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Watching the Detectives – Elvis Costello Didn’t Do A Song about Judges

Courts November 1, 2015

Watching the Detectives – Elvis Costello Didn’t Do A Song about Judges

Independence That is the one word that forms the bedrock of our judicial system. Judges must be seen to be independent, and actually be independent. Appointment to the bench necessarily curtails the judge’s social life. As the old saying goes – it is lonely at the top. In Lewis v Judge Ogden (1984) 153 CLR 682, a naughty Melbourne Barrister found himself fronting the High Court for the following football…

Surrogacy Arrangements in Australia

Family Law October 31, 2015

Surrogacy Arrangements in Australia

The recent story in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighting the emergence of a number of clinics in Cambodia apparently operating commercial surrogacy arrangements has reminded us of the ongoing debate about surrogacy arrangements in Australia. This debate was prominent in the media around the so called baby Gammy case, where an Australian couple had commissioned a surrogacy arrangement in Thailand. The surrogate mother was pregnant with twins, one of which…

A High Old Time at Magistrates Court

Articles Courts Criminal Law October 30, 2015

A High Old Time at Magistrates Court

Our Special Counsel, Mr Sara, was commissioned to act as an associate of a long-standing client in Murwillumbah Local Magistrates Court, far North Eastern NSW. The client, a company director, had been charged with drive whilst disqualified by Court order. Serious stuff – it is a contempt of Court. Anyway, the Red SS commodore was called into action and 200km later our Special Counsel rolled through the lush green fields…

Looking For A Law Job? The Fate Of Young Lawyers

Articles Courts October 9, 2015

Looking For A Law Job? The Fate Of Young Lawyers

What is the fate of young lawyers? Recently, Aylward Game advertised for a para-legal. In its wake were very few para-legals applying, but instead there were  law graduates and recently admitted legal practitioners. The firm specified that the role was unlikely to advance to a Solicitor’s role in the foreseeable future and they lined up in their droves. Our Special Counsel fancies himself as a bit of a country cook…

Brisbane Wills: Would you like to leave your Tattoos to your children? Make a will today!!

Wills and Estate Planning October 2, 2015

Brisbane Wills: Would you like to leave your Tattoos to your children? Make a will today!!

This is now possible in the USA. (source) It is now here, the National Association for Preservation of Skin Art (NAPSA), USA. It is quite simple really. Any ‘inked’ American can make a contract with NAPSA and within 18 hours of their death they will arrange for the areas of their skin that are inked to be surgically removed and preserved. And within 3-6 months your family will receive a framed…

Fingerprint and DNA Testing for Employees

Articles Employment Law September 25, 2015

Fingerprint and DNA Testing for Employees

Fingerprint and DNA testing: Would you let your employer fingerprint you and take your DNA? Of course not. You are wrong, it is about to be implemented at a prominent Brisbane Hospital. Fingerprinting that is. George Orwell 1984 eat your heart out, Pink Floyd will need to release ‘Another Brick in the Wall-Part 4’. This goes well beyond ‘we don’t need no education’. [embed]https://youtu.be/YR5ApYxkU-U[/embed] Where are the Unions? (oh that’s right…

Our New Prime Minister: Was It Constitutional?

Articles Social Media September 17, 2015

Our New Prime Minister: Was It Constitutional?

Turnbull, Abbott, Rudd, Gillard, Rudd - How many times does Prime Minister appear in the Australian Constitution? ZERO –that is absolutely correct. The Governor-General scores 90 mentions and the Queen scores 21. Since 3 December 2007 Australia has had the following Prime Ministers: Kevin Rudd (twice); Julia Gillard; Tony Abbott; Malcolm Turnbull. Now whatever your political standpoint may be... whether you have still not recovered from the demise of the…

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Litigation September 9, 2015

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

The Greek’s have a saying that when you go for revenge you ought to dig two graves. Litigation, like cancer, is a long drawn out experience that is harmful to your health. Revenge is apposite in the process. We all have enemies and people that we detest, and without the rule of law only our individual moral compass would limit the degree of revenge we would exact. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION…

Brisbane Southbank Showcase Afternoon

Social Media July 29, 2015

Brisbane Southbank Showcase Afternoon

On the 16th of June, we had a showcase stand at the Brisbane South Bank Showcase afternoon. It gave us and others the opportunity to network with each other. These events are always a great way for everyone to get together and enjoy sharing ideas and discussing a range of things. We found it to be a very successful afternoon and look forward to attending the next event. We hope…

The trouble with lending guarantees

Conveyancing Property Law May 18, 2015

The trouble with lending guarantees

An issue that we frequently get asked about is that of lending guarantees. Often family members are asked to provide a guarantee in respect of borrowings undertaken by other family members. In basic terms a guarantee is a promise by one person to repay the borrowings of another person if they fail to repay them themselves. Often the Guarantor provides additional security by a way of for instance an additional…

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