Criminal Law

Summary Offences and Indictable Offences

What is the difference between summary and indictable offences? There are many different terms used in the legal system, which can be often confusing for the average person. If someone is arrested and charged with an offence, their offence is categorised based on the seriousness of it. This influences which type of Court the matter…

Criminal Law

Appealing a Sentence

How do you appeal a criminal sentence? Those who have been dealt with a sentence they believe is unfair or overly harsh for the crime committed may have the opportunity to appeal the court decision. A defendant may wish to appeal their sentence if they have sufficient grounds with a view to reduce or replace…

Commercial Law

Receivership

For those who have run a business, the terms receivership, administration, bankruptcy and liquidation are used widely to describe businesses that is in trouble. While these are all related to a certain degree, they are all different situations, that can result in different outcomes for business. In this article, we will discuss what it means…

Family Law

How to Challenge a Will

Challenging a Will A Will is a legal document that outlines your wishes with regard to how you would like your property and assets to be distributed once you die. If you die without a Will, your wishes may not be followed. In fact, even with a Will in place, there is the ability for…

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

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…

Commercial Law

Australian Business Names

Do I need to register my business name? The name you choose to operate your business under is your business name. It is often your first impression with customers and a key differentiator between your competitors. It is more than a word; business names have the power and emotional influence to create a positive or…