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High Court clarification on casual employment
10 Aug 2021

Murray Thornhill, Director, and Gemma Wheeler-Carver, Associate, from our Employment Law team, outline the decision made by the High Court in the case of WorkPac and the ruling […]

Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws and how do they impact my Advanced Health Directive, my Enduring Power of Guardianship and my Will?
6 Aug 2021

Wills, Estate and Succession Planning Special Counsel, Janene Bon, and Lawyer, Jordan Schweitzer, outline the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws that have come into effect in Western Australia and […]

Estate Planning, it’s not just a Will | Business News
4 Aug 2021

HHG Legal Group Special Counsel, Janene Bon, and Senior Associate, Alyce Martin have featured in Business News discussing the importance of a complete succession plan.  Janene and Alyce […]

Used Vehicle Purchases – Buyer Beware
22 Jul 2021

Murray Thornhill, Director, and Blair Campbell, Special Counsel, from our Commercial Ligation and Dispute Resolution team have compiled a list of points to remember when purchasing a vehicle and […]

Who’s on first? | Persons in charge and persons responsible in the sheep and cattle livestock industry
12 Jul 2021

HHG Legal Group has extensive experience in providing farmers with practical legal solutions for their business, family, and future. An important consideration for people in the livestock industry, […]

Using contracts to weather the construction storm | Business News
12 Jul 2021

HHG Legal Group Director, Murray Thornhill and Special Counsel, Daniel Morris have featured in Business News to discuss how and why civil and construction contractors need to return […]

Animal Welfare | Regulatory Framework for Sheep and Cattle
6 Jul 2021

HHG Legal Group has been assisting WA’s Agribusiness sector for over 100 years. We are committed to providing proactive legal advice to corporations, entities, farms, families, and individuals. […]

Principals and Contractors: Make Civil and Construction Contracts Work for You | Part 3: Light at the end of the tunnel: improving your civil and construction contracts.
5 Jul 2021

Building and Construction and Dispute Resolution Special Counsel, Daniel Morris, and Director, Murray Thornhill’s series on commonly used, often misunderstood and potentially harmful civil and construction clauses end […]

Binding Financial Agreements | How does Australia stack up to the United Kingdom and the United States of America?
29 Jun 2021

Ben Majoe, Special Counsel and Jordan Schweitzer, Lawyer in our Family Law team, provide an insight into Binding Financial Agreements and how they differ from our common law […]

WA to introduce new drug and drink driving penalties | 1 July 2021
28 Jun 2021

Naomi Sherrington, Senior Lawyer and Julia McCullagh, Lawyer in our Crime and Traffic and Dispute Resolution teams outline what penalties you could face if you are a driver […]

EOFY Employment Law Checklist
24 Jun 2021

Gemma Wheeler Carver, Associate, and Murray Thornhill, Director in our Employment and Dispute Resolution teams, share their EOFY Employment Law Checklist that outlines the main issues that employers […]

Are your employees entitled to a pay rise from 1 July 2021?
17 Jun 2021

Gemma Wheeler Carver, Associate, and Murray Thornhill, Director in our Employment and Dispute Resolution teams share the news that the Fair Work Commission has announced that the minimum […]

Principals and Contractors: Make Civil and Construction Contracts Work for You | Part 2: Still tunneling through: more civil and construction contract terms to avoid.
1 Jul 2021

In part 1, Building and Construction and Dispute Resolution Special Counsel, Daniel Morris, and Director, Murray Thornhill pointed out some of the problems that may be caused by […]

Principals and Contractors: Making civil and construction contracts work for you | Part 1: Commonly used contract terms are often not the best choice for contractors.
17 Jun 2021

Building and Construction and Dispute Resolution Special Counsel, Daniel Morris, and Director, Murray Thornhill are seeing civil and construction contractors rely more and more on the repetitious and […]

6PR | McGowan vs Palmer | 11 June 2021
11 Jun 2021

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Clive Palmer have been ordered to attend mediation to try to settle their grievances outside of court. Simon Creek, our Executive Chairman […]

Introducing New iCloud Legacy
8 Jun 2021

Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Senior Associate, Alyce Martin, and Law Graduate, Emma Watson discuss how Apple has announced that they will be introducing a new Account Legacy […]

Do the civil and construction industry need to re-evaluate the need for legal protection against the impact of insolvency?
27 May 2021

In our most recent construction law update, Building and Construction and Dispute Resolution Special Counsel, Daniel Morris, and Director, Murray Thornhill provide an update suggesting there may be […]

Security of Payment Reform Bill – Reintroduced
27 May 2021

Building and Construction and Dispute Resolution Special Counsel, Daniel Morris, and Director, Murray Thornhill discuss how a security of payment reform Bill has been reintroduced, and what likely […]

Prepare your farm and family for success
25 May 2021

How will your farmland, agricultural business, stock, vehicles, equipment and other assets be transferred to the next generation? Alyce Martin Senior Associate in our Agribusiness and Wills, Estates […]

The importance of ensuring compliance with workplace health and safety obligations
25 May 2021

Murray Thornhill, Director and Gemma Wheeler-Carver, Associate in our Employment and Dispute Resolution teams discuss how the recent sentencing of an Esperance small business and its sole director provides […]

Credit Reports – Credible, or Incredible?
24 May 2021

Dispute Resolution Special Counsel, Blair Campbell explains how incorrect information on a credit report may be hurting your business, and what you can do about it. Have you […]

What are the next steps in the Pindan insolvency?
19 May 2021

Building and Construction and Dispute Resolution Special Counsel, Daniel Morris, and Director, Murray Thornhill provide their insight into Pindan Constructions’ insolvency and the potential next steps. What are […]

Is someone formerly in a de facto relationship entitled to make a Family Law claim?
17 Mar 2021

HHG Legal Group’s Family and De Facto Law Senior Associate, Dianne Caruso, explains whether someone who was formerly in a de facto relationship is entitled to make a Family […]

Australia’s long-awaited illegal phoenix activity legislation is passed
25 Feb 2021

HHG Legal Group’s Building and Construction Special Counsel, Daniel Morris, and Director Murray Thornhill provide an overview of the long-awaited illegal phoenix activity legislation, that may provide hope […]

What does the WA lockdown mean for employers and employees? Common issues addressed.
4 Feb 2021

With the new WA lockdown announced with less than 24 hours’ notice, many employers and employees were left to decipher the directives issued by the Government themselves. With […]

Contract says arbitrate? So arbitrate! Kenneth Martin J. sets broad arbitral powers in Tensioned Concrete
6 Jan 2021

HHG Legal Group’s Daniel Morris, Special Counsel in our Building and Construction Law team, reviews The Tensioned Concrete case and explains that is it essential to take legal advice […]

5-day Lockdown Directive and care arrangements
4 Feb 2021

Claire Harrison, Associate in our Family & De facto law team, provides an important update for separated families that have care arrangements in place. On Sunday, 31 January […]

The Law According to Simon Creek | WA Lockdown | 3 February 2021
5 Feb 2021

Simon Creek, Executive Chairman, Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Lawyer at HHG Legal Group, joins Oliver Peterson to take listener questions on 6PR. This week, they discuss the […]

The WA Lockdown | 98.5 Sonshine FM’s Drive with Jeziel | 1 February 2021
2 Feb 2021

Our Executive Chairman, Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Lawyer, Simon Creek, sat down with Jeziel at 98.5 Sonshine FM to discuss the new WA lockdown and rules, and some of the […]

What happens to your estate if you die without a Will? Changes on the horizon.
29 Jan 2021

Alyce Martin, Senior Associate, and Maria Zappala, Law Graduate in our Wills & Estates Planning team, explore the proposed changes to the Administration Act 1903 and the impact […]

Mandatory vaccinations in the employment law context
18 Jan 2021

HHG Legal Group Director, Murray Thornhill and Associate,  Gemma Wheeler-Carver, from our Employment Law and Dispute Resolution teams, explore some key considerations for employers following the announcement of […]

Piggy-in-the-Middle – Don’t get caught out.
5 Jan 2021

Blair Campbell, Special Counsel in the Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation team has provided an overview of online scams including prevention practices and what you may be able […]

Common (and new) offences of domestic violence
24 Dec 2020

Our Criminal Law team’s  Naomi Sherrington and Fintan Roberts explore the new legislation relating to persistent family violence and the penalties that now can apply to those charged with […]

HHG Legal Group expands into the South West; acquires Bunbury law firm in latest move
12 Dec 2020

After 100 years of delivering legal services across WA, first in Albany, then in Perth, Mandurah and Joondalup, HHG has acquired boutique law firm Kroon Legal, in Bunbury […]

New Industrial Relations Reforms – The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020
11 Dec 2020

Kimberly Jones in our Employment law team explains that on Wednesday, 9 December 2020, after discussions with various stakeholders and titbits of information about the bill being released […]

More ice-cream choice for consumers? The Peters ice-cream case.
10 Dec 2020

Murray Thornhill, Director and Emma Watson, Law Graduate in our Commercial & Property team have provided an overview of a recent investigation by the ACCC which involved Peters […]

All I want for Christmas (is to keep my job): A festive season guide for employees
10 Dec 2020

The festive period is here and Gemma Wheeler-Carver, Associate in our Dispute Resolution and Employment Law teams has prepared this guide to help ensure your headaches from the […]

Christmas Consumer Rights Refresher
10 Dec 2020

To ensure you know your rights when buying, and returning, merchandise, Blair Campbell, Special Counsel in our Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation team has provided a Christmas Consumer […]

Same-sex Divorce Applications
1 Dec 2020

Dianne Caruso, Senior Associate in our Family team has provided an update regarding Same-sex Divorce Applications. Divorce applications for same-sex couples Last week, the Family Court of WA […]

HHG Legal Group launching the northern corridor
27 Nov 2020

HHG Legal Group has been proudly serving Western Australians with their legal requirements for over 100 years. Since our beginnings, we have been committed to providing quality legal […]

Can stepchildren challenge a will?
26 Nov 2020

Our Estates Litigation lawyer, Alexandra Turner, explores how stepchildren may be able to challenge a will in certain circumstances by making a claim for proper provision. Did you […]

Developments in local government legislation and governance
13 Nov 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Julia McCullagh discuss the latest development in local government legislation and governance and the differing roles of local government council […]

Land, inheritance and promises – A Proprietary Estoppel case study
5 Nov 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Special Counsel, Blair Campbell, explores the concept of Proprietary Estoppel and how it has been recently claimed in the case of Moore v Aubusson to […]

WA’s Workplace Health and Safety Reforms: Passing of the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019
28 Oct 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill and Kimberly Jones discuss the proposed changes to workplace health and safety laws in Western Australia and what all employers […]

Introduction to Spent Convictions: eligibility, exclusions & criminal history disclosure obligations
8 Oct 2020

HHG Legal Group’s criminal law team’s Senior Lawyer, Naomi Sherrington, provides an introduction to spent convictions, their applicability, and what circumstances may require disclosure of criminal or disciplinary […]

You can’t have your cake and eat it too: A case study on priority of rent incurred during voluntary administration
8 Oct 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Corporate and Commercial law Director, Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Kai Yuin Yeo provide a practical case study on priority of payment for rent and related […]

Milestone construction industry reforms en-route? Proposed Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2020 (WA)
24 Sep 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Building and Construction Law team’s Daniel Morris and Fintan Roberts, break down the proposed reforms found in the recently-introduced Building and Construction Industry (Security of […]

Employee vs Contractor (why not both?)
21 Sep 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Special Counsel Blair Campbell, provides insight into the complexities of the employee vs contractor dichotomy and how the ability to characterise workers under either category […]

JobKeeper 2.0: Fair Work Act Changes
16 Sep 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill, Gemma Wheeler-Carver and Kimberly Jones provide an update on what employers need to know about the recent changes and extension to the JobKeeper […]

WA Legislation Update – 9 September 2020
9 Sep 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director, Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Fintan Roberts provide a weekly snapshot of new and upcoming legislation. HHG Legal Group’s legislation updates aim to provide information […]

WA Legislation Update – 27 August 2020
27 Aug 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director, Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Fintan Roberts provide a weekly snapshot of new and upcoming legislation. Welcome to a Legislation Daily update for 27 August […]

A casual attitude to casual employment?
26 Aug 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill and Kimberly Jones discuss recent cases involving casual employee dismissals and the common misconceptions employers and employees may have about […]

Employment Law Update: JobKeeper 2.0
20 Aug 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill and Gemma Wheeler-Carver provide an update on what employers need to know about the JobKeeper subsidy following its extension to […]

Defamation: Beyond traditional media
14 Aug 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Dispute Resolution team’s Senior Associate, Blair Campbell and Lawyer, Alexandra Turner break down a recent Supreme Court decision involving statements made by a disgruntled former […]

WA Legislation Update – 11 August 2020
11 Aug 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director, Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Fintan Roberts provide a weekly snapshot of new and upcoming legislation. HHG Legal Group’s legislation updates aim to provide information […]

COVID-19 Commercial Tenancy Update
1 Feb 2021

HHG Legal Group’s Property team’s Matthew Lilly and Kai Yuin Yeo provide a brief update on the changes which were made last week to the Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 […]

Extensive Local Government Act Reforms – Recommendations from the Local Government Review Panel
6 Aug 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Fintan Roberts discuss the key recommendations that have arisen from the Local Government Review Panel. Yesterday (5 August 2020) heralded […]

Yours, mine or ours? : An introduction to property settlements in the Family Court
3 Aug 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Family & De Facto Law team’s Senior Associate Dianne Caruso provides a useful introduction for recently-separated partners to the Family Court’s property settlement process.  WHAT […]

Quick Facts: The age of criminal responsibility in Australia and youth incarceration
29 Jul 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Family & De Facto team’s Executive Chairman, Simon Creek and Criminal Law team’s Senior Associate Siobhan Nims provide a summary of the key facts to […]

Stay focused and alert; Stay employed! Fair Work Commission holds that recent dismissals were lawfully made
27 Jul 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Associate, Gemma Wheeler-Carver and Lawyer, Fintan Roberts provide an update on some recent employment law cases involving employee dismissals.  With all of […]

Separation and parenting orders: The benefits of pre-court mediation
24 Jul 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Family & De Facto Law team’s Senior Associate Dianne Caruso provides some great tips for recently-separated partners in regards to care arrangements and the benefits […]

Case Study: Can the Child Support Agency stop you from travelling if you fail to pay child support?
13 Jul 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Family & De Facto law team’s Managing Associate, Dr Steve Cohen and Associate Biljana Radulovic provide an insightful case study involving the Child Support Agency […]

Wills & Estates: Frequently Asked Questions
7 Jul 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Wills & Estate Planning team’s Senior Associate Lucy Ferreira and Senior Law Clerk Aimee Christian provide clarity on some of the most frequently misunderstood aspects of […]

Negative Equity and Legal Proceedings
15 Jun 2020

A collaboration between HHG Legal Group’s Family & De Facto, Property and Wills & Estate Planning teams, Matthew Lilly, Sue Holgate and Lucy Ferreira explores the prevalence of […]

New certainty for rent relief negotiations: WA’s New Commercial Tenancies Code of Conduct (Part III)
3 Jun 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Property team’s Matthew Lilly and Julia McCullagh explore the newly gazetted WA Code of Conduct which finally provides certainty for landlords and tenants looking to negotiate […]

WA Weekly Legislation Update – 25 to 29 May 2020
29 May 2020

HHG Legal Group Director, Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Fintan Roberts provide a weekly snapshot of new and upcoming legislation. HHG Legal Group’s weekly legislation updates aim to provide […]

NSW Public Accountability Committee Report: Statutory powers, safety regulations and new legislation recommendations
18 May 2020

