COVID-19 Update

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Managing debts and cash flow

Registered charities which are incorporated as companies limited by guarantee will also be affected by the Federal Government’s initiative to provide temporary relief to financially distressed organisations. What’s happened? As part of its response to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Federal Government has recently passed a raft of changes to Australia’s insolvency and bankruptcy laws. … Read More

Stimulus package for charities and not-for-profits

Part of the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 has been the announcement of $189 billion stimulus package. Included within this package are payments and initiatives which will be available to certain charities and not-for-profit organisations. It is encouraging to see support for the sector at a time when many organisations are not only facing an … Read More

Standard 8 – A New Liability for Directors of Aged Care Providers?

On 28 November 2018, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, released the new Aged Care Quality Standards (Standards), contained within the Quality of Care Amendment (Single Quality Framework) Principles 2018. All organisations providing aged care services in Australia will continue to be assessed against the current standards until 30 June … Read More

Secret use – can you profit while developing your invention?

So, you’ve concocted an invention that you’re thinking of patenting, what next? Keeping your invention secret is an important start, since any public disclosure may invalidate your later patent application. But what can you do while your invention remains secret? Can you conduct experiments? Can you make money? Can you make money while conducting experiments? … Read More

Important Changes to the Privacy Act effective 22 February 2018

The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (the Act) – an Act to amend the Privacy Act 1988 – comes into force on 22 February 2018. We have provided a brief overview as to what this might mean for your business. Why is the law changing? There is currently no obligation to notify individuals who may be affected by a data breach. … Read More

The patented technology behind the Face ID feature of the new Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X has now been announced by Apple, Inc. (‘Apple’) with expected fanfare. Most consumers will be interested in the new OLED screen and the elimination of the home button in the new iPhone X, but there is also an important new security feature in the new iPhone called ‘Face ID’. ‘Face ID’ is … Read More

FAL Partner wins ILO Health & Life Sciences Award for the Third Consecutive Year!

For the third consecutive year, we are delighted to announce that Francis Abourizk Lightowlers (FAL Lawyers) founding partner, Jenni Lightowlers, has been recognised for Excellence in Client Service in the Health and Life Sciences category at the 2017 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Awards. She is once again the only lawyer in … Read More

Presenting Dr Jenni Lightowlers!

Congratulations to FAL’s founding Partner, Jenni Lightowlers, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Deakin University on 6 October 2016. Honorary degrees are conferred by the University Council following consideration by the Honorary Degrees Committee. The Honorary Doctorate acknowledges Jenni’s outstanding service to Deakin University as Deputy Chancellor from 2008 to 2015, as a member … Read More

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