Asia Pacific

High Court of Australia rules that VCAT cannot hear disputes where a party is not a resident of Victoria

Last week’s High Court decision in Burns v Corbett (2018) HCA 15 is likely to have far-reaching consequences for disputes in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) where one party resides outside of Victoria.

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Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 – integrity in the labour hire industry

In September 2017, the Queensland government passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act. Comparable legislation has been passed in South Australia (commencing 1 March 2018) and is before parliament in Victoria (yet to be passed) which is similar but not identical. The Act covers all operations within Queensland, including labour hire providers and hosts who may be based interstate or overseas but have business in Queensland.

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How important is IP to business success?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to rights which exist over business assets – it could be a brand, logo, design or product invention.

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Three Hall & Wilcox Partners named finalists for Partner of the Year Award

Hall & Wilcox is pleased to have three partners named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 2018 Partner of the Year award.

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Talking Tax – Issue 115

SMSF investing in cryptocurrencies

The ATO has released an online publication in relation to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) investing in cryptocurrencies.

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The growing trend of lease re-negotiation

Last week, it was reported that Myer has engaged leading insolvency specialist Mark Korda of KordaMentha to help its chairman negotiate with landlords.

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ENFORCEABILITY OF GOVERNMENT DIRECTIONS, POLICIES, GUIDELINES AND CONTRACTS

When dealing with government policies, guidelines and contracts, one is often faced with the question of the nature of these policies, directions and contracts. For instance, do the codes and guidelines issued by different departments of the Government of India or the contracts entered into by public bodies fall in the realm of public law and therefore enforceable by judicial intervention or are they simply executive instructions subject to deviations? Are they statutory in nature or simply advisory?

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Digital currency exchange providers – AUSTRAC enrolment dates

While digital currencies in recent months have experienced more ups and downs than a fiddler’s elbow, AUSTRAC has powered ahead in bringing in its new regulations for digital currency exchange (DCE) providers (see our previous article).

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Hall & Wilcox lawyer named Finalist for 30 under 30 Awards

Hall & Wilcox is delighted to have senior associate Jane-Elise Delis (Insurance) named as finalist at this years’ Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards.

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Non-ADI lenders – you may need to register with APRA

Introduction

The Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001 (Act) imposes obligations on registrable corporations to comply with requirements to provide information to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

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