Forum Law News - Issue #16 March-April 2013
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At Forum Law we know that it's vital to stay up to date with the latest legal developments that are relevant to your industry, workplace or personal circumstances. In our Forum Law News we describe some of the recent cases that may be of interest, and link to the full outlines of the cases and how their decisions affect the relevant laws, on our website.

The first quarter of 2013 has brought many new clients to Forum Law with requests for advice and assistance in areas of law including building and construction claims, enquiries about insolvency of companies and some interesting intellectual property disputes.

  Pizza Night 29 May  

Earlier this year we presented a comprehensive overview of the legal aspects of running a small business to the Leichhardt & Annandale Chamber of Commerce. The reception from that audience has prompted us to extend an invitation to our readers to another Pizza Night on 29 May, where we will provide an insight into the value of documenting business relationships with partners, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders. We will also have other speakers. The evening will be similar to our successful and well attended 'PPSA and Pizza' night in May 2012.

We will send out invitations to all readers and invite you to express your interest in attending by email to Karen at

We hope you enjoy this issue with its snippets of legal war stories.

  Business Law News  

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

The increasing use of personal devices in the office requires strict policies regarding privacy, security and intellectual property.

As technology moves forward, employees are demanding more flexibility around when and where they do their work. The traditional nine-to-five workday is declining in popularity and we are seeing employees use their personal devices, such as smart-phones, tablets and laptops, to do their work.

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  Consumer Law News  

"Gilding the lily" treads a legal minefield

Ensure your advertising material does not mislead or deceive your consumers

Builders and other business owners need to take note of a recent decision by the Federal Court, where Metricon Homes Qld Pty Ltd was ordered to pay $800,000 in penalties for engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct in breach of the Australian Consumer Law 2010 (‘ACL’) and the former Trade Practices Act 1974 (‘TPA’).

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Google triumphs overs the ACCC

A judgement provides a valuable updated review of the responsibilities of advertisers and website owners or those who may provide sponsored links.

On 6 February 2013 the High Court unanimously allowed an appeal made by Google Inc. ("Google") [Google Inc. v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2013] HCA 1] against a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court. Briefly stated the facts of the case revolve around the publishing by Google of advertising information on its search engine through the use of sponsored links.

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  Insolvency Law News  

When chasing a debt from a company, be mindful of the pitfalls of statutory demands

A recent decision of the NSW Court of Appeal provides important lessons in the preparation and service of Applications to set aside Statutory Demands

The recent case of Infratel Networks Pty Ltd v Gundry's Telco & Rigging Pty Ltd [2012] NSWCA 365 illustrates a number of pitfalls that may be encountered by companies preparing and serving Applications in the Supreme Court for the setting aside of a Statutory Demand for payment.

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  Succession Law News  

Important legislative changes to the Powers of Attorney laws will affect principals and their attorneys in New South Wales

The Powers of Attorney Amendment Bill 2013 (NSW) [“the Bill”] proposes to introduce important changes to the Powers of Attorney Act 2003 [“the Act”].

Aside from the introduction of a new prescribed Power of Attorney form, the Bill’s most significant reforms will impact on the affairs of attorneys appointed by their principal under a joint Power of Attorney.

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If you would like to discuss any of these issues or if you require any legal advice or assistance please contact us at Forum Law on +61 2 9560 3388 or email us.


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