Are you being questioned by police? Call your lawyer before the interview

Police interview

What is a police caution? A police officer must read you rights before the interview begins. This is called a police caution which is as follows:                 “I must inform you that you do not have to say or do anything but anything you say or do may be given in evidence against you (section … Read more Are you being questioned by police? Call your lawyer before the interview

What is diversion?

First time offender? Wanting to avoid a criminal record? Keep reading … Criminal Justice Diversion Program The Criminal Justice Diversion Program allows first time offenders to avoid a criminal record by completing tasks or conditions that are agreed between the parties and the Court. This program is available in Magistrate’s Courts state wide. The agreement … Read more What is diversion?

The COVID commercial tenancy relief scheme in Victoria

What does the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme involve? The Victorian Government have introduced the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Bill 2021 (Vic) into Parliament. This was done by re-introducing the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.  On the 3rd of August 2021, the Victorian Government announced that the Bill had passed both Houses of Parliament. The Bill still … Read more The COVID commercial tenancy relief scheme in Victoria

Changes to Retail Leasing Law

The Retail Leases Amendment Act 2020 (the Act) received royal assent on 22 September 2020.  The Act introduces amendments to both the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) and Building Act 1993 (Vic) (and Regulations) affecting the obligations and rights of both landlords and tenants of retail premises. Key amendments include: Essential Safety Measures (ESM) Landlords can now recover cost of … Read more Changes to Retail Leasing Law

Essential Safety Measures (ESM) for commercial property

As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure that essential safety measures (ESM) are maintained on commercial property you own. The laws and regulations around this will be changing sometime in 2020.  Below, we’ve broker down the current ESM laws and the ways these might change in the near future. What exactly is ESM? … Read more Essential Safety Measures (ESM) for commercial property

Major changes to how estates are distributed without a Will

wills and estates

What happens when you or a loved one dies without a Will in Victoria? If you or a relative dies without a Will, or dies with a Will that has inadequate provisions, the deceased’s estate will be distributed in accordance with the Administration and Probate Act 1958 (the “Act”).  If this is the case, you essentially cannot … Read more Major changes to how estates are distributed without a Will

COVID-19: impact on Landlords and Tenants

Covid 19 landlords and tenants

There is a great deal of uncertainty concerning small and medium enterprises (SME) and how their leasing arrangements may be impacted throughout the pandemic. The Federal Government earlier introduced the Mandatory Code of Conduct (for SME commercial leases) which outlined principles for the State Governments (and Territories) to build their own legislation and regulations around. … Read more COVID-19: impact on Landlords and Tenants