Spray Drift Claims – Our Experience

In the last decade or so, a number of cases have been decided by various state courts regarding damage caused by chemical spray drift onto a... Read More

Small Business Insolvency Reforms – Draft Legislation Released

In the midst of the current recession and with the fear that there will be a very significant wave of insolvencies once many of the Covid-19... Read More

Update on financial assistance available to small and medium businesses (SMEs)

This is a summary only, and as at 7 April 2020.  The situation is fast moving so update yourself regularly to ensure you have current... Read More

The Covid-19 Pandemic – Helping Directors To Steer Their Businesses Through The Economic Crisis in Australia

Over the weekend, the Federal Government announced changes to Australia’s insolvent trading laws and have taken other measures in an attempt... Read More

Accountant, Director or Defendant? You Can Be Personally Liable

As an accountant or director, you regularly think about Section 550 of the Fair Work Act , and similar provisions, don’t you?  ... Read More

Shareholder Oppression - Court of Appeal dismisses appeal in the long running “Wine in a Can” case

In a decision which was handed down on 19 December 2018, in Knights Quest Pty Ltd and Anor. V Daiwa Can Company and Anor [2018] VSCA 349... Read More

Insolvent Corporate Trustees and the Amerind Appeal

In a decision which was handed down last week, the Victorian Court of Appeal unanimously held that the statutory priority regime under the... Read More

Australia Sails Into Safe Harbour Legislation

On 12 September 2017, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No.2) Act passed both houses of parliament and received royal... Read More

Accountant, Director or Defendant? Are you personally liable?

As an accountant or director, you regularly think about the impact of Section 550 of the Fair Work Act 2009 ( FWA ), and similar... Read More

A Cautionary Tale - Vineyard Owner awarded more than $7million in damages for Chemical Spray Drift

In a decision which was handed down in the Supreme Court of Victoria on 28 June 2017 ( Riverman Orchards Pty Ltd (as Trustee for the A&C... Read More

Safe Harbour Insolvency Reforms

The Federal Government has just released the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Bill, 2017 for public discussion.... Read More

“Prevention is better than the cure” – Damages awards in discrimination and sexual harassment cases are now significantly higher than previously awarded

In a recent decision of the Human Rights Division of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“VCAT”) handed down on 23... Read More

“Hold it right there!!” – When Employees try to run off with your Intellectual Property

In the recent Federal Court decision of Leica Geosystems Pty Ltd v Koudastaal (No 3) [2014] FCA 1129, the Court has found that an employee... Read More

Amendments to the law relating to Part IV or Testators Family Maintenance Applications

A new law has been passed by the Victorian Parliament which will come into effect as and from 1 January 2015 and will apply to Wills of... Read More

Liquidators’ Duty of Candour

The liquidators of Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) were criticised by the New South Wales Supreme Court for their lack of candour... Read More

Social Networking: The New Whistleblower

In what could be called a first in Australia, the Federal Court has held a company and its sole director responsible for statements made by... Read More

Directors - A Cautionary Tale

We hear again and again in the media of companies incurring debts, breaching contracts and then closing down the business and leaving creditors... Read More

Settled! Ways to resolve disputes quickly and outside Court

Issuing or defending potentially costly Court proceedings in order to resolve a dispute is not always commercially viable.  The good news is... Read More


Over the past 10 years or so domain names, and their corresponding websites, have for many organisations become a crucially important part of... Read More

Contesting Wills

  Our legal system recognises the fundamental right of a person to dispose of their property as they wish upon death. There are however a... Read More

Passive smoking and the law

You might have problems with people smoking in your workplace, or smoke filtering in to your home from your neighbour’s house. Perhaps... Read More

Daniels -v- ACCC

Meerkin & Apel has had an important win in the High Court dealing with Legal Professional Privilege where the High Court agreed with... Read More

Tiny Mark that's growing in value

Article - HERALD SUN - BUSINESS OWNER, by Claire Heaney, Thursday, June 14, 2007 - Page 76 Retailer Toys R Us has been forced to pay... Read More

Australian Competitors - Anti-Doping Laws

Australian Sports Competitors are subjected to random drug tests. The tests are carried out by Drug Control Officials (“the... Read More