Supercharging battles over superannuation death benefits

When there is uncertainty as to how super death benefits should be paid, dispute resolution or litigation generally follows. By CAROLINE HARLEY.

The grim life of tenants living in the Willmott Forest

Liquidators appointed to a landlord company can now disclaim a registered lease. This could result in tenants being treated unfairly, and precludes tenants from protecting…

Statutory interpretation and the ordinary criminal lawyer: Gillard v the Queen

There were few occasions during my law degree in which a legal principle resonated to the extent that I retained it beyond the relevant exam….

Mandatory sentencing: it ought to be passed in at the law and order auction

The consensus of experts is that mandatory sentencing doesn’t work. Legal practitioners know it. Researchers know it. Court administrators know it. It’s likely that at…

Market value and GST

A buyer has no obligation to top up for GST unless it is in the contract. By JIM MAIN.

How safe is your franchise territory? The courts have decided

The courts have recently discussed the importance of a franchisor protecting their franchisee’s territorial rights in an exclusive territory. By NICK BIRBAS.

Telstra’s yellow monopoly aspirations given a red light by the Federal Court

On 11 April 2014, Justice Murphy delivered his judgment granting two appeals filed against decisions of Delegates of the Registrar of Trade Marks which had…

Banned for life: private behaviour and sporting sanctions

Less than three months into his tenure, new National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver made global headlines by imposing a lifetime ban and USD$2.5 million…

Law Society advocacy: July 2014

The Law Society’s Policy and Practice team brings you a wrap-up of the most important issues of the moment.

The latest from the Federal Court: July 2014

Reporting and analysis of the most notable decisions in the Federal Court. By THOMAS HURLEY.