Following its report into the regulation of building standards, quality, and disputes, the Public Accountability Committee has released its final report last week.   The Committee has made […]

Ensuring BFAs signed are compliant with social distancing requirements and are still binding
14 May 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Family Law Special Counsel, Ben Majoe and Executive Chairman Simon Creek provide clarity in relation to current binding financial arrangements and the coronavirus pandemic.  While […]

Employment Law Update: JobKeeper and the Fair Work Act
11 May 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill and Gemma Wheeler-Carver provide an update on what employers need to know about the JobKeeper subsidy. So now that the […]

Strata Titles Act Reforms: Better Buyer Information
4 May 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Property team’s Special Counsel, Matthew Lilly and Dispute Resolution Associate, Patrick Beilby, explore the new Strata Title reforms and how buyers now have access to better […]

WA Weekly Legislation Update – 27 April to 1 May 2020
1 May 2020

Updated daily, HHG Legal Group Director, Murray Thornhill and Lawyer,  Fintan Roberts provides a weekly snapshot of new and upcoming legislation. HHG Legal Group’s weekly legislation update aims […]

The show must go on: WA developers breathe a sigh of relief with new local planning exemptions
30 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Murray Thornhill, Daniel Morris and Kai Yuin Yeo discuss the recently announced exemptions to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (WA) and […]

Inside the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 – what it means for landlords and tenants
24 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Property team’s Matthew Lilly and Julia McCullagh explore the proposed measures to assist landlords and tenants during COVID-19, following the announcement of the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 […]

WA Weekly Legislation Update – 20 to 24 April 2020 (COVID Special)
23 Apr 2020

Updated daily, HHG Legal Group Director, Murray Thornhill and Lawyer,  Fintan Roberts provides a weekly snapshot of new and upcoming legislation. Welcome to the first edition of our […]

Employment Law Update: What employers need to know about the JobKeeper subsidy
23 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill and Gemma Wheeler-Carver provide employers need to know about the JobKeeper subsidy. Now that the legislation and JobKeeper Rules are […]

Mother’s Day 2020: What you need to know if you are visiting an aged care facility
7 May 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Executive Chairman, Simon Creek and Lawyer, Rachel Pocock provide an overview of the visitation directives for aged care facilities this Mother’s Day.  On the 16th […]

Emergency Changes to the Local Government Act
16 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Julia McCullugh discuss what the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 could mean for local governments. Our previous Local […]

The other side of the coin for landlords: SME Commercial Leasing Principles Code of Conduct Update (Part II)
11 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Property team’s Matthew Lilly explores the proposed measures to assist landlords supporting tenants during COVID-19, following the announcement of the SME Commercial Leasing Principles Code […]

Amendments to the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 (WA) and your healthcare wishes during COVID-19
10 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Special Counsel, Janene Bon and Law Graduate, Maria Zappala provide readers with a clear synopsis on the new Act and how it may affect a […]

How do the latest COVID-19 restrictions affect split families?
9 Apr 2020

Are you a part of a split family and concerned about a co-parent using the latest restrictions as an excuse to lapse in their responsibilities? Executive Chairman, Simon […]

Enforcing Property (Seizure and Sale) Orders (PSSOs) in the time of COVID-19
9 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Dispute Resolution team’s  Murray Thornhill, Patrick Beilby and Kai Yuin Yeo provide clarity around the national auction restrictions in relation to PPSOs. On 24 March […]

A clear framework for negotiations: SME Commercial Leasing Principles Code of Conduct Update (Part I)
8 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Property team’s Matthew Lilly and Emma Catterall provide clarity around the SME Commercial Leasing Principles Code of Conduct, announced this week. The Federal Government announced […]

Blanket changes to Awards – COVID-19 measures effective 8 April 2020
8 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill and Gemma Wheeler-Carver provide a synopsis of the FWC update and Award changes. In amongst the buzz of the JobKeeper […]

Recent changes to family and domestic violence legislation in response to COVID-19
7 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Criminal Law team’s Siobhan Nims provides a detailed update on the changes to the law around family and domestic violence, made in response to the […]

WA Regional Travel Restrictions and Parenting Orders
6 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Family & De Facto Law team’s Claire Harrison provides clarity around the regionals and intrastate travel bans and parental orders and arrangements. [First published 30 […]

Employment Law Update: Alternatives to “Stand down”
4 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill and Gemma Wheeler-Carver provide some alternatives to stand down and stoppage of work for employers. Following on from last week’s […]

Superannuation & Estate Planning: What you need to know.
3 Apr 2020

In this article Janene Bon, Alyce Martin and Sue Holgate from HHG Legal Group’s Wills & Estates team delivers some important information relating to your superannuation. According to […]

What changes in my personal circumstances may warrant a review of my Will?
1 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Special Counsel, Janene Bon and Senior Associate, Lucy Ferreira, outline a few circumstances where a review of your Will may be warranted Now is the […]

COVID-19 Government Response Update: Australia’s JobKeeper allowance and what it means for employers
1 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill and Gemma Wheeler-Carver provide some clarity around what employers need to consider with the JobKeeper allowance announced yesterday.  With the […]

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Binding Financial Agreements
31 Mar 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Family Law Special Counsel, Ben Majoe and Executive Chairman Simon Creek provide clarity in relation to current binding financial arrangements and the coronavirus pandemic.  A […]

Emergency Powers under the Public Health Act 2016: What are the implications for Local Governments?
30 Mar 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Julia McCullagh discuss the Public Health Act 2016 and how designated emergency powers may be given to Local Government officers. […]

Stand down provisions and “stoppage of work”: What do these mean for employers and employees in the time of COVID-19?
29 Mar 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Gemma Wheeler-Carver, discuss the relevant “stand down” provisions, for both national system employers and State system employers. . In an […]

The impact of COVID-19 on Australian Busineses and the proposed Government stimulus measures
27 Mar 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Nikolina Milosevic, explores the details of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 and its potential impact on small […]

An Important Message from HHG Legal Group: Every Lawyer at the touch of a button – Business as Usual
24 Mar 2020

  A Message from the owners and Directors of HHG Legal Group – Perth, Albany, Mandurah and Joondalup The following plan is aligned with recommended measures of the […]

Employer Obligations in the time of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
19 Mar 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Director Murray Thornhill and Dispute Resolution and Employment Lawyer, Gemma Wheeler-Carver discuss employer obligations during this uncertain time.  With the world’s human resources landscape exponentially […]

HHG Legal Group announces the opening of our state-of-the-art Perth office
16 Mar 2020

It is with great excitement that HHG Legal Group announces the opening of our state-of-the-art Perth office in the Cloisters Building, right in the heart of the CBD. […]

HHG is proud to announce another addition to the Family & De facto Law team
12 Nov 2020

  ­HHG Legal Group poised for another century of success with their continued commitment to regional WA and the latest Albany expansion.   With nearly 20 years of […]

HHG is proud to announce another addition to the Family & De facto Law team
27 Feb 2020

It is with great pleasure that HHG Legal Group announces the appointment of Sue Holgate as a senior family lawyer in the firm’s Mandurah office.   With nearly […]

HHG Legal Group’s Infrastructure Webinar Event: Are you ready for WA’s transport and major infrastructure challenge?
28 Apr 2020

  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Metronet and the Mitchell Freeway extension projects will be amongst the largest and most complex infrastructure works in Western Australia’s history and HHG […]

Increased Penalties in WA for using Mobile Phones whilst driving
24 Feb 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Criminal Lawyer Siobhan Nims discusses the penalty and law in WA regarding the use of a mobile phone while driving.  From 1 July 2020, new […]

HHG Giving Back kicks off 2020 with an event raising money for Wildlife Victoria’s Bushfire Appeal – 19 February 2020
20 Feb 2020

  Last night we kickstarted the year with an HHG Giving Back event attended by young professionals at The Aviary to raise funds for Wildlife Victoria.  The evening’s […]

Defamatory text messages and a trend towards protection in the virtual arena
17 Feb 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Murray Thornhill and Law Graduate Fintan Robert look into defamatory text messages and a trend towards protection in the virtual arena in light of the […]

MANN v PATERSON: A HIGH COURT CASE CLARIFYING CONTRACTORS’ RIGHT TO CHOOSE
14 Feb 2020

HHG’s Construction and Infrastructure Special Counsel, Daniel Morris and Lawyer, Kai Yeo explain how this recent High Court case may have changed 120 years of contract law. For […]

FAQ: Enduring Power of Guardianship & Enduring Power of Attorney
4 Feb 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Will & Estates lawyers Lucy Ferriera and Maria Zappala answer frequently asked questions regarding an enduring power of guardianship (EPG) and an enduring power of […]

Dogs and the Law
12 Feb 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Dispute Resolution Lawyers Murray Thornhill and Julia McCullagh have pulled together some answers to questions that dog owners might have about the laws that affect […]

FAQ: Enduring Power of Guardianship
30 Jan 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Will & Estates lawyers Lucy Ferriera and Maria Zappala answer frequently asked questions regarding an enduring power of guardianship (EPG). What is an enduring power […]

Trivago found guilty of misleading consumers
21 Jan 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Commercial Litigation Director Murray Thornhill and Lawyer, Alex Turner, explains how one of Australia’s most popular third-party travel sites breached Australian Consumer Law. The popular […]

Contractors, Owners and Banks: relationships built on trust and security
8 Jan 2020

With insolvencies on the rise in Australia’s construction industry, increasing reliance is sought to be placed on trust structures to protect accrued payment rights under construction contracts – […]

To Litigate or not to Litigate: ASIC’s Request for Court Inquiry Rejected
17 May 2019

Nikolina Milošević, Solicitor, and Blair Campbell, Senior Associate, from HHG Legal Group’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, discuss the recent case of Australian Securities and Investments Commission […]

Unpaid Internships: Are they legal?
20 Jan 2020

Commercial Litigation Director, Murray Thornhill and Lawyer Kai Yuin Yeo look into the legalities around unpaid internships.   Unpaid work experience or internships are often sought by young […]

De facto relationship – Are you eligible to make a claim?
16 Jan 2020

Our Senior Associate, Dianne Caruso discusses eligibility when making a family law claim in a de facto relationship. If you are in a de facto relationship and are […]

FAQ: What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?
10 Jan 2020

  HHG Legal Group’s Will & Estates Senior Associate Lucy Ferriera and Law Graduate Maria Zappala answer frequently asked questions regarding an enduring power of attorney. What is […]

Can you inspect your partner’s former spouse’s court file?
24 Nov 2020

HHG’s Family Lawyer and Independent Children’s Lawyers, Steve Cohen and Dianne Caruso discuss the eligibility of inspecting a partner’s former spouse’s court file. In the decision of Naysmith […]

Family Law Insights: You don’t need to go to court
2 Jan 2020

Family Law Insights by Simon Creek, Executive Chairman “The topic of divorce kicked the year off with a ‘bang’ with this morning’s commentary by David Curl in The […]

HHG rounds out its centenary celebrations in style
19 Dec 2019

Last night HHG Legal Group celebrated its 100th anniversary and the year that was, with over 120 guests in the Urban Courtyard of the Cloisters Building in Hay […]

Thank you for celebrating 100 years with us in Albany
10 Dec 2019

    Saturday the 7th of December opened our 100th-anniversary celebrations with an open-house community brunch in Albany, right where the HHG story started.   The event was […]

HHG celebrates 100 years with a community brunch in Albany
29 Nov 2019

  You are invited to join HHG Legal Group for an open-house community brunch to celebrate 100 years of legal service to the Great Southern.Our purpose is not […]

A Sense of Entitlement: Squatter’s Rights’ and Adverse Possession Laws in Australia
26 Nov 2019

HHG Legal Group’s Murray Thornhill in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team and Special Counsel Matthew Lilly from the Business, Tax & Property team discuss adverse possession laws […]

Three Law Firms Chalk Up Centuries – Business News
19 Nov 2019

  HHG Legal Group is very proud of our 100-year history and it was a great honour to be acknowledged by Business News this week. Standing alongside Kott […]

Construction Law Q&A – How to avoid penalties on time-bars
13 Nov 2019

Do you know how to avoid not getting paid for your work due to time-bars? Conditions precedent, often called time-bars, are found in a large number of construction […]

Project Bank Accounts: What Local Governments need to be aware of
7 Nov 2019

From 1 July 2019, WA Government Department (and Local Government) some projects will require having a specific bank account to facilitate payments. From 1 July 2019, WA Government […]

What is a nuisance?
5 Nov 2019

HHG’s Dispute Resolution Lawyers Murray Thornhill and Alex Turner answer frequently asked questions regarding a nuisance.  What is a nuisance? Everyone is entitled to enjoy their property. The […]

Underpayment issues hit another national company
30 Oct 2019

HHG Legal Group’s Murray Thornhill and Gemma Wheeler-Carver from the Dispute Resolution and Employment Law teams discuss the consequences of underpaying employees.  Another large company has hit the […]

Now you see it, now you don’t: Locating assets in Family Law proceedings
24 Oct 2019

HHG’s Ben Majoe and Biljana Radulovic from the Family Law team provides insight into forensic accountants & how to locate assets in Family Law proceedings. In family law […]

HHG’s Dianne Caruso approved as Independent Children’s Lawyer
17 Oct 2019

HHG is very proud to announce the recent appointment of our Senior Associate, Dianne Caruso, to the panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers. “I am very proud and excited […]

Restraint of Trade
15 Oct 2019

HHG Legal Group’s Commercial Law and Dispute Resolutions lawyers Murray Thornhill, Blair Campbell and Nikolina Milošević discuss restraint of trade.  Restraint of trade clauses are common clauses included in […]

Do you know about your verge and driveway laws?
10 Oct 2019

Verge and Driveway FAQs by HHG Legal Group’s Property & Dispute Resolution Lawyers Murray Thornhill and Julia McCullagh  With regular media reports filled with stories of residents’ shock […]

What you need to know about Child Support assessments
3 Sep 2019

HHG’s Stewart Kattowitz and Steve Cohen from the Family Law team provide some clarity around Child Support assessments in the following article. When couples separate, they can choose […]

Inheritance issues caused by undefined parental roles and customary laws
26 Sep 2019

HHG’s Murray Thornhill and Alex Turner have written this article discussing an interesting inheritance case involving unclarified adoption, guardianship and customary considerations.  A recent decision of the Supreme Court […]

Simon Creek and Anne Hurley again recognised by Best Lawyers Australia
20 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group is very proud to announce the recognition of two of our lawyers in the Best Lawyers in Australia list for 2021. Recognised for another year […]

Are you paying your employees correctly?
Event Date: 2019-06-07

Gemma Wheeler Carver, Lawyer and Murray Thornhill, Director and Notary Public from the Employment Law and Commercial Litigation teams have written this article to update individuals and employers […]

De-facto Domestic Bliss and Family Law
12 Aug 2019

HHG’s Dr Steve Cohen, Managing Associate and Rachel Pocock, Lawyer from the Family Law team provide some clarity around separation from a de facto relationship.    So, what […]

HHG chairs Society of Construction Law (SOCLA)
8 Aug 2019

  Daniel Morris, HHG Special Counsel had the pleasure of chairing the panel discussion entitled “Doing it Overseas – the legal tips and tricks for taking construction smarts […]

The wait is over for Australia’s whistleblower reform.
7 Jul 2019

Blair Campbell, Senior Associate and Murray Thornhill, Director and Notary Public from the Commercial Litigation Team update individuals and employers on the latest announcements.   With the recent […]

Exciting times for HHG Legal Group’s Family & De facto Law team with a senior appointment and internal promotion.
4 Feb 2020

HHG Legal Group is proud to announce the arrival of highly regarded family lawyer, Richard Crane to drive our Joondalup Family Law practice and the promotion of another […]

