Pathways for New Zealanders to Permanent Residence in Australia

Of all visitors to Australia, New Zealanders have some of the most beneficial rights and pathways. However, a spate of recent visa cancellations for New Zealanders have made visitors from Australia’s neighbour inquiring how they can secure their status onshore. This article will examine the risks and disadvantages of New Zealanders residing in Australia on … Read more

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property refers to the set of rights and protections over new and original intangible creations. The most common types of intellectual property are copyright, trademarks, patents, registered designs and trade secrets. 1. Copyright Copyright protects the owner’s original expression of their idea. It doesn’t protect the idea itself, names, titles or slogans. It also … Read more

Cyber Security for Australian Business

THE THREAT ENVIRONMENT In June 2020, the Prime Minister brought to the Australian public’s attention the vulnerabilities which they may face through unsecure cyber assets. He announced that, after attacks from a “sophisticated, state-based cyber actor”, the Government was on heightened alert to the relatively new threat to Australian industries and businesses. [1] The threat … Read more

Case Note on the 1st Business Interruption Insurance Test Case: HDI Global Specialty SE v Wonkana No. 3 Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCA 296 – the High Court Decision

Overview On 2 October 2020, a test case involving two insurance policies that excluded cover for loss arising from “quarantinable diseases” was brought before five justices of the NSW Court of Appeals. On 18 November 2020, a unanimous decision was made in favour of the insureds. If you are unfamiliar with the background of the … Read more

Challenging A Will – What I need to know?

Challenging a Will of a deceased Estate begins with identifying your relationship to the deceased. If you are the deceased’s spouse, de facto, child (including stepchild) or dependent, then you may be entitled to challenge the Will. By law, making a family provision application against a deceased Estate can include the deceased’s: Spouse (including de … Read more

Budget 2020-21: Potential Changes to Australian Partner Visas

The release of the 2020-21 Federal Budget detailed significant changes to the ability of migrants to apply for and be granted Australian partner visas. Foremost amongst the changes are requirements associated with the family sponsorship framework following the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth). This article details the substantive changes made … Read more