Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • HR Policies: Are Employers creating rods for their own backs?

    Most employers of any significant size will have workplace policies with which employees are expected to comply.  They often seek to regulate employee standards of conduct, disciplinary procedures, bullying and harassment procedures and other similar issues. Often, these are compiled in handbooks which are given to the employee at the commencement of their employment, along...

    Employment Law

  • Practical Implications of the PPSR

    Migration of existing interests to the PPSR As the Personal Property Securities Register (“PPSR”) finally came into effect on 30 January 2012, it is now essential for businesses to consider some of the practical issues associated with the new register. One of these issues is the compulsory and automatic migration of security interests from existing...

    Property Law

  • Trust Deeds

    The recent Bamford decision has prompted many to review their existing trust deeds and to seek to amend them to ensure that the trust deed complies with the High Court’s decision in Bamford v The Commissioner of Taxation. In a recent example, a trust deed required a definition of income to be inserted and further...

    Wills & Probate

  • Changes to the Home Building Act

    Developers and builders should be aware of changes to the Home Building Act by way of the Home Building Amendment Act 2011 which makes wide-ranging changes to the Home Warranty Insurance, Statutory Warranties and Contract requirements.  The changes mean that a land owner who develops land through a joint venture arrangement will now be considered...

    Property Law

  • OH&S becomes WH&S

    Just when you thought you had fully come to terms with the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000, work safety laws in NSW have been overhauled again. From 1 January 2012, all workplaces need to follow the terms of the new Work Health & Safety Act 2011. The good news is that underlying the new...


  • Commencement of New Regulations and Act

    Competition and Consumer Regulations 2010 (Cth) Since 1 January 2012 there have been significant penalties for companies and individuals trading using non-compliant terms, conditions and warranties. If you have not already done so, please contact a member of our Commercial Team in order to have your standard terms and conditions of trade reviewed and amended,...

    General, Property Law