Regions

Frustrated by Brexit?

Whatever your views on Brexit and whether the UK should leave or remain and on what terms, Brexit seems a source of frustration for many people.  The question that the court had to decide was: can a tenant end its lease early because of Brexit?  The outcome will reassure landlords but be a disappointment for tenants.

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Is your land tax bill keeping you awake at night?

Between January and April this year, the State Revenue Office (SRO) will send close to 500,000 land tax assessment notices to owners of real property in Victoria.

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Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld Expands its Private Client Services Group

Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC (RCCB), a law firm offering a distinctive combination of practical business acumen, legal expertise and entrepreneurial passion, today announced the addition of two new attorneys. Dirk M. Simpson and Taylor A. Smith join RCCB’s Private Client Services Group (PCSG) and will reside in the firm’s Conshohocken office.

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CMS and ONC Tag Team to Promote Sharing of Patient Data

On February 11th, blockchain advocates, digital health enthusiasts, and patients received positive news from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) regarding patient data sharing.  These rules, taken together, seek to make data more liquid, which can promote patient access, continuity of care, research, collaboration across the industry and several other activities that previously faced challenges within a health care system built on data silos.

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Illinois Minimum Wage Increases to $15 By 2025

Illinois Governor Pritzger has signed a bill raising the Illinois minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, making Illinois the first Midwestern state to hike the minimum wage to that level. States on both coasts, including California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, have already moved to enact such a hike.

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Race Discrimination on the Basis of Hair Is Illegal in NYC

The New York City Commission on Human Rights published legal enforcement guidance defining an individual’s right to wear “natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such a locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.”   The guidance applies to workplace grooming and appearance policies “that ban, limit, or otherwise restrict natural hair or hairstyles”:

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Hall & Wilcox advises Arena REIT acquisition of three specialist disability housing properties

Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox has advised Arena REIT on its recent acquisition of three specialist disability housing properties in Adelaide for $23.95m. The three properties, in Salisbury, Kingswood and North Adelaide, are leased on a long term basis to SA disability care and rehabilitation services provider SACARE.

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Breaching an anti-suit injunction: Prince discovers no one is above the law

In Mobile Telecommunications Co KSC v HRH Prince Hussam bin Abdulaziz au Saud[1]  the High Court sentenced Prince Hussam, a Saudi Prince, to twelve months imprisonment for contempt of court for breaching an anti-suit injunction.  The judgment highlights the English court’s willingness to enforce anti-suit injunctions, even resorting to severe methods to do so.

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Financial Services in Focus – Issue 20

Funds and financial products

Royal Commission fallout

On 18 February, the Commonwealth Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, issued a media release setting out the Commonwealth Government’s actions since the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

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Third party liable to contribute to damages for injury caused by negligence of another

The WA Court of Appeal has upheld a District Court judge’s decision apportioning 25% liability to Harvey Norman, in a case involving a customer injured while collecting purchases from Harvey Norman’s warehouse in Osborne Park.

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