HHG is proud to announce our internal promotions
4 Jul 2019

HHG Legal Group is proud to announce the internal promotion of three of our rising stars to Associate. Congratulations to Gina Nofal, Patrick Beilby and Biljana Radulović working […]

Family Violence On Property Settlement Proceedings
26 Jun 2019

How family violence impacts on property settlement proceedings Written by Dianne Caruso, Senior Associate and Simon Creek, Managing Director and Special Counsel, Family Law The recent Full Court […]

Award Wage Increases Announced Across The Country
Event Date: 2019-06-07

Award wage increases announced across the country – have you updated your employee contracts? Gemma Wheeler- Carver, Solicitor and Murray Thornhill, Director and Notary Public from the Commercial […]

Separating From Your Partner
4 Jun 2019

What you need to know before separating from your partner Written by Dianne Caruso, Senior Associate and Simon Creek, Managing Director and Special Counsel, Family Law Key considerations early on. […]

New law recommended to protect subcontractors
3 May 2019

Written by Daniel Morris, Special Counsel, Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution John Fiocco has recommended that WA law be changed so that, when a construction contractor or principal […]

Update: Federal Debate 2019
1 May 2019

Written by Claire Harrison, Associate, Family Law Earlier this week, the current Prime Minister, the Liberal Party’s Scott Morison, and the Opposition Leader, Labor’s Bill Shorten,  engaged in […]

How can the Family court Impact a Child’s Schooling?
30 Apr 2019

Can it be said that gone are the days of unspoken understandings, implied consent, assumptions, and acquiescence about the decisions impacting a child’s care, welfare, and development? Not […]

The product-warranty has lapsed – what are my rights?
16 Apr 2019

Written by Nikolina Milošević and Murray Thornhill You have purchased a used vehicle in the last six months which has been at the mechanic’s more than you have […]

Easter for Separated Parents
16 Apr 2019

Written by Rachel Pocock (Solicitor) and Simon Creek (Managing Director & Special Counsel) With Easter School Holidays fast approaching, we have created a guide for separated parents seeking […]

Impact Of Death On Your Family Law Property Proceedings
4 Apr 2019

What impact does death have on your family law property proceedings? Written by Eliza Fitzgerald, Solicitor, Family Law Nowadays, couples are often separating later in their lives, and […]

Signing A Commercial Lease
1 Apr 2019

4 things you need to know before signing up to a commercial lease Written by Anne Hurley and Oscar Dell’Anna  Entering into a lease of commercial premises is […]

Hate Crimes and Social Media
29 Mar 2019

Written by Marcus Hodge, Special Counsel, Business & Property Looking to recent events in Christchurch, it’s easy to think that New Zealand law has failed to protect the […]

High Court To Consider Sperm Donor A ‘Parent’
Event Date: 1919-03-14

High Court set to decide if a sperm donor should be considered a ‘parent’ Managing Director and Special Counsel, Simon Creek, joins Channel 9’s Tracey Vo to discuss […]

Enforcing Adjudication Awards
6 Mar 2019

Can insolvent contractors enforce adjudication awards? Yes in NSW, no in VIC, probably in WA Written by Daniel Morris, Special Counsel, Commercial Litigation It remains uncertain whether liquidators […]

Transfer duty changes on the horizon
5 Mar 2019

Written by Janene Bon, Tax, Business and Estate Planning There are two Bills before this State’s Legislative Assembly which will have significant implications for the taxation of transactions […]

In 2019, we are celebrating 100 years of HHG
1 Mar 2019

In 2019, HHG Legal Group is celebrating 100 years of legal practice in Western Australia – and that’s a pretty amazing achievement. It’s a special year for us […]

How teachers can help children through a divorce
28 Feb 2019

Written by Steve Cohen, Associate, Family Law In recent years, the national divorce rate has risen; this has had major implications for schools and teachers – an important […]

Is a parent actually a ‘parent’?
21 Feb 2019

Written by Eliza Fitzgerald, Lawyer, Family Law The High Court is set to deliberate on parental role of a sperm donor In recent times, an increasing number of […]

Australian Banking Royal Commission 2019 Part Two
5 Feb 2019

Written by Blair Campbell, Senior Associate, Commercial Litigation The eagerly anticipated final report of the Banking Royal Commission was finally released on Monday 4th February 2019, with the […]

Australian Banking Royal Commission 2019 Part One
5 Feb 2019

Written by Blair Campbell, Senior Associate, Commercial Litigation Australians have long had a love-hate relationship with their banks, but the honeymoon is over following the shocking revelations exposed […]

Splitting School Fees for Separated Parents
4 Feb 2019

Written by Emma Catterall, Solicitor, Family Law, Commercial Law and Wills & Estates With the upcoming return to school, many separated parents remain unsure of who is responsible […]

The future of negative gearing and the CGT discount
4 Feb 2019

Written by Modiesha Stephens, Senior Associate, Tax, Business & Estate Planning Law  As we approach the next Federal election, both major parties have announced tax policies that will […]

5 Tips When Your Landlord Wants To Redevelop
31 Jan 2019

Retail Shop Leases: Top 5 Tips when your Landlord wants to redevelop Written by Oscar Dell’Anna, Solicitor, and Matthew Lilly, Counsel — Business & Property If you run […]

Adult Child Maintenance
23 Jan 2019

Written by Eliza Fitzgerald, Solicitor, Family Law Paying child support is designed to help meet the cost of caring for and raising your children when they are not […]

Strategic debt recovery: a matter of security and timing
15 Jan 2019

Written by Daniel Morris, Special Counsel, Commercial Litigation Statutory demands can be an effective way to recover debts from insolvent companies that owe you money. A statutory demand […]

Off-setting casual loading amounts – legislative amendments
14 Jan 2019

Written by Gemma Wheeler-Carver, Solicitor, Commercial Litigation Effective from 18 December 2018, the government has introduced a new regulation into the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth) in the […]

Talk On Family Law Amendment
14 Jan 2019

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Written by Eliza Fitzgerald, Solicitor, Family Law The Federal Parliament recently passed the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and […]

Construction contractors go without payment under contract
14 Jan 2019

Written by Daniel Morris, Special Counsel, Commercial Litigation Construction contractors sometimes end up doing work without a right to payment under a contract. There can be several reasons […]

Legislative Amendments To Protect Family Violence
21 Dec 2018

The Federal Parliament recently passed the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018 which effectively prohibits family violence perpetrators from being able to directly […]

STATUTORY SHAKE UP: DE-FACTO SUPERANNUATION SPLITTING IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
19 Dec 2018

Earlier this year, the Federal Attorney General, Christian Porter, announced that de-facto couples in Western Australia will soon be able to split their superannuation interests in financial proceedings […]

HIGH COURT: TAX DEBTS BETWEEN SPOUSES CAN BE TRANSFERRED
18 Dec 2018

The power of the Court to assign a tax debt of one spouse to another pursuant to Part VIIIAA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (‘FLA’) was […]

FIOCCO REPORT: CONSTRUCTION SECURITY OF PAYMENT
17 Dec 2018

FIOCCO REPORT RELEASED ON REFORM OF CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SECURITY OF PAYMENT Last week, Barrister, John Fiocco’s report to the WA Minister for Commerce titled Security of Payment Reform […]

Christmas for separated parents
13 Dec 2018

For separated parents, Christmas can lead to squabbling over children, court orders, and contact hours. We interviewed senior divorce lawyer, Simon Creek – about his top tips for […]

Flexible Work Arrangements Model Term
30 Nov 2018

As of 1 December 2018, a model term will be included in all modern Awards. This model term adds to the requirements already set out in section 65 […]

New bill to change intestacy laws
26 Nov 2018

Proposed changes to the Administration Act 1903 (WA) If you die without leaving a valid will, you are said to have died ‘intestate’ and your estate will be […]

ACCC announces increased Australian Consumer Law penalties as ACL review bill passes
22 Nov 2018

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently announced an increase to the penalties for some breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL can be […]

Keeping Your Fur-Baby When Divorced
15 Nov 2018

It’s safe to say pets are a very welcome addition to most Australian families and many consider the family pet to be a member of the family. As […]

Gambling and Divorce
8 Nov 2018

Melbourne Cup, the race that stops the nation, is the day when many Australians have a flurry. What many of us may not realise, is that there are […]

Forging a Path to Protecting Subcontractor Payments
7 Nov 2018

Introduction On 11 February 2014, voluntary administrators were appointed to a large construction enterprise known as the Forge Group which had become insolvent. At the time of its […]

Strata Titles Reform Update – Five Key Changes
6 Nov 2018

With WA’s population predicted to increase by more than five million by 2056 and the increasing need for innovative housing options, the Strata Titles Amendment Bill 2018 (WA) […]

One of Western Australia’s largest family law teams
4 Oct 2018

HHG Legal Group’s family law team continues to win recognition for service levels, value and results. 

WA’s Response to Increasing Family Violence
2 Oct 2018

It has been reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that in 2017, Western Australia was the only state where over 60% of the assaults that occurred were […]

E-commerce under the microscope
27 Sep 2018

How many times have you bought something online, whether a retail product, a news service, a game or app, and been required to click your agreement to the […]

The Importance of the Stop Bullying Regime
12 Sep 2018

Bullying is a scourge in the workplace. From the more obvious forms of physical violence and overt sexual harassment, to its more subtle forms, like exclusion and rumour […]

Guarantors: Enforcing guarantees is not guaranteed. Take it slow, consider your options
5 Jul 2018

If you have guaranteed the debts of a person or entity that is in financial distress, you should take legal advice as soon as possible. Whatever you do, […]

Revenge porn laws finally introduced in WA
3 Jul 2018

Legislation criminalising so-called revenge porn have been introduced in Western Australia, providing long-overdue consequences for those found guilty of image-based abuses. Simon Creek discusses what the new legislation […]

Melbourne Man Suing Google for Defamation
29 Jun 2018

Precedent only a possibility for Melbourne man suing Google for defamation After a six-year, David-and-Goliath battle, Milorad ‘Michael’ Trkulja has been given the green-light to sue Google for […]

Think Your Speeding Fine is Wrong? Top Five Tips from HHG Legal Group
29 Jun 2018

Faced with a speeding fine that doesn’t sit right? Sure that you weren’t travelling at the speed alleged? You’re not alone. A number of traffic infringements remain under […]

Individuals and small businesses — how to make the most of your tax planning opportunities in the new financial year.
27 Jun 2018

As this financial year draws to a close, are you wondering if you made the most of your tax planning opportunities over the last 12 months? Now is […]

Ask an Expert: Lending to farmers in spotlight at Banking Royal Commission
22 Jun 2018

HHG Legal Group is proud to be an expert for Legalwise News, assisting the publication answer reader questions. In their fourth edition, Greg Gaunt previews the next round of hearings […]

Cheaper, Faster Results in Family Law Overhaul
5 Jun 2018

Interesting times are afoot for those that are affected by, or work within, the family law system. The Federal Attorney General, Christian Porter, recently launched details of a […]

Ask an Expert: Greg Gaunt on Ponzi Schemes
31 May 2018

HHG Legal Group is proud to be an expert for Legalwise News, assisting the publication answer reader questions. In their second edition, Greg Gaunt provided his take on how to […]

Finding love, later in life
30 May 2018

Falling in love can happen at any age, including as we get older and supposedly wiser. Unlike marriage in your twenties and thirties, tying the knot after fifty […]

Elected Member of a Local Government — think twice before pressing send on social media
22 May 2018

In today’s age of pervasive communications technology, there are a plethora of social media platforms available at our fingertips, enabling us to communicate our message, views, and opinions […]

Ask An Expert: Greg Gaunt on The Banking and Finance Oath
22 May 2018

HHG Legal Group is proud to be an expert for Legalwise News, assisting the publication answer reader questions. In their inaugural edition, Greg Gaunt discussed whether a ‘Banking Oath’ […]

Your Privacy, My Health
17 May 2018

It may be surprising to some that, in Australia at least, there is no fundamental right to privacy.  There are laws that protect aspects of your confidential information, […]

Tell them they’re dreaming! Compulsory acquisition of land by NSW government stopped in its tracks in landmark legal battle – how will this apply in WA?
17 May 2018

The mere thought makes every property owner shudder – to be notified that their land is going to be compulsorily acquired by a government authority. Even though landowners […]

The Federal Budget: 5 things small business owners need to know
10 May 2018

This week’s Federal Budget contained a number of integrity (aka revenue-raising) measures that will impact small businesses. There was also at least one announcement which will be welcomed […]

The Future of FVRO’s – Part 1
2 Apr 2018

A suite of new changes came into play in 2017, resulting in a changed legal landscape for family violence and restraining orders. This year will see even further […]

Uncovered! Widespread Unfair and Dishonest Asset Lending Practices
8 May 2018

The Hayne Royal Commission into the banking and finance industry has so far uncovered and brought about admissions of widespread unfair and dishonest practices by institutional lenders and […]

Twelve-year old boy borrows family credit card to fly self to Bali
29 Apr 2018

Twelve-year old boy borrows family credit card to fly self to Bali Join HHG Legal Group Managing Director, Simon Creek, and Radio Presenter, Oliver Peterson, as they discuss recent […]

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation & Financial Services Industry
20 Apr 2018

The collapse of Lehmann Brothers in 2008 marked the start of the global financial crisis (GFC). A post mortem on some of the reasons causing or contributing to […]

Less than 5 months left to use the $20,000 instant asset write-off
11 Jan 2018

In May 2017 the government extended the $20,000 instant asset write-off for small business to 30 June 2018. This means that there are less than 5 months before […]

Beware Financial Abusers
9 Apr 2018

A rise in cases of financial abuse proves that seniors in all stages of frailty must implement appropriate safeguards against seemingly trustworthy family members or friends. It’s becoming […]

Q&A Before Tying The Knot (part one)
5 Apr 2018

Getting married later in life: questions to ask before tying the knot (part one) Join HHG Legal Group Managing Director, Simon Creek, and Radio Presenter, Oliver Peterson, as they […]

Legal Risks And Rewards In Marriage
5 Apr 2018

Older West Australians getting married; what are the risks and rewards legally? More West Australians are getting married later in life – but for those over 50, tying […]

WA Supreme Court clarifies jurisdictional error in adjudications
25 Mar 2018

We recently reported on the decision in Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v Shade Systems Pty Ltd [2018] HCA 4.  There, the High Court held that Australian security […]

Bail tips from our criminal law team
24 Mar 2018

Aside from those dealing with very simple criminal matters, the majority of people traversing their way through the criminal justice system will need to deal with the issue […]

What different types of wills are available?
21 Mar 2018

Unless you have discovered the secret of immortality, you are going to need a will at some time. Estate planning is an essential, but all too often neglected […]

Tax Reform — OECD Hybrid Mismatch Rules
16 Mar 2018

In November 2017 the Federal Government circulated the Treasury Laws Amendment (OECD Hybrid Mismatch Rules) Bill 2017 (Bill). If passed in its current form, Schedule 1 of the Bill will […]

Selling and Buying Real Estate with Bitcoin — The Future of Real Estate Transactions?
9 Mar 2018

Introduction  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been making headlines in recent times. In 2017, the value of Bitcoin soared exponentially. Despite being a highly volatile asset, digital currencies […]

Sexual misconduct allegations: what employers need to know
8 Mar 2018

Last year saw a chorus of sexual misconduct allegations – particularly in Hollywood – build to a crescendo with claims against media mogul Harvey Weinstein and the perpetuation […]

Post Valentine’s Day blues for married couples
15 Feb 2018

It’s a special day for most, teeming with flowers, chocolate treats and heart-shaped trinkets… But for failing couples, Valentine’s Day looms like a dark cloud, serving as a […]

