Legal Updates

The information published on this website is of a general nature and should not be construed as legal advice. Whilst we aim to provide timely, relevant and accurate information, the law may change and circumstances may differ. You should not therefore act in reliance on it without first obtaining specific legal advice.

What ‘Child’ may claim?


Elise Croft, Partner

There has been discussion in WA regarding the ability of a child to claim against their (alleged) deceased parent’s estate, particularly given the availability of DNA testing. 

Planning Schemes after Council amalgamations


Anne Wood, Senior Associate

Planning Schemes regulate the use of land within a particular local government’s boundaries (and sometimes may be a different Planning Scheme for a smaller area like a central business district). Therefore, the Planning Scheme is the starting point to work out whether a piece of land can be used for residential or industrial (for example).

Liquidators and Independence: Appearances matter


Tom Darbyshire, Partner

In our February legal updates we reported on an unsuccessful attempt by ASIC to remove the liquidators of two construction companies. ASIC claimed that the liquidators would be seen to lack independence, because of their links to the advisory firm who recommended them for the job. The judge did not agree, and the decision made some important points about a liquidator’s duty of disclosure and impartiality.

Medical certificates – can they be questioned?


Tim Lethbridge, Partner

We have previously published a legal update regarding whether an employer is obliged to accept a medical certificate on face value and the extent to which the employer can choose to query, disbelieve or disagree with it.[1]

How to get your divorce


Alison Brooks, Solicitor

In Australia, divorce is a separate and distinct issue from property divisions and children’s matters, and it is usually a relatively simple and straight forward process.

Divorce is available on a no-fault basis, meaning that as long as some basic criteria are met there is no need for parties to prove the other was unfaithful or give reasons as to why they want the divorce.

The basic criteria