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Compensation for reputation loss and hurt feelings – Maybe Not?

There is a long line of cases which established the principle that compensation by way of damages are generally not recoverable for injured feelings or distress arising out of an employer‘s breach of an employment contract. […]

By | October 23rd, 2014|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Getting the Most out of your Legal Fees – Top Tips

When you make the decision to seek legal advice from a family lawyer it makes sense to ensure that the time you spend with them, whether that is in face to face meetings, telephone discussions or via email is as productive as possible.  After all it is the lawyer’s time that you are buying. […]

By | October 20th, 2014|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Cash Flow is King – Recovering Debts

While most business owners agree that chasing overdue accounts through the courts is the small business owner’s worst nightmare, few realise the importance of concentrating on cash-flow. […]

By | September 24th, 2014|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Family Provision Orders on Interstate or Overseas Property

The recent case of Chen v Lu [2014] NSWSC1053 serves to highlight the jurisdiction of the court in respect to making family provision orders in relation to property held outside the State. […]

By | September 2nd, 2014|Estate Planning, Topical Issues|0 Comments

Digital Technology and Wills

Albeit slower than other sectors of the community, it would appear that the Courts are beginning to embrace recent technology. A case in point is Mellino v Wnuk & Ors, sadly in this instance immediately prior to his suicide Mr Wnuk produced a DVD as his last will and testament. […]

By | August 18th, 2014|Estate Planning, Topical Issues|0 Comments

Identity Fraud and Statutory Wills

If a person lacks the capacity to make a new Will or amend an existing Will, friends or relatives of the deceased can make an application to the court to authorise the making of a Will in certain circumstances. These Wills are commonly referred to as statutory wills. […]

By | August 15th, 2014|Estate Planning, Topical Issues|0 Comments

Choosing the right Adviser

We have recently acted on behalf of a client who has been awarded significant damages in respect to the negligence of his former solicitors. This unfortunate case serves to highlight the importance of making the best choice possible when it comes to selecting the advisers you entrust to look after your affairs. […]

By | August 13th, 2014|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Security in the Digital Age

In today’s technology driven, email reliant, digitally connected, fast paced world – data or information is currency. It is valuable and should be treated as such. Unscrupulous individuals and organisations exist for the sole purpose of getting their hands on such data to exploit it or make a profit by selling it on to others. […]

By | July 15th, 2014|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Legal Authorities in respect to Dangerous Driving

In the recent case involving 2 fatalities in a horrific road accident, we at Havilah Legal had the opportunity to examine the legal authorities regarding the offence of Dangerous Driving which is commonly seen in our Courts. The law speaks of driving at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public. […]

By | June 9th, 2014|Topical Issues|0 Comments