Legal Updates

HO HO HO with NO NO NO claims

As the holidays approach, we take this opportunity to remind employers to familiarise themselves with their workplace policies and to be mindful of their obligations.  Employers should be aware that an employee’s conduct can extend beyond the traditional workplace to the Christmas show and social media activity. We recommend that employers implement the following: Remind…

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Valid Signing of Legal Documents – Electronic Signatures

In this age of electronic communications and documents, we are often asked to advise on how a legal document can be signed validly. There have been a series of cases involving Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, which has sought to recover loans to investors in failed Great Southern Group investment schemes.  One of these cases is…

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Problems facing unlicensed builders and suing in quantum meruit

The 2018 Adelaide Magistrates’ Court decision of Marisha Nominees Pty Ltd & Anor v Daw [2018] SAMC 12 (Daw) (upheld on appeal to the Supreme Court: Marisha Nominees Pty Ltd & Anor v Daw [2019] SASC 77) illustrates the importance of builders being appropriately licenced under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995 (SA) (BWCA), and…

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Alice Carter promoted to the firm’s Partnership

Lynch Meyer Lawyers is pleased to announce the promotion of Alice Carter to the firm’s partnership. Alice started her career at Lynch Meyer as a Law Graduate and has a passion for delivering outstanding legal outcomes for our clients. Alice’s promotion to the firm’s partnership recognises her outstanding skill set in the credit management, debt…

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Corporate and Commercial Partner

Lynch Meyer is a leading Adelaide commercial law firm offering a full range of corporate and commercial services for small-to-medium enterprises, large corporations and not-for-profit organisations. An exciting opportunity exists for a Partner to join our expanding Corporate and Commercial practice. About the Role The role is wide-ranging with a focus on: Corporate and commercial law. Sales,…

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Dismissing an Employee by Text is not on!

Delivering a DCM (Don’t Come Monday) message to an employee by text message is poor form and the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has confirmed that “basic human dignity” requires that a dismissal be conveyed personally. In Thai v Email Ventilation Pty Ltd [2019] FWC4116, an employee who was terminated by text message was found to…

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You don’t have to be a Masterchef to slip up!

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recently announced that celebrity Chef George Calombaris’ hospitality empire ‘MAdE Establishment Group’ would backpay $7.8 million in wages and superannuation, plus a $200,000 “contrition payment”.  The announcement followed an investigation into underpayment of wages affecting approximately 500 employees over 6 years across the restaurant chain. Calombaris was a director of…

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New gift card expiry laws – are you affected?

Last December there was a subtle change to the law around gift cards and vouchers in South Australia. These must now have an expiry date of at least 3 years from their date of issue. The new law targets the familiar ‘monetary gift card’, such as a Coles Myer voucher, Woolworths e-gift card, etc.  Apple…

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