Extortion and Blackmail
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…

Youth Justice and Juvenile Crime
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…

Drugs and the Law
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…

Dissolving a Partnership
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…

Australian Business Names
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…

Retention of Title Clauses
Commercial Law

Retention of Title Clauses

Credit can be a red flag for many business owners. Why? When customers are given credit for goods, there is a risk they will never receive the payment for the goods. A Retention of Title clause can provide a business with protection if they are concerned about not receiving payment from the buyer. This type…

Sexual Offences
Criminal Law

Sexual Offences

Sexual offences in Queensland Sexual offences are treated seriously in QLD and cover a wide range of criminal conduct. Most offenses are against adults involving sexual acts without consent. This post aims to highlight the differences and the penalties that come with these charges in QLD. What is sexual assault? Sexual assault is when unlawful…

Producing Dangerous Drugs
Criminal Law

Producing Dangerous Drugs

What are the penalties for producing dangerous drugs? In Australia, a person who unlawfully produces a dangerous drug is guilty of a crime. However, when we say ‘produce’, we are not just referring to the manufacturing of a dangerous drug – it also involves packaging them for sale, harvesting plants that grow dangerous drugs, preparing…

General Law

Noisy Neighbours and Private Nuisance

When is a noisy neighbour a private nuisance? Have you ever sat down to enjoy the peace and quiet of your home, only to be disturbed by loud music, yelling or smoke from over the neighbouring fence? Private nuisance is the unlawful interference with a person’s use or enjoyment of their own land from a…

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Appealing a QCAT Decision

Are you appealing a QCAT decision? The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) makes decisions about administrative law of various Queensland Government departments and agencies. As well as being responsible for adjudicating some civil law disputes. Here is what you need to know about appealing a decision made by QCAT. When can’t you appeal a…