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The final report into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was tabled by the Royal Commission on 15 December 2017

After five years, 1,300 witness accounts, 57 public hearings and more than 8,000 personal stories from survivors the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse officially concluded on 14 December 2017. 
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Welcome to our new site

Hicksons are excited by the launch of our new website.
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Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

On 26 October 2017 the Federal Social Services Minister introduced two bills facilitating a Commonwealth redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse.
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Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017- Effects on Section 151Z(1)(d) – Indemnity Claims

The Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 commences operation on 1 December 2017.
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GIPA: Scorned husbands need not apply

In DDT v Charles Sturt University [2017] NSWCATAD 329 the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales (NCAT) was asked to make a determination concerning an access to information application under the Government Information Public Access Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Act).
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A warning for experts and those who brief them

Whilst not medical negligence claims, we draw your attention to three recent District Court of NSW decisions of Her Honour, Gibson DCJ concerning applications for approval of infant settlements (Saleh by his tutor Abusaleh v Li [2017] NSWDC 305; Kandil by his tutor Kandil v Halliday [2017] NSWDC 327; and Tartak by her tutor Tartak v Zada [2017] NSWDC 330).
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Guardianship Orders and Genuine Concern

In a recent decision, the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) were asked to determine whether Calvary Health Care (Newcastle) Limited (CHCN) had the necessary standing to apply for a guardianship order in relation to a patient. The same issues were considered in a decision by the Tribunal earlier this year in relation to whether a Local Health District had standing to make such an application (NEJ [2017] NSWCATGD 1). We reported on that decision in our blog in February 2017.
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Access denied

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) was asked to review a decision made by The Charles Sturt University (the University) in relation to its refusal to allow the applicant access to an investigation report sought pursuant to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA application).
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Glass half full – alcohol abuser’s deduction for vicissitudes reduced by Court of Appeal

This appeal is about:When the usual deduction for vicissitudes can be increased and for what reasons;Which experts and expert reports should be given weight over others; andWhat evidence justifies an award of future domestic assistance on a commercial basis.
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Do special reasons exist?

A plaintiff sought orders from the Supreme Court that the defendant answer additional interrogatories in a matter that was listed for hearing in a few days.
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Hicksons nominations in Doyles Leading Lawyers NSW 2017

Hicksons congratulates its partners Cameron Leaver, Karen Kumar, Kathy Ireland, Najeh Marhaba and William Pardy.
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Local and master insurance policies – a relationship considered

Hicksons recently appeared for a European insurer that disputed it bore risk under an international master policy.
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NSW Court of Appeal decision affects a practitioner’s rights to seek a stay from NCAT

Yesterday the Court of Appeal handed down a decision (Medical Council of NSW v Lee [2017] NSWCA 282) which will limit a practitioner’s rights to seek a stay of any suspension decision made by their relevant registering Council pursuant to s150 of the National Law.
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Check your standard form contracts: Federal Court nullifies unfair contract terms in landmark small business action

The ACCC has for the first time succeeded in an action that protects small businesses from unfair contract terms in standard form contracts.  In a landmark decision, ACCC v JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd, the Federal Court has declared eight terms used by JJ Richards in its standard form contracts unfair and therefore void.
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Timely mental health assessments and flight risks

A recent decision in the Supreme Court of ACT considered whether the Hospital was negligent in failing to ensure that the appropriate procedures were put in place to prevent a patient from self-harm.

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