Author: Mel Collins

Complete guide to innovation patents

23-November-2017 Commercial Disputes By Mel Collins

This year has seen many questions arise concerning innovation patents, and more specifically, what they are and how they are used. Here we provide all the answers. What are innovation patents? Innovation patents offer protection in the form of rights...

Defaulting on property orders can be disastrous

13-November-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

Case study: Blackwell & Scott [2017] FamCAFC 77 (28 April 2017) Family Law orders frequently involve a cash payment from one party to the other when a jointly owned property is to be retained by one person as part of a property adjustment....

Recording a private conversation for evidence can be risky

19-October-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

A recent case in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Jasper and Corrigan (no.2) [2017] FCCA1467, was disputing the nature of a de facto relationship. The applicant, a 33-year-old woman, at the very last minute, presented evidence in the form of...

New capital gains tax hits Sydney vendors hardest

16-September-2017 Commercial Disputes,General,Property By Mel Collins

A new rate of Capital Gains Tax, introduced on 1 July, is having a major impact on most Sydney-based real estate vendors. Prior to 1 July 2017, a vendor who was an Australian resident and selling real estate valued at over $2 million, was required to...

How to avoid delays in the Family Court system

31-August-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

The Federal Circuit Court, which incorporates Family Law cases, continues to experience extreme delays. Financial matters filed today in the Sydney Registry are unlikely to receive a final outcome until 2019 or later. It is virtually impossible to have...

Key considerations when a Court decides to divide a couple’s assets

27-August-2017 Family Law,Property By Mel Collins

The division of a couple’s assets by the Family Court is not simply a case of making a mathematical assessment of their relative financial contributions. The Court’s objective is to try and deliver an outcome that is just and equitable to both...

How to ensure your Financial Orders are effective

25-August-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

The focus of most Family Law matters is on getting a legal agreement (Financial Orders) in place regarding how property is to be divided by the separating couple. The execution of those orders is often forgotten in the process, so it is important that...

How to resolve your dispute out of court

19-August-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

One thing most Family Lawyers can agree on is that the Court system is broken. The Family Courts are struggling under the burden of funding cuts, fewer judges, and increases in the number of cases coming before them resulting in overcrowded lists and...

Top tips to reduce legal costs and prevent contractual disputes

20-July-2017 Commercial Disputes By Mel Collins

Many businesses enter into commercial contracts every day in delivering their services and products. If managed correctly, contracts can be a great mechanism to detail the work to be undertaken, the role of each party and the agreed price. However,...

How to escape family violence – the first legal steps to take

2-July-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

Violence within relationships continues to be a significant cause of homelessness, particularly for women and children. The Family Law Act expanded its definition of family violence in 2011 to include psychological violence such as repeated derogatory...


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