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Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • Domestic Violence in the News

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    Yesterday in Chatswood, we started our day with the devastating news that within a short distance from our office a young woman’s body was found.  A male, who is believed to be her boyfriend, was subsequently involved in a standoff with police while perched on an awning of the 27th level of a high rise...

    Family Law

  • When Can You Refuse a Neighbour’s Request for an Easement Over Your Property?

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    What is an easement on my property? An easement on your property is a proprietary right of another person or entity (such as the owner of a neighbouring property or Council) to use your property for a particular purpose. Common examples include easements for service, roads, the erection of scaffolding or use of airspace for...

    Commercial Law

  • Employee absence for community service

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    Employees are entitled to be absent if they partake in an ‘eligible community service activity’. The two current types of eligible community service activities are jury service and voluntary emergency management activities. Jury service involves participating as a part of a jury in a court proceeding. Attending for the jury selection process is also included...

    Employment Law

  • The Cold Hard World of Options

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    Anyone involved in leasing of commercial and retail premises knows only too well that it is quite often a difficult space to negotiate full of fairly arcane legal concepts. Mr Justice Windeyer certainly agreed and described it as “a cold hard world” in a 1997 case on options. One area of constant difficulty has been...

    Commercial Law

  • Family Provision Claims: Duties of an Executor

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    What do you do if you are the executor of an estate, and a family member decides to bring a claim? An Executor has a duty to defend family provision claims brought against the estate. Their duties will depend on the nature of the legal proceedings but may include: 1. Contesting the claim on the...

    Disputes

  • 5 Tips to Remember When Buying a Property

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      With interest rates at historic lows, a lot of our clients are looking at opportunities in the property market. Atkinson Vinden have helped hundreds of clients over the years to purchase and sell properties. Here are some helpful tips to assist you in the process of purchasing a property. Ensure you have done your...

    Commercial Law