Month: April 2020

Changes coming to Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulations

Changes coming to Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulations

The draft Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (Covid-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 which is not in force yet, will have the following effect for victims of domestic violence: They will be able to terminate a lease agreement if to do so, is necessary to protect them from domestic and family violence. They are able to …

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Communicating with the Court – Solicitors’ Responsibilities

A recent Legal Services Commission (“LSC”) case has highlighted the consequences for practitioners who communicate with judges without the prior consent of opposing parties. In a recent hearing before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the solicitor in question was charged with and found to have engaged in 3 counts of unsatisfactory professional conduct. …

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I reported harm to the Department of Child Safety, and they didn’t take any action

I reported harm to the Department of Child Safety, and they didn’t take any action

As a family lawyer, I often speak to parents who are concerned about their child or children being harmed in the care of the other parent or persons connected to the other parent. Sometimes those parents have already made a complaint or a report to the Department of Child Safety (“the department”) expressing their concern. …

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COVID-19 – Implications for Victims of Domestic Violence

COVID-19 – Implications for Victims of Domestic Violence

Amidst the sea of government-issued rules and restrictions our country is facing today in a concerted effort to stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, there is another silent and significant danger faced by many Australians as a direct result of these rules. Domestic and family violence. What are the current restrictions? We are …

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