QCA: Limitation period for an application for costs assessment runs from the date of delivery of a lump sum bill

In the matter of QLD Law Group – A New Direction Pty Ltd v Crisp [2018] QCA 245, the Queensland Court of Appeal held that the limitation period for an application for costs assessment by a client runs from the date of delivery of a lump sum bill of costs and not a later itemised bill. read more »


FCA clarifies aspects of compensable loss

A recent decision of the Federal Court has given guidance on how damages for loss arising from a wrongly-granted injunction are calculated. The case of Sigma Pharmaceuticals (Australia) Pty Ltd v Wyeth [2018] FCA 1556 belongs to a long running pharmaceutical patent litigation regarding a patent for an extended-release formulation of the medicine venlafaxine. The read more »


FCA rejects Westpac’s responsible lending settlement

In the recent matter of Australian Securities & Investments Commission v Westpac Banking Corporation [2018] FCA 1733, Perram J of the Federal Court dismissed an application by ASIC and Westpac Bank for judicial approval of a penalty settlement. ASIC tends to favour reaching settlements rather than litigation for the purpose of applying penalties due its relative read more »


Foodora rider awarded $15k for unfair dismissal

The Fairwork Commission has handed down a highly important decision in the matter of Joshua Klooger v Foodora Australia Pty Ltd [2018] FWC 6836. Mr Klooger was a delivery rider for Foodora in Melbourne who had his employment terminated after he spoke out against pay rates and conditions in the Foodora structure and gig economy read more »


QCA: Consideration must be given to the time taken to assess costs when determining security payments

In the recent matter of Monto Coal 2 Pty Ltd & Ors v Sanrus Pty Ltd & Ors [2018] QCA 309, the Queensland Court of Appeal provided a reminder that the time required to assess costs may be taken into account when determining whether a respondent is able to realise assets to pay security. Background and read more »


FCA: Unfair preferences recovered from trust property must benefit creditors

The Federal Court has held that payment from trust property recovered as an unfair preference must be applied by trustee in bankruptcy for the benefit of creditors of the trust. Lane (Trustee), in the matter of Lee (Bankrupt) v Commissioner of Taxation (No 3) [2018] FCA 1572 Background Mr Lee was the sole trustee of read more »


WA businessman jailed for $890k phoneix activity

A Western Australian Phoenix operator has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $890 000 through illegal phoenix activity. He was also ordered to repay the money. The proceeding ensued after an extensive investigation by the Australian Tax Office which revealed that Western Australian businessman Sung Jae read more »


NSWCA: Real Estate Agent a Mere Conduit, Not Liable for Misleading Statement

In the matter of Hyder v McGrath Sales Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 223, the court was required to consider whether McGrath, in their capacity as a real estate agent, had engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct by making representations to a property purchaser about parking availability. The proceedings commenced after Amy Hyder purchased a Sydney property read more »


Federal Court: Bankruptcy Notice Valid Despite Use of Pseudonyms

A fundamental factor of bankruptcy is that the public are able to identify a bankrupt and that the relevant parties are able to identify each other. Typically, this would mean that all relevant documentation must clearly identify the relevant parties, however, a recent case in the Federal Court has deemed that the use of pseudonyms read more »


FWC: Employee Reassignment Sufficient to Reduce Bullying

In Mr Andrew Hamer [2018] FWC 6037, the Fair Work Commission (“the Commission”) found that the reassignment of an employee alleging work place bullying was an acceptable means of reducing the risk of the employee experiencing further bullying. The Applicant was employed by the Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”) in Perth. The Applicant alleged bullying against read more »