Proposed reforms to strengthen the unfair contract term regime in standard form contracts under the Australian Consumer Law
New Franchise Disclosure Register
Privacy Awareness Week | 2 – 8 May 2022
Can My Replacement Vehicle be a Beamer? Damages for Loss of Use for Tortious Damage to Property
A cautionary note to all health practitioners: don’t be caught out by section 130 of the National Law!
UK: Court of Appeal overturns controversial finding that under-16s cannot give informed consent to treatment with puberty blockers for gender dysphoria
United Kingdom High Court considers claim for discrimination by abortion laws to people with Down’s syndrome
7-Eleven in breach of privacy laws over survey collecting facial images
New Director Identifier Number regime now mandated for all directors
Do you really need a copy of my COVID-19 vaccination certificate?
NCAT overturned Medical Council’s decision to suspend medical student’s licence
Medical Management Plans for children and your system of governance
Veterinary practice in WA: Proposed amendments to the current regulatory framework
Dangers of adopting branding including a geographic reference
Do you send personal information offshore?
Selling your medical practice
Pharmacists: are you ready for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout?
ACCC alleges SmileDirectClub misled consumers regarding health insurance reimbursements for clear teeth aligners
Modern slavery: New guide released for the financial services sector
High court affirms parents can consent to puberty blockers on behalf of their children
Real time prescription monitoring: assisting practitioners to make better informed prescribing decisions
The collective bargaining class exemption for small businesses is now in effect
Pitfalls of promoting health services on social media
Extended powers of HCC include investigating complaints incidental to the provision of health services
Gender Dysphoria and Children: Lessons from R v Tavistock
VCAT confirms COAG Ministerial Direction 2019-1 not binding on Tribunals
Health Complaints Act 2016 (Vic) – does it really apply to me? Important implications for registered health professionals employed by bodies corporate in Victoria
Make privacy a priority, today and every day
The dos and don’ts of COVID-19 vaccine promotion
Dangers in negotiating commercial agreements
The importance of an up to date and relevant shareholders’ agreement
New disclosure obligations in New South Wales require increased transparency with consumers
Defamation – be careful what you post on social media
Retailers beware of advertising false promotions
How the changing definition of “consumer” under the Australian Law may affect you
Use of electronic signatures – a cautionary note
Clipping the wings of phoenix activity: New requirements for resigning directors
Statutory Demands – back to being an effective means of collecting debt from a corporate debtor
The value of a pharmacy partnership or shareholder agreement
Commercial Occupiers: What is expected of them to keep premises safe?
Changes to ACNC Governance Standards
Do your staff members understand their obligations regarding the handling and storage of personal information?
Privacy and External Dispute Resolution schemes: Limitations for healthcare credit providers
Future directions for the Consumer Data Right
Major Insolvency Law Reform Enacted
Does your domain name meet the new trade mark eligibility rules?
Waivers and extreme sports
Reinstatement of thresholds and other FIRB changes
New and expanded AHPRA Advertising Guidelines: a welcome aid to compliance
How small businesses can utilise the ACCC’s new collective bargaining class exemption
Are all activities performed in a gym recreational? The court says no.
In accommodation settings, does ‘slippery when wet’ mean liable?
New Zealand’s Privacy Act Overhaul
A case scenario on patient privacy – can I discuss a deceased patient’s care with their family members?
A case scenario on death certificates – who can sign them and when?
Federal Court of Australia confirms Professional Services Review (PSR) has the power to order part repayments
Coroners Court Directions Hearings now required within 28 days for mandatory inquest deaths
No half doses in pharmacy ownership
VCAT upholds use of immediate action power to suspend doctor over social media use
UK High Court applies established duty of care principles to legalise professional guidance which permits disclosure of confidential information to a proximate third party without consent
Pharmacy relocation – tips for navigating the critical steps
Key insights from July 2020 OAIC Notifiable Data Breaches Report
Three years on from the chaperone review, AHPRA celebrates changes to the regulatory landscape of sexual boundaries notifications
Accidentally sending an email to the wrong email address can cost you
Safe Sleep and Rest Policies
Professional Services Review (PSR) launches telehealth review
Listen to the experts: Chatoor v Health Care Complaints Commission of NSW  NSWCA 111
What do I do if there is an accidental breach of my patient’s privacy? Advice for health practitioners and organisations
Swearing of affidavits across Australia – what’s required during the COVID-19 pandemic?
