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Destruction of documents: footy ‘cougar’ found to have destroyed mobile phones
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • November 16 2011

Charmyne Palavi recently lost in her bid to quash orders by the NSW District Court striking out two defamatory imputations on the basis that Ms Palavi had disposed of mobile phones in defiance of discovery obligations.


Bank’s ‘wipeout’ over forged loan documents by former surfwear CEO
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • November 16 2011

In 2008, Matthew Perrin (Perrin), a Gold Coast businessman and former CEO of the international surfwear company Billabong, obtained a loan from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) for $13.5 million.


Copyright in works generated by computer programs
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • August 31 2011

Recent cases have considered whether copyright can subsist in documents or other works that are generated automatically by a computer program.


Client legal privilege still a hot area of dispute
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • June 10 2011

Although the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) has been around for over 15 years now, and of course the common law in relation to legal professional privilege for years longer, challenges to claims for privilege only seem to be increasing.


“Without prejudice” privilege can false and misleading representations made during mediation negotiations be admissible in evidence?
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • May 17 2011

In the course of a mediation, “without prejudice” privilege generally attaches to discussions regarding settlement and documents prepared in aid of settlement.


400 George Street (Qld) Pty Ltd v BG International Ltd: when is a deed a deed?
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • March 17 2011

A case which highlights the critical distinction in characterising an agreement as a deed or a contract, and the importance of communication between parties regarding which form of instrument they intend, as well as their conduct in order to be bound.


Legal professional privilege: with privilege comes responsibility
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • March 4 2011

Legal professional privilege, also known as client legal privilege, is a client's immunity from being compelled to disclose certain confidential communications between themselves and their lawyer.


Matters to consider when raising capital
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • February 11 2011

The central premise in the Corporations Act regarding capital raising is that an offer of securities needs disclosure to investors unless otherwise exempted.


In-house counsel legal professional privilege beware the multiple purpose communication
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • October 29 2010

The recent Federal Court decision in Dye v Commonwealth Securities comments on the nature of the requirement of independence of in-house counsel in the context of claims for privilege and serves as a warning about multiple purpose communications.


High Court Octaviar ruling variation to the terms of a charge
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • October 29 2010

On 1 September 2010 the High Court in Public Trustee of Queensland v Fortress Credit Corporation (Aus) 11 Pty Ltd dismissed the appeal from the decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal and in doing so provided relief to many secured creditors.