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Interest on late settlement denied by Court of Appeal

If you intend to claim for interest on late settlement, make sure you follow the terms and conditions to the letter. When buying or selling real estate in Western Australia, it is not unusual for there to be a claim for interest on late settlement.  This could be following a delay due to unforeseen circumstances,.. read more →

Unfair dismissal – get it right at the start

If you don’t pay attention to this one important detail at the start, you could lose your right to bring an unfair dismissal claim. In Western Australia, two unfair dismissal jurisdictions operate side by side. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) has created a national workplace relations system, and there is also a separate State system.  Which system.. read more →

Unfair contract terms and small businesses

From 12 November 2016, new laws will allow unfair contract terms in some small business contracts to be declared invalid.  This will give small businesses a remedy when unfair terms are enforced against them. The new laws cover standard form small business contracts entered into or renewed from 12 November 2016.  Unfair contract terms in such contracts may be.. read more →

Disentitling conduct in an estate claim

A court has the power to dismiss an estate claim where the claimant has behaved badly. This is called ‘disentitling conduct’. From time to time in an estate claim, a party alleges that the claimant should not get any more from the estate because of the claimant’s bad behaviour. Or, the deceased may have left.. read more →