The Etheringtons Blog

Are Recipes Protected By Copyright?

Is My Recipe My Intellectual Property? If you think your chocolate cake recipe is exceptional, or believe you’ve designed the next ‘big thing’ in the culinary world, you might want…

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Child Custody Rights For Fathers In NSW

Understanding Australian Child Custody Laws The supposed differential treatment of fathers and mothers in custody battles is a hotly debated topic. Historically, parents would often agree for the mother to…

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Safe Harbour Provisions: New Levels Of Protection For Company Directors

As a company director there are a number of legal obligations imposed. It is important that you are aware of what these are, as personal liability can be imposed for…

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What Is Litigation?

Litigation is a way of resolving disputes that uses courts and solicitors. Disputes usually fall into the following classifications: civil or criminal. Civil Litigation In civil cases, your  lawyer will represent…

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Case Study: When Binding Financial Agreements Aren’t Enforceable

Binding financial agreements can allow for certainty, trust, and peace of mind in a relationship. However, the High Court has made it clear in a recent case that it will…

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The Security Of Payment Act NSW – Keeping Up With Technology

What is the Security of Payment Act in NSW? The Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (‘the SOPA’) aims to facilitate efficient debt recovery processes undertaken by construction…

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Redundancy – Defending Claims Of Unfair Dismissal In NSW

What is redundancy? Redundancy occurs for many reasons. Businesses may have had a significant decrease in revenue or may have been subject to a takeover or amalgamation. In these circumstances…

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What Is The Tort Of Negligence?

What is Negligence? Negligence is about taking reasonable care to avoid causing damage to another person. It applies to both individuals and businesses. There are several factors that need to…

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Workplace Computer Surveillance In NSW

Employee's use of workplace computers is often watched by employers. This is commonly for security reasons or to ensure appropriate behaviour. Legislation in NSW is very specific however, that unless…

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Extending The Olive Branch: Dealing With Disputes Over Neighbouring Trees

Common Trees Disputes Disputes with neighbours over dangerous or intrusive trees on their property are very common. A recent case in Queensland involved one neighbour trespassing on the land of…

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The Difference Between Contractor And Employee

Legally, whether someone is classified as an employee or an independent contractor is vastly different. If a person is an employee rather than an independent contractor, they will be covered…

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Keeping Pets In Strata Schemes

Have you ever been forced to choose between keeping your pet and living in a strata building? You are not alone. Did you know that Australia has one of the…

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