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Posted on 22 May 2020

Industrial Manslaughter Laws

The Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) as the name suggests, contains extensive provisions aimed at ensuring the health and safety of the workplace. On 1 July 2020, amendments to the…

Posted on 21 May 2020

New Coronavirus Regulations for Commercial Leases & Licences

The Victorian Government has published the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020. The Regulations reflect some but not all of the leasing principles in the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of…

Posted on 18 May 2020

Death of a spouse or De Facto partner – Final distribution of property

When married couples or de facto couples separate typically the question of distributing property between them arises. In some cases parties can reach agreement about such distribution but failing agreement parties are likely to…

Posted on 14 May 2020

Deceased Estates – Guide for Executors/Administrators

We have prepared a guide to assist executors (or administrators) as to their responsibilities when acting in the estate of a deceased parent. Click here to view the full guide

Posted on 9 Apr 2020

Mandatory Code of Conduct for Commercial Leases During the Coronavirus

Last week the National Cabinet issued a statement confirming that it had met and agreed: That “states and territories would implement the attached mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code), including via legislation or regulation…

Posted on 27 Mar 2020

Effect of Coronavirus Measures on Retail Leases

Aside from the health and safety fears and concerns about the economic impact generally of the coronavirus, landlords and tenants will also be deeply concerned about its effect on business and the effect of…

Posted on 27 Feb 2020

Annualised Salaries – Important New Requirements

New provisions in certain awards take effect from 1 March 2020: will your salary arrangements stand up to scrutiny? On 1 March 2020 important new requirements regarding annualised salaries will come into effect for…

Posted on 18 Dec 2019

How long do my partner and I have to live together before we are classed as in a de facto relationship?

A common question family lawyers get asked is: What is the time frame that we have to be living together to be classed as in a de facto relationship. Is it six months? It…

Posted on 6 Dec 2019

Risks of landlords failing to provide retail leases estimates of outgoings

A recent VCAT decision will be of concern for landlords who fail to provide estimates of outgoings as required under the Retail Leases Act. Section 46 of the Retail Leases Act requires landlords of…

Posted on 6 Dec 2019

New Ministerial Determination which exempts farm leases from Retail Leases Act

The Minister for Small Business has published a Ministerial Determination which exempts farm leases from the Retail Leases Act. Farm leases excluded from the operation of the Act include leases of premises under which…