Insights

Privacy Awareness Week 2024 | Understanding transparency, accountability and security

Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2024 is an annual campaign led by the Australian privacy regulator, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). PAW seeks to promote and raise awareness of the importance of protecting personal information. The focus of this year’s PAW campaign is on privacy and technology; specifically the principles of transparency, accountability, […]

The case against ChatGPT: Warnings against an AI-generated testimony

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly rising across the legal profession. While there are benefits in saving time and costs, the downside is that AI could adversely impact legal proceedings. In this Insight we explore the potential impacts of AI in the trial process and in the gathering of case law research. We […]

A sector priced out | Findings from the Aged Care Taskforce’s final report

The Aged Care Taskforce (the “Taskforce”), established in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, has released its final report about current policy recommendations to enhance the aged care sector. The final report highlights serious structural problems facing aged care providers with the need for a more sustainable, fair, and innovative […]

Legal essentials for buying a dental practice

Whether you are starting a new dental practice or buying an existing business, there are important legal considerations you cannot afford to ignore. In this article, Principal Georgina Odell provides a snapshot of the important legal requirements to help ensure you launch your dental practice with the best possible start. Your business structure It is essential […]

Selling your dental practice: legal tips for maximising your outcomes

Selling a dental practice can be a complex and time-consuming process. Partnering with a lawyer will ensure you maximise your outcomes, saving time and money. Meridian Lawyers acts for dental practitioners in the sale and purchase of dental practices. Principal Georgina Odell will discuss the legal aspects of selling a dental practice during the CPD […]

Case Note | Insurer remedies for false and misleading statements

Allianz Australia Insurance Limited v Yu [2024] NSWSC 31 When assessing the seriousness and effect of a claimant’s injury, self-reported symptoms form an integral basis of any expert medical opinion and an insurer’s evaluation of the claim. But what happens when a claimant knowingly exaggerates their symptoms and disabilities? Section 118 of the Motor Accident […]

Case Note | Gravel poses an ‘obvious risk’- Mind Your Step!

Fisher v Shire of Denmark [2024] WADC 1 Key takeaways Visitors to public recreational areas are expected to exercise appropriate and reasonable care for their own safety A defendant, as an occupier, is able to rely on s 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (WA) (CLA) as a defence to any ‘obvious risks’ Failure […]

Privacy and data breaches

Pharmacy | Data breaches and privacy – how to safeguard your business’s future success

This article was first published in the March-April 2024 edition of Pharmacy Guild’s ITK magazine Pharmacy is a tightly regulated industry with privacy and data protection important factors that can make or break a pharmacy’s future success. In this article, we explore the important privacy considerations pharmacies need to consider to safeguard their business. This […]

Case Note | An Interlocutory Odyssey of Non-Compliance – Dankers v Volunteer Maritime Rescue NSW [2023] ACTSC 395

Dankers v Volunteer Maritime Rescue NSW [2023] ACTSC 395 The Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory has dismissed an application from a plaintiff seeking a defence to be struck out and judgment entered for the plaintiff for ‘systematic’ and ‘continuous’ non-compliance with Court orders, while providing a scathing judgment on the non-compliance. Background The […]

Selling your medical practice: Legal tips for making it a pain-free process

Meridian Lawyers acts for doctors in the sale and purchase of their medical practices. Navigating the many legal aspects of selling a medical practice can be a daunting process. Careful planning and having the right guidance and support are important to minimise risks. In this article, Principal Georgina Odell explains the legal process and provides […]

Dispensing with inappropriate behaviour – a guide for pharmacists

This article was first published by the Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL) in their November 2023 PDL Practice Alert. In recent years since the #MeToo movement has gained widespread support, we have seen increasing media reporting and public interest in inappropriate workplace behaviours (Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Russell Brand to name a few). Similarly, there has […]

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