August 2018

Vendor Warranties in Business Sales – Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep
Useful Tools for Navigating Co-Parenting
Why Councillors View Compliance Sections as an Important Pillar of the Council
Caveats Series – Part 1: What is a caveat?
Social Media and Family Law – What to Post and What Not to Post When Going Through a Divorce
Contesting Wills – Insight from Power v Smart (2018) WASC 168
Judicial Interpretation of Policies of Insurance – Not as Dull as it Sounds

Welcome to our August Legal Update for clients, business partners and other interested parties. Designed to keep you informed on a variety of topics, we hope you enjoy reading this edition.

In the News section on our website, you will find more on important changes relevant to legal practitioners who practice in the area of contested deceased estates by Ann Spencer; a recent Court of Appeal ruling on Retrospective Planning Approvals by Anne Wood  and Carol Hamilton who acted for the City of Gosnells; and we have updated the Cyber Threat Register. If you are wondering what has happened to whistleblower protection reform, you might be interested in this Linkedin post by Tom Darbyshire.

We are a supporter of AIM WA’s popular Inspirational Leader Series of breakfasts. The Tuesday, 11 September event features Professor Deborah Terry AO, Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University. If you would like to join our table, please email events@kottgunn.com.au (limited tickets available).

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Vendor Warranties in Business Sales – Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep

Conor Breheny
Associate

Explores the risks associated with vendor warranties in business sale agreements and the consequences of getting them wrong.
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Useful Tools for Navigating Co-Parenting

Danielle Hadida
Lawyer

With our ever increasing reliance on technology, parents and the Family Court are now looking to Apps to communicate, and document parents’ communications.
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Why Councillors View Compliance Sections as an Important Pillar of the Council

Anne Wood
Partner

Why Compliance sections in their Local Governments are a really important supporting role to the Councillors and their decisions.
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Caveats Series – Part 1: What is a caveat?

Tim Kennedy
Senior Associate

Part 1 of a series about caveats, talks about what a caveat is and the types of caveat which exist, including a new improper dealings caveat.
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Social Media and Family Law – What to Post and What Not to Post When Going Through a Divorce

Danielle Hadida
Lawyer

The Family Law Act prevents parties from publishing information about proceedings which identifies the parties involved or their witnesses, including on social media.
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Contesting Wills – Insight from Power v Smart (2018) WASC 168

Ann Spencer
Senior Associate

Jonathan O’Connor
Lawyer

This case illustrates the high threshold to reach in order to challenge the validity of a will, even where the will maker suffered from significant cognitive and physical impairment.
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Judicial Interpretation of Policies of Insurance – Not as Dull as it Sounds

Stephen Williams
Partner

Daniel Coster
Associate

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of WA recently restated the principles applicable to interpretation of policies of insurance.
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