Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to have advised Arena REIT on its recently announced capital raising to assist it in funding a number of acquisitions and maintain balance sheet capacity for future growth opportunities. Arena is an ASX300 listed property group that owns, manages and develops social infrastructure properties across Australia.
Defendant successfully relies on statutory defences to defeat rider’s claim for fall from ‘spooked’ horse
On 28 September 2012, the plaintiff, Kerrie Menz (plaintiff), was riding her horse (‘Sonny’) in a warm-up area of the Wagga Wagga Showground (showground). A group of children nearby made contact with a metal sign on the fence, which caused a loud noise. This noise startled another horse ‘Banjo’, which in turn spooked Sonny. Sonny faltered and fell onto his right side while the plaintiff was still in the saddle.
Decision in Paule & Ors v FCT appealed
The taxpayers in Paule & Ors v FCT  FCA 394 have appealed to the Full Federal Court.
NLRB General Counsel Concludes That Drivers Using the Uber App Are Independent Contractors, Not Employees
The Division of Advice of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”), in an Advice Memorandum, dated April 16, 2019 (“Advice Memo”), has concluded that “drivers providing personal transportation services” using Uber Technologies Inc.’s “app-based ride-share platforms” were independent contractors and not employees, as the drivers had alleged in a series of unfair labor practice charges filed in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Based on the Division of Advice’s analysis of the relationship between Uber and the drivers, the General Counsel’s office directed that the Regional Directors in San Francisco, Chicago, and Brooklyn dismiss the charges.
As we wrote last month, the state of Washington passed legislation barring most inquiries into salary history by employers, as well as requiring employers to divulge salary bands for posted jobs. On May 9, 2019, the governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, signed the bill, confirming the law statewide. The law will take effect on July 28, 2019, and prior to that date, Washington employers should plan to amend any employment applications and hiring practices to conform to the new law.
With the Federal election taking place tomorrow and current polls revealing it will likely be a competitive race to the finish, it is a good time for employers to understand what policies the major political parties propose in the employment and industrial relations sphere.
From 1 July 2019, the thresholds for determining whether an Australian proprietary company is considered a ‘large’ proprietary company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) will increase. This is the first time the thresholds will have been adjusted since 2007. Companies that will no longer be classified as large proprietary companies will have a reduced compliance burden.
One question we are advising clients on more frequently these days revolves around them wanting to help their children financially, but at the same time protect that money to ensure it stays in the family. Some interesting figures from 2017 pointed to family members, essentially the Bank of Mum and Dad, being the fifth largest source of lending in Australia behind the Big Four, at around $65 billion1.
Missing vital information for personal injury claims was one of the key drivers behind Hall & Wilcox’s development of a new web-based application that will solve a long-standing problem for companies that are self-insurers and save them money.