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Legal privilege trumps police search warrant

Case Note: Commissioner of Police v Barbaro [2020] QCA 230 Lawyer – Client privilege was seen to constitute a ‘reasonable excuse’ for the refusal to comply with a valid police search warrant in the recent case of Commissioner of Police v Barbaro [2020] QCA 23. This case reinforces the importance of maintaining client privilege and

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Setting Aside Deeds of Settlement in Child Sexual Abuse Claims

In a significant decision regarding historical child sexual abuse claims in Australia, the Supreme Court of Victoria has permitted a former altar boy to proceed with his claim for compensation against the Catholic church despite receiving a prior settlement in 1996. This Court formed this view on the basis that it was “just and reasonable”

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What is a primary carer in family law?

A primary carer in family law is the person with whom the child spends the most time with. Most often, this is a parent, however, a primary carer can also be a child’s grandparents, aunts, and uncles.   In some parenting matters, the court may need to assess who a child’s primary carer is as this may assist the court in determining

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Federal Court rules that Qantas aircraft engineers stand-downs was reasonable

Case: Qantas Airways Ltd v Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (No 3) [2020] FCA 1428 Qantas Airways have had a significant win against the unions this week with the Federal Court ruling that the airlines decision to stand down hundreds of aircraft engineers without pay during the COVID-19 pandemic was due to no fault of the airline.

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Case Note – University of Queensland & Anor v Y [2020] QCA 216

The recent case of University of Queensland & Anor v Y [2020] QCA 216 provides an insight into the prospects of contractual obligations of learning institutions for students who have since left or graduated. The implications of this decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal extends widely to learning, religious and incorporated bodies and prompts

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