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Smart contracts in Australia: just how clever are they?
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • August 16 2017

Lawyers in practice today live in a world of ongoing disruption. As automation, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology assists in


Fiscal Watch - Land Tax - Land Banking
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • August 15 2017

It is not uncommon for developers to acquire tracts of farming land for future residential development. There is an exemption from land tax for land


Fiscal Watch - Stamp Duty - Deceased Estates
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • August 15 2017

Nominal duty is only payable in respect of a transfer of dutiable property by the legal personal representative of a deceased person to a beneficiary


Fiscal Watch - Payroll Tax
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • August 15 2017

State and Territory Revenue Offices have become aggressive in chasing State taxes including payroll tax. This has been particularly so in relation to


Pathways to permanency: latest word from the FWC on casual and part-time employment
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • August 3 2017

On 5 July 2017, as part of the four-yearly review of modern awards, a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision on casual and


Ignorance is not always bliss: Employer liable for employees’ breach of fiduciary duties to former employer
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • August 3 2017

A recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has found Ancient Order of Foresters in Victoria Friendly Society Limited


When a franchisee sells - what franchisors need to look out for
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • July 25 2017

As a franchisor, there are a number of pitfalls to look out for when a franchisee sells. Some have always been there whilst others have arisen as a


Determining the date of practical completion: Abergeldie Contractors Pty Ltd v Fairfield City Council
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • July 20 2017

The recent decision in Abergeldie Contractors Pty Ltd v Fairfield City Council 2017 NSWCA 113 concerned the identification of the date of


You’ll have to say it at the SAET: Expansion of the role of the South Australian Employment Tribunal
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • July 20 2017

The jurisdiction of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) has recently been expanded, meaning that a broader range of matters can be heard


Vocational Education and Training Industry Service Providers taught a lesson in the Federal Court
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • July 19 2017

Vocational education providers have been on the top of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's hit list. In the last two months alone