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What happens if I intentionally injure someone in order to protect myself and/or my family?

Case: Corowa v Winner & Anor [2019] QDC 135 Background On the 14 September 2009 Brenton Winner deliberately drove his vehicle onto the footpath and over the right foot of Isaiah Corowa in order to protect his fiancée and grandmother from being physically and verbally attacked. Corowa was taken to hospital and suffered four separate … Read more

Cyber-security and Legal Risks

In January 2020, Allianz published the results of their annual Risk Barometer survey[1], which identified cyber incidents as (for the first time ever) the most important global business risk. It affirms cyber-security issues increasingly taking precedent as a concern for businesses.  Under the header of this risk, Allianz reported the following trends which are of … Read more

A “Gentlemen’s Agreement’ : Will a handshake agreement release me from my obligations as guarantor?

The recent case of Harburg Nominees Pty Ltd & Anor v Deen [2019] QSC 291, highlights the weight courts will give to consistent evidence, reliable testimony and surrounding circumstances when considering whether an alleged representation has actually been made. In this case the Court found against the defendant who claimed he was not liable under … Read more

Setting Aside a ‘Pre-nup’ Agreement in Australia

Case Note: Fredrick v Fredrick (2019) FLC 93 Fredrick v Fredrick (2019) FLC 93 (‘Fredrick’) is a recent appeal case to the Full Family Court of Australia regarding a dispute over whether a Binding Financial Agreement (‘pre-nup Agreement’) could be set aside. In this case, Mr and Mrs Fredrick entered into a pre-nup Agreement in … Read more

Dismissal based on employee’s inability to perform inherent requirements of the role

Case: Ms Jack Jack v Sigma Healthcare T/A Sigma Healthcare (U2019/1119) Area of Law: Employment – Unfair dismissal Act: Fair Work Act 2009 – s 394. Application for unfair dismissal remedy Background: Ms Carley Jack had been employed at Sigma Healthcare for 6 years before being terminated on 8 of February 2019. Ms Jack was … Read more

The Consultation period on the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 Exposure Draft has now closed

In his speech opening the consultation period for the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 Exposure Draft, the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, The Hon Christian Porter (29 August 2019) stated that: The Bill accepts as its starting point that the right to free religious expression (like other rights) exists in perpetuity and indivisibly with our … Read more

Dismissal from employment due to social media post

Case: Ms Creina Murkitt v Staysafe Security T/A Alarmnet Monitoring (U2019/2978) Area of Law: Employment – Unfair dismissal Act: Fair Work Act 2009 – s 394. Application for unfair dismissal remedy Background of employment Ms Murkitt was employed on a full-time basis by a predecessor of Alarmnet beginning in February 2005. Her most recent contract … Read more

Online Resources for Separating Couples

Separation is a difficult time for all people involved. Here at Corney & Lind Lawyers, we have found some resources that can be quite helpful to separating couples. Apps Name Price What it does Talking Parents Free Provides co-parenting communication tools, including a platform for messaging (which is unalterable and easy to export if necessary … Read more