Cyber safety and restraining orders
15 Feb 2018

There has never been a time when access to powerful communication tools has been more widespread and available. Yet this power to communicate has generally not come with […]

Cooper and Oxley administrators offer win-win solution to subcontractors, suppliers and banks
15 Feb 2018

In a move described by Subcontractors WA as “unprecedented”, the administrators of insolvent construction company, Cooper & Oxley, have set up special purpose bank accounts to ensure subcontractors […]

HHG Construction Law series Part 19: No challenge to adjudication awards within power: High Court
14 Feb 2018

On 14 February 2018, the High Court of Australia unanimously decided that an adjudicator’s determination of a construction pay dispute cannot be challenged in a court unless the […]

How did the Royal Commission come about?
12 Feb 2018

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (established by the Federal Government on 14 December 2017) will investigate alleged misconduct in the […]

Can a text message be a Will?
6 Feb 2018

In Australia formal Wills are documents made in writing and signed by the Willmaker in the presence of two independent witnesses. A Will that fails to meet these […]

Same-sex couples and parentage
30 Jan 2018

The question of parentage has become unprecedentedly topical in recent times, with current marriage equality laws drawing attention to the prevalence of same-sex couples in our community who […]

Elder Abuse Prevention – Use of Powers of Attorney
29 Jan 2018

Powers of Attorney can form an important part of your plan to manage your financial affairs once you lose capacity (or at any other time prior). Your choice […]

Service provider blues: recent Court decision puts service provider on Ezy Accounting for employment breaches of the Fair Work Act
22 Jan 2018

Under the Fair Work Act, all manner of third parties can be held liable for (and ordered to pay penalties in respect of) breaches by employers of the […]

Employer Tax Obligations – “No Lightning Rod Test”
16 Jan 2018

Within the last few years, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and Western Australian Office of State Revenue (OSR) have intensified efforts to ensure employers are compliant with their […]

New Year, ‘New You’?
1 Jan 2018

The beginning of the New Year is a time for reflection and setting resolutions for a ‘New You’. Whether through saving more money, getting fit or quitting smoking, […]

Civil Contractors’ Legal Guide: Payment
22 Dec 2017

Basic principle: the right to be paid what your work is worth and lump sum contract A contractor is entitled to be paid for their work: where the […]

Civil Contractors’ Legal Guide: Timing
22 Dec 2017

Basic principles There are two basic principles to remember about timing: time is virtually always of the essence of a construction or works contract; and the contractor almost […]

Civil Contractors’ Legal Guide: Quality
22 Dec 2017

Standard of Workmanship Most standard-form contracts provide that a contractor’s works are to be carried out in a “proper and workmanlike manner”. Different words may be used but […]

Digital Assets and What Happens After You Die
18 Dec 2017

There is no doubt that in the internet era we all engage and devote significant time to our online presence for personal use, study and in the workplace. […]

Amazonian Law – Welcome to the Jungle
14 Dec 2017

Last week, Amazon launched its full Australian offering on its online store, serviced by its new Victorian distribution hub. There has been much speculation regarding the likely impact […]

Charities giving back hope at Christmas
13 Dec 2017

Each year, HHG Giving Back supports three charities, providing financial contributions and pro-bono legal advice. By supporting Hagar, Path of Hope and Fresh Start, we hope to ensure […]

Stopping Elder Abuse: a view from the trenches
13 Dec 2017

As a career litigator, I have learned that resolving legal disputes – often within families and family businesses – always requires attention to the relational dynamics; the versions […]

‘Safe Harbour’ Laws: New Hope for Companies and Directors?
13 Dec 2017

Current insolvent trading laws stigmatise corporate failure. They effectively force directors to sacrifice companies in order to safeguard themselves against prosecution and impede businesses from trading out of […]

Instances of revenge porn have surged over the years
8 Dec 2017

Scorned lovers have ditched keying their ex’s car in favour of revenge porn –the act of sharing a person’s intimate photographs or videos without consent. Instances of revenge […]

Holidays, Separation and Family Court Proceedings
5 Dec 2017

What’s wrong with taking your children on a quick Bali holiday in the summer holiday break? The children have lived with you since separation and save for your […]

Lawyer of the Year recognised for charity contributions and pro bono legal advice clinics across WA
4 Dec 2017

A respected leader, philanthropist and lawyer; Simon Creek has become an influential public figure in Perth. As HHG Legal Group Managing Director and Special Counsel, he is frequently […]

Don’t be an inspiration for a movie script
27 Nov 2017

Workplace Christmas party fails are the stuff of legend (and blockbuster hits) – but also some not-so-funny litigation. Which begs the question: what happens when drunken antics become […]

Construction Contracts: Five Quick Tips
24 Nov 2017

Are you a contractor or a developer? Do you often battle with prolonged or disrupted works? This month’s e-checklist highlights some of the simple tips and tricks to […]

Wills and Living in a de facto relationship
24 Nov 2017

In disputed estate matters, the Court is required to cast judgment on your relationship – from how you manage household bills through to your Facebook relationship status and […]

Court of appeal reduces Olivia Mead’s award by $19 million, holding that she is entitled to “adequate provision for her proper maintenance and support, but no more” from billionaire father’s estate.
23 Nov 2017

When WA billionaire Michael Wright passed away in 2012, his ‘secret daughter’, Olivia Mead, was left a $3 million trust under his will. Subject to stringent conditions and […]

Whistleblower Laws
23 Nov 2017

Strong whistleblower Laws in the Asia Pacific Region? Several jurisdictions have recently or are currently reviewing their laws relating to protection of whistleblowers both in the public and […]

Elder abuse. Lawyer sounds alarm on growing problem.
20 Nov 2017

There is an increase in cases involving aged people in varying stages of frailty, being manipulated or deceived, or just worn down, into making decisions that strip away […]

If you like it…put a prenup on it, or should you?
10 Nov 2017

Pre nuptial agreements were first made famous in the early two thousands by celebrities like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the Kardashians. Famously, it was rumoured that Brad […]

Put this on the top of your Christmas list
2 Nov 2017

Everywhere we look Christmas decorations are appearing in shopping centres which serve as a timely reminder that the Christmas holidays are almost upon us. In fact, Christmas is […]

A Dummies Guide to Voluntary Assumption of Risk
30 Oct 2017

In 2002 the WA government introduced legislation which, among other things, sought to limit liability where individuals are injured or die, having effectively taken an obvious risk. In […]

Society vs. The Gun
19 Oct 2017

Looking to recent events in Las Vegas, it’s easy to think that US law has failed to protect the victims of that senseless tragedy.  As much as Australians […]

Getting What You Pay For
15 Oct 2017

Get exactly what you pay for with free or discounted initial consultations Even the frugal would baulk at a ‘first-hour free’ amputation. After all, surgery involves precision. Deft-handed […]

Did you know the Family Court recently ruled a WA couple’s 25-year marriage ‘invalid’?
2 Nov 2017

Did you know the Family Court recently ruled a WA couple’s 25-year marriage ‘invalid’? Hear what HHG Associates, Nicole Young & Hayley Ellison, had to say about it […]

FIFO and Family Pressures, Could You Be At Risk?
12 Oct 2017

We’ve all heard of the pressures that can come with the FIFO life. But now there are disturbing claims that those pressures could be contributing to cases of […]

Restraining Order Compromise
20 Sep 2017

In July this year a new type of restraining order called a Family Violence Restraining Order (FVRO) was created. Overall the new FVROs seem easier for applicants to […]

The pros and cons of an online family law dispute resolution system
13 Sep 2017

In today’s modern era, technology is advancing exponentially, from internet banking, to online grocery shopping, almost anything can be done online from the comfort of your own home.  […]

Further Protections for Vulnerable Workers
6 Sep 2017

On 5 September 2017, the Commonwealth Parliament passed into law the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Bill). The purpose of the Bill, as the name […]

Reminder: Time is of critical importance when it comes to inheritance cases
30 Aug 2017

When someone passes away, the law tells us that their property should be distributed in accordance with inheritance laws without delay.   The window for taking legal action […]

Time Limitations for Property Settlement Proceedings
28 Aug 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout the Family Law process. This […]

Family Law Basics Series: Legal Capacity and Family Law
15 Aug 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout the Family Law process. This […]

Risk management for construction professionals and their insurers
14 Aug 2017

Delivering a construction project on time and on budget, to the client’s satisfaction, often requires assistance from teams of industry consultants. These include engineers, architects, surveyors and certifiers […]

Prevention Principle Restated: Contractors be aware, owners, head contractors, local government be wary
14 Aug 2017

Introduction: the prevention principle in a nutshell An owner who prevents a contractor from performing its contract may not make any claim for the non-performance. This is known […]

Can I make a claim against an Estate?
30 Jul 2017

Legislation exists that seeks to ensure a testator, in death, has adequately provided for those they had a moral obligation to support during their lifetime. The Family Provision […]

Marriage, Divorce and Estate Planning
10 Aug 2017

Following the commencement or breakdown of a marriage, many people re-evaluate who should benefit from their estate in the event of their death. For this reason, it is […]

Smacking children and Family Law – What is okay and what is not?
6 Aug 2017

Smacking children and Family Law – What is okay and what is not?   It’s safe to say the landmark decision in the “Smacking Grandparents Case” has received […]

Family Law Basics Series: What is a case guardian?
1 Aug 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout the Family Law process. This […]

FAQs: Binding Financial Agreements
17 Jul 2017

Simon Creek, Managing Director and Head of Family answers some of the most frequently asked questions around financial agreements. What is a Binding Financial Agreement?  It is a […]

What Happens to My Estate if I Die Without A Will?
16 Jul 2017

HHG Legal Group’s Janene Bon and Lucy Ferriera explore the dire situation when a person dies without a Will.   If a person dies without a valid will, […]

The Role Of The Single Expert Witness In Financial Matters
14 Jul 2017

Family Law Basics Series: What is a Single Expert Witness’ Role in Financial Matters? In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing information and […]

The Scourge of Elder Abuse
11 Jul 2017

Our estate planning and dispute resolution teams are all too often, and increasingly, acting to rescue seniors from falling victim to trusted family or friends crossing the line […]

Wills and Estate Planning Basics Series: Who will you appoint as your Executor?
10 Jul 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Wills and Estate Planning, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout this process. This week […]

What is a partial property settlement?
4 Jul 2017

A partial property settlement is a distribution of property (assets or money) that is distributed or paid to one party from the asset pool of separated couples, prior […]

Digitally Bound: Can Email Negotiations Be Legally Binding?
30 Jun 2017

With email communication becoming the most commonly used means by parties to negotiate commercial and other agreements, it is important that everyone who communicates electronically is aware of […]

Wills and Estate Planning Basics Series: Estate Administration
29 Jun 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Wills and Estate Planning, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout this process. This week […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 18: Learning the lessons of contractor insolvency
27 Jun 2017

  When large principals and construction contractors become insolvent, there will, by definition, be insufficient money to pay all suppliers of labour, materials and professional services all the […]

How do I apply for divorce?
26 Jun 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout the Family Law process. This week […]

Local Government Building Order overturned on an important technicality
26 Jun 2017

A recent Supreme Court decision has cast doubt on Local Governments’ power to order rectification of building works carried out prior to 2012. In Chan v City of […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 17: District Court clarifies unregistered builders’ rights
21 Jun 2017

WA’s District Court has answered some important questions about the law governing building and construction in WA. In Malatynksi v Ranclaud [2017] WADC 75, Judge Goetze: (a)  upheld […]

District Court Conflict on Magistrates Jurisdiction
19 Jun 2017

Less than two weeks apart, two District Court Judges decided the same building law question, for the first time, in opposite ways. The question was: can the Magistrates […]

Is your overseas marriage recognised in Australia?
19 Jun 2017

If I was married outside of Australia is my marriage recognised in Australia? Leading on from our previous article “Married Twice to the Same Person – Subsequent Ceremonies […]

Family Law Basics Series: What is a Subpoena?
13 Jun 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout the Family Law process. This week […]

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Guardianship
12 Jun 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Wills and Estate Planning, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout this process. This week […]

Unfair Dismissal of Senior Employees
7 Jun 2017

We at HHG Legal Group every day advise employers and employees about their risks and rights in managing the employment relationship including in relation to termination of employment. […]

Unintended Consequences To Marrying Someone Twice
6 Jun 2017

Married Twice to the Same Person? Subsequent Ceremonies with unintended consequences We all have friends who have had a destination wedding then returned home for a second ceremony, […]

BCA’S PLEDGE TO LOOK AFTER SMALLER CONTRACTORS: GOLD OR GLITTER?
2 Jun 2017

Cash flow is King In any business, cash flow is king.  In construction, this is true at all points in the contractual chain. For head contractors, this means […]

No need to fear ‘recycled’ payment claims under the Construction Contracts Act
30 May 2017

The rapid pay dispute resolution provisions of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA) were recently amended. One such amendment in particular has been the source of much consternation […]

Family Law Basics Series
29 May 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout the Family Law process. this week […]

The Impact of Children’s Wishes
29 May 2017

The Impact of Children’s Wishes in determining parenting arrangements   The High Court of Australia has affirmed the Family Court’s wide discretion in the recent decision of Bondelmonte […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 16: Challenging Adjudications: The new era begins again
22 May 2017

Earlier this year, we announced that at about the same time in February 2017, the High Court and the NSW Court of Appeal had declined to reopen an important […]

The Duty of Disclosure
22 May 2017

A common concern following the breakdown of a relationship is that the other party may be attempting to hide assets available for distribution or alternatively that they are […]

Contractors: can you be paid for idle time?
16 May 2017

Contractors are sometimes kept waiting on site by a disorganised principal or head contractor. Their usual response is to make a claim much later for the wasted cost […]

PBAs: good for subcontractors but large contractors resistant
16 May 2017

Project Bank Accounts (“PBAs”) have been used on WA Building Management and Works (“BMW”) projects worth $1.5m to $100m for about 8 months.  WA Premier, the Hon. Mark […]

Gen Y to Gen Why? The importance of wills and estate planning.
15 May 2017

  An up-to-date Will is not a luxury, it is an absolute necessity. However, many young people may not realise how necessary a will actually is, even filing this […]

Pre-action Procedures – What You Need To Do Before You File
15 May 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout the Family Law process. This week […]

The “No Adverse Costs Order” Proposal: Access to Justice for Small Business or Impractical Utopian Ideal?
12 May 2017

Supporting small business growth has become a widely articulated agenda within the Australian political arena.  The government and opposition and some minor parties have recently maintained a robust […]

What is a Single Expert Witness in Children’s Matters?
8 May 2017

In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing information and guidance that may answer questions you have throughout the Family Law process. This week […]

Benefits Of Family Law Services
1 May 2017

Family Law Basics Series: What are the benefits of engaging the services of a family lawyer? In this series we will discuss the fundamental basics of Family Law, providing […]

Is Australia ready for paid domestic violence leave?
28 Apr 2017

Fierce Fight for Domestic Violence Leave Australian employees are already protected in their employment if they are experiencing domestic violence.  This is because the Fair Work Act 2010 […]

Double or Nothing – Don’t Take The Gamble on Long Weekends
19 Apr 2017

  Double Demerits in WA ran throughout the Easter break from Thursday 13 April 2017 until Monday 17 April 2017.  Double demerits are not in play for the […]

When Family Court Orders Are Breached
19 Apr 2017

What happens if someone breaches Family Court Orders? Breaching an Order, whether it is in relation to parenting or financial matters, made by the Family Court of Western […]

Raw deal for subcontractors in Builton collapse
13 Apr 2017

Today, external administrators were appointed to construction company, Builton, following an unpaid subcontractor’s application to wind Builton up in insolvency. Where there is one unpaid subcontractor, others typically […]

