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Thursday, May 17, 2018


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DREAMWORLD INQUEST: Maurice Blackburn principal lawyer Alison Barrett discusses the serious implications of the coming Dreamworld Coronial Inquest. Click here for the full story.

SMSFs THREE-YEARLY AUDITS: Tracey Scotchbrook, SMSF Specialist Advisor, writes about the Budget’s surprise proposal for three-yearly audits for SMSFs. Click here for the full story.

FAMILY BUSINESSES: Kirsten Taylor-Martin, Accredited Family Business Advisor and Grant Thornton Private Advisory Partner, weighs up what impact Budget 2018 will have for family businesses: The good, the bad and what was missing? Click here for the full story.

DEDUCTIONS FOR VACANT LAND: Natalie Claughton and Jacci Mandersloot, Directors of MC Tax Advisors, reflect on the Denial of Deductions for Vacant Land in Budget 2018. Click here for the full story.


Industry Developments

NEW COMPLAINTS BODY: David Huggins of Huggins Legal discusses what he calls "the coming storm”: The Australian Financial Complaints Authority. Click here for the full story.

TAX DEBT SUBSTITUTION: William Sloan, an accredited family law specialist and senior associate at Kim Wilson & Co., writes about the interpretation of the tax debt substitution power hitting the High Court. Click here for the full story.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND WILLS: Mathisha Panagoda, Associate at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, writes that marriage equality in Australia might have resulted in the revocation of Wills for some same sex couples. Click here for the full story.


Case Law Updates

JOINDER OF ACCESSORIES, SECTION 550, FAIR WORK ACT: Chris Molnar, Partner at Kennedys Law, and Phoebe Blank, Senior Associate at Kennedys Law, write about how the joinder of accessories under Section 550 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) must first have a Section 386 Certificate. Click here for the full story.

FAMILY LAW, PROPERTY, COSTS APPLICATION AGAINST SOLICITORS: Barrister Guy Waterman writes about a case which provides a useful guide to the circumstances where solicitors may expose themselves to a cost order being sought against them personally. Click here for the full story.

FAMILY LAW, PARENTAL ALIENATION: Natalie Moffett, of dimocks family lawyers, reflects upon a case which shows how Parental Alienation can have serious consequences. Click here for the full story.

GOVERNMENT, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, WESTCONNEX: Gregory Ross, an Accredited Specialist in Government and Administrative Law and a Partner at Eakin McCaffery Cox Lawyers, writes how major infrastructrure project WestConnex hit an embarrassing hurdle in Desane v State of New South Wales.  Click here for the full story.


Ask An Expert

BANKING AND FINANCE OATH: Greg Gaunt, HHG Legal Group’s executive chairman, responds to a reader question about the Banking and Finance Oath. Click here for the full story.

BUSINESS OF LAWYERING: Leticia Mooney, strategic marketing communications executive  at Brutal Pixie, responds to a question she receives often from lawyers, “Why is all this business stuff even relevant to me?” Click here for the full story.

TRANSITION TO RETIREMENT PENSIONS: Tracey Scotchbrook, SMSF Specialist Advisor, responds to a reader question about Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and Transition To Retirement Pensions. Click here for the full story.

GST REGISTRATION ISSUES: Brooke Hepburn-Rogers, SMSF Specialist Advisor and SMSF Specialist Auditor, solves a GST registration problem she has seen where Trustees incorrectly account for the Goods and Services Tax in their Self-Managed Superannuation Fund. Click here for the full story.

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