The Largest Award in Western Australian History

Historical Child Sexual Abuse Lawrence v Christian Bros [2020] WADC 27 In February of this year, Chief Justice Herron of the District Court of Western Australia ordered that catholic religious organisation, Christian Brothers, pay $1,329,500.00 in damages to Mr. John Thomas Lawrence. The case concerns systemic and traumatic child sexual abuse against Mr. Lawrence which … Read more

Don’t Cough in the Nurse’s Face

This is a case note on when a cough during COVID-19 can lead to an unfair dismissal? See: Hooshmand v Cater Care Australia Operations Pty Ltd [2020] FWC 4371 On 27 March 2020, as the risk of a COVID-19 pandemic in Australia became heightened, Mr Hooshmand (‘the employee’) arrived to work for Catering Care Operations … Read more

Sorry Not Sorry! Employer Protection for Apologies and Expressions of Regret

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act) establishes a workers’ compensation scheme for Queensland – providing benefits for workers who sustain an injury in their employment. The Act outlines employers’ obligation to be covered against liability for compensation and damages either under a WorkCover insurance policy or under a licence as a self-insurer.[1] … Read more

America’s Got Talent and the Golden Thread

On Sunday morning, while scrolling along my social media newsfeed, I came across one of those inspirational, uplifting (and often yes, I concede, sappy) America’s Got Talent Audition videos.   This audition video centred around a 45 year old man African American man named Archie Williams who, in 1983 was incarcerated for the rape and murder of a 32-year-old woman in the State of Louisiana.    … Read more

False and Misleading Statements or Representations in Retail Shop Leases

False and misleading statements used to enter into a landlord tenancy lease agreement can amount to compensation if proven by the tenant. The Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Qld ) provides “reasonable compensation for loss or damage suffered by the [tenant] because… the [tenant] entered into the lease, including a renewal or assignment of the lease, on the basis of a … Read more