Can Builders be liable for damages for home owner’s loss of enjoyment of home?: Builders Beware, Owners Take Note
7 Apr 2017

What makes a house a home, a place for the kids to play in, to entertain friends and family? A safe and tranquil place where you can relax and truly be […]

Builders Beware – Does Your Standard Contract Measure Up? ACCC Targets unfair Construction Contracts
3 Apr 2017

Since 12 November 2016, small businesses can apply to courts under the Australasian Consumer Law (“ACL”) to set aside or amend unfair contract terms. The Australian Competition and […]

HHG Legal Group Legal Assistance Clinics
3 Apr 2017

    At HHG Legal Group we pride ourselves on giving back to the community. HHG Giving Back (the charitable arm of the firm) which was launched in 2015, has […]

Taking on a business partner: pros, cons and what you need to do first.
30 Mar 2017

  Following on from our due diligence checklist, we now explore the question if you already own a practice “Do you need a business partner?” what should you […]

The great ACN/ABN divide: Practical tips for small business to protect personal property security interests
30 Mar 2017

Concerning the Personal Property Securities Register (‘PPSR’), the courts have reminded us recently of the importance of:   (a)          generally, where the grantor is a company, using the […]

“What’s love got to do with it?- Semi-Separation v Separation: a response to The Huffington Post”
27 Mar 2017

The Huffington Post recently published a blog article about the benefits and pitfalls of semi-separation from a practical perspective. While the article considered the practicalities of the way […]

Why Aren’t Juvenile Offenders Named and Shamed?
27 Mar 2017

The recent shocking leaked news that a 12 year old boy was accused of sexually assaulting a 9 year boy  in Mandurah left parents at the affected school […]

What’s in a name? 457 Visa’s and the controversy surrounding them
23 Mar 2017

A Perth company has recently advertised on Gumtree seeking 457 Visa applicants only. This has caused controversy in the already volatile employment industry of Western Australia. What is […]

New Immunisation Requirements for Family Assistance Payments
20 Mar 2017

In recent months immunisation has resurfaced as a prominent topic of discussion in the media by politicians and doctors as a result of the launch of the new […]

A checklist for due diligence when buying a medical practice.
15 Mar 2017

For those who are currently looking to grow their own medical practice or are considering investing in one, it is important to do your due diligence. Due diligence can be […]

To vaccinate or not; Family Law cases
13 Mar 2017

To vaccinate or not; That is the question – but who is responsible for the answer when we approach the discussion of immunisation and separating parents? This has […]

Try before you buy: Why the demise of de facto couples is higher than married couples
9 Mar 2017

Divorce on the rise   It is apparent from the 2015 divorce statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, that Perth is seeing a rise in the […]

How do I protect my property
7 Mar 2017

It is not uncommon for an ex-partner to try to sell, give away, or hide property in order to either defeat orders of the court, or remove those […]

Project Trust Accounts: Protecting Sub-Contractors
28 Feb 2017

It is widely held that subcontractors are vulnerable to not being paid for the work they do. So much so, that legislatures around Australia have made special laws […]

ACCC names priorities including construction and private health insurance industries.
27 Feb 2017

On Friday, 24 February 2017, The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission named its key enforcement and compliance priorities for 2017. These include unfair contract terms, cartels, and misconduct in […]

Metadata in Civil Litigation: An Australian Perspective
24 Feb 2017

  By Murray Thornhill and Jordan Hurley   The Telecommunications Interception and Access Act 1979 (Cth) (TIAA), as amended in 2015, requires that Australian telecommunication companies retain specific […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 14: Challenging adjudications: the new era ends before it begins, for now
23 Feb 2017

In an earlier article, we looked at how the High Court appeal in Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) v Lewence Construction Pty Ltd & Ors […]

We may not build a wall but we should build – investing in WA Infrastructure
15 Feb 2017

Mr Trump has a $1 trillion domestic infrastructure investment “plan”, utilising home-grown labour and material. Whilst time will test the legitimacy of these plans, they prompt countries all […]

Legal Advice When Home Builders Collapse
1 Feb 2017

The latest home builder to collapse in WA, Builton, has left 130 homeowners with unfinished homes. Its home indemnity insurer, QBE, has warned homeowners not to make any […]

How would a Court assess the operation of your family trust? Lessons from the Mercanti case
24 Jan 2017

A recent decision of the WA Court of Appeal, related to a dispute within a successful family business, has passed a magnifying glass over the nature of a […]

Builton Collapse: a Timely Warning for Apartment Builders and Developers
24 Jan 2017

  In our article, “High Rise, Higher Risk for Builders”, we noted the dangers faced by contractors working for developers that align themselves financially with proponents of “get-rich-quick” […]

Relocation – What if I Want to Move Away with the Children?
23 Jan 2017

Moving Away In family law when a parent seeks to move with the children to another town, state or country it is known as relocation.    What if […]

Metadata in Civil and Commercial Litigation
19 Jan 2017

The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) (as amended in 2015) (TIAA) requires that Australian telecommunication companies retain specific data for a period of at least two […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 13: Adjudication Update
18 Jan 2017

The WA Supreme Court once again offered guidance to adjudicators on the proper way to determine pay disputes under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (”CA”).   In Cooper […]

BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS: ARE YOUR CONTRACTS UP TO DATE?
16 Jan 2017

The construction industry is entering an era of rapid change of arguably unprecedented proportions.   Double-brick-and-tile and concrete tilt panels are already giving way to new methods of […]

There is No Escape: Court Again Confirms No Substitute for PPSA Registration
13 Jan 2017

Does your business involve sales on credit, deferred payments, lay-by, hire-purchase, consignment or storage?  If so, other people or entities will have physical possession of assets that belong […]

Independent Children’s Lawyers (ICL) in Parenting Proceedings
10 Jan 2017

  What is an ICL? Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) are appointed by the Family Court to represent the child’s interests.  The ICL is not your child’s legal representative, […]

Financial Contributions Made After Separation: Why Quick Settlements Can be Vital
5 Jan 2017

When a relationship breaks down, even in circumstances where parties are amicable and able to agree on a division of their asset pool, negotiation and discussions can often […]

I Think My Ex-Partner is Hiding Assets – What Should I Do?
21 Dec 2016

When partners separate and move to finalise the division of their finances, the fact that one party played a greater role in the management of the financial affairs […]

Wider Tax Exposure for Foreign Entities with Australian Operations
16 Dec 2016

Australian Courts often deal with cases involving commercial arrangements where foreign companies operating in Australia have arranged their corporate affairs, at least in part, to minimise paying tax […]

CAUTION: Double Demerits, Double or Nothing, Drunk Driving
14 Dec 2016

  Double Demerits start in WA this festive season on 23 December 2016 and run until 8 January 2016.  Every year, the traffic law team at HHG is […]

CHRISTMAS E-CHECK™ CHECKLIST: Estate Planning – Protect your family and your future this Christmas.
13 Dec 2016

Christmas gives us a chance to reflect and plan for the year ahead. It is also an ideal time to consider making a Will or reviewing your existing […]

Welcome back ABCC? The Basics…
8 Dec 2016

On 30 November 2016, the Senate passed the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2016 (commonly referred to as the ABCC bill).  Amongst the most significant aspects […]

FAMILY COURT IMPACT ON THIRD PARTIES
7 Dec 2016

Third Parties in Family Law The third party provisions of the Family Law Act give explicit power to the Family Court to alter the rights of third parties […]

Christmas Parties, Intoxication And Dismissals
2 Dec 2016

CATASTROPHIC FALLS FROM GRACE: CHRISTMAS PARTIES, INTOXICATION AND DISMISSALS Dec 2, 2016 Last year we reported on a case where an employee’s dismissal for appalling behaviour at the […]

Catastrophic Falls From Grace: Christmas parties, intoxication and dismissals Dec 1, 2016
1 Dec 2016

  Last year we reported on a case where an employee’s dismissal for appalling behaviour at the work Christmas Party was found to be unfair. However, during 2016 […]

Post Separation Financial Contributions: Why Quick Settlements Can Be Vital Nov 29, 2016
29 Nov 2016

  When a relationship breaks down, even in circumstances where parties are amicable and able to largely agree on a division of their asset pool, negotiation and discussions […]

Why Quick Settlements Can Be Vital
28 Nov 2016

POST SEPARATION FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS: WHY QUICK SETTLEMENTS CAN BE VITAL Nov 28, 2016 When a relationship breaks down, even in circumstances where parties are amicable and able to […]

CONSUMER WATCHDOG TARGETS HOTEL OVER ONLINE REVIEW
25 Nov 2016

The ACCC yesterday launched an unprecedented legal action against Meriton Serviced Apartments for allegedly manipulating its ratings and reviews on the Trip Advisor website. The ACCC is arguing in the […]

Some good news for Contractors & Subcontractors
24 Nov 2016

This week WA’s State Parliament passed the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill 2016 and received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016. Contractors and subcontractors now have the benefit of […]

HHG Insolvency Update
22 Nov 2016

HHG INSOLVENCY UPDATE: DIRECTORS BEWARE RE GUARANTEES AND COMPANY ADMINISTRATION Directors who are guarantors may consider one reason to place their struggling or insolvent company into external administration […]

Unfounded Confusion over Construction Contracts Act Changes
18 Nov 2016

  Much has been written about the proposed changes to WA’s Construction Contracts Act 2004. In particular, many have complained that the proposed changes will allow construction contractors […]

Valuing Assets in Family Law
17 Nov 2016

 When parties separate and enter into negotiations or commence proceedings in Family Court for a property settlement, one of the first steps that is required to work out […]

Confusion Over Construction Contracts
16 Nov 2016

UNFOUNDED CONFUSION OVER CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS ACT CHANGES Much has been written about the proposed changes to WA’s Construction Contracts Act 2004. In particular, many have complained that the […]

Will I Lose the Farm? – Farms in Family Law Property Matters
7 Nov 2016

Family farms present a difficulty in family law property settlements.  Often, farmers are asset rich, but cash poor.  It may not be viable for the farm to remain […]

Enforcement of Questionable Foreign Judgments in Australia
2 Nov 2016

Enforcement of Questionable Foreign Judgments in Australia    An article co-authored by Murray Thornhill and Jordan Hurley featured in 2016 Fall issue of The Primerus Paradigm Magazine   […]

Judge, Jury and Executioner: Does the ABCC Have too Much Power?
2 Nov 2016

  The bill seeking to reestablish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (“ABCC”), being the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 (“ABCC bill”),  was passed by […]

Family Law Property Division – Is It Really 50/50?
1 Nov 2016

  Most couples that separate will own property, either individually or jointly, and the division of that property is an issue that should be dealt with as soon […]

Delay Not Necessarily the Death of Your PPS Interest
26 Oct 2016

  You may be aware of the general 20-business day deadline to register a security interest to ensure that your property does not end up in the hands […]

It Can Never be Unjust to be Paid What Your Work is Worth
25 Oct 2016

  Justice Dawson said this some 25 years ago in the NSW Minister for Works’ application to the High Court seeking permission to appeal a fair value award […]

Employer Must Follow Fair Process Even Where Employee Commits Heinous Crime
24 Oct 2016

Appearing in the Fair Work Commission via telephone from his prison cell late last month, a Victorian man complained of unfair treatment because he was sacked after pleading […]

Court Clarifies Adjudicator’s Role in Constructions Payment Claims
19 Oct 2016

  The WA Supreme Court has once again struck down adjudicators’ determinations of payment disputes under the Construction Contracts Act 2004. In doing so, the Court has sought […]

Could Home buyers and Subcontractors Get a Better Deal When Builders Go Bust?
18 Oct 2016

Collier Homes is the latest in a spate of home builder insolvencies. Once again, home buyers will be left to claim up to $100,000 from the home indemnity […]

Facebook legacies – how will you be remembered online?
14 Oct 2016

Have you ever thought about what will happen to your Facebook account when you die? Chances are that you haven’t, if our own anecdotal evidence is to be […]

What on Earth is Spousal Maintenance?
13 Oct 2016

Following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship, one party can often find themselves in a significantly weaker financial position than their former spouse.  This can […]

Shaming the Defamer: The Real Life Legal Consequences of Online Defamation
11 Oct 2016

  This week, the Supreme Court of Western Australia held Mr Terence John McLernon accountable for his online actions as a ‘keyboard warrior’ and awarded a record $700,000 […]

Are members of your staff employees or contractors? Why does understanding the difference matter ? And what can we learn from Uber?
10 Oct 2016

Recently, Courts in the United States and the United Kingdom have received claims from Uber drivers in excess of millions of dollars, for unpaid wages and other entitlements. […]

Small Businesses to get Consumer Protections
7 Oct 2016

Are you a small business or have dealing with small businesses? Do you have or are you engaged under a standard form contract? Are you prepared for the […]

Blatant Misconduct Still Requires a Fair Dismissal Procedure
6 Oct 2016

Last week the Fair Work Commission awarded a man $10,000 compensation for unfair dismissal even though he admitted to downloading hard core porn onto his work computer and […]

Secured Creditors Beware: How to Avoid Surrendering a Security in Liquidations
28 Sep 2016

Introduction Secured and unsecured creditors alike are often advised to lodge a proof of debt (‘PoD’) as soon as possible after a debtor company goes into liquidation. Secured […]

How do I change Final Property Orders?
27 Sep 2016

  When the Family Court refers to property orders being “final” it means that the orders have been deemed to finally determine the financial relationships between the parties […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 12.3 (Warranties): How the Law Deals with Defects Outside of Warranties
15 Sep 2016

This is the third and final article in our series on warranties in construction contracts. So far, we have looked at two essential but often overlooked features of […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 12.2 (Warranties): Warranties as a Risk-Shifting Mechanism
14 Sep 2016

This is Part 2 of our series considering warranties in construction contracts. In our last update, we considered the nature of product and workmanship warranties as contractually binding […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 12.1 (Warranties): Introduction – Warranties Are Contractual Promises
13 Sep 2016

  This is Part 1 of our series considering warranties in construction contracts. Product and workmanship warranties are a preoccupation of most construction contractors and owners.  We have […]

RETIREMENT VILLAGES SERVICES GUIDE
9 Sep 2016

Aging Population   Australia is fortunate enough to be an aging population.  The Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that by 2101 there will be 11.2 million Australians over […]

Focus on Contractors Payment Rights
6 Sep 2016

As part of HHG’s commitment to contractors, we were honoured to be the first law firm in Western Australia to host, together with the Society of Construction Law […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 11: Solving WA’s Subcontractor Payment and Home Indemnity Issues
30 Aug 2016

Two building and construction-related issues have received much media and political attention in WA recently: subcontractor payments and home indemnity insurance.   Historically, these issues have been treated […]

Avoiding Bad PR as an Employer
29 Aug 2016

Edith Cowan University’s decision to require 102 year old Professor David Goodall to suddenly work from home attracted negative media attention and community opinion. The University no doubt took […]

Overnight stays for infants and toddlers – a tricky family law issue
22 Aug 2016

 There is a lot of debate around and research into when overnight stays for 0-4 years olds should commence, or at least when this should happen with regularity.  […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 10: New Government Policy for Subcontractor Payments
17 Aug 2016

Security of payment for construction contractors is high on the agenda for the WA State Government which is rolling out a suite of reforms, including: – the use […]

My ex spent most of our money on gambling – will this be considered in our property proceedings?
17 Aug 2016

Problem gambling can often be a root cause of marriage or relationship breakdowns. In family law matter where one party has reduced the asset pool available for division […]

Parenting Plans – the technical requirements
16 Aug 2016

It is in the best interests of the children of separating parents that the parents reach agreement as to their ongoing care. Separating parents may reach agreement in […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 9: High Court to Clarify Adjudication Issues
14 Aug 2016

