Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • The Pitfalls of being an Owner/Builder

    Think Owner/Builder work is an easy way to save a few bucks?  Think again!  As a DIY savvy homeowner, it might be tempting to undertake renovation work as an Owner/Builder.  It’s easy to obtain an Owner/Builder permit and to engage the subcontractors you need to do the job: all you have to do is manage...

    Commercial Law

  • Swimming Pool Compliance Selling and Leasing

    Since our March 2014 LawAlert, we have been notified that the requirement to have a valid Certificate of Compliance or an Occupation Certificate issued in respect of a swimming pool when selling or leasing a property has been delayed by 12 months and will commence on 29 April 2015. In the meantime, you should take this opportunity...

    Property Law

  • Redundancy Payments in Family Law Property Matters

    Under the Family Law Act the Court has the power to alter a party’s interest in their property regardless of when or how it was acquired and in whose name it is owned. For the purposes of the Family Law Act what then is property? Does it include a redundancy pay? Income is not property...

    Family Law

  • Reasonable Endeavours”

    In an attempt to provide guidance, the High Court has explained what it means when a party promises to “use reasonable endeavours” in performing under a contract. We are all familiar with the reasonable or best endeavours clause.  It is a common term in all kinds of contracts. In this recent case, the clause was...

    Commercial Law


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