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Why are lawyers expensive?!

The decisions and judgement behind the result is much more than the result.... (With credit to the Smithsonian magazine)... [Henry] Ford, whose electrical engineers couldn’t solve some problems they were having with a gigantic generator, called [Charles] Steinmetz in to the plant. Upon arriving, Steinmetz rejected all assistance and asked only for a notebook, pencil [...]

By | 2019-02-05T05:57:51+00:00 December 6th, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on Why are lawyers expensive?!

Squatting laws and being a ‘legal squatter’ are still a thing in 2018….

A fascinating article on ABC about a decision in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday, which handed a home to a property developer who came across it in 1998, changed the locks and started renting it out. "Essentially it means if you are in possession of land you can presume to have title to land." It's called adverse possession. [...]

By | 2019-02-05T06:10:51+00:00 November 1st, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on Squatting laws and being a ‘legal squatter’ are still a thing in 2018….

The incestuous world of tax and how it may give birth to conflicts of interest…

An interesting analysis on ABC online today about ATO officers and their experience in the private sector - 'on the other side of the fence'. As a former ATO employee, it is important that ABC has said 'There's nothing inherently bad about the public sector injecting private expertise.... they intimately know the tactics of the [...]

By | 2019-02-05T06:11:06+00:00 October 24th, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on The incestuous world of tax and how it may give birth to conflicts of interest…

A fun article – Can I take items from kerbside recycling?

Most of Australian has kerbside collection (recycling) and most of us look at the piles to see if there's a spot of gold to be had! The laws around salvaging — or "saving" items that would otherwise be destined for landfill — are decided by your local council. Some councils may have by-laws in place [...]

By | 2019-02-05T06:24:44+00:00 September 14th, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on A fun article – Can I take items from kerbside recycling?

When is someone an adult in the eyes of the law…

A fascinating case has arisen in the ACT: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-13/canberra-court-leap-year-girl-adult-or-child/10242750 In summary, a girl born on February 29 2000, has been charged with offences committed on the day precisely 18 years later, that is, February 28, 2018. At first instance, the Court held the girl was 18 on that day, but on review, it was held [...]

By | 2019-02-05T06:26:07+00:00 September 13th, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on When is someone an adult in the eyes of the law…

The Australian Constitution continues to confuse and bemuse!

Peter Dutton is currently being criticised, as recently many other Federal politicians have been, regarding his eligibility to be a Parliamentarian. But what exactly does the Constitution say? Section 44(v) is the clause in question, which relevantly provides: ‘(A Parliamentarian must not have) … any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the [...]

By | 2019-02-05T06:27:09+00:00 September 6th, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on The Australian Constitution continues to confuse and bemuse!

Defamation on Social Media – even through subsequent comments!

The District Court of South Australia has held that a person can be held liable for the defamatory comments made by other social media users following that person's original social media post. In the case of Johnston v Aldridge [2018] SADC 68, the Court awarded the Plaintiff damages of $100,000 (inclusive of aggravated damages), after the Plaintiff [...]

By | 2019-02-05T06:27:57+00:00 August 17th, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on Defamation on Social Media – even through subsequent comments!

The Government Power of Compulsory Acquisition…

All levels of government – local, state and federal – have the ability to compulsorily acquire property from private owners in certain circumstances. Section 51(xxxi) of the Constitution gives to the Commonwealth the power to: "make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth [in relation to] the acquisition of property on just [...]

By | 2019-02-05T06:28:41+00:00 August 6th, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on The Government Power of Compulsory Acquisition…

The dangers of disproportionate legal fees….

The 23-year-old court battle over the collapse of Alan Bond’s Bell Group has so far cost $263 million in legal fees and charges, the latest figures reveal. The State could be exposed to another 15 years of legal battles. In our view here at Springdale Legal, an unnecessarily adversarial approach that drags out legal proceedings [...]

By | 2019-02-05T06:30:58+00:00 June 8th, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on The dangers of disproportionate legal fees….

New privacy laws in the European Union can affect Australian businesses…

A very interesting article, relevant to any business who may conduct business with parties overseas. Also why social media and other websites are giving you more privacy information all of a sudden! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-08/gdpr-privacy-laws-could-affect-data-safety/9736258

By | 2019-02-05T06:32:23+00:00 May 8th, 2018|General, Springdale News|Comments Off on New privacy laws in the European Union can affect Australian businesses…