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Lander & Rogers | Australia | 18 Dec 2019

When disaster strikes: managing employees following a natural disaster

The current fires in New South Wales and Queensland are a timely reminder for employers to review their business arrangements for responding to such crises, particularly in workforce management, and ensuring that they have a plan in place to deal with the aftermath. This article provides some guidance on the kinds of things that employers need to think about following a natural disaster.
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Piper Alderman | Australia | 14 Jan 2014

Looking for common ground: court considers definition of 'construction work'

The Queensland Supreme Court recently found that the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act (Qld) did not apply to a claim arising from a contract for the dismantling of plant on land that was the subject of a mining lease. The decision was based not on the mining exclusion within the act, but on the act's definition of 'construction work'.
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Piper Alderman | Australia | 16 Jul 2013

Foreign-qualified lawyers can breathe a sigh of relief after privilege decision

A recent decision of the Queensland Supreme Court is of significance to Australian in-house legal practitioners admitted to practise in a jurisdiction outside Australia. In particular, the case reaffirms that legal professional privilege will attach to communications by in-house counsel who have obtained their legal qualifications elsewhere.
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King & Wood Mallesons | Australia | 25 Oct 2012

Manufacturer's risk of liability for hidden defects in products

A recent decision of the Queensland Supreme Court has held the manufacturer of Winnebago motorhomes liable for the damage to property caused by a fire that originated from one of its motorhomes. The case confirms that liability under the consumer protection and product liability provisions of the legislation is strict and has significant implications for manufacturers.
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