Last week, the High Court heard the latest round of debate about whether a court can overturn an adjudicator’s determination of a construction payment dispute without any “jurisdictional […]

HHG Construction law series part 8: Challenging Adjudications: A New Era? Continued
10 Aug 2016

In our recent update (HHG Construction Law Series Part 8: Challenging Adjudications: A New Era?) we considered whether Australian courts might be paving the way towards greater judicial […]

How does the election result affect your superannuation?
10 Aug 2016

Now that the coalition has returned to the job of governing the nation, it is a good opportunity to consider how the superannuation changes announced on 3 May […]

My parents lent us money and now we have separated – how is this dealt with in Family Law?
8 Aug 2016

  There are many situations where family members help each other out by lending money to each other.  The loans are often unrecorded, informal, and rely on the […]

What is the difference between secured and unsecured creditors who are family members in family law?
8 Aug 2016

  How does family law deal with loans to couples by family members?  When does the law consider those debts to be secured or unsecured and what is […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 7: Challenging Adjudications: A New Era?
2 Aug 2016

Security of payment laws can be effective for getting construction contractors paid quickly for the work that they do. But sometimes it is necessary to challenge an adjudicator’s […]

Are Binding Financial Agreements really “Binding”?
1 Aug 2016

In a recent case of Saintclaire & Saintclaire (2015) FamCAFC 245, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia (“the Full Court”) found that a Binding Financial […]

Children after separation – how and what arrangements do we make for our kids?
28 Jul 2016

    1. Legal terminology Following legislative change to Australian family law in 2007, commonly used terms such as “child custody”, “child access”, “sole custody”, “joint custody” and […]

How do I know if I am in a de facto relationship in Western Australia?
26 Jul 2016

A de facto relationship is defined in s 13A of the Interpretation Act 1984 (WA).  In Western Australia, a de facto relationship is a relationship where two people […]

Danger for company directors and unions alike?
25 Jul 2016

On 9 May 2016, the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 [No. 3] (“RO Bill”), one of a range of proposed laws tabled by the Coalition government […]

HHG Legal Group named as finalist in three categories of the Australian Law Awards for second year running – and the only WA law firm to be named.
20 Jul 2016

For the second year running, HHG Legal Group has been announced as the only exclusively WA finalist in the prestigious annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards. The Australian […]

Weapons on drones – no longer science fiction, but fact
20 Jul 2016

The future is now – from targeting suspicious drones, to weaponising their own, police forces around the world are harnessing the capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles to target […]

Do your contracts for properties over $2M deal with the introduction of the Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding Payments measure?
19 Jul 2016

Until the 2011 General Conditions are updated you will need a special condition in contracts for sale where the contract is made on or after 1 July 2016 […]

Franchisor Liability for Exploitation of Employees in the Pipeline
14 Jul 2016

Following the Coalition claiming the Federal Election, the new Government may consider it has a mandate to seek to legislate for the “Protect Vulnerable Workers” policy which was […]

Extra Powers to the Fair Work Ombudsman in the Pipeline following the Election
11 Jul 2016

  With the Coalition claiming victory in the 2016 federal election, the new government may consider it has a mandate to seek legislation changes to broaden the coercive […]

Regulating the Internet of Things to Protect Privacy Rights
6 Jul 2016

We are beginning to see the next big thing in Internet-related innovation. From Fitbit to Google Glass, the so-called ‘Internet of Things’, or the ‘IoT’, is poised to […]

HHG Real Estate Update: Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding Payments
5 Jul 2016

The Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 6) Act 2016 (Act) was passed by Parliament and received Royal Assent on 25 February 2016. The Act introduced […]

HHG Construction Law series Part 6: Liquidated Damages
3 Jul 2016

Liquidated damages (LDs) give powerful relief for delayed construction works.  But the right to LDs can be quite vulnerable because of the prevention principle and the doctrine of […]

New Associations Incorporation Act 2015 Checklist
1 Jul 2016

The new law for incorporated associations in Western Australia (Associations Incorporation Act 2015) commenced today, 1 July 2016.   How does it affect your association?   All associations […]

HHG Construction Law series Part 5: No Apportionment of Entire Contract Rights
29 Jun 2016

  Claims for the fair value (quantum meruit) of a construction contractor’s works are sometimes available when there is no right to be paid under a construction contract. […]

Abusive Employer Convicted Under State OHS Law
29 Jun 2016

Employers should take notice that they may face prosecution under state Health and Safety laws as well as under Fair Work’s anti-bullying jurisdiction for encouraging or participating in […]

A Tax Lawyer’s Checklist: Part Three
24 Jun 2016

Presenting the final part of the three part checklist from HHG Legal Group’s Tax Law Team. Make sure you are aware of not only your tax planning opportunities […]

A Tax Lawyer’s Checklist: Part Two
23 Jun 2016

Presenting part two of a three part checklist from HHG Legal Group’s Tax Law Team. Make sure you are aware of not only your tax planning opportunities but […]

A Tax Lawyer’s Checklist: Part One
21 Jun 2016

Presenting part one of a three part checklist from HHG Legal Group’s Tax Law Team. Make sure you are aware of not only your tax planning opportunities but also […]

FIFO Entitlements and Termination Notices: A Recent Decision
20 Jun 2016

Following our media commentary a few months ago on the recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission in Kentz v CEPU [2016] FWCFB 2019 […]

Legal Aid
17 Jun 2016

It is a fact that the ‘poorest of the poor’ in this country will probably continue to get Legal Aid if they really need it, at least for […]

Privacy and Telecommunications
15 Jun 2016

  The main Australian statute dealing with privacy is the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). While the Privacy Act applies to most Australian federal government agencies and most private […]

Telecommunications Act 1997: The Way of the Dinosaurs
13 Jun 2016

It is only a matter of time before the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) (Telco Act) is left stranded in the Triassic Period as the latest wave of innovative […]

HHG Construction Law series Part 4: Timing Issues in Adjudications, Contractors Beware
8 Jun 2016

Rapid adjudication of payment disputes can literally save a construction contractor’s business.  But before you can adjudicate a pay dispute, one has to exist. There are two common […]

What to Include in a Shareholders’ Agreement
7 Jun 2016

1.    Introduction   Purchasing shares in private or proprietary limited companies in Australia continues to be an attractive option for many international investors. But what happens when the […]

Australia’s Common Law Right to Privacy?
3 Jun 2016

Outside the statutory regime, Australians have limited recourse to protect their privacy rights at common law. This is because, unlike other common law countries, our Courts have not […]

HHG Construction Law series Part 3: Contractors – How Much is your Work Really Worth?
1 Jun 2016

Sometimes, a construction contract may not tell you how much your principal or head contractor has to pay you for construction work.  Other times, it may fail to […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 2: Construction Delay, Whose Breach?
29 May 2016

If rainy weather prevents you from getting the job done on time, virtually all construction contracts will allow you to claim an extension of time (EOT).  In fact, […]

HHG Construction Law Series Part 1: Contractors – Do you Understand Time Bars?
25 May 2016

A contractor gets paid an agreed price for delivery of an agreed scope of works by an agreed time.   That is of the essence of lump sum […]

When is a “Coward’s Punch” not a “Coward’s Punch”? Apparently, on the footy oval.
10 May 2016

On the Footy Oval   The recent “Coward Punch” of Agid Gardoud against James Bristow on the football field has highlighted a light handed approach towards violence that […]

Legal Capacity to Make a Valid Will
9 May 2016

A person’s ability to create a legally valid will may be uncertain where that person’s sound judgment is affected by mental disabilities. In order to possess the so-called […]

My Grandchild is at Risk and I want to Intervene – What Should I Do?
2 May 2016

It is becoming increasingly common for grandparents to play a major role in their grandchildren’s ongoing care and development. Accordingly, the Family Court places significant weight upon the […]

I Want Half of my Ex’s Superannuation – Can I Get it?
26 Apr 2016

In 1983, the Hawke government introduced the compulsory superannuation scheme whereby employers have since been obligated to pay on behalf of employees a percentage of their total income […]

My Ex is Addicted to Drugs and the Kids aren’t Safe – What can I do?
12 Apr 2016

Unfortunately drug abuse is a common problem facing society today. Specifically, the use of the drug known as ‘ice’ has been referred by to as a widespread epidemic. […]

Parenting Orders versus Parenting Plans
6 Apr 2016

It is in the best interests of the children of separating parents that the parents reach agreement as to their ongoing care.   Separating parents may reach agreement […]

Family Law Property Settlements and Trusts
5 Apr 2016

In family law matters involving trusts, there is often a dispute about whether the trust assets are available for division between the parties.   Each family law property […]

Settling without commencing proceedings in the Family Court
4 Mar 2016

Separating couples do not necessarily have to go to Court in order to fairly divide their property. Whether the couple is a married couple or a de facto […]

Married for Less Than Two Years and Already in Trouble?
4 Mar 2016

It is increasingly common for couples to separate within two years of the date of their marriage. This can be the case even if the couple were in […]

Applying for Probate
4 Mar 2016

What is Probate? A Grant of Probate is a certificate issued by the Supreme Court of Western Australia that attaches a copy of a deceased person’s Will.    […]

March E-Check™ Checklist: What is the Difference Between a Migration Agent and an Immigration Lawyer in Australia?
3 Mar 2016

As lawyers we are often asked what differentiates us from “agents” when both of us appear to do the same thing. So, should you see a “migration agent” […]

Grandparents – Do They Have Rights?
3 Mar 2016

More and more frequently grandparents are seeking advice in relation to their rights regarding grandchildren. Over the last twenty years, grandparents have played an increasingly important role in […]

Hiding Assets in Family Law Proceedings
3 Mar 2016

When a relationship breaks down, so can the trust between the parties. One party may find themselves in a situation where:   a) they are suspicious that the […]

Family Court Orders and Third Parties
3 Mar 2016

In general, the Family Court makes orders that bind the parties to the proceedings (being the parties to the marriage) only. However, the Court also has the power […]

Award Winning Law Firm announced as official solicitors for Peel Thunder
2 Mar 2016

Football boots are laced, balls pumped and the oval freshly marked. Soon Saturdays will be filled with the sounds of competitive spirit and cheering fans as Peel Thunder […]

Simon Creek (Managing Director of HHG Legal Group) joins the Board of international human rights charity, Hagar Australia.
2 Mar 2016

  Hagar Australia (the Australian branch of Hagar International) works indiscriminately with people who have suffered severe human rights abuses in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan. The organisation exists […]

HHG Giving Back ‘gives back’ – to those in need of pro bono legal advice
2 Mar 2016

Over the last 20 years, there have been significant cuts to Legal Aid funding. In addition (according to the Law Council of Australia) in 2015 the Federal Government […]

To Leave or Not to Leave the Home
1 Mar 2016

After separation, it often becomes difficult and strained for a couple to live under one roof. A dilemma may arise when it is time for one party to […]

The Benefits of Having Great Terms and Conditions for your Small Business
24 Feb 2016

When starting a small business there is a lot to do, and it can be tricky to manage the competing priorities.  Getting your product or service into the […]

Contractors: Get what You’re Paying for, Then Pay
23 Feb 2016

The prohibition against “pay if paid” and “pay when paid” provisions in construction contracts is widely known.  Equally well known to contractors is the hardship this often causes […]

The Effect of Marriage and Divorce on Wills
19 Feb 2016

In Western Australia, getting married or divorced after making a Will automatically revokes (invalidates) that Will.   Subsequent Marriage Sections 14 of the Wills Act 1970 (WA) provides […]

Setting Aside a Binding Child Support Agreement
15 Feb 2016

For a number of years, we have noticed an increasing number of parties entering into Binding Child Support Agreements.  A question often arises as to how and when […]

How to Avoid Court after Separation
11 Feb 2016

The majority of family law matters are settled outside of Court. There are a number of steps that couples can take to resolve the legal aspects of their […]

Time for Reform in the Building Industry
8 Feb 2016

HHG Legal Group provides ongoing support to the construction industry in WA by working with industry and government representatives on proposals to reform how the law deals with […]

Ethical Obligations of Family Lawyers
4 Feb 2016

All Australian lawyers have ethical duties and obligations. These ethical duties and obligations are created by law.  Family lawyers in particular have ethical obligations to: a) the court; […]

What can we learn from the Monkey’s “selfie” case?
2 Feb 2016

A US federal judge has (unsurprisingly) found that a Celebes crested macaque monkey cannot be the copyright owner of a series of “selfie” photographs created in Sulawesi, Indonesia. […]

Land Tax Exemptions
1 Feb 2016

Land tax is an annual tax on land.  It is assessed on the total unimproved value of all land held by the owner (or owners) at midnight on […]

9 Things You May not Know about Wills
29 Jan 2016

Many people share their experiences and stories from their Wills and Estate matters with family and friends. This can create myths about the way that Wills work. Here […]

Dividing the Assets after Separation
28 Jan 2016

To some people, dividing assets after separation simply means transferring cash and property between each other on a handshake. However, this does not satisfy section 81 of the […]

HHG Legal Group is the only Top 10 Australian law firm in WA. Again.
27 Jan 2016

HHG Legal Group, WA’s premier medium sized law firm, is yet again a top 10 performer in the leading national ‘Top 50 Law Firms’ rankings.       […]

EPA vs EPG vs AHD
12 Jan 2016

Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs), Enduring Powers of Guardianship (EPGs) and Advanced Health Directives (AHDs) allow you to have control over your financial and personal affairs in circumstances […]

Reasons to register a commercial lease
7 Jan 2016

It is important for the landlord and the tenant to register a commercial lease on the title of the property with Landgate (WA’s register of land ownership).  Where […]

What on earth is Spousal Maintenance?
4 Jan 2016

Spousal maintenance is when one person provides ongoing financial support for their former partner.  In certain circumstances, a spouse may have to provide financial support to the other […]

Do I need a Grant of Probate?
18 Dec 2015

Probate is the process of proving the validity of a Will to the Supreme Court. The Executor named in the Will is responsible for applying to the Supreme […]

When is a relationship de facto? – the decision in Harbrow Boston [2015] FCCA 1414
15 Dec 2015

In the recent decision of Harbrow & Boston, the Federal Court found that the parties were not in a de facto relationship, even though they had a child […]

High Rise, Higher Risk: Managing the risks (Part 2)
11 Dec 2015

In our last article, we looked at some of the legal and commercial risks for builders, which arise out of high rise and mixed use development construction.   […]

High Rise: Higher Risk for Builders (Part 1)
10 Dec 2015

News about higher-density living in WA tends to focus on changes to consumers’ expectations and investment opportunities.  We also hear often about developers locking horns with conservative councils […]

Australian Foreign Investment Reforms
7 Dec 2015

New Australian foreign investment rules came into force on 1 December 2015 following the passage of the Government’s Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. These included […]

The Binding Nature of Australian Real Estate Contracts – You Like It, You Signed It, You Are Bound
7 Dec 2015

Many foreign purchasers of land in Australia are surprised by the unforgiving nature of Australian real estate contracts. Whereas in some parts of the world you can back […]

Whose Dog is it Anyway?
2 Dec 2015

A Perth woman has discovered that the best way to prove ownership of your dog and avoid costly legal disputes is to keep Fido’s registration up to date. […]

Post Separation Financial Contributions: why quick settlements can be vital
1 Dec 2015

When parties separate, it is not unusual for settlement discussions to take months and years to resolve.  When a matter goes through the Court system and requires a […]

My ex will not comply with parenting orders – what are my options?
30 Nov 2015

Parenting Orders   A parenting order is defined in section 64B of the Family Law Act 1975 (“the Act”) and refers to a set of directions made by the Family Court […]

Contractors and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009
25 Nov 2015

We have found that many construction contractors are surprised to learn that registering Personal Property Security Interests (“PPSI”) is not only useful for plant hire companies but also […]