How will Liability Insurance respond to COVID-19?
Taking action against health practitioners in the “public interest” – two years on, how is the new immediate action power being applied in practice?
Private Health Insurer audits – a reminder to exercise caution and to ask for help
Emerging Insurance Issues from COVID-19
Coroner’s findings emphasise the potential risks of relying on telehealth without in-patient review
Appeal softens the blow for defendant following fall from ‘aerial sling’
AFCA Decisions: Online insurance purchases, non-disclosures at inception of policy
A warning to health practitioners: is your professional indemnity insurance in place?
Western Australia: What are the Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Registered Health Practitioners?
Using the new MBS telehealth item numbers to care for patients from home? Here are some of the risks and limitations for medical practitioners
A reminder on section 130 of the National Law: notify the National Boards of ‘certain events’, or face a possible finding of unprofessional conduct
Recent Applications in personal injuries claims impacted by COVID-19
National Code of Conduct for SME Commercial Leases during COVID-19
WA hospital negligent for not recognising sepsis in infant burns patient resulting in irreversible brain damage
Supreme Court of Victoria opts to hear would-be jury trial by judge alone in an effort to keep the wheels of justice turning
Professional Services in New South Wales – approval is required
Bushfire Emergency Declaration
A wrongful birth case study: Nouri v Australian Capital Territory  ACTCA 1
Legal requirements for drone operation are set to widen – what do you need to know?
Health practitioner seeks help from the Federal Court to uncover identity of negative Google reviewer
Dentist seeks help from the Federal Court to uncover identity of negative Google reviewer
Help! I’m being Audited
AHPRA releases revised Guidelines for Mandatory Notifications about registered health practitioners
What is a Drone? Who can own and operate one?
Regulation of unregistered health practitioners in WA – is the current system adequate?
Audio and Video Records – are they legal?
Landlord and agent – the buck stops where?
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A case study in causation
Social Media: What’s OK – What’s Not
Owing prescriptions – are you courting danger?
Claims Against International Airlines
Payroll tax clampdown on healthcare clinic operators
General practitioner successfully appeals negligence finding
Coroner recommends new standard for in patient observations
VCAT confirms that disciplinary consequences may befall practitioners who treat their own family
A reminder about the potential strength of ‘usual practice’ evidence
Insurance, drones and you.
Nurse slammed for profiting under patient’s will and pressuring peers
Powerful new Sports Tribunal leads the way in bolstering integrity in Australian sport. Why is this important?
Handling sensitive health information about patients and customers – do you understand your obligations?
You have received a notification – what now?
What’s the damage? Recent trends in General Damages awards for psychiatric injuries in Victoria.
What happens to healthcare complaints in Western Australia?
Striking the balance: Do the recent amendments to mandatory reporting obligations go far enough?
Ask for help, and ask early – advice for surviving an AHPRA notification
A gift bejewelled with risk
Pharmacy Workplace Relations – Hot Topics
Family Day Care – Compliance and Policies and Procedures
Revocation of registration as a registered provider of supports under the NDIS
Be Data Smart
Applications for new PBS Approvals or relocations of existing PBS approvals
Case Note: Bergin v Queensland Cork & Timber Solutions Pty Ltd  QDC 141
Professional medical organisations collaborate to help bring clarity on medical costs for patients
Steroids and hormone therapies – Off label use or misuse/abuse?
