COVID-19 Update


Governance: Comments from the regulator

The ACNC has published commentary on how the COVID-19 crisis will affect the ACNC, as well as charities and not-for-profits. The comments recognise the current climate might restrict a charity’s ability to hold regular Annual General Meetings, submit its Annual Information Statement (AIS) and otherwise conduct its operations as usual. Holding meetings Many charities will … Read More

COVID-19: Implications for Construction Projects

Headlines in all media sources have been dominated by COVID-19, or the coronavirus, and governments around the globe are ramping up their protective measures to combat the spread of the virus. It has been officially declared as a pandemic, and the Australian government aims to reduce transmission rates by implementing lockdown procedures and closing non-essential … 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

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

FAL Partner wins ILO Health & Life Sciences Award for the Second Year Running

We are delighted to announce that FAL’s founding partner, Jenni Lightowlers, has been recognised for Excellence in Client Service in the Health and Life Sciences at the 2016 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Awards. This is the second year running Jenni has won the award. The Lexology Client Choice Awards recognise those partners around … Read More

‘Sleeping’ Australian Director of a NZ subsidiary? Time to wake up and smell the potential liability…

On 4 April 2016, New Zealand’s Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (NZ Act) comes into effect to seek to address New Zealand’s alarming workplace safety record. When measured per 100,000 employees, workplace fatalities and accidents in New Zealand happen twice as frequently as in Australia and six times more frequently than in the UK. The … Read More

International Research, Defence & National Interest: Getting the Balance Right

Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 – Further consultation recommended Overview The university and research sectors can breathe an interim sigh of relief as further stakeholder consultation on the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 (Cth) (“Bill“) is the key recommendation of a preliminary report presented to the Senate on 15 August 2012 (“Report“) by the Foreign Affairs, Defence … Read More

FAL Lawyers Appointed to Commonwealth Government’s Legal Panel

Effective 1 June 2012, FAL Lawyers has been appointed to the Commonwealth’s whole-of-government Legal Services Multi-Use List (LSMUL). Appointment to the LSMUL means that FAL is pre-qualified to provide legal services to Commonwealth departments, agencies and authorities. These Commonwealth entities are broadly required to use the LSMUL when purchasing Australian legal services. FAL has been … Read More

High Court of Australia and the James Hardie Case: Important Implications for Company Directors

The High Court of Australia (HCA) has upheld a guilty verdict against the Directors of James Hardie (JH). The judgment has a number of very important implications for company directors because, in the view of their Honours, it “raises issues of considerable public importance”. If you are a company director or an advisor to a … Read More

Rights to an Employee’s Invention – UWA v Gray two years on

The decision of the Full Federal Court in University of Western Australia v Gray sent ripples (if not shockwaves) through academia and its research partners (see our earlier article here). A little over two years on, the Gray decision has often been cited but has infrequently been subject to further consideration. Although of limited value as an … Read More

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