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Tips for negotiating a retail or commercial lease

It’s surprisingly common for businesses (particularly new ones) to enter into commercial leases without reviewing the documents or negotiating anything other than the rent. Leases can throw up some curveballs for unsuspecting tenants once the lease is signed your options are limited, so it’s best to try and get things …

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Successful Federal Court Application by Family Day Care Operators

The Department of Education cancelled the approval of two family day care operators pursuant to section 195H (1) (b) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 (the Administration Act). The cancellation decision would have caused the operators to shut down. Birchgrove Legal successfully applied to the Federal …

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Contracts in simple terms

Contracts form a part of your everyday life, so we think it’s about time you gave some thought as to what it actually means. Whether you are buying milk from the corner store, starting a gym membership, or getting someone to fix the leaking tap in the kitchen, you are …

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FAMILY DAY CARE OPERATOR SUCCESSFUL IN CHALLENGING CANCELLATION

  On 16 June 2017, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal handed down its decision in the matter of  CYD v Secretary of the Department of Education. The matter related to a review of a decision by the NSW Department of Education to cancel the service approval of a family …

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Defamation – Verdict for Grand Mufti v Daily Telegraph

Birchgrove Legal are pleased to announce that the Supreme Court of New South Wales has entered a verdict in favour of the Grand Mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed’s in his defamation proceedings against the Daily Telegraph. The Court otherwise noted that the matter has settled on confidential terms. Media Release …

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END OF VET FEE HELP – START OF VET STUDENT LOANS

Recently the Federal Government announced that the current Vet Fee Help Scheme will cease on 31 December 2016. In its place, “Vet Student Loans” will commence on 1 January 2017. These proposed changes are still subject to parliament approval – however all providers should be aware of the SIGNIFICANT changes …

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Registered Training Organisations & Private Colleges under the Microscope – Part 2

In April 2016, we published an article (found here) highlighting the intention of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to set up a new audit panel. If you would like to know what lead to this and what is likely to be targeted, then read on! Who is ASQA? ASQA …

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Private Colleges Under the Microscope

With recent headlines of college licences being revoked and ASQA setting up a new Auditing team, increased scrutiny of Training and Education providers will likely be the norm. ASQA’S NEW AUDIT PANEL The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) recently published a statement advising of its intention to establish a new …

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Are there risks in going to Court?

The short answer is YES. The nature of the risks depend on the Court (or tribunal) that you are in and the type of matter. There are no guarantees in litigation. Yes, there are very strong cases and very weak cases, but solicitors can only provide you with advice as …

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What you need to know about Drink Driving or DUI

WHAT IS DRINK DRIVING? The law limits the amount of alcohol a driver is allowed to have within their blood while driving a motor vehicle. The limit of alcohol allowed while driving a motor vehicle is dependent upon the type of licence held by the driver. Such limits are prescribed …

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