• 24 Jul2017

    Potential new powers for APRA to
    make non-ADI lender rules

    Written by: Michael Bracken, Principal On 17 July 2017 Treasury released an Exposure Draft of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Non-ADI Lender Rules) Bill 2017 implementing the Commonwealth Government’s 2017–18 Budget proposal to introduce measures to respond flexibly to financial and housing market developments that pose...
  • 28 Jun2017

    Just because it’s online doesn’t mean no one takes it seriously

    Written by: Julie Somerville, Principal Over the past two years an increasing number of complaints and claims have come across my desk arising out of defamatory comments made about health and allied health professionals on Facebook and online forums. The ability of an apparently aggrieved...
  • 3 May2017

    Relief for crowd-sourced equity funding for start-ups

    Written by: Michael Bracken, Principal Small businesses and start-ups seeking to raise funds through crowd-sourced funding (‘CSF’) from a large number of retail investors may be able to take advantage of exemptions from the licensing and disclosure burdens associated with the public fundraising regime under...
  • 5 Apr2017

    New client money reforms for OTC derivatives

    Written by: Michael Bracken, Principal New reforms regulating the application of client monies in retail over-the-counter derivatives transactions will restrict the use of client funds for hedging purposes. The Treasury Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No.1) Bill contains the proposed retail client money reforms in the...
  • 8 Mar2017

    Another reminder to exercise caution when using social media – midwife dismissed for FaceBook messages

    Written by: Julie Somerville, Principal While the media is dubbing the case as an example of an employee being dismissed for a FaceBook message – the crux of the decision was based upon a health practitioner’s disclosure of confidential information. While social media makes the...


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