aug 2020

If you or someone you know (‘asking for a friend’ perhaps?) are in the unfortunate position of needing to make […]

Pleading Guilty in the WA Magistrates Court – What You Need to Know

Posted: 17 Aug 2020

If you or someone you know has been charged with an offence which is being dealt with in the Magistrates […]

Commercial Tenancies: Why September 30th Matters

Posted: 17 Aug 2020

If you are a commercial landlord or tenant in WA, then as you likely know, earlier this year the WA […]