Barmy Army

Life in the Australian Army is hazardous.  You might get sent to a war zone.  There’s also an unwritten expectation that you might, on occasion, drink lots of alcohol.   That’s the view of the High Court at least, which recently found that a soldier who fell out of a window after drinking a large [...]

Interim Distributions in a Deceased Estate

Administration of a deceased estate is the process whereby the legal personal representative of the deceased's estate ascertains the information needed to wind up the estate and then carries out the instructions of the will-maker as set out in their will or if the deceased passed away intestate, then in accordance with the relevant legislation.   [...]

Criminal Injuries Compensation – What You Need to Know

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being injured as a result of an assault, a sexual assault, or unlawful wounding (called ‘criminal actions’ or ‘criminal act’) you have rights and should know the factors that may affect the compensation you may receive for your injuries.   Your Options   What are your [...]

Highest Awarded Asbestos Case in WA History

Background   The plaintiff was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009. He alleged that he was exposed to asbestos dust during his childhood visits to a miniature railway located in the grounds of an orphanage. The plaintiff visited the site about six times with his parents in the 1970’s when he was four years old and [...]

Workplace Accidents in the Mining Industry – What You Need to Know

Am I Entitled to a Claim?   All workers in the mining industry in WA have workers’ compensation rights. The definition of a ‘worker’ under the law is broad. It generally covers persons engaged under a contract of service. Even some sub-contractors, part-time workers and casuals can claim entitlements.  Even if somebody is engaged under [...]

Are Parents Liable for the Sins of Their Children?

What happens when a child takes Mum or Dad’s car for a joyride, loses control and crashes into another parked car, premises or person?  Can the child’s parents be held responsible for his or her actions? The High Court has examined the question of liability of minors and the “vicarious” liability of their parents. The [...]

How Long Does It Take To Sort Out A Divorce?

Transcript: There are three main areas in family law. One is divorce itself if you’re married.  You have to be separated for at least 12 months before you can apply for divorce but after that 12-month period it’s entirely up to you or your partners to when you choose to apply. Once you are divorced [...]

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