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 are my contributions as homemaker and parent really worth?


Kristy Vukovic, Solicitor

“It has long been established that contributions as a homemaker are not to be assessed in a “token way” but in terms of their true worth towards the building up of assets” – Justice Crooks, J and P [2012] FCWA 100

Free Lunch or Grange – Fail to Disclose at Your Peril


Philip Mavor, Senior Associate

The resignation of the NSW Premier over a bottle of Grange has lessons which resonate for local government.

The recent Panel Inquiry into a metropolitan Council is a cogent reminder of the extent of the obligations of a Council member to disclose an interest under Regulation 11(2) of the Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007.

Extra Time for Liquidators – Shelf Orders approved, for now


Tom Darbyshire, Partner


If you have ever dealt with a company that has gone into liquidation, you may have been on the receiving end of some of the powers that a liquidator can wield.  In a variety of circumstances liquidators can apply to set aside or vary transactions which occurred before their appointment.

Changes to Laws Affecting Incorporated Associations in Western Australia


Louis van Aardt, Partner


Incorporated associations in Western Australia must comply with the provisions of the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 (WA) (Act).  The Department of Commerce has indicated that a review of the Act is almost complete and a Bill, that will make a number of changes to how associations are regulated, will shortly be introduced into parliament.  This briefing paper identifies the key areas of change and how the reforms will affect associations.

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Amendments to the Retirement Villages Act 1992 (WA) Have Now Taken Effect


Joseph Di Rocco, Solicitor

There has been recent media attention surrounding the rights of residents in retirement villages, due to the recent changes to the Retirement Villages Act 1992 (WA) (the Act).

Retirement villages in Western Australia are largely regulated by the Act, the Retirement Villages Regulations 1992 (WA) and the Fair Trading (Retirement Villages Code) Regulations 2009 (WA).