Commercial Law

ASIC Investigations

What is an ASIC investigation? Why and how are they conducted? The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) investigates and prosecutes breaches of corporate law by corporations, directors and officers. Their work is carried out under the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001. Breaches of corporate law can have some serious consequences for a business and the…

Criminal Law | General Law

Medicinal Cannabis in Queensland

Medicinal Cannabis Cannabis – also known as marijuana – has been used for centuries for medicinal, spiritual and recreational purposes. It is also a well-used source of industrial fiber, seed oil and food in its other forms. Cannabis is currently neither legal, nor is it decriminalised in Queensland. However, cannabis is used recreationally in most countries…

General Law

How can I reduce my legal costs?

Sometimes, high legal costs deter individuals and businesses from seeking the necessary legal support, but there are ways you can ensure your legal costs do not blow out unexpectedly. Get organised Find all of the necessary documentation you might need that is relevant to your legal case – this is all contracts, key communications, dates…

Criminal Law

Trespassing Laws in QLD

Understanding trespassing and your rights One of the simplest ways to test if trespass has occurred is if there has been a deliberate intention to enter another person’s property. This does not have to be the registered land owner, just the lawful occupier of the land or premises. In this blog we explain a little…

Commercial Law

Setting Aside Default Judgements

Firstly, what are default judgements? Default judgments occur when people do not respond to a lawsuit or debt collector, and a judge resolves the case without ever hearing the defendant’s side. In effect, they are found guilty because they never actually entered a defence, therefore, a judgement is made, setting out the amount of money…

Criminal Law

Extortion and Blackmail

What is the difference between blackmail and extortion? Extortion and blackmail are both very similar crimes, and each have the same penalties. Extortion and blackmail crimes involve threats made against another person to do violence to them or their property. This can include threatening to reveal embarrassing, incriminating or socially damaging information about a person, for…

Criminal Law

Youth Justice and Juvenile Crime

Understanding youth justice and juvenile crime In Australia, children are not held criminally responsible for their actions until they have reached 10 years of age. It is understood that children under 10 are not yet fully developed an understanding of right from wrong, thus they cannot be held accountable for their actions. The Australian legal…

Criminal Law

Drugs and the Law

The Australian penalties for drugs are quite complex – there are different consequences for different crimes. There are four main types of drug crimes in Australia that people are charged with: Use Possession Production (including manufacture or cultivation) Supply and Trafficking Drug use What is drug use? No matter how someone ingests drugs – whether…

Commercial Law

Dissolving a Partnership

A partnership is a relatively simple type of business structure that many people take on. It involves two or more people, or companies working together to make a profit. However, since it is one of the most informal and simple business structures to set up, often partnership agreements are neglected, resulting in issues when conflicts…

Commercial Law

Recovering debt owed by a company

All businesses have a range of unpaid debts owed to them and it can be a timely exercise chasing up unpaid invoices constantly, but the reality is that if you do not get paid, you cannot survive. If you have taken all of the necessary steps to try to recover some of these debts, it…