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Social media: a breach of confidence?

Australia - May 15 2015 The Supreme Court of Western Australia has found that individuals in a close relationship may owe one another equitable obligations of confidence

The time is right - a guide to planning and negotiating a private M&A deal in the resources sector

Australia - May 15 2015 With commodity prices at rock bottom and share prices depressed, cashed up companies in the energy and resources sector are in a prime position to

High Court: native title not extinguished by Commonwealth control of land in WWII

Australia - May 18 2015 On 13 May 2015, a split decision in the High Court was handed down in the case ofQueensland v Congoo 2015 HCA 17, ruling that military orders

'Public recreation' land must not be developed for a purpose that excludes the public

Australia - May 15 2015 The NSW Land and Environment Court this week handed down its decision of Friends of King Edward Park Inc v Newcastle City Council (No 2) 2015

US investigation into BHP Billiton concluded

USA - May 22 2015 After a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to potential

Breaching development consent could attract toughest on-the-spot fines in Australia

Australia - May 29 2015 The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is set to issue the toughest on-the-spot fines in Australia for companies who breach their development

Queensland Government announces continuing planning reform strategy

Australia - May 26 2015 On 25 May 2015 the Queensland Government ended months of speculation, announcing their objectives for continuing planning reform across the State

Life insurance held in SMSFs for the purposes of buy-sell arrangements

Australia - May 26 2015 The ATO has recently released an interpretative decision which says that a self managed superannuation fund (SMSF) may breach the sole purpose test

Balancing the risk - should an expert be denied access to confidential documents?

Australia - May 25 2015 The recent Supreme Court of Queensland decision in Integrated Medical Technologies Pty Ltd & Anor v Gilbert & Ors 2014 QSC 227 clarifies the

Has the PPSA undone your asset protection strategies?

Australia - May 25 2015 The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) is widely regarded as the most significant change to the law in Australia since the