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The Power of Members in a Company Limited by Guarantee

In the not-for-profit sector there are a number of common legal structures that are employed. Depending on the structure adopted the regulations and legal controls applicable will vary: […]

By | September 1st, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Associations Incorporation Bill 2014 (WA) – Summary

On 11 September 2014, the Associations Incorporation Bill 2014 (WA) was introduced into the Western Australian Parliament. The proposed legislation is currently making its way through the Parliament and is likely to shortly be enacted to replace the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 (WA). […]

By | August 24th, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

The Boundary between Accounting and Legal Advice

The boundary between accounting and legal advice is a somewhat grey area recently considered by Havilah Legal at a seminar event held for Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand members. […]

By | August 4th, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Issues in Employment Contracts

One of the important aspects of business that employment law reflects is the enforceability of employment terms that you include in employment contracts. […]

By | August 4th, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Registering and Opposing a Trade Mark

When contemplating registering a Trade Mark, it is important to take into account how registerable the Trade Mark is and the likelihood of the mark being opposed. […]

By | August 3rd, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Claims in the WA Magistrates Court – Awarding of Legal Costs

“Legal costs” or “costs” are phrases generally used in a legal sense to refer to the professional fees and disbursements charged by a law firm for the provision of legal services. Legal costs and the ability to recover them or be liable to pay another party’s legal costs are an important consideration when contemplating litigation. […]

By | July 27th, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 – CATSI

What is CATSI? Why was it legislated? The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI) commenced on 1 July 2007. It replaced the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (Cth) (ACA Act). […]

By | July 6th, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Are you a NFP or Charity?

I have recently had the pleasure of advising a small not-for-profit organisation (a NFP) in relation to their tax status.  Most people understand the term “not for profit” in the colloquial sense of being concerned with charitable activity. […]

By | June 23rd, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Criminal Law – A minefield of technicalities

When working in criminal law, especially in relation to sensitive subjects such as sexual offences and murder, we are often asked to advise clients whether to plead guilty or not guilty to certain offences. […]

By | June 18th, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Strategic Plan – Do you have one? And why you can’t afford not to!

Developing a strategic direction and plan for your business should be a creative and inspiring time, beginning with the compilation of a vivid and rich Vision Statement. […]

By | June 16th, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments