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Barristers being replaced by AI

by on November 17, 2018

Are barristers at risk of being replaced by Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Susan Kiefel, Chief Justice of the High Court and Tom Bathurst, Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court, seem to think so. At a recent Australian Bar Association Convention this is what they had to say – For barristers to remain competitive and relevant... View Article

Family Law Courts – The Bad News Keeps coming!

by on November 16, 2018

The bad news keeps on coming! In summary – Long delays by judges delivering judgments, sometimes over 3 years; Long delays punishes litigants and denies justice; Whole court system is grossly  under-resourced; Some lawyers are too aggressive and use tactics that add to delays and costs; Too many family law lawyers failing to make genuine... View Article

Family Court Judge Makes Cost Order Against Wife

by on November 7, 2018

A family court judge just recently ordered the wife in a family property dispute to pay her former husband’s legal costs of $30,000. Why? The judge said the wife failed to make a genuine attempt to negotiate a settlement with the husband. He said she and her lawyers adopted an overly aggressive and combative approach.... View Article

More on the Family Law Court Crisis

by on November 6, 2018

Are you following the fairly regular news on the family court? The Family Court is caught up in a struggle between politics, lawyers, the public and law reform. What do they all agree on? That there is a pressing need for reform. The current financial and wellbeing costs of engaging with the court system is... View Article

Dodgy Building Certifiers

by on October 26, 2018

Who is a dodgy building certifier? They are building certifiers who certify defective building work as being compliant with the the Building Codes, Regulations and Standards. Therefore, home owners are most definitely at risk. Building a new home? Having an extension built? Wanting to do some expensive renovations or refurbishments? Your local council will require... View Article

Family Law Disputes – Non Litigious Alternatives

by on October 24, 2018

Today, anyone caught up in a family law dispute needs to look at the alternatives to going to court. There are alternatives that may work quicker, better and much less stressful and costly for the parties. There are specialists in the field of managing and resolving family law disputes outside the court system. We offer... View Article

ALRC backs Triage System in Family Law Disputes

by on October 3, 2018

An effective triage system is an essential step in effective dispute management. Family law disputes are no exception. For many years now I have been a strong advocate of early triage to facilitate quicker and less costly dispute resolution. Triage is applied to determine the best options and best strategies to manage and resolve disputes.... View Article

Defamation Suits – Sword or Shield?

by on September 22, 2018

Defamation Suits are on the rise in Australia. In fact they are proliferating, and are often being used as a weapon to remove offensive online material. It’s not just rich people suing Media and Media personalities. Those disputes account for about 30% of all defamation suits being filed each year. No the proliferation is the... View Article

Family Law Courts in Crisis

by on September 21, 2018

The family court system in Australia is in crisis and people with family court disputes are suffering badly as a result. There are non-litigious alternatives to getting pushed into the court system. These alternatives can help people resolve their disputes quickly, cost effectively and without being subjected the stresses of litigation. Almost every day there... View Article

Resolving Disputes Early, Less Expensively and Less Stressfully

by on September 1, 2018

Tasmanian Legal Profession : Early Dispute Resolution Strategies v Traditional Litigation Methods There have been extensive discussions both privately and publicly regarding the legal profession leaning too heavily on traditional methods as a means to resolve disputes. Indeed, quite a few years back, at an industry conference, Victorian Supreme Court Judge David Byrne mentioned the... View Article

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