How medical practitioners can manage negative online reviews
Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation comes into force in June
SafeScript provides prescribers and pharmacists with real time access to the prescription history of their patients for high risk medicines.
Medicare Shared Debt Recovery Scheme to significantly affect recovery of incorrect Medicare billings from next month
Important information for property developers in Victoria: State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019
Police in Victoria and Western Australia, to share information with AHPRA
Professional Performance under the Spotlight | Inquiry into the actions of the regulator and local health district
New powers used by Health Complaints Commissioner to stop unregistered service providers making false claims
ASIC’s regulatory approach to enforcement post-Hayne
A reminder: Child Care providers in Victoria, now subject to the Victorian Reportable Conduct Scheme
Restrictions on the use and disclosure of confidential communications between a victim of sexual assault and treating health practitioners
Six axioms emerging from the Hayne report
Case Note: Caffrey v AAI Limited  QSC 7
Is the ‘irrational’ exception feasible?
Federal Court confirms strict interpretation of the 80/20 rule under the Health Insurance Act 1973
How can you tell if you have been given a forged prescription and what to do if you have
Made a mistake? Tell the client asap or risk a finding of deceit
Shared Debt Recovery Scheme to hold both medical practitioners and employing and contracting organisations responsible for incorrect Medicare billing
My Health Record: Important Information for Healthcare Providers
Statutory privilege does not prevent disclosure of records in VCAT proceedings
A Game Changer for Mutuals – New Law Expands Capacity to Raise Capital
What are pharmacists’ obligations when supplying pseudoephedrine?
No professional misconduct finding for General Practitioner’s ‘grave error of judgment’
Professional Opinions – how much weight do they carry?
Financial Services Royal Commission – The Interim Report – Emerging Regulatory Themes
Professional Misconduct – fact or fiction?
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
Can a loss of superannuation pension form part of a loss of earning claim for a retired claimant?
Getting it right – meeting your legal and professional obligations in advertising
Board removes links to past disciplinary decisions – but not all of them
Child Care Subsidy Law– An introduction to the new Minister’s Rules and Secretary’s Rules 2017
Video: Negligence in relation to asbestos-contaminated waste
Case note: Your Onus or Mine?
High stakes for organisational heads as Victoria introduces new requirements as part of reportable conduct scheme
Unfair Contract Terms: Not if but how
Provident Capital Class Action
Medication Misadventure – Methotrexate: A reminder to pharmacists to exercise independent judgment about the safety of a prescribed medicine.
The duty of care requirement – not to be taken for granted
Putting the past behind you? Not any more, as Medical Board starts displaying links to old disciplinary decisions on the National Register
Duty of disclosure: yesterday’s hero?
Missing faxed scan result triggers the Coroners Court to call for robust standards regarding the communication of radiology results
Sparks v Hobson; Gray v Hobson  NSWCA 29: Is this a prelude to the expansion of the peer professional opinion defence in NSW?
‘SafeScript’ Roll-out: An update for practitioners on important regulatory changes from 1 July 2018
What to consider when you buy a Fitness Franchise
Fair Go! Are your standard contracts unfair?
Assigning your Commercial or Retail Lease
Charities Unclear and Uncertain about Disclosure of Political Donations and Expenditure
Are you prepared for the mandatory data breach notification regime?
Recent trends in buying and selling pharmacies
Pharmacy Franchise Law – tips for franchisees
Misuse, interference or loss of personal information by pharmacists – new mandatory notifications for data breaches
Expanding or contracting your pharmacy? Don’t forget Pharmacy Location Rule 121
Unfair Dismissal claims under fixed term contracts
Shifting landscape – Insurance law firms are experiencing unprecedented change as the sector evolves
How Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) may impact your business
Unfair Contract Protections Capture Standard Contract Loans to Small Businesses
Are Financial Service Providers prepared for the mandatory data breach notification regime?