10 Things You May Not Know about Family Law
18 Nov 2015

10 Things You May Not Know about Family Law     Many people share their experiences and stories from their family law matters with family and friends. This […]

Australia’s Privacy Laws Ready for Drones
17 Nov 2015

There are growing concerns in the community about privacy breaches involving remotely piloted aircrafts (“RPA”), commonly known as drones.[1] RPA have the ability to intrude on a person’s […]

November E-check™ Checklist: Reasons to register a commercial lease
16 Nov 2015

It is important for the Landlord and the Tenant to register a commercial lease on the title of the property with Landgate (WA’s register of land ownership) as […]

Testamentary Promises and Family Farms
27 Oct 2015

Family farms are subject to a distinct rural ideology in which farming is considered a male vocation.  The cultural values of farming dictate that a son will inherit […]

What is the difference between property and financial resources in family law and why does it matter?
19 Oct 2015

When it comes to property settlement, section 79 of the Family Law Act 1975 (“the Act”) requires the Court has to first identify the property available for division. […]

We want to change final property orders – what should we do?
12 Oct 2015

When the Family Court refers to property orders being “final” it means that the orders have been deemed to finally determine the financial relationships between the parties to […]

PPSA changes: a mixed blessing for P&E hire companies
9 Oct 2015

Plant and equipment hire companies have been celebrating amendments to the Personal Property Securities Act 2009.  These amendments have been welcomed as allowing hire companies to save on […]

What is a terms contract?
5 Oct 2015

If you agree to sell your property to someone and then let them move into the property before they have paid the whole of the purchase price, you […]

What is the difference between “equal time” and “substantial and significant time” with my children?
2 Oct 2015

Where there a disputes over custody of children, the Family Court will often be called upon to decide how much time those children will spend with each parent. […]

Unsecured debt owed to family members – how is this dealt with in Family Law?
11 Sep 2015

There are many situations where family members help each other out and provide unsecured loans to each other.  The loans are often unrecorded, informal, and rely on the […]

Behaving Badly At Work Functions
8 Sep 2015

Social occasions for work colleagues are supposed to be relaxed and build morale.  Even though attendance at functions may be voluntary, held outside of the workplace and after […]

Farms and Family Law
30 Aug 2015

Family farms present a difficulty in family law property settlements.  Often, farmers are asset rich, but cash poor.  It may not be viable for the farm to remain […]

Rate Exemptions May be Broader than You Think
28 Aug 2015

Under section 6.26(1) of the Local Government Act 1995 (WA) (“the Act”), rates must be paid on all land unless specifically exempted under the Act.      Generally, […]

Contract Documents for Modular Construction
27 Aug 2015

Contract documents used for modular construction projects should be designed especially for the unique features of modular construction. HHG Legal Group’s construction team has developed bespoke contracts for […]

Award winning WA Law Firm, nominated for yet another accolade
25 Aug 2015

HHG Legal Group has been announced as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards. The 15th Annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards are the premier legal […]

Razor Gang Diplomacy – Redundancy Tips For Employers
25 Aug 2015

Cutting down the size of your workforce is not usually a happy time – but it can be painless.       An excellent redundancy strategy will not […]

PPSA Reform: Good News for Hire Companies
19 Aug 2015

From a date yet to be fixed (which could be as early as 1 October 2015), those in the business of short-term vehicle, mobile plant and equipment hire […]

HHG’s Construction Law Expertise
13 Aug 2015

We are pleased to announce that HHG Legal Group’s senior associate, Daniel Morris, is amongst the “leading Perth-based practitioners” selected by the University of Melbourne to present at […]

Employee Theft in the Workplace
7 Aug 2015

While the vast majority of employees do the right thing, employee theft affects business-owners everyday.  Suspicious activity needs to be dealt with swiftly, firmly and fairly.     […]

Are Australia’s Privacy Laws Ready for Drones?
6 Aug 2015

There are growing concerns in the community about privacy breaches involving remotely piloted aircrafts (“RPA”), commonly known as drones. RPA have the ability to intrude on a person’s […]

Does Equal Shared Parental Responsibility Mean Equal Time?
5 Aug 2015

The concept of equal shared parental responsibility is a cornerstone of Family Law child related matters but what does equal shared parental responsibility actually mean?     Section […]

Walls on fire: Local governments beware!
4 Aug 2015

The use of cheap building materials has come under scrutiny following last November’s high-rise apartment blaze in Melbourne.   Under the Building Code of Australia (“BCA”), external walls […]

What is a Child Support Agreement?
31 Jul 2015

As most separated or divorced parents would know, child support is managed through the Child Support Agency of the Department for Human Services. Individual child support assessments can […]

Failure to Maintain Worker’s Compensation Insurance
28 Jul 2015

There has been a marked increase in WA in the number of criminal prosecutions of employers without worker’s compensation insurance.  Administrative oversight is more often than not the […]

High Conflict Separation – the very pointy end of family law
21 Jul 2015

What is “high conflict” separation?   While it might seem obvious to some, “high conflict” is not easily defined.  Some people presume that high conflict applies to marriages […]

Multi-award winning WA law firm, HHG Legal Group, acquires Nicholson Clement (est. 1963) and expands to Mandurah.
15 Jul 2015

Announced recently as a finalist in the 2015 Australasian Law Awards for State and Regional Law Firm of the year, HHG Legal Group has expanded to Mandurah. With […]

Do you own or are you thinking of starting a small business?
8 Jul 2015

Do you own or are you starting up a small business? Do you have all the correct legal documentation to ensure that you and your clients are secure […]

My ex will not comply with parenting orders – what are my options?
1 Jul 2015

Parenting Orders   A parenting order is defined in section 64B of the Family Law Act 1975 (“the Act”) and refers to a set of directions made by […]

Keeping Costs Down in Family Law
23 Jun 2015

Keeping legal costs down is something which resonates with all family law clients.       Section 117(1) of the Family Law Act 1975 (“the Act”) states that […]

What to Include in a Shareholders’ Agreement
16 Jun 2015

HHG Legal Group was recently featured in the latest issue of Governance Directions, The Governance Institute of Australia’s members publication.   

To Adjudicate Or Not To Adjudicate: Tips For Resolving Construction Pay Disputes
10 Jun 2015

Adjudication of payment disputes under construction contracts has the advantage of being relatively quick and cost effective, with a determination (usually) guaranteed within 28 days of the application […]

I want Equal Time with my Children – What will the Court say?
8 Jun 2015

It is only natural in most Family Law child related matters that each parent would want to spend as much time with their children as possible. One possible […]

False Sense of Security
5 Jun 2015

Bouncers and security guards often look and behave like police but their ability to make arrests or use force is actually no greater than any other citizen.  Their […]

Guarantees are not so Guaranteed under Deeds of Company Arrangement
2 Jun 2015

In the recent WA Court of Appeal decision of Australian Gypsum Industries Pty Ltd v Dalesun Holdings Pty Ltd [2015] WASCA 95, the WA Court of Appeal considered […]

Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Law
25 May 2015

Unfortunately allegations of sexual abuse are common in Family Law proceedings. In our experience sexual abuse allegations (though not always) are often made in conjunction with domestic violence […]

Final Parenting Orders That Aren’t Working – Can I Vary Them?
22 May 2015

What happens if Final Parenting Orders made by the Family Court are not working for you, the other parent of your child or your child themselves?      […]

Construction Law Update: Bank Guarantees/ Performance Bonds Affirmed – Contractors Beware
20 May 2015

Lend Lease Services Pty Ltd, contracted to construct a refined sugar plant for Sugar Australia Pty Ltd, granted performance bonds totalling just over $4 million.  Alleging delayed completion, […]

‘HHG Giving Back’ – a role model in charitable giving by law firms and others? The State Attorney General says ‘yes’
18 May 2015

Charitable work carried out by the legal profession, including pro bono legal representation, is rarely acknowledged  in the community, mainly because so much of it is confidential and […]

How Do You Pursue a Debt?
18 May 2015

There are many ways to pursue a debt from someone, when you’ve chased and they won’t pay. Most commonly this involves one or more of the following – […]

Turning 18 During High School
15 May 2015

This year is the first year in Western Australia when around half of our Year 12 school students will become adults before they sit their final exams, and […]

Relocation – What Do The Cases Say About Me Moving?
6 May 2015

Cases involving the proposed relocation of a child are difficult cases for the Court to decide.  The Family Law Act does not have specific provisions which deal specially […]

Crack Down on Uninsured W.A Employers
30 Apr 2015

Injuries and accidents in the workplace require mandatory reporting and are closely monitored.  An administrative oversight to maintain workers compensation insurance is also a crime that has recently […]

Immunisation and Family Law
29 Apr 2015

Immunisation in Australia   Vaccine preventable diseases in children include:     • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) • Hepatitis A • Hepatitis B • Diptheria • Tetanus […]

Initial Contributions: the assets you own at the commencement of a relationship can be critical
24 Apr 2015

In Family Law financial settlements it is never as easy as slicing the assets of a relationship down the middle.  s 79(4)(a) of the Family Law Act 1975 […]

Technology and Intellectual Property – Some Basics
17 Apr 2015

With our focus on disruptive technology in this month’s E-Check, and no better example being seen in our focus on client digitalBTC, we thought it was important to […]

Defamation and Online Reviews
17 Apr 2015

Online review websites such as TripAdvisor and Urbanspoon often decided for us where the best place to eat is or where best to wash our car. It has […]

Can court papers be served by facebook?
15 Apr 2015

Its big news in the Big Apple this week that divorce papers have been allowed to be served via Facebook, but its old news for Aussies.  The Family […]

Happy Endings in Employment
8 Apr 2015

Employees and employers are bound together in a unique relationship and breaking up is often hard to do.  There are amicable separations, however quite often there is a […]

Lottery Wins after Separation – How are they dealt with in Family Law?
29 Mar 2015

Given the extremely remote chance of having a large lottery win surely a party would never need to worry about what treatment the Family Court might give to […]

“Seller Beware” as important as “Buyer Beware” when selling ‘off the plans’
27 Mar 2015

Before signing a contract to buy real estate, buyers must make inquiries about what they are buying. Otherwise, they may lose their right to complain that they are […]

0-4 year olds and Overnight Stays – what does the law say?
25 Mar 2015

There is a lot of debate around and research into when overnight stays for 0-4 year’s olds should commence, or at least when this should happen with regularity. […]

Employers should “keep it real” by having realistic and enforceable policies
18 Mar 2015

Cotton On tells staff to keep it real or face the sack: http://bit.ly/1MIE7N7     Requiring workers to be genuinely enthusiastic and fun at all times or risk dismissal […]

A Will – What happens if you don’t have one?
17 Mar 2015

One of the most important life decisions that people make is who to leave their estate to after they die. The drafting of a Will is much more […]

Enforcement of Payment Awards
15 Mar 2015

Victorian Supreme Court Declares Enforcement of Payment Awards by Insolvent Contractors Never do subcontractors have more reason to be worried than when head contractors become insolvent and no […]

Breaching Parenting Orders – What are the Penalties?
12 Mar 2015

There can often be a perception by parties to Family Law child related matters that the battle has been won once the Court makes Final Orders.  Unfortunately, given […]

Draft AS 11000 – 2015 construction contract: A call for clarity and consistency
3 Mar 2015

Standards Australia invites public comment on a draft of its new general conditions for use in construction contracts, called AS 11000 – 2015.  Once published, this Australian Standard […]

Charlie Hebdo and Religious Vilification Laws
27 Feb 2015

While the Western world has generally championed the virtue of freedom of speech in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, the protests erupting in other parts of […]

We’re Hiring
24 Feb 2015

HHG Legal Group is pleased to invite applications from blue chip, senior Commercial/Trusts/Estate Planning lawyers looking for an exciting new role at Associate Director/Salaried Partner or Senior Associate […]

Virtual Damage & Real Life Loss – Social Media and the Workplace
22 Feb 2015

In this digital age when an employee has had a bad day at work it can be tempting for them to shout “Unfair” over a highly visible social […]

Personal and Business Data Protection – How Do I Do It?
20 Feb 2015

On the 19 January 2015 the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released a ‘guide to securing personal information’. The guide provides ‘reasonable steps’ that organisations should […]

What is the Cloud? And what is Cloud Storage?
20 Feb 2015

“The Cloud” is used to refer to an off site storage system that is through an internet connection. This mode of storage is becoming increasingly popular in todays […]

New Memberships
18 Feb 2015
Genetic Parents – Three’s a Crowd
16 Feb 2015

In Western Australia, section 53I of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (WA) prohibits the use of DNA of more than two people to create an embryo.  Other […]

Employee Share Schemes Simplified
11 Feb 2015

The Federal Government has recently released proposed changes to the tax treatment of Employee Share Schemes (“ESS”) to make it easier for companies to set up an ESS. […]

Help! I’ve Become Bankrupt. What Are The Implications For Me As The Bankrupt Spouse In Family Court Property Proceedings?
10 Feb 2015

If you are the spouse in a Family Court proceeding who becomes bankrupt, your property is immediately vested in the Trustee in bankruptcy (“the Trustee”) except for your:  […]

Is It Ok To Physically Discipline Your Children?
10 Feb 2015

Is it ok to physically discipline your children with a slap or a smack? A mother of three has recently been charged with common assault for allegedly slapping […]

Help! My spouse has become bankrupt. How does this affect my entitlements as the non-bankrupt spouse?
8 Feb 2015

The Court generally requires that the debts incurred by either or both of the parties should be paid from the property of the parties upon the breakdown of […]

WA SUPREME COURT ENSURES LIQUIDATORS OF INSOLVENT CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS GIVE AS GOOD AS THEY GET: HAMERSLEY IRON PTY LTD v JAMES [2015] WASC 10
3 Feb 2015

In construction contracts, payment rights often conflict and compete with each other for priority.  Never is this truer than in the context of a contractor’s insolvency or an […]

Bali 9 – Never Again
2 Feb 2015

Our Prime Minister has been unable to convince the Indonesian President to spare the lives of two of the members of the “Bali 9” scheduled for imminent execution.  […]

Laws to Know When Letting Family Build on your Land
30 Jan 2015

Often landowners in rural areas will allow other family members to build homes on the family farm or semi rural property. This article deals with the particular issue […]

Inheritances In Family Law, What You Need To Know
29 Jan 2015

Each family law property matter broadly involves a four step process:         The first step is to identify the assets and liabilities of the relationship, and to […]

Revenge Porn, Are You At Risk?
29 Jan 2015

There are calls for harsher cyber safety laws to protect victims of so-called “revenge porn.” Women’s groups say lashing out by posting intimate pictures online is becoming more […]

Bowling Actions: 15 degrees – is it too lenient?
23 Jan 2015

With the Cricket World Cup starting on 14 February 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, there are numerous bowlers who have been selected by their countries to represent […]

WOULD CHARLIE HEBDO BE ILLEGAL IN AUSTRALIA?
15 Jan 2015

According to Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, many of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons would be banned in Australia due to the controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination […]

Wignalls and HHG Christmas Cheer
12 Jan 2015

Wignalls Winery and HHG Legal Group celebrated the start of the holiday season at the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s final Business After Hours event for 2014. […]

Slab Heave Causes Tribunal to Order Total Demolition and Reconstruction by Home Builder
9 Jan 2015

Home builders around the country are at risk of having to pay hundreds of thousands for houses to get knocked down and rebuilt from scratch.  That is the […]

Have you got your tickets to the Vintage Blues Festival yet?
7 Jan 2015

Have you got your tickets to the Vintage Blues Festival at Wignalls Winery yet?    We are pleased to see the return of this iconic event! Held in […]

