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So interesting - there's lots of news about Huawei and their executives circulating in the news. We also previously commented on the troubles that Huawei has had with foreign governments around the world and various national infrastructure projects (including our own telecommunications here in Australia). But what about Huawei and it's relationship with the personal consumer, especially when it comes to buying a mobile phone?

Are you concerned about Huawei's alleged ties or connections to the Chinese Government? Are we all potentially subject to international espionage and intrigue?

What are your thoughts? Would the growing concerns around national security influence your decision whether or not to buy a Huawei product?

#huawei #china #espionage #mobilephones
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Interesting but not surprising statistics. Client-fatigue is a reality and it happens for a variety of reasons.

When it comes to dispute resolution, it's never as simple as it starts out to be and the initial problem (and emotions associated with that problem) are soon shadowed by the stress caused by the resolution process. In time, the problem becomes the problem itself until clients are just over it and essentially give up.

Of course, the cost is always a factor and when it comes to commercial matters, it becomes the deciding factor to stop when it becomes too expensive and the results no longer justify the means. In other cases, where there are other objectives, cost can still be a factor however there can be less easily quantifiable reasons that justify continuing or giving up.

In our experience, the other cause of client-fatigue is complication and effort. Too many times clients expect that they can just hand their issue to their lawyer, their lawyer will take the solution from a shelf and hand it back - solved. But that's not the case. It's (generally) not a commodity. Advice and services are only as good as the information provided. Often the process of 'owning' their own situation and responding or making decisions becomes too difficult. This comes back to managing expectations and for clients to understand that the solution is the result of a partnership between lawyer and client, it's not just something they can pass off.

#lawyering #lawyers
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Have you experienced something similar? Or do you not notice because your salary is continuously contributing to your superannuation?

It's quite common to simply file away your superannuation report and statements without checking them, but given the revelations from the Financial Services Royal Commission - and examples like this article - maybe it's worth having a look every now and then.

#financialservices #superannuation #royalcommission
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How we spend our Fridays.
#law #lawyer #lawyering

#Repost @ernwork with @get_repost
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6pm. #Friday. Where is everyone? Still early but the car park is already empty - except for us. The @phanglegal team still crushing it for clients. Total dedication. #mywork #dailygrind
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Decriminalising sexting in NSW. Do you agree?

#sexting #lawreform
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Considering how elaborate some scams are and how much work is required to pull them off, wouldn't those scammers be better off applying that effort into a genuine legitimate business? It's sad that some people can actively prey on others in this way and still sleep at night.

#scammers #ato #warning
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More examples of the new economy. Who'd have thought, say 20 years ago, that you could earn a living (and by the way, this is substantially more than just a living) from playing computer games? A 'misspent' childhood could certainly have had a very different outcome for the right generation, in the right era and with the right opportunities.

There are many more of these 'success' stories being shared across social media each and every day - but do they set unrealistic expectations for the younger generations who aspire to be professional gamers?

Every now and then, especially with articles like this, we read about the success stories and think of what 'could have been'. Realistically though, they're just a very small percentage of the gaming population. There are many more gamers, being by far the majority, who possibly try to because they think they have what it takes but unfortunately, for whatever reason, don't achieve that same level of success and don't make the headlines. But that's life, isn't it? Just because you can, it doesn't mean you will.

Also, if you think paying professional gamers millions of dollars is unusual (or unjustified), how is this any different to a professional sportsperson? Of course, there is more money in some sports than others, but in the highest profile and most popular sports, the superstars can command big dollars. Likewise, as the pull and popularity of gaming increases, the concept of e-sports is likely to (and it has in some countries, such as South Korea) become as serious as professional traditional sports. That's the new economy.

#gaming #esports #professional #endorsements
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We don't usually comment on international matters unless they have some direct relevance or influence on our local clients and followers, but here's an interesting article reporting on what's coming out of the UK in relation to an issue that the Australian government dealt with not too long ago.

Previously, the Australian government banned the China-backed and owned Huawei from participating in Australia's 5G network due to national security concerns (which is permitted by the World Trade Organisation and the China-Australia free trade agreements). But Australia isn't the only country to do this either.

Some commentators are concerned that without a major player like Huawei, Australia's 5G network will suffer - and that's a consideration that the UK now faces too.

The world is becoming increasingly wary of China and its influence around the world. Perhaps not the communist political ideology that used to threaten democracy decades ago, but rather the financial and economic power that it wields and how that affects national and domestic issues.

#nationalsecurity #china #australia #freetradeagreement
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Hahaha let’s do it Western Sydney!

#westernsydney #penrith #winter #snow
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Do you have or are likely to have negative equity of the property market continues to drop?

Negative equity arises when you owe more than you own. It's basically one of the worst case scenarios arising from interest only negatively geared property in a falling property market.

#realestate #property #negativegearing #negativeequity
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