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What makes boxing (and other combat sports) legal?
Has anyone ever wondered how sports where the purpose of the activity is to cause harm to another, yet, not fall foul of criminal laws such as assault? Combat sports such as boxing, kick boxing, and wrestling may seemingly conform to some aspects of assault laws, however, such activities aren't ...
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Hurried employee’s bathroom slip compensation claim successful.
In the following Alert, Senior Associate Jacqi Marshall and Solicitor Melissa McGarrity discuss the acceptance of an employee's appeal in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) in the decision of Ziebarth v Simon Blackwood (Workers' Compensation Regulator) [2015] QIRC 121, ...
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Email correspondence leads to binding contract despite negotiations being “subject to contract”. 
HopgoodGanim Lawyers recently published an alert in relation to a decision of the Court of Appeal of Western Australia, which held that an email exchange between a tenant and a landlord's agent amounted to an immediately binding agreement to lease and a licence. The Supreme Court of Queensland ...
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Do estranged family members have the right to challenge a will if they are not a beneficiary?
Our interactions with co-workers or strangers are for the most part rather civilised because societal norms demand that we treat people who we aren't related to us with a certain amount of respect. However, when it comes to family relationships, sometimes civility is thrown out the window and ...
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Is ignorance of the law a defence in relation to criminal law matters?
Anyone who has made even a cursory attempt at reading any piece of statute will quickly come to the realisation that there are a lot of laws out there to put it mildly. Due to the sheer volume of laws that exist, means that even the most knowledgeable of legal practitioners wouldn't know every ...
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Employer not liable for the actions of its employee who accidentally stabbed another worker in the hand. 
In this Alert, Partner Robert Tidbury and Solicitor Hannah Staunton discuss the recent Queensland Supreme Court decision of Boon v Summs of Qld Pty Ltd t/a Big Bill's Bobcats [2015] QSC 162 where a workers' claim for damages failed after he was unintentionally stabbed in the hand by another ...
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Reebok Australia misleading product promotion results in significant fines. 
In ACCC v Reebok Australia Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 83, the Federal Court of Australia fined Reebok Australia the sum of $350000 for false advertising in connection with the sale of footwear to Australian consumers. The company also consented to restraining orders, corrective advertising orders, ...
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Does Australian law protect employees from harsh, unjust or unreasonable dismissal?
The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act) has provisions in place protecting Australian employees from dismissal that is “harsh, unjust or unreasonable”: But what does the expression mean? It's understandable that some employees may feel that any action of dismissal can be harsh, ...
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New requirements for country of origin labelling for food products.
This week, the Australian Government approved a new labelling system for food products. Manufacturers and small businesses that sell food products must be alerted to the new requirements as the new labels “will begin to appear on supermarket shelves later this year”.
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Stamp Duties and Business Contracts: How to Stop Losing Thousands of Dollars in Ten Easy Steps.
As an Accredited Business Law Specialist, Leigh Adams Commercial Lawyers are well versed in helping clients avoid the common stamp duty traps in business contracts. Here are ten of them: Your business trust deed is lost. This can be disastrous if you need to change the trustee, add or change ...
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The Lodge house keeper's claim for compensation reinstated by AAT despite its finding that her symptoms were exaggerated. 
In this alert, Partner Robert Tidbury and Law Clerk Hannah Burnett discuss the recent decision of Power v Comcare(2015) AATA 471 in which the AAT overturned a decision of Comcare to discontinue a claim for compensation brought by a house attendant who allegedly injured her back whilst working at ...
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Psychiatric claim against an employer dismissed due to plaintiff’s failure to establish reasonable foreseeability.
In this alert, Senior Associate Aaron Clark and Solicitor Hannah Staunton discuss the recent Queensland District Court decision of Eaton v TriCare (Country) Pty Ltd [2015] QDC 173, where an administration assistant was unsuccessful in her claim for damages against her employer for a psychiatric ...
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