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Hicksons selected as part of icare’s new legal service provider panel for workers compensation claims

Hicksons is proud to be selected for inclusion in icare’s new legal service provider panel for workers compensation claims. The new panel combines work across icare’s two workers compensation schemes.
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Footy player’s “spear tackle” negligence case gets a red card from the Court of Appeal

2020 has been a year of ”big hits” in the dangerous recreational activity space.   It has also been in a year in which our sportsmen have featured in the evening news, often for their off‑field behaviour.     The recent news that former England Rugby international, 42 year old Steven Thompson, has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, and is involved in a potential class action in relation to the repetitive head trauma he says gave rise to his condition; has sent shock waves through the sporting world.
  • 18 Dec 2020

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NSW Court of Appeal considers evidence of value for Quantum Meruit claims

On 2 December 2020, the Supreme Court of NSW – Court of Appeal, delivered judgment in the matter of Roude v Helwani [2020] NSWCA 310 and, in a decision that is important to the ability of builders and contractors to pursue claims over amounts in smaller jurisdictions, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that it is not necessary to incur the costs of obtaining an expensive independent expert report in order to succeed in a claim in quantum meruit.
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Corporate Insolvency Reforms. New Year, New Scheme - What you need to know.

As the temporary relief and protection for businesses impacted by COVID-19 comes to an end on 31 December 2020, insolvency experts brace for a potential floodgate of insolvency administrations. Parliament clarifies the new provisions under the Corporations Amendment (Corporate Insolvency Reforms) Bill 2020 (Cth) (Bill) which will commence on 1 January 2021.
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Hicksons 2020/21 Holiday Closure Period

Hicksons will be closed for a three-week duration over the Christmas and New Year period.
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Casual employees’ right to be converted to permanent employment – cost implications for employers

The recent decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato saw the Federal Court decide that a casually employed worker was actually a permanent employee.
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Hicksons appoints Lachlan Wilson as partner in Newcastle office

Leading commercial law firm Hicksons has appointed Lachlan Wilson as a partner in the Newcastle office, building upon its strong regional presence.
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Hicksons named as Leading Firm in Doyle’s Guide 2020

Hicksons is delighted to be named as a Leading Firm in the 2020 Doyle’s Guide.
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Graduate Program - Unearth your potential @ Hicksons

We recognise that diverse, innovative thinking builds on our business, strengthens our client serviceability and increases our people engagement.  Our focus continues to be on the attraction, retention and engagement of future talent through our 2021 People Programs.
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Hicksons recognised as a Winner for Employer of Choice in the Australian Business Awards 2020

The Australian Business Awards has recognised Hicksons as a Winner for Employer of Choice 2020.
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Are you allocating the right breaks?

When it comes to workers’ rights and paid rest breaks, the Federal Court recently ruled that workers have a “workplace right” to toilet breaks and to drink water while in the workplace.  Why is this important for employers and HR professionals?
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5 things you should know: Insolvency Reforms for Small Business

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Government announced its proposed major reforms to insolvency laws to support small business recovery and to streamline the insolvency process. The reforms are expected to commence on 1 January 2021, subject to the passing of legislation. The reforms will adopt features from Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, being a “debtor in possession” corporate insolvency model.
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Changes to Partner Visas – Budget 2020

This year has been a particularly complicated one for people wanting to visit or migrate to Australia, forcing many to put their plans on hold or abandon them all together.
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“Not without my pick stick” – Picker Packer finds damages are just out of his reach

Most of us go through life thinking very little about pick sticks, but in the case of Smith v Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd, it was the humble pick stick that (almost) picked victory out of the jaws of defeat.
  • 2 Oct 2020

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Releasing the hounds – Defining ‘recreational activity’

Horse racing may be the ‘sport of kings’, but greyhound racing can still hold court.  
  • 18 Sep 2020

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