Sydney Law Blog

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

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 into the deaths of two young Eventing riders, Olivia Inglis and Caitlyn Fischer, in 2016;  as well as various additional legal actions being [...]

Posted By Category: Equestrian

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.
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) [...]

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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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China Business Forum

Ross Koffel attended the annual Sydney China Business Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, as presented by the University of Sydney China Studies Centre.  This years’ focus was on smart cities, and how China is developing new technology and programs to address  infrastructure, communications, social and environmental issues across their massive population and geography.
Comparisons with similar programs being initiated in Australia for such things as renewable energy sources, water conservation and soil regeneration were presented by representatives [...]

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Bullying In Equestrian Sport

Whether physical, verbal, social or online, bullying causes real harm to those targeted and significantly affects well being. It can occur anywhere - in school. on the sporting field, in the workplace or home - and in a myriad of ways. Reports of bullying in the equestrian world - both on the yard and the competition field - are becoming increasingly common, but is this truly a reflection of an industry where poor conduct is viewed as acceptable or [...]

Koffels Solicitors & Barristers – Sydney

We're a firm located in Sydney, which is a city of about five million people. We are a corporate and commercial firm and we act for both local companies as well as foreign countries that wish to invest in Australia.
We also carry out work in real estate, sport law, family law and wills and estates and these areas are often cross border issues because Australia is a multi cultural country and a lot of the residents in Australia have [...]

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Who Gets Your Estate?

Who Gets Your Estate? - Perhaps Not Who You Think, Don't Even Leave It To Chance

The primary issue in estate planning is ensuring that your wishes are carried out on your death. It is your property and you should be free to choose to whom it will be transferred on your death, right? Simply put you make a valid will specifying your wishes and appoint a person to carry this out. The reality is of course more complex.

Firstly, you [...]

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Lowy Institute Dinner

Ross and Julia Koffel, of Koffels Solicitors & Barristers Sydney, attended the annual dinner given by the Lowy Institute for International Affairs.

The Institute was founded by Sir Frank Lowy, who built the global empire that became Westfield Shopping Centres.  A long time business figure on the global stage, Sir Frank is also a notable philanthropist with a reputation that precedes him for a mindset of putting back into the community that he believes provided him with his opportunities for [...]

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PI: Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

As a major Personal Injury claimant firm in the area of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, Koffels Solicitors & Barristers note with great interest, the decision of the DPP to Appeal the Home Detention sentencing of Philip Wilson, the former Adelaide Archbishop.

Mr Wilson has been convicted of concealing child sex abuse but received  a sentence deemed to be inadequate in the view of the DPP, being one year home detention at the residence of his sister, with a 6 month [...]

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Child Sexual Abuse Can Occur Anywhere

With changing attitudes and perceptions towards Childhood Sexual Abuse, our understanding of Childhood Sexual Abuse is developing and we are confirming that sexual abuse can occur in almost any setting.

We have learnt that at the Celtic Boys Club, which is a famous youth football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, that they have had numerous allegations of inappropriate behaviour and subsequent Child Sexual Abuse.
Allegations have recently been made against the founder of Celtic Boys Club and a former youth coach Jim [...]

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More Than Just Tariffs

Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement

The Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (“KAFTA”) entered into force on 12 December 2014.

This agreement did not just contain provisions for the removal of tariffs for the trade in goods it also aims to eliminate other barriers which impedes on the trade relationship between the two countries.
Set out below are a few of the significant behind-the-border barriers which KAFTA provisions have addressed.
Trade in services
Australian financial services providers may:

establish a commercial presence or acquire institutions in [...]

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Do Parents of Children Abused at School Have a Claim for a Refund of Fees?

A woman has recently spoken publicly about being refunded the tuition fee’s she spent sending her son to an elite private school in Queensland for five years from 1989.

Her son was sexually abused at the school and has since attempted suicide. She initially sent letters to the school in 2010 which were rejected, however her claim was recently reviewed. The school has now decided to reimburse her for the cost of all tuition fees, adjusted for inflation, in the [...]

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Right of Way – Ways to get it right.

The property market in NSW is at all-time high and the owners are changing hands all around NSW every weekend. We believe a dispute with your new neighbours should be the last thing on your to do list. The dispute can be very stressful and also very costly.

If you have a right of way over your neighbour’s land then it may be the time to check to make sure that it has been recorded in accordance with the law [...]

Posted By Category: Real Property