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Family Law Issues the Same the World Over

Family Law June 13, 2013

Family Law Issues the Same the World Over

We may be separated by half of the globe but similar Family Law issues crop up for lawyers in England and Wales as they do in Australia. Family lawyers and corporate lawyers in England and Wales have been waiting anxiously for a decision which has just been handed down by the Supreme Court in England and Wales in a Case called Petrodel v Prest. The case involved very large sums…

Cursing or Swearing In the Workplace

Employment Law May 17, 2013

Cursing or Swearing In the Workplace

The question of whether it is acceptable to swear in the workplace has been recently considered by the Fair Work Commission. In the case of Roderick Macdougall v SCT Pty Limited t/a Sydney City Toyota, Sydney City Toyota dismissed Mr Macdougall for allegedly behaving aggressively towards and swearing at a customer. Mr Macdougall, brought an Application to the Fair Work Commission alleging that he had been unfairly dismissed. The Fair…

Beware the Pitfalls of Email

Employment Law March 21, 2013

Beware the Pitfalls of Email

A case that came before the Superior Court of Ontario in Canada recently serves as a salutary reminder of the dangers that can befall a business who are not very careful with their use of email. In this case, a Senior Manager sent an email to their Lawyer regarding the possible termination of employment of one of their employees. Unfortunately the manager mistakenly cc'd that email to the Employee who was being…

New Years Resolution

Wills and Estate Planning December 19, 2012

New Years Resolution

Whilst many of us will make a New Years Resolution to lose weight or undertake more exercise Aylward Game solicitors are urging us to exercise our minds in the New year and review and if necessary up date our Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there were nearly 147,000 deaths registered in Australia in 2011. Whilst it may be an uncomfortable topic for…

How Can Legal Costs Get So High?

Family Law December 18, 2012

How Can Legal Costs Get So High?

The Daily Telegraph Newspaper in the United Kingdom is reporting on a Family Law case similar to the recent reports of a case in South Australia where the legal costs incurred were entirely out of proportion to the issues in dispute. According to the Daily Telegraph, the English Court of Appeal has refused to increase the amount awarded to the husband Mr. Alyami. In the original decision Mr. Alyami was…

Where Family Law and Estates Intersect

Family Law December 13, 2012

Where Family Law and Estates Intersect

Where Family Law and Estates Intersect The recent Canadian case of Carrigan v Carrigan’s Estate is a timely reminder of the need to ensure that we all keep our financial affairs in order, particularly when there have been changes in our family circumstances. In this Canadian case Mr. Carrigan passed away leaving a DeFacto partner with whom he had been living at the time of his death but also a…

Husbands Should Be Nice To Their Mother-In-Law

Family Law November 30, 2012

Husbands Should Be Nice To Their Mother-In-Law

If the Comedians are to be believed, the chances of a husband getting on well with his mother-in-law are nearly zero. But if the psychologists are to be believed, he really should try. According to researchers in the USA at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Husbands who get on well with their in-laws have a 20% higher chance of avoiding divorce than the average. In contrast to…

Civil Partnerships Become Registered Relationships

Family Law July 6, 2012

Civil Partnerships Become Registered Relationships

The Civil Partnerships Act 2012 was one of the last pieces of legislation passed by the previous session of Parliament, and it was very quickly amended by the Civil Partnerships and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012, which was one of the first peices of legislation passed by the new session of Parliament. There are three particular changes introduced by the later Act. First of all the phrase Civil Partnership has…

Altruistic Surrogacy Update

Family Law July 6, 2012

Altruistic Surrogacy Update

There has been considerable media interest and reporting on the issue of altruistic surrogacy in recent times, following the announcement of an intention to amend the 2010 Surrogacy Act by the recently elected State Government. So far no proposed legislation has been published and so the legislation remains unaltered, (as at 6th July 2012). Aylward Game Solicitors continue to offer legal advice in respect of Altruistic Surrogacy. With the prospect…

Stamp Duty Concession Returns

Property Law July 6, 2012

Stamp Duty Concession Returns

From 1st July 2012 the Transfer Duty {stamp duty} concession for a home which is the occupier's principal place of residence has been reintroduced. This is a welcome reduction in the cost of buying a home. This returns the arrangements to those which applied up until 1st August 2011. There are some conditions, which include a requirement that the property is occupied as the principal place of residence within 12…

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