NSW Health Services Organisations face key changes to Root Cause Analysis procedures
Supreme Court of Victoria confirms availability of statutory privilege over clinical records in VCAT
National registration of paramedics – mandatory notifications: what paramedics need to know about their mandatory reporting obligations
Overhaul gets the go ahead for mandatory reporting laws regarding treating healthcare professionals
Insurance Broker Remuneration – 5 Legal Considerations
Misleading Advertising in Financial Services
Reflections on a recent experience with ‘hot tubbing’ in the Coroners Court
Outrage as junior UK doctor is convicted of manslaughter and struck off
Accepting gifts from patients – before you partake of that bottle of wine, stop and consider a few factors
Victoria to roll out real-time prescription monitoring system in 2018
Medical Board seeks community input on revised sexual boundaries guidelines
Meridian Lawyers bolsters its property and commercial leasing practice in Sydney
Meridian Lawyers expands its insurance team and footprint from East to West
Outstanding Insurance Lawyer Andrew Sharpe to join Meridian Lawyers’ Sydney Team.
National registration of paramedics 2018
Release of Insurance in Superannuation Voluntary Code of Practice
Changes to Medicare Benefits Schedule Items for Spinal X-Ray Services – Why, how and what now?
Proving residual working capacity: a defendant’s burden to bear
Case study: pitfalls of crossing the boundaries
Video: Fundamentals of effective negotiation
Sweeping reforms in Victoria proposed to lift hospital safety
Medical Board reforms for older medical practitioners and those the subject of multiple complaints
Video: Negligence and Consent in the Medical Profession
Landmark advertising fine warns that the tiger has teeth
PI Cover for AFS Licensees – Check your cover as not all PI policies have the same cover
Standard Contract Terms and Conditions for Derivatives Trading and Broker Rights
New Legislation Introduces Ban on Excessive Payment Surcharges
Expanded Protection for Whistleblowers in Corporate, Financial and Credit Sectors including Tax Misconduct
Put it in writing: Tools to protect and enforce minority shareholder rights (Part 2)
How to avoid copyright infringement
How fit are you, legally?
Increased Powers of the Fair Work Ombudsman – Is your Business Vulnerable?
Partnership Agreements – do you have one and is it up to date? Is it a dispute waiting to happen?
National Boards armed with new public interest power to take immediate action against health practitioners
National registration of paramedics – registration standards
Massive Privacy Breach: A lesson in using third party web service providers
Wright and Wrong
Crowd-sourced funding for start-ups and SMEs – offering shares to retail investors
Proposed new Insurance Code of Practice for Superannuation Trustees
“Check, Correct, Change” guidance published by AHPRA a welcome resource for practitioners seeking clarity in advertising regulation
Significant $1.3m payout warns employers to take employee bullying complaints seriously
Pharmacy insights – Spring 2017
Disclosure of confidential genetic information to relatives
A reminder for pharmacists: exercise caution when dispensing Schedule 3 Poisons
Court’s disdain for disability claim
70 years in the making: the Civil Liability (Third Party Claims Against Insurers) Act 2017
National registration of paramedics
Finalists in InfoTrack Client Centricity Awards for second year
Media release: Meridian boosts health law expertise
ACCC increases franchisor scrutiny
Put it in writing: Tools to protect and enforce minority shareholder rights
‘Phillips arrangements’: It may be time to review your service company arrangements
NSW landlords and tenants affected by changes to the Retail Leases Act
Choosing the right not-for-profit structure
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When is a duty of care owed in mental harm claims?
Vets must be vigilant to avoid legal action
How long must you retain child care records in Victoria?
What does mandatory reporting mean for early child care workers?
Beware of altered, forged or fraudulent prescriptions: a reminder for pharmacists
Dealing with complex facts in assessing contribution for an asbestos exposure injury
Amendment of service approvals – your options if you are refused
Proposed changes to National Quality Framework
Choosing the right business structure for your child care service
Family Day Care Law: avoiding breaches of the National Law and Regulations
Brand loyalty in professional indemnity insurance: risks of shifting insurance cover
The insurer strikes back
General insurers need to be ever mindful of best practice advertising
Dental insights: Is your radiology equipment registered and your radiology licence up-to-date?
