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Legal Update | May 2018

Introduction & Legal 500 Award - Leading Firm 2018 Dear clients, colleagues & friends, Exciting developments are occurring both in our firm and in the law which we would like to share with you. Pointon Partners Lawyers have been recognised and awarded by The Legal 500 as a leading firm [...]

2018-08-23T15:24:19+00:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

What is “Protection Work” under the Building Act 1993 (Vic)?

For the uninitiated, being served with a Form 3 "Protection Work Notice" can be confusing. We have endeavoured to provide a short explanation of what "Protection work" actually is, and the process involved. Building Permit If a building permit is required, then before it is granted, one of the things [...]

2018-08-23T15:37:35+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: , |

Neighbourhood Tree Disputes

Written submissions to the VLRC inquiry into neighbourhood tree disputes closed on 28 February 2018. Practitioners in this area will await the outcome of the inquiry with bated breath. In the interim, the consultation paper prepared by the Commission contains an impressive recap of the present law, although it will be unsatisfying [...]

2018-08-23T15:22:57+00:00March 14th, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: |

Employee or Independent Contractor? Uber decision a useful guide for businesses

Uber has successfully argued that its drivers are independent contractors and not employees, following the Fair Work Commission’s (‘FWC’) 21 December 2017 decision of Kaseris v Rasier Pacific V.O.F. Mr Kaseris claimed he was unfairly dismissed after he had his Uber account deactivated after receiving low customer service ratings. Raiser [...]

2018-08-28T15:47:07+00:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Employment Law|Tags: , |

New GST Rules Affecting Property Transactions – ATO cracking down on developers who avoid paying GST

How these new obligations will affect both developers and purchasers Treasury has released draft legislation which proposes a new process for the remittance of GST to the ATO for property transactions that relate to the supply of “new residential premises”. Why the Changes The purpose of these new rules is [...]

2018-08-23T15:20:32+00:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: , , |

6 Upcoming changes to Victoria’s medical decision-making laws

Background The Victorian Government has made significant changes to the legislation regulating Victoria’s medical decision-making laws, which are due to commence on 12 March 2018. These new laws can be found in the new Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic) (Act), which replaces the existing law around medical [...]

2018-08-23T15:18:26+00:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Wills & Estates|Tags: , |

6 New Year’s resolutions for your business – Legal tips for development and success

The start of the calendar year is a great time for businesses to take stock of their current practices, policies and documentation in order to identify potential risks and opportunities for improvement.  We have compiled a brief checklist of critical (but often overlooked) items, to assist in your reflection on [...]

2018-08-23T15:20:51+00:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Commercial, Employment Law|Tags: , |

Management of Kindergartens – Navigating a legal minefield

Kindergartens in Victoria have to comply with a myriad of legislative obligations which can seem a minefield for the unsuspecting parent volunteer who finds themselves on a Committee of Management. Pointon Partners works with Kindergartens, Early Years Managers (formerly known as cluster managers) and education professionals and can guide understanding [...]

2018-08-24T16:47:03+00:00November 28th, 2017|Categories: Commercial, Employment Law|Tags: |