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HDI Global Specialty SE v Wonkana No. 3 Pty Ltd


The recent New South Wales Supreme Court of Appeal case of HDI Global Specialty SE v Wonkana No. 3 Pty Ltd (‘HDI Global Speciality’), was a highly anticipated decision as a test case for whether insurance policies covering business interruptions applied in respect of COVID-19. Read More.

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Defamatory tweets and Interlocutory Injunctions


The recent Queensland District Court case of Kocwa v Twitter Inc highlights the strict approach courts take to granting an injunction to remove a defamatory tweet. Read More.

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Probate Disputes series part 1


This is the first article in our three-part series addressing the common disputes that may arise in respect of a deceased estate. In this article series, the Ramsden Lawyers’ Litigation Team, shares their insights on the types of disputes which frequently arise in relation to a contested deceased estate, including challenging or contesting a will. Read More.

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Put and Call Option: The Need for Certainty


The recent Queensland Supreme Court case of Hilas & Anor v GGPG Developments highlights the need for certainty when drafting ‘put and call’ style contracts. Read More.

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Can I travel to Australia? Do I need an exemption to enter?


Due to the border restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions have been placed on travel to Australia. Being able to enter Australia depends on a range of factors including, the reason for the travel to Australia and the residency/citizenship status of the person entering. Read More.

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Contempt of the Court: picket fence display scandalising officers of the court


The recent case of Attorney-General (Qld) v Mathews [2020] recognises the strict legal consequences arising from actions which undermine public confidence in the judicial system. Read More.

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Federal Budget: Immigration changes and implications


On 6 October 2020 the Federal Budget was delivered, and as a part of this there have been key changes and announcements in regard to the Australian migration program. This includes changes to Partner Visas, New Zealand permanent residency, and business visas. Read More.

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COVID-19: Can I get an exemption to travel overseas?


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Australian Government has imposed substantial restrictions on travel to and from Australia, leaving individuals increasingly confused and apprehensive about the prospect of international travel. That said, some exemptions apply to facilitate travel. Read More.

Google business reviews: Potential defamation payout


Harmful Google reviews are a common situation many businesses are faced with across all sectors, causing reputational damage. When a false review is posted, businesses will usually request that Google remove the review which often involves delay and may be ineffective. As a result of Google’s failure remove false reviews about a business, where reputational damage can be proven, there may be a potential claim in defamation. Read More.

Changes to the Australian Citizenship Test


In a recent announcement the Acting Minister for Immigration has announced changes to the Australian Citizenship Test to come into effect 15 November 2020, requiring potential citizens to understand and commit to certain Australian values. Read More.

Defamation battle: an emoji is worth a thousand words


Burrows v Houda [2020] is a timely reminder to think before hitting post when making comments via social media. Even something as simple as an emoticon can have wide reaching imputations which gives rise to potential claims of defamation. Read More.

Insurance claim for incomplete construction work denied


Homeowners must take care when terminating residential building contracts if they want to make an insurance claim under the QBCC Act. Allen & Taylor v QBCC is an instance where an insurance claim for incomplete construction works was denied on the basis that the contract was unlawfully terminated. Read More.