Success often comes at a price

4 December, 2019

Some of the firms we have visited as part of our Risk Assistance Program have been around for 20 to 30 years. They often have a sole principal and have grown over the years to have five to eight lawyers and multiple support and administrative staff. The principal works long hours and spends a large […]

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Common GST question – new residential property and no GST registration

21 November, 2019

Here is a deceptively simple GST question with a few twists. Q: Our client built a new house to replace an old house on a block of land two years ago and since then has been occupying the property. The client, a sole owner, now intends to sell the property and is not registered for […]

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Determining the right diagram location document

15 November, 2019

What constitutes a diagram location for the purposes of section 32I of the Sale of Land Act 1962 (Vic)? The section relevantly provides that a vendor must attach to the section 32 statement: ‘… the document, or part of the document, referred to as the diagram location in the Register Search Statement that identifies the […]

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System lock out – another firm falls victim

6 November, 2019

What’s your plan if you suddenly find you can’t access your information on your computer? Following on from our last blog about a recent law firm cyber-attack, we bring you a different story this week. On a recent Monday afternoon, a small firm suffered an attack on their local server which hosted their practice management […]

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Cyber strikes again – how one small firm got hit

25 October, 2019

What’s your plan for when, not if, a cyber incident occurs in your firm? There is a new phishing email scam widespread in the legal sector right now. Here’s what happened to a small Victorian firm in the last few weeks and how they handled it.    A partner in the firm received an unusual […]

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