A bad plan

20 July, 2018

A critical issue for any purchaser of an ‘off the plan’ property is ensuring the actual property accords with what they intended to purchase. Therefore, when giving pre-contractual advice to purchasers, it is essential to identify any deficiencies in documentation that could hinder a proper assessment by the purchaser. In one claim, the practitioner was […]

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The trouble with DIY clients

13 July, 2018

Practitioners are finding that some clients are insisting on doing parts of litigation matters themselves, primarily to save legal costs. If you are prepared to accept a limited retainer, you need to manage the risks. In one claim, a practitioner acted on an appeal regarding a dispute over a debt. The client was self-represented at […]

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Every conveyance is unique

29 June, 2018

Conveyancing clerks and lawyers should not assume that what appears to be a straightforward conveyance actually is a straightforward conveyance. It is important to read and understand the contract of sale, section 32 statement and any other relevant documents before advising the client. In one claim, a firm acted on the purchase of a property […]

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Resources for lawyers’ mental health

22 June, 2018

The legal profession is overrepresented when it comes to mental illness and in Australia, lawyers are more likely than the general population to experience depression and anxiety. The Brain and Mind Research Institute reported in 2009 that almost a third of solicitors and one in five barristers surveyed suffered from clinical depression during their career. […]

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Attention to all the details

15 June, 2018

Attention to all the details in preparing a contract is crucial to ensure correct and intended execution of the contract as well as good risk management. Care must be taken when using standard form contracts and completing the variables. Near enough is not good enough! In one claim, the practitioner acted for the vendor of […]

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