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Sydney Law Blog

Golden Slipper – Business of Racing Lunch

Ross & Julia Koffel get as close to the racing industry’s “Golden Slipper” trophy as they could ever have hoped to be Ross and Julia Koffel were the guest of the Commonwealth Bank at the Business of Racing Lunch. The lunch was hosted by the Sydney Turf Club, and the Western Sydney Chamber of Commerce at Rosehill Racecourse. Guest speakers included the top racehorse trainer Chris Waller. He who spoke of his miracle horse “Winx” who will run for her 4th [...]

International Women’s Day in Sydney

Koffels Solicitors & Barristers Staff Support International Women’s Day in Sydney Members of the Koffels staff attended the Law Society Panel presentation in honour of International Women’s Day.  In particular, the panel presented issues facing professional women in the work place. Thereafter note was made of their on-line facility to assist those facing issues of discrimination, bullying and/or sexual harassment. Providing safe, balanced work places is a key Practice Management factor in creating a healthy culture in the often high pressure [...]

Networking in Singapore

Ross and Julia Koffel Koffels Solicitors & Barristers: Networking in Singapore Ross and Julia Koffel spent the week in Singapore. Time well spent networking with colleagues and business contacts as part of their cross-border practice. As usual the welcome from IR Global members around the world is always a warm one. Accordingly it was a pleasure to visit the offices of WNLEX LLC and meet with Ng Li Young, a Director of the firm. Singapore is a world centre for International Litigation and [...]

Corporate Governance Rules

What corporate governance rules do investors need to be aware of and what applies to them? The Australian Government welcomes productive foreign direct investment.  A good understanding of the Australian corporate governance rules is the key to success in investing in Australia. Main legislation and regulatory sources The Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the “Act”) is the principal legislation regulating companies in Australia. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (“ASIC”) is the principal corporate regulatory agency which registers companies and enforces compliance with the [...]

Selling a Horse in Australia

Contract & Misrepresentation (applicable to all sales of horses) The law of contract and misrepresentation apply to sales of horses regardless of whether the seller is conducting a private sale, say a one off sale, or is in the business of selling horses. A purchaser can sue on the contract or in relation to any representation. Care should be taken when selling a horse to ensure that any representations (often statements in advertisements) can be factually evidenced. Also that this is [...]

Regional Meeting IR Global Brisbane

Regional Meeting of IR Global Members Held in Brisbane and Plan for Tokyo Ross Koffel (Koffels Solicitors & Barristers Sydney); Mark White (White & Mason Lawyers Melbourne) Paul Warden-Hutton (Houlihan2 Melbourne). The Australia/New Zealand Regional Group enjoyed another successful, and well attended meeting in Brisbane on Friday 22nd February.  The hosts were our two Brisbane based firms,  James Conomos Lawyers, represented by James Conomos and Wiebke Hermann, and Rouse Lawyers represented by Matthew Rouse. Attendees came from Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Christchurch [...]

The National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme: Waiving your Common Law Rights The Government’s National Redress Scheme was implemented on 1 July 2018 following the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Scheme is an alternative to a civil claim for child sexual abuse (exercising your common law rights). However, the amount of compensation available to a victim under the Scheme is significantly less than what the victim may otherwise be entitled to. It is important to know your [...]

George Pell Guilty of Sexual Abuse

At Koffels Solicitors we have been watching with great interest, the recent Summit held by the Vatican. In essence, this investigated the deplorable history of the abuse of children by members of the clergy. Unfortunately, it would seem that the same rhetoric has been brought out to give the appearance of action against this global scourge.  Overall, the victims don’t want words, they want action, vindication, and compensation for a life destroyed. Accountability It is our firm’s belief that a crime of [...]

Announcement

Aaron Koffel BA., MLLP, MBA (Columbia Business School and London Business School), SAI  Global Qualified (CSR) Koffels Solicitors & Barristers are pleased to announce that Aaron Koffel has joined the firm as Special Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer. After initially practicing within the firm, Aaron then subsequently worked in the public arena as General Counsel for a subsidiary of a New York based public company in the finance industry. His areas of expertise lie in the corporate/commercial work including the finance sector, [...]

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Meet the IR Global Real Estate Group

Our members are leaders of the legal industry. They are proud to uphold the highest ethical standards and offer an unrivaled quality of service to clients all over the world. IR Global was founded in 2010 and has grown to become the largest practice area exclusive network of advisors in the world. This incredible success story has seen the network receive recognition and be featured in a plethora of ranking and publications such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, the Financial [...]

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Parents Behaving Badly

Children rely on their parents for food, shelter, emotional support and love.  However, during divorce proceedings, parents often need some support of their own. If you are going through a relationship breakdown, remember that Courts smile upon parents who act in the ‘best interests of the child.’  Of course, this is easier said than done when your former partner is acting increasingly childish about your parenting arrangements. Disagreements can be reduced through very careful drafting of parenting plans or Court orders, [...]

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Annual Law Conference

Recently,  Koffels Solicitors & Barristers, attended the Annual Commercial and Corporate Law Conference held at the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  Many industry stakeholders including legal practitioners, academics and researchers attended the conference to share and discuss their views on the growing social demand for directors’ public duties, and for companies to take proactive steps to manage issues relating to environmental and social responsibilities. Traditionally, the company directors are required to act in the best interests of the company’s [...]

LAW Annual General Meeting (Bangkok)

Ross and Julia Koffel of Koffels Solicitors & Barristers Sydney, attended the LAW Annual General Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, attended by 131 member delegates and 3 observer delegates from 42 countries. Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW) is a global association of 110 independent law firms located in more than 150 major commercial centres throughout the world. Membership in LAW allows member firms. such as Koffels Solicitors & Barristers, to service the legal needs of clients that are expanding their operations [...]

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Action against Equestrian Australia

Equestrian Law / Equine Law Ross Koffel, one of Australia’s leading legal practitioners in Equestrian Law, was quoted in an article appearing in The Australian newspaper today, regarding safety issues for equestrian sport and the perceived lack of action from Equestrian Australia to take affirmative action to make the sport safer for competitors. The issue has come to light pending the Coronial Inquest. This is in relation to the deaths of two young Eventing riders, Olivia Inglis and Caitlyn Fischer, in 2016.  [...]

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Former De La Salle Revesby Student Awarded $1.5 Million for Child Sexual Abuse

On 5 October 2018, the Supreme Court of New South Wales entered Judgment in favour of a Plaintiff who was the victim of child sexual abuse in the amount of $1,548,488.75 plus costs. Judgement The Judgment was adopted from the findings of former Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and Justice of the ACT Supreme Court, Ms Margaret Sidis. Ms Sidis was appointed through the Court’s referral process (20.14 to 20.24 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005). [...]

Common Reporting Standards CRS

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is the single global standard for the collection, reporting and exchange of financial account information on foreign tax residents. Banks and other financial institutions will collect and report to us financial account information on non-residents using the standard. We will exchange this information with the participating foreign tax authorities of those non-residents. In parallel, we will receive financial account information on Australian residents from other countries' tax authorities. This will help ensure Australian residents [...]

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