OLD SCHOOL INJUSTICE

A generation ago, corporal punishment at school was commonplace. Canings and strappings that would now turn school mums like me apoplectic were once considered a routine and acceptable means of enforcing discipline and taming the unruly child. But seriously violent behaviour – way beyond regimental canings and strappings -  such as beating young children with closed [...]

March 1st, 2019|Criminal Law, Litigation, Politics|

POLITICS, SEX AND RELIGION

It’s often said one should never discuss politics, sex or religion at a dinner party. The latest news out of the Wonderful World of the Public Service certainly seems to attest to the wisdom of that simple sentiment. In 2012, Ms Michaela Banerji, who was then a public servant in the employ of the Department [...]

February 19th, 2019|Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Politics|

TRIAL BY FYRE

A brand new Netflix documentary doing the rounds right now has sparked a maelstrom of controversy around the ethical and legal culpability of “social media influencers” in advertising and promoting business brands for profit. The disaster-doco “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” tells the sorry story of the exploits of Billy McFarland, the mastermind [...]

February 8th, 2019|Criminal Law, International, Litigation|

BIG BUCKS -v- THE DREADED SELF-LITIGANT

Those more cynical than I have been sometimes known to quip that "Justice favours the well-heeled". It is undoubtedly true. Whilst money may not buy happiness, it can certainly deliver lots of lawyering, and in the cutthroat world of commercial litigation, he with the deepest pockets is often very likely to be at a distinct [...]

September 21st, 2018|Dispute Resolution, Litigation|

SPERM AND EGGS

The Six Degrees of Separation being what they are, you almost certainly know someone, or someone who knows someone, who’s currently undergoing fertility treatment. It may or may not come as a surprise to you, but thousands of couples undergo fertility treatment in Australia every year. The latest data on Assisted Reproductive Technology in Australia [...]

July 13th, 2018|Family Law, Litigation|

RAT RACERS

Remember the old joke about lawyers and rats? In case you don't, here's how it goes – “The National Institute of Health announced this week it would start using lawyers instead of rats to conduct its laboratory experiments. The American Bar Association has objected, but the NIH says there are three good reasons why lawyers [...]

July 6th, 2018|Litigation, Opinion|

STORMY CLOUDS

Anyone who has been following US domestic politics over the past 12 months will be aware of the fascinating legal storm clouds brewing over the Leader of the Free World, one Mr Donald J Trump. Since May 2017 the stoic and uncompromising former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr Robert Mueller, has led [...]

April 27th, 2018|Dispute Resolution, International, Litigation, Politics|

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|

THE RULE OF LAW

In a time of increasingly vigorous criticism of some of our court processes, many were taken aback when Victoria’s Supreme Court recently hit back at its detractors, carpeting three politicians, a journalist and a newspaper editor, over public statements criticising the sentencing of terror offenders. A couple of months ago three ministers of the Turnbull [...]

August 18th, 2017|Commissions of Inquiry, Criminal Law, Litigation, Politics|

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|