Should employers be able to drug test employees?

November 15, 2019

Under the Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) an employer has a duty to provide and maintain a safe working environment, so far as is reasonably practicable. Drug impairment within the workplace may put other employees at risk and compromise … Continue reading

Cyber Crime

October 10, 2019

As the internet has grown over the past few decades, so has our relationship with it.  Nowadays, most Australians are using the web to do their banking, to pay bills, to buy and sell goods and services and to stay … Continue reading

Family Violence Intervention Orders

June 4, 2019

What is a family violence intervention order? A family violence intervention order is a court order that protects victims who are affected by an act of family violence. The person the intervention order will protect is called the affected family … Continue reading

Bitcoin, Hidden Investments and Family Law

May 2, 2019

Since its advent in 2009, Bitcoin has provided an alternative currency that is difficult to trace and unregulated by banks or government bodies. Cryptocurrencies provide a new challenge to family law with major concerns raised by lawyers in relation to … Continue reading

Parenthood, Sperm Donation and When Things Go Wrong

April 24, 2019

When things are going well, no one wants to think about what to do when something goes wrong. This year the High Court will hear an appeal questioning the legal parentage of a child conceived by sperm donation. The case … Continue reading

Combustible Cladding

March 18, 2019

Recent tragedies such as the Lacrosse Docklands fire and the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, the latter of which resulted in the deaths of 72 people, have brought about increased scrutiny of the risks associated with combustible cladding. The … Continue reading

Banking Royal Commission

February 11, 2019

Has a bank, or finance company, or superannuation fund cost you money or denied your claim? Do you want to get your money back or have your claim reinstated? If you answered yes to either of these two questions please … Continue reading

Aged Home Care – Better care or larger bureaucracy

February 4, 2019

The new Commonwealth funded Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission commenced operation on 1 January 2019. The Commission combines the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner. The new Commission will accredit, assess and monitor aged … Continue reading

Have you registered your business name?

November 13, 2018

Since 2012, if you operate your business under a different name than your own name or your company’s name, you must have a registered business name. Previous to this date, trading names were able to be used. These are being … Continue reading

We mourn the passing of Mr Henry S. Dixon

October 19, 2018

On the morning of Friday 19 October, the mentor and grandfather of Hutchinson Legal died. We express our sympathy and condolences to the family of Henry Summerville Dixon and to the many clients who knew and loved him. A Service … Continue reading