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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.  
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Rethinking unfair preferences through echoes of the past

Before being placed into voluntary administration, Eliana Construction and Developing Group Pty Ltd (Company) and Mad Brothers Earthmoving Pty Ltd (Mad Brothers) executed a settlement agreement in which the Company agreed to pay Mad Brothers $220,000 for a debt the Company owed Mad Brothers. A payment of $220,000 (Payment) was made to Mad Brothers by Rock Investments Pty Ltd (Rock) from a loan facility Rock had with Nationwide Credit Pty Ltd.  
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When is an injury not an injury?

Hicksons was recently successful in a Presidential Appeal in the Workers Compensation Commission, confirming that Arbitrators need to determine “the nature of an injury”. 
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Signed, attached and emailed: The court’s take on electronic signatures and recent temporary COVID-19 amendments to the Corporations Act regarding electronic execution

As part of the response to the COVID crisis, temporary measures have been introduced to facilitate the electronic execution of documents. In this blog we consider whether those measures would have changed the decision in the Bendigo Case and the extent to which they are likely to remain temporary.  
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Does a discrimination claim prevent you from later getting workers compensation? Court of Appeal says no…

On 23 July 2020 the NSW Supreme Court of Appeal handed down the decision of Gardiner v Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Limited [2020] NSWCA 151. It involved a worker who had complained to the Anti-Discrimination Board about his employer, received a payment of money, and later claimed workers compensation for psychological injury. The Court considered whether that was permissible.
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Physical Commencement in the time of COVID – the what and when

Some developers are turning their minds to preserving their development consents (Consent) during the pandemic by “physically commencing” the approved project.
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Regular international travel to Australia is forecast to recommence on 1 January 2021

Hicksons Partner and Registered Migration Agent, Najeh Marhaba, noted the budgetary assumptions contained in today’s Economic Update delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg that regular international travel to Australia will commence on 1 January 2021.
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Student visa (subclass 500) application processing resumes

Hicksons Partner and Registered Migration Agent, Najeh Marhaba, has welcomed the announcement that the Federal Government has resumed processing of student visa (subclass 500) applications.
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You need to lift big to gain big (damages)

Powell v JFIT Holdings t/as New Dimensions Health and Fitness Centre - [2020] NSWDC 264  
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Demise of the Phoenix – new identification requirements for directors

In recent years, the Commonwealth Government has made efforts to deter and penalise phoenix activity in order to protect those who are negatively affected.  One of those efforts is the DIN requirement for directors, which is poised to disrupt phoenixing and deliver additional benefits.
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Win for insurers short-lived: NSW Court of Appeal overturns approach for addressing claims for luxury replacement vehicles

On 27 September 2019, we provided an update on the developments in the law relating to the vehicle hire industry, particularly exorbitant claims by plaintiffs for prestige (or luxury) replacement vehicles following vehicle accidents negligently caused by others.  A very recent NSW Court of Appeal decision has altered this position and we discuss the implications of the decision for the vehicle hire industry and insurers, below.
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Committed to our clients, colleagues & community - operating in a COVID-19 environment

Hicksons’ response to the pandemic is as a result of decisive leadership, strong infrastructure and a collaborative culture.
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Hicksons acknowledges the significant contribution of John Markos

After a highly successful and exciting career, it is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of John Markos, our long time managing partner who stepped down from that role on 31 December 2019. Whilst we are saddened to see John leave we acknowledge and celebrate the significant contribution John has made to the firm as well as his enduring legacy – a firm very proud of its place in the Australian legal landscape that has energetically supported its staff, clients and the community. 
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Hicksons promotes 9 lawyers as growth continues

Hicksons is delighted to announce the promotion of nine of its lawyers into senior leadership positions, with four of these at partner level.
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How will the Annual Wage Review impact your business?

The Fair Work Commission has recently handed down its decision on the Annual Wage Review 2019–20. The national minimum wage will increase by 1.75%.

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