THE EXECUTOR AND THE PRODIGAL SON

By all accounts the recently deceased was a pretty cranky old dude. Even his life-long best friend, my client, the sole beneficiary and executor of the old guy’s last will and testament, had to acknowledge that fact. But then, even by his own admission, they both were. They were cut from the same cloth, no-nonsense [...]

September 15th, 2017|Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Wills and Estates|

WINNERS AND LOSERS

The thrill of the punt is not for everyone. It can be a tough game. To the victor goes the spoils, but to the rest only heartache. Litigation, like any gamble, needs a strong heart and deep pockets, and should always be proceeded by a careful cost/benefit calculation. Because not even the house, with all the odds [...]

August 11th, 2017|Dispute Resolution, Litigation|

FEUD

Some court cases concern life and liberty, some are about money and manipulation, and others grubby politics and power. But in defamation cases everything’s at stake. Our reputation and good name is our most valued asset, because when all is said and done it’s all we have. Youth is transient, beauty skin-deep, and material riches [...]

July 7th, 2017|Defamation, Dispute Resolution, International|

Nyst Legal Establishes a Brisbane Presence

Nyst Legal is recognised as one of Queensland’s leading criminal and regulatory law firms. Whilst we have been based on the Gold Coast for the past four decades we have always practised extensively in all Brisbane courts, as well as those in other metropolitan and regional centres throughout Queensland and New South Wales. We have [...]

SANTA BAN

It seems like people can always find something to fight about, even at Christmas time. I guess that's why most lawyers love January so much. After a week or so of full-on festivity, soaking up the ho-ho-ho’s in the sweltering summer sun, cooped up with the ever-loving spouse and those dear sweet visiting in-laws, eating [...]

December 22nd, 2016|Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Opinion, Politics|

THE MAN ON THE CLAPHAM OMNIBUS

Lawyers are well acquainted with the Reasonable Man. After all, he’s each and every one of us, although in truth none of us at all. He’s everyone and no one, the theoretical mean of human mores, the universal yardstick of all that’s fair and reasonable. In British law no man is expected to be better [...]

November 10th, 2016|Criminal Law, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Opinion|

SWEET LITTLE FISH

Little fish are sweet. High profile defamation actions and messy murder trials may make for big headlines, but from a lawyer's point of view the smaller, seemingly less significant cases are just as challenging and (provided you finish first, and not just a commendable second) every bit as satisfying. I'm sometimes bemused to have a [...]

October 15th, 2015|Criminal Law, Dispute Resolution|

A FINE COMMERCIAL LINE

Last month the Nyst Legal commercial litigation team spent nearly two weeks in the Federal Court in Melbourne, flanked by a phalanx of QC's, arguing the toss about exactly how far businesses can and can't go in talking up their product to the customers of their commercial competitors. Our client, a major national franchise chain, had actively marketed its wares to the franchisees [...]

August 11th, 2015|Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution|