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Recent changes make it simpler to “waive” cooling-off period for residential property contracts

A Buyer of residential property in Queensland will often have a statutory ‘cooling-off’ period applying to their contract. If a cooling-off period applies, it runs for five business days starting when the Buyer (or their representative) receives a copy of…

Adequate Provision in Large Estates

In a recent case of Mead v Lemon (2015) WASC 71, the Supreme Court in Western Australia considered the question of ‘adequate provision’ for a 19 year old daughter from what was described as a ‘colossal’ estate.  The exact value…

Not Just Junk Inside This Trunk!

Last year the Queensland Government took steps to reform and improve Queensland’s local infrastructure framework. The amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act were intended to assist with clarity, equity and consistency. One of the key components to the amended legislation…

Hodges v Waters (No. 7)

On 27 March 2015, Justice Perram of the Federal Court of Australia (NSW) handed down his final judgment in this very protracted litigation matter.  The case considers various issues relevant to unitholders, trustees, auditors and trust advisors.  Facts The litigation…