Tag Archives: litigation and dispute resolution

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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Hall & Wilcox’s 1 July promotions

Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to announce one partner and ten senior lawyer appointments, effective 1 July 2017. The promotions are across the firm’s Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane offices and will further bolster the firm’s insurance, litigation, corporate, employment, superannuation and property teams.

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New mandatory data breach notification legislation

The long awaited Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (Bill) was passed in the Australian Parliament on 13 February 2017. The Bill amends the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) to introduce a mandatory data breach notification regime (notification regime). The notification regime is a significant change to the data breach notification obligations of organisations holding personal information.

The Bill is likely to commence 12 months after it receives Royal Assent (which is expected to occur shortly).

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Ombudsman’s report: Big reforms for small business banking

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman’s report for the inquiry into small business loans was released on 6 February. The Ombudsman, Kate Carnell AO, made 15 recommendations to the government and the banking sector to reform regulatory practices for small business lending.

It appears that a number of submissions made to the inquiry related to concerns held by customers regarding:

  • the involvement of third party valuers, investigative accountants and receivers
  • contracts which the Bank can make unilateral changes to and are said to be one-sided
  • the difficulties in challenging bank’s decisions and actions, particularly if a dispute is outside the scope of the Financial Ombudsman Service.
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