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Lot owner unsuccessful in obtaining an order revoking the appointment of the Owners Corporation manager for Richmond block of nine units

In March 2020 the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) determined an owners corporation dispute between a lot owner and the appointed manager of a residential block of nine units in Richmond. The case demonstrates the very broad scope of issues that can arise under the Owners Corporations Act 2006 which can be determined by VCAT. These include VCAT: Confirming that lot owners do not have a contractual relationship with the owners corporation manager. This...
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Family Law

United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Women’s rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. The date was selected to honour the Mirabel sisters, three (3) political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler at the time, Rafael Trujillo.   On 7 February 2000, the General Assembly of the United Nations officially designated 25 November 2020 as the International Day for the Elimination  of Violence...
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Insolvency Update – ‘Safe Harbour’ deadline for directors ends 31 December 2020 – use it or lose it

There have been so many temporary changes to the law in light of COVID-19 to assist people and businesses, that it can be difficult to keep on top of all the changes and which ones apply to you. Businesses of course will be generally aware of the changes to insolvency laws which have been widely discussed over the last eight months, with much of the discussion around relief for ‘distressed’ businesses including a 6-month moratorium...
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Property & Development

Due Diligence – Interview with Ron Cohen

Principal, Ron Cohen was recently interviewed to discuss the reasons why it is important to have a good property lawyer review a contract of sale and conduct a legal due diligence before the purchaser signs and enters into a binding unconditional contract.   Ron discussed several issues including: Pitfalls and traps when purchasing a development site; Tricks and traps when buying a commercial property subject to GST and/or a lease; Purchasing a property within a plan of...
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