Social media as evidence in litigation

OVER the past couple of weeks, I have been talking about the relevance of social media posts in the context of family law disputes, in particular, Facebook posts that can be used as evidence. However, this type of evidence is not just relevant to family law disputes and it is being used in a wide variety of legal matters. The … Read More

Walker PenderSocial media as evidence in litigation

Let’s talk about quad bike safety

QUAD bike safety is an important topic. This is particularly so in our community where there are farms and rural workplaces that often use quad bikes. The reality is that quad bikes are a major risk area for serious injury or death. Safe Work Australia compiles the data relating to quad bike fatalities. In the eight years from 2011 to … Read More

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New cladding laws for private building owners

I WOULD be surprised if combustible cladding is a term you have never heard. The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 was a catalyst for the increased media focus on cladding, but it certainly was not the first event of its kind. Part 4A of Queensland’s Building Regulation 2006 was introduced by the Building and Other Legislation Cladding … Read More

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Debt Recovery

I OFTEN receive inquiries from businesses or individuals that are owed a debt. Generally, by the time I receive a call, they have made numerous unsuccessful attempts to recover the debt. At that point, they are looking for legal options. There are many different types of debt, including unpaid accounts and invoices, money lent but not repaid and work done … Read More

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Dual “Notifiable Incident” Obligations in Building Industry

THE Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act) and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) define “notifiable incidents” as the death or serious injury or illness of a person. Under the QBCC Act, it includes an incident that exposes a person to a risk of serious injury or illness. Under the WHS Act, it includes a … Read More

Walker PenderDual “Notifiable Incident” Obligations in Building Industry

New Scheme for Financial Services & Product Disputes

MOST individuals and small businesses are consumers of financial services and products provided by banks, insurers or other providers. Until recently, complaints regarding unfair treatment or products were lodged with one of the following: Financial Ombudsman Service (FIO); Credit and Investments Ombudsman (CIO); or Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (SCT). Since November 1, these complaints are no longer lodged with FIO, CIO … Read More

Walker PenderNew Scheme for Financial Services & Product Disputes

Are you Breaching Pool Safety Laws?

DID you purchase a “portable” pool/spa to help get you through summer? If so, Queensland’s pool safety laws under the Building Act 1975 (Act) may apply. If the structure is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more, has a volume of no more than 2000 litres and has no filtration system, then it may … Read More

Walker PenderAre you Breaching Pool Safety Laws?