Attempted murder during offsite training: is the occupier liable for psychiatric injury?
Finalist in Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards
A reminder to ensure the dental justification for treatment plan is clearly recorded
Pharmacy sale and purchase trends during 2016: assignment of leases
Real-time prescription monitoring: what does it mean for health practitioners?
Meridian Lawyers successful in long-running professional negligence case
Trends in business sales and purchases: assignment of leases
Choosing the right business structure
Abolition of stamp duty on purchase of business assets in New South Wales
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What to do if your service approval has been suspended or cancelled
Advertising: A timely reminder
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Meridian Lawyers’ boosts Melbourne Insurance Team with new Principal
How will technology change the types of claims we see in the future?
Game of drones: new rules, new challenges
When has an obligation to obtain informed consent been discharged?
Video: Negotiating and evidence of a legal retainer
Certain contractual indemnities void in Queensland injury claims – some traps for brokers
Women in Law Awards finalist: Mentor of the Year
Meridian Lawyers wins prestigious award
Managing Partner Paul Baker finalist in Australian Law Awards
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Insurance insights: The pitfalls of lending a helping hand
High Court win: finding reminds courts of appeal of their limits
Doing the right thing: complying with Family Assistance Law for family day care
Lowering of two key Wrongs Act thresholds in Victoria
Holding nurses to account: AHPRA notifications, investigations, processes and outcomes
Australasian Law Management Journal: Q&A with Paul Baker
Mourning the loss of our colleague and collaborator – Ashley Jones, Principal at Meridian Lawyers, Brisbane
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Selling your business? Don’t forget an important asset – your employees!
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Pharmacy location rules: Who are ‘persons aggrieved’ by new approvals?
Nurofen Specific Pain claims: Federal Court finds misleading conduct
Online pharmacy retailer pays $32,400 for misleading product pricing
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The changing state of play: The natural evolution of the professional regulation of pharmacy
Storage and prescribing of medication in the dental surgery
Striking the right balance: gender diversity and flexibility
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Meridian’s Employment Principal elected ALERA President
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Foresights: Public liability
Foresights: recent case rulings challenge the status quo
Schedule 8 medications: A disturbing trend in storage and record keeping
AHPRA extends its reach to social media
A reminder of what is notifiable conduct, and the consequences of failing to notify
Queensland to remove 5% permanent impairment threshold for workers seeking damages
Recent Court of Appeal decision confirms breadth of advocate’s immunity
ACCC given greater powers to enforce new Franchising Code of Conduct
The broadening shadow of section 54
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Watch out for that last step
Changes proposed to end mandatory inquests into deaths in custody
The dentist as an independent expert witness
Positive partnerships: the comforts of a good partnership agreement
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble for plaintiffs
Buying and selling dental practices
Meridian Lawyers nabs high profile insurance lawyer
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Endeavours to resolve the debate
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Corporate governance update: ASX Rules
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Spotlight on Fitness: an overview of Australian Consumer Law
The cost of doing business: an open and shut case for a child care centre
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Pharmacy alert: maintaining script certifications
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Retail shop leases: your rights as a tenant
Pitfalls of group buying advertising for health practitioners
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Insuring builders: claims by subsequent owners
Taking the ‘literal’ or ‘intended’ meaning: High Court reserves judgment
Personal trainers: don’t sweat the legal small print
Medico-legal issues for radiographers
AHPRA audits: tips for registered health professionals
Joint statement on dental audits: ADA, Guild Insurance and Meridian Lawyers
Privacy, legal liability and the pharmacist
Fitness instructors, squats and waivers
Employment Insights: Fair Work Commission lays down some markers on bullying
Health professionals: Are you complying with your obligations?
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Strategic shareholding agreement with Steadfast Group
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