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Swaab Con­nect — August 2019

This month we are delight­ed to wel­come Alexan­dra Streltso­va to the firm’s lit­i­ga­tion team, Part­ner Eric Ziehlke explains why recent polit­i­cal changes in the Unit­ed King­dom have raised the prospect of a​‘no deal’ Brex­it as a seri­ous pos­si­bil­i­ty, Part­ner Helen Kow­al inter­views Allan Har­ri­man OAM for the third instal­ment of the NSW con­struc­tion series, Accred­it­ed Spe­cial­ist, Annette Wil­son breaks down the com­plex­i­ty of what you need to know about divorce and sep­a­ra­tion and final­ly we announce the results of the first ever Mer­i­tas Well­ness Sur­vey which involved over 200 staff mem­bers from Mer­i­tas affil­i­at­ed law firms.
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Swaab Con­nect — July 2019

In this issue of Swaab Con­nect, Angela Har­vey pro­vides a brief out­line on the nature and oper­a­tion of Victoria’s new assist­ed dying laws, Fam­i­ly Law accred­it­ed spe­cial­ist Annette Wil­son out­lines how the court sys­tem deter­mines the out­come of your prop­er­ty set­tle­ment in a defac­to part­ner­ship, Bill Lo explains how ​‘small’ and​‘large’ pro­pri­etary com­pa­nies will affect the report­ing oblig­a­tions of small and medi­um sized enter­pris­es, Helen Kow­al includes her sec­ond instal­ment of the NSW Con­struc­tion Indus­try six-part series with Paul Rat­cliff and last but not least, Swaab has been announced as final­ists in the Aus­tralian Law Awards 2019.
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Swaab Con­nect — June 2019

This month, Asso­ciate Bill Lo and Grad­u­ate at Law Emi­ly Capen­er dis­cuss the scope and impli­ca­tions of the pro­posed changes to the Cor­po­ra­tions Act 2001 amend­ments which require unique a Direc­tor Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber. Part­ner, Helen Kow­al includes the first install­ment of the NSW Con­struc­tion Indus­try six-part series by inter­view­ing cladding spe­cial­ist, Peter Kar­sai. Part­ner, Michael Byrnes sheds some light on the prop­er scope of the anti-bul­ly­ing juris­dic­tion and we con­grat­u­late Man­ag­ing Part­ner, Mary Digiglio on being award­ed the Lawyers Week­ly Well­ness Advo­cate of the Year 2019.
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Swaab Con­nect — May 2019

This month in Swaab Con­nect, Part­ner Eric Ziehlke explains how dis­putes can arise between a prin­ci­pal and its ex-dis­­trib­u­­tor with respect to the own­er­ship and use of brands and names and how you can pro­tect your con­tract when a dis­trib­u­tor­ship ends. Part­ner Helen Kow­al advis­es how to gain some con­trol and pro­tect your inter­ests if you are an own­er of a lot or mul­ti­ple lots in a stra­ta scheme and Part­ner Angela Har­vey high­lights the dan­gers of fail­ing to sign a Will and try­ing to seek pro­bate of an infor­mal Will. Also, we con­grat­u­late Man­ag­ing Part­ner, Mary Digiglio on being announced as a final­ist in the Part­ner of the Year Awards ​‘Well­ness Advo­cate of the Year’ category.
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Swaab Con­nect — April 2019

In this edi­tion of Swaab Con­nect we wel­come new Part­ner, Helen Kow­al to our Prop­er­ty, Plan­ning & Projects team. Part­ner, Angela Har­vey dis­cuss­es the impor­tance of safe­guard­ing your Will and Part­ner, Richard Ott­ley dis­cuss­es a recent deci­sion in the Fair Work Com­mis­sion that has shone a light on a dilem­ma which employ­ers face when man­ag­ing redun­dan­cies. Also in this edi­tion, with manda­to­ry e-con­veyanc­ing fast approach­ing, pri­or­i­ty notices will be a use­ful tool in the respon­si­ble e-conveyancer’s armoury. Senior Asso­ciate, Daniel Ken­twell and Solic­i­tor, Car­ly Howard explore the legal and prac­ti­cal effects that have left many scratch­ing their heads.
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Swaab Con­nect — March 2019

