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Complex matters can often be resolved by court annexed mediation

18-July-2015 Commercial Disputes By Mark Streeter

Court annexed mediation, (rather than private mediation or a trial) can be used to successfully address and resolve a great variety of adversarial disputes, including complex matters. When two parties have intractable differences, with conflicting...

Treasurer partially vindicated in defamation case

Commercial Disputes By Mark Streeter

The recent defamation case of Hockey v Fairfax Media, handed down by Justice White in the Federal Court on 30 June, has implications for a number of Streeterlaw’s corporate clients, particularly those who are subject to frequent media and social media...

Tips on reaching a settlement (without litigation)

Family Law By Simone Green

While the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court (the Family Courts) have the job of ruling on disputes concerning property and children, they should be viewed only as a last resort for the vast majority of separating couples. One Federal Circuit...

Financial managers of protected estates can still obtain remuneration and costs

9-July-2015 Guardianship By Mark Streeter

The Supreme Court of NSW delivered a significant decision in April 2015 regarding the ability of financial managers of protected estates to obtain remuneration out of the estate, in addition to the costs involved in applying for the remuneration. The...

How is an inheritance treated in a property settlement case?

25-May-2015 Family Law By Simone Green

The division of property at the end of a relationship is often emotional but when some of that property is from one party’s inheritance, it can become particularly contentious. The law applying to the division of inherited property is not clear cut....

When is a child support agreement binding?

Family Law By Simone Green

Binding Child Support Agreements are becoming a more popular option as separating parents seek to make arrangements for the financial support of their children outside of any assessment from the Child Support Agency (CSA). The idea of these agreements...

Top 10 tips to reduce your legal costs

Family Law By Simone Green

Engaging a lawyer to help you with your family law matter is a big step and depending on the circumstances, can be very expensive. There are many things that you can do, however, to minimise your costs along the way. Below is a list of things that you...