Soap Box

April 18, 2019

Well a Federal election has been called which means that parliamentary bills lapse as a result (although many will be brought back). But one in particular I have been following with keen interest. The Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal

) Bill 2019 looks set to shake things up in the corporate world. As some of you may know I used to work at ASIC. I...

April 14, 2019

OK. Pet peeve time. Specifically the IRAC method you law students seem to love so much.

If I had a dime for every law student who intones the words ‘but I must use the IRAC method!’ like one of the Daleks...I would be a rich man. Well maybe not rich but mildly pre GFC wealthy for sure, enough to buy a house in Bronte at least. Well maybe not Bronte, but Ma...

March 22, 2019

 So I you all know my love of doodling and I produced this picture on my Ipad which got me thinking, when are we gonna start requiring AI's to be admitted as Lawyers in the Supreme Court? How would it work? Would they wear their Sunday best? Will their Moms attend? SOOO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Leave your comments below. 

October 29, 2017

Our tutor Dr Sarah Hiller spills the beans on her approach to exams!

October 15, 2017

Here are my thoughts on overcoming the common problems I see with Legal Research!

Common problem:  I think I know the answer to the problem but I can’t find the information to support my position. 

Step 1: Change the way you tackle a problem. Do the research first and then let the research answer the question. You would be surprised how much your view...

August 31, 2017

As students and even lawyers we assume clients have the option of ideal forums to resolve disputes. In reality this is unlikely unless you have money.

Let’s take where I live Devonport, Tasmania: population under 80,000 people; unemployment rate high; fear to walk the street alone; night AND day (…yes, day); and your everyday worker probably earns under $...

August 27, 2017

How do I write like Justice Kirby? Are people born better writers than others? 

One of the most difficult skills to master as a lawyer is good writing. It is a skill learned over a lifetime and some might even say that it's an art form. Look at Lewis Carol, he was a master storyteller and knew the English language better than most authors in history, but e...

June 27, 2017

A topic that consistently comes up in Ethics assignments is when exactly does someone engage in ‘legal work’ under the Legal Profession Uniform Law? In otherwords, what can non lawyers do before they need a practising certificate?

Taking NSW as an example, it is prohibited for an unqualified entity to engage in legal practice (s10, Legal Profession Uniform...

June 27, 2017

The Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), Section 12, forces a court, when making certain awards of damages, to limit the amount of money awarded to a plaintiff.

We assisted a student at the University of New England to explore the effect of the provision.

When does it apply?

The provision applies where a court has concluded that liability has been establishe...

June 27, 2017

We assisted a student to understand the law regarding the effect of divorce of married couples or separation of de facto couples on superannuation interests in Australia, the rights of spouses with undefined interests, the duties of trustees to give effect to Family Court orders or voluntary agreements regarding superannuation entitlements, and the right...

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