In this edi­tion of Swaab Con­nect we cel­e­brate Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day 2019 with an arti­cle by Nicole Cini, Kate­ri­na Lon­er­gan, Esther Khoo, Nicole Pozovsky and Monique Robb where they share their relec­tions as (female) lawyers. Michael Byrnes is fea­tured in The Keep pod­cast and dis­cuss­es cul­ture change and how to empow­er employ­ees. We also share three arti­cles this month, ​‘Mur­der and inher­i­tance — the $40 bot­tle of wine sto­ry’, ​‘An employ­ment and fam­i­ly law guide to fam­i­ly and domes­tic vio­lence in the work­place’ and ​‘Devel­op­ing a shared under­stand­ing of sex­u­al harassment.’
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Swaab Con­nect — Feb­ru­ary 2019

A mes­sage from Man­ag­ing Part­ner, Mary Digiglio leads our Feb­ru­ary edi­tion of Swaab Con­nect as she talks about a year of oppor­tu­ni­ties and growth for 2019. In this issue, we wel­come David Perkins to our Cor­po­rate team and also share a pod­cast fea­tur­ing Senior Asso­ciate, Monique Robb in which she dis­cuss­es how courts bal­ance reli­gious beliefs in parental agree­ments. This issue also fea­tures a blog on Well­ness at Swaab and two arti­cles, one on the use of the anti-bul­ly­ing juris­dic­tion of the Fair Work Com­mis­sion for Sex­u­al Harass­ment mat­ters and the oth­er exam­in­ing the recent High Court deci­sion which ruled that tax debts can be shift­ed between spouses.
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Swaab Con­nect — Jan­u­ary 2019

In our first newslet­ter for 2019 we share use­ful links for those going through sep­a­ra­tion, and a radio inter­view Michael Byrnes con­duct­ed with 2GB and 4BC dis­cussing legal issues aris­ing from the under­pay­ment of staff. Sean Green­wood answers he ques­tion, ​‘when two con­tracts exist, which one is bing­ing?’ in his arti­cle ​‘You say toma­to, I say tom­ah­to’ and Nicole Cini reflects in the social, legal and polit­i­cal issues that defined 2018 for Aus­tralian women in the work­place. Also in this edi­tion, Monique Robb dis­cuss­es infor­mal prop­er­ty set­tle­ments in the fam­i­ly court.
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Swaab Con­nect — Decem­ber 2018

In our final edi­tion for 2018, Richard Ott­ley and Nicole Cini share Mod­ern Award changes for 2018/2019 and the impli­ca­tions for employ­ers. Car­o­line Bass and Nicole Pozovsky explain what is pri­vate and what can be pub­lished sur­round­ing Fam­i­ly Law pro­ceed­ings and Sean Green­wood exam­ines the use of statu­to­ry demands in resolv­ing a dis­pute in the arti­cle ​‘Til Debt Do Us Part’. In this newslet­ter we also cel­e­brate the Fam­i­ly Law team who have been recog­nised by Doyle’s Guide in a num­ber of cat­e­gories and share news of a glob­al acqui­si­tion in which the team at Swaab assist­ed in.
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Swaab Con­nect — Novem­ber 2018

In this issue, Sean Green­wood exam­ines adverse pos­ses­sion also known as ​‘squat­ters’ rights’ in his arti­cle, ​‘Use it or lose it’. Michael Byrnes shares lessons for employ­ers and employ­ees sur­round­ing social media use in his arti­cle ​‘Reheat­ed Retweets’ and in ​‘The ABC of CGT’ Annette Wil­son and Kate­ri­na Lon­er­gan demon­strate how the court may take into account Cap­i­tal Gains Tax in fam­i­ly law prop­er­ty set­tle­ments. We also share a sum­ma­ry and pho­tos from the Inau­gur­al Fred Swaab Address as well as news regard­ing Man­ag­ing Part­ner, Mary Digiglio’s appoint­ment as a Pay Equi­ty Ambas­sador by the Work­place Equi­ty Agency (WGEA). If you’re an employ­er host­ing a work­place Christ­mas par­ty, you may find it valu­able to lis­ten to Michael Byrnes inter­view with radio 2GB and 4BC where he dis­cuss­es the legal issues aris­ing from work­place Christ­mas parties.
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