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.

Parenting Plans or Family Court Orders?


Alison Brooks, Solicitor and Loretta Carè, Partner

If you separate from your husband, wife or de facto partner and you have children together, you both have a continuing responsibility for the care of your children. So what are the options when it comes to figuring out the care arrangements for the children?

If you are unable to discuss those options between yourselves, you are encouraged to attend mediation.

The discussions will include:

Significant Proposed Changes to the PPSA: What These May Mean to Your Business


Louis van Aardt, Partner


The Personal Property Securities Amendment (Deregulatory Measures) Bill 2014 (Bill) is currently before the House of Representatives.  This Bill proposes to amend the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) so that leases of serial numbered goods of 90 days or more will no longer be deemed to be PPS leases for the purposes of the PPSA.

The District Court of WA Inactive List - principles to be applied in determining whether to remove from the inactive list or allow an action to "die a natural death"


Ashley Crisp, Partner


This case involved an application to remove a case from the inactive list and involved consideration of the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 1981 and the issue of delay, which was only partially explained, and consideration of the prospect of favourable determination if and when the matter was finally heard and determined.

Signing the Wrong Will


David Miller, Partner

In recent times there have been a number of Australian cases regarding the validity of mirror wills made by a husband and a wife in circumstances where each has inadvertently signed the other’s will.

Workers' Compensation and Failure to Cooperate


Ashley Crisp, Partner and Ken Grunder, Solicitor

In The State Of Western Australia (Department Of Education) v Leek [2014] WADC 10, the respondent worker, Ms Leek (L) sustained an injury to her spine when she threw a bag of rubbish into a skip bin, while working for the appellant employer, the Department of Education (DOE). Liability was admitted and weekly payments commenced.