FIFO Drug Testing – What Are Your Rights?
6 Jan 2015

Whether you work on a mine site or in the CBD it’s likely you’re about to be tested for illicit drugs. However it is feared that part of […]

When Two People Separate, Which Partner Gets To Stay In The Family Home Until Final Orders Are Made?
17 Dec 2014

The question seems simple, the answer is more complex. Even where one partner is the registered owner of the family home, that partner is not necessarily entitled to […]

Valuations in Family Law – The Basics
16 Dec 2014

When parties separate and enter into negotiations or commence proceedings in Family Court for a property settlement, one of the first steps that is required to work out […]

Family Law and Interest in Business
12 Dec 2014

It is well recognised that a marital or relationship breakup can have a major impact on a business. Below are some of the key issues to consider,if you […]

When the Boss Goes Broke: How to Ensure the Contractor Gets Paid for Work Done in Construction Insolvency Circumstances.
10 Dec 2014

Insolvency is a game-changer in any industry.  It presents a particular risk in the construction industry for two reasons: (a)        The frequency of insolvencies in the construction industry; […]

Building Contractors, Local Governments and Homeowners be Aware of New Legal Rights and Responsibilities
9 Dec 2014

WA is expected to see significant changes to its planning laws as a result of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2014 and the Land Acquisition […]

PRIVATE BUILDING SURVEYORS AND PERMIT AUTHORITIES: ROLES, RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
8 Dec 2014

Since 7 June 2012, a new statutory regime has governed the process of certifying building designs and structures by building surveyors.  That regime appears in the Building Act […]

Court Ordered Boundaries in Shifting Relationships
4 Dec 2014

Psychologists regularly remind us of the importance of setting boundaries. Sometimes when people cannot between them set the boundaries, or one of them won’t respect boundaries, all that […]

How quickly can I get divorced and remarried?
2 Dec 2014

Getting a divorce The Family Law Act 1975 established the principle of no-fault divorce in Australian law. This means that a court does not consider why the marriage […]

When can a court grant an injunction in a family law matter?
30 Nov 2014

An injunction is a kind of order made by a court that requires a person to do, or refrain from doing, a particular act. The circumstances in which […]

Builders and Owners: Beware of Delay Claims Nov 28, 2014
28 Nov 2014

We all know how expensive building works can become. In some industries, it is not unheard of for projects to be priced in excess of $10bn. Obviously, the […]

Security of what payment? Patrick Stevedore Operations No. 2 Pty Ltd v McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 1413
26 Nov 2014

Claims under construction and works contracts require specialist legal expertise and advice. The team at HHG has unique and award winning construction law expertise for the benefit of […]

What to Look for When Choosing a Family Lawyer
23 Nov 2014

Your divorce or separation is bound to have a significant impact on all aspects of your life. This period in your life may be a challenging and difficult […]

November E-Check™ Checklist: Business Security – What you Should Consider when Exercising an Option to Renew in a Lease
23 Nov 2014

A recent Western Australian case looked at the issue of whether the tenant’s notice to exercise the option to renew in its lease was effective and found that […]

Are You Thinking of Setting up a Trust?
21 Nov 2014

A trust is a structure of ownership that separates legal ownership from beneficial interest.  The trustee legally owns and controls the assets of a trust, but is bound […]

WA to introduce new Work Health and Safety Bill – How will the Changes Effect You
20 Nov 2014

The anticipated introduction of the Work Health and Safety Bill (WHS Bill) will see company directors and board members, amongst others, placed at greater risk of prosecution for […]

Same Sex Marriage in Australia
19 Nov 2014

There have been numerous efforts in the recent past to have gay marriage legally recognised in Australia. All such attempts have been unsuccessful.  The most recent example occurred […]

Understand and Comply with Dispute Resolution Clauses in Contracts
18 Nov 2014

The recent Supreme Court of WA case of Pipeline Services WA Pty Ltd v ATCO Gas Australia Pty Ltd [2014] WASC illustrates the importance of complying with arbitration […]

Post-nuptial Binding Financial Agreements
17 Nov 2014

A post-nuptial agreement, known in Australia as a ‘Binding Financial Agreement’ (BFA), is the post-wedding day equivalent of the growingly prevalent pre-nuptial agreement couples may choose to enter […]

The Secret Simplicity of a Personal Property Security Register (PPSR)
14 Nov 2014

Registration on the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR) is an essential step in protecting your property from being seized by third parties.  The Personal Properties Security Act 2009 […]

Restraint of Trade Clauses in Employment Contracts
13 Nov 2014

  Many employment contracts include a restraint of trade or anti-competition clause in an attempt to protect an employer’s business interests.  Employers seek to ensure that knowledge their […]

Fitness to Work is a Safety Issue
12 Nov 2014

Ensuring safety in the workplace includes ensuring that all employees are well enough to safely perform their duties.  Employers owe this important duty of care not only to […]

Legal Capacity – What it means for you
11 Nov 2014

What does “legal capacity” mean? Legal capacity is defined as a person’s capacity to make reasonable judgements. ”Legal capacity” in WA is defined in the Guardianship and Administration […]

Legal Service for FIFO and Remote Workers
7 Nov 2014

Being able to access legal information from remote locations is helping to simplify legal matters for remote and FIFO workers. Simon Creek our Managing Director talks about this […]

Drug Testing – Zero Tolerance and Safety
6 Nov 2014

Recent decisions in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) confirm that employers’ requirements to submit to drug testing must be based on safety concerns and cannot unreasonably intrude into […]

Recovery and Relocation of A Child
5 Nov 2014

A recovery order is defined in section 67Q of the Family Law Act 1975. It is an order of the Court that can require a child be returned […]

Property Division In Short Marriages – What Principles Apply
4 Nov 2014

If you have separated but were married for five years or less, the court will closely examine the parties’ financial contributions, particularly if there are no children. Some […]

Enduring Power of Attorney
3 Nov 2014

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney? Enduring Powers of Attorney enable a person over the age of 18 years (the donor) to appoint a person or agency […]

The SSAT in relation to a Child Support Assessment – Be aware of the Tribunal’s decision making powers
31 Oct 2014

In the recent decision of Child Support Registrar v Ahern and Anor [2014] FamCAFC 105) the – Full Court of the Family Court of Australia  made clear the […]

CONTRACTOR OR EMPLOYEE? OR BOTH?
30 Oct 2014

Knowing whether the ATO regards people who work for you as employees or independent contractors can have serious implications for your business, particularly if you are in the […]

HHG’s Critical Issues in Construction Series 2
29 Oct 2014

Construction is all about getting materials and labour on site, on time and in sequence.  If even one supply or one trade arrives late or finishes late, the […]

“Show me the money” – What every contractor should check before signing the dotted line.
28 Oct 2014

Construction project cost blowouts are nothing of a recent phenomenon, especially given the construction boom Perth is currently experiencing. However they do pose significant financial risk to contractors […]

Inheritance claims in Western Australia
27 Oct 2014

Inheritance claims in Western Australia fall under the Family Provision Act 1972 (WA). This Acts assists people who fall within a certain class to change the way the […]

Children’s Passports – the law
24 Oct 2014

As per Australian law, everyone including children and newborn infants must be issued with their own passports. Obtaining a child’s passport is essential in many different circumstances – […]

The End of “Special Contributions” in Family Law
22 Oct 2014

Up until recently, it has been possible to argue in family law property matters that one party has made contributions to the asset pool by way of “special” […]

Construction Law Update – Brookfield Decision : The High Court upholds contractual limitation on latent defects damages claim
10 Oct 2014

As predicted by our construction law team, the High Court on Wednesday unanimously held in BROOKFIELD MULTIPLEX LTD v OWNERS CORPORATION STRATA PLAN 61288 & ANOR [2014] HCA […]

It’s got to be perfect: HHG Legal Group represents successful liquidators key case on the importance of timely registration under the Personal Property Securities Act
7 Oct 2014

HHG Legal Group acted for the successful liquidators in Pozzebon (Trustee) v Australian Gaming and Entertainment Ltd, in the matter of Australian Gaming and Entertainment Ltd (in liq) […]

How to ensure the contractor gets paid for work done in construction insolvency circumstances.
6 Oct 2014

Insolvency is a game-changer in any industry. It presents a particular risk in the construction industry for two reasons: the frequency of insolvencies; and the interdependence of many […]

No Bull approach to protecting your property.
26 Sep 2014

What are the legal consequences if cattle escape and trespass on to another’s land? Or worse yet, if somebody else’s cattle trespass on your land and cause damage […]

Is Alternate Dispute Resolution right for you?
24 Sep 2014

What is Alternate Dispute Resolution? Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) is an umbrella term for issue resolving processes that do not involve court in which an impartial person assists […]

Second round of changes to the Retirement Villages Act 1992 (WA)
23 Sep 2014

The Department of Commerce is currently in the process of drafting new regulations under section 14A of the Retirement Villages Act 1992 (WA) (the Act). This will be […]

Inheritance Claims in Western Australia
17 Sep 2014

“Inheritance claims” (as they are commonly known) may be made pursuant to the Family Provision Act 1972 (WA) in Western Australia, or under equivalent legislation in other Australian […]

Child Abduction and Family Law
27 Aug 2014

International parental child abduction occurs when one parent or guardian takes their child from its home country without the permission of the other parent or guardian, or without […]

Recovery and Relocation
26 Aug 2014

A recovery order is defined in section 67Q of the Family Law Act 1975. It is an order of the Court that can require a child be returned […]

Understand and Comply with Dispute Resolution Clauses in Contracts part 2
20 Aug 2014

The recent Supreme Court of WA case of Pipeline Services WA Pty Ltd v ATCO Gas Australia Pty Ltd [2014] WASC illustrates the importance of complying with arbitration […]

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?
12 Aug 2014

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney? Enduring Powers of Attorney enable a person over the age of 18 years (the donor) to appoint a person or agency […]

Zero Tolerance and Safety In Drug Testing
16 Jul 2014

Recent decisions in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) confirm that employers’ requirements to submit to drug testing must be based on safety concerns and cannot unreasonably intrude into […]

HHG Managing Director Simon Creek 6PR 27-03-2014
14 Jul 2014

HHG Legal Group Managing Director, Simon Creek, currently appears on a fortnightly 6PR radio segment with Peter Bell. Follow the links below to hear Simon Creek discussing Family […]

HHG Managing Director Simon Creek 6PR 27-02-2014
6 Jul 2014

HHG Legal Group Managing Director, Simon Creek, currently appears on a fortnightly 6PR radio segment with Peter Bell. Follow the links below to hear Simon Creek discussing Family Law and […]

The Rising Cost of Divorce: now $14b a year.
6 Jul 2014

The Federal Government has long been aware that divorce can become a major source of transitory poverty. ‎Logic dictates that two breadwinners under one roof usually make enough […]

Regulations for our Canine Companions
3 Jul 2014

Owning a dog can be a joy. For some, our canine companions become more than just our pets; they become our best friends and part of our families. […]

Fostering Children in WA – rights, responsibilities and obligations
22 Jun 2014

A South Australian foster parent of a three month old baby that passed away was devastated to learn that she was not permitted to organise a funeral or […]

Constrained by the Contract
19 Jun 2014

The Proper Limits of Adjudicators’ Discretion under the Construction Contracts Act 2004   Across Australia, security of payment legislation empowers adjudicators to “determine” payment claims under construction contracts. […]

Valuing Assets in Family Law
16 Jun 2014

    The starting point for any family law property settlement is identifying the assets and liabilities of the marriage or de facto relationship. In order to identify the […]

Indigenous Families and Family Law
11 Jun 2014

Studies show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under 15 years old are more likely than other Australian children to live with one parent. The need for […]

Best Interests of the Child
8 Jun 2014

Australian Family Law Courts doing it for the kids.     In matters concerning children, the Family Law Courts of Australia look to the “best interests of the […]

Stepparents and Parental Responsibilities
5 Jun 2014

In Western Australia’s modern context of high divorce rates, remarriage and mixed families,  the question of what parental responsibilities stepparents have and can take toward a stepchild presents […]

When the Boss Goes Broke: Contractors Getting Paid During Construction Insolvency Circumstances.
2 Jun 2014

Insolvency is a game-changer in any industry. It presents a particular risk in the construction industry for two reasons:     a)    the frequency of insolvencies; and    […]

Relationships Registers
28 May 2014

Some Australian States and Territories have supplemented their de facto relationship laws with the introduction of relationship registers. Registers provide advantages over presumptive relationship recognition in that entering […]

‘Genuine Effort’ in Family Law
27 May 2014

Section 60I of the Family Law Act 1975 (the Act) as amended by the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 provides that all persons who have […]

Family Law and Bankruptcy
26 May 2014

Bankruptcy affects parties and proceedings in family law in significant ways.  Once a party to a marriage or de facto relationship which has broken down becomes bankrupt, his […]

Role of Police in Family Law Matters
22 May 2014

Police have a range of tools available to them in situations of family violence.  They can issue a Police Order, a Violence Restraining Order, and a Misconduct Restraining […]

Reasonable Restraint
21 May 2014

Restraint of Trade Clauses in Employment Contracts   Many employment contracts include a restraint of trade or anti-competition clause in an attempt to protect an employer’s business interests.  […]

Family Violence and the Family Law Act
20 May 2014

The Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and other Measures Act) 2011(Cth) (the FV amendments) which amended the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (‘the FLA’) came into operation on […]

Independent Children’s Lawyers (ICL) in Parenting Proceedings
19 May 2014

What is an ICL?   Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) are  are appointed by the Family Court to represent the child’s interests in parenting order cases.  The ICL is […]

Adult Child Maintenance and Payment of Child Support for Children over 18
15 May 2014

Adult Child Maintenance A child who is over 18 may be able to obtain financial support from a parent if the child: ·         is completing their secondary or […]

Family Law: Capacity and Case Guardians
14 May 2014

It has been reported that 45% of the Australian population aged 16 to 85 years have suffered symptoms associated with mental illness at some point in their lives. […]

Doctrine of Res Judicata in family law cases in Australia
13 May 2014

Res judicata is a Latin term which means that the issue before the court has already been decided by another court, with the same parties.  In case of […]

Coping with Mediation/Family Dispute Resolution
12 May 2014

If you are intending to ask the court to make a decision regarding parenting orders (orders about who your children live with, and with whom they spend time), […]

Thinking of Setting up a Trust?
11 May 2014

A trust is a structure of ownership that separates legal ownership from beneficial interest. The trustee legally owns and controls the assets of a trust, but is bound […]

Divorce and Your Four-legged Friends
8 May 2014

This may seem like a redundant question, but for many people faced with the trauma of separation from their family, and moving out of the marital home, the […]

Why You Must Pro-actively Protect Privacy
7 May 2014

Many of our clients across diverse industry sectors have sought from us practical advice on the implications of the recent changes to The Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). […]

The Increasing Role and Protection of Stakeholder Interests
6 May 2014

The history of corporate governance over the last one hundred and fifty years suggests that its fundamental purpose has been to maximise corporate profit with a view to […]

5 Things Recently Separated Parents Need to Know About Child Custody
30 Apr 2014

1. Legal terminology       Following legislative change to Australian family law in 2007, commonly used terms such as “child custody”, “child access”, “sole custody”, “joint custody” […]

Tips for Construction Contractors Regarding a Principal’s Insolvency
29 Apr 2014

  Insolvency is a game-changer in any industry. It presents a particular risk in the construction industry for two reasons:       a)    the frequency of insolvencies; […]

Checklist: Tax Planning- Important Points to Consider
29 Apr 2014

It is important to make sure you know what your responsibilities and opportunities are well before the end of the financial year. For advice on any of the […]

Family Law in Western Australia
22 Apr 2014

Family Court of Western Australia   Western Australia is unique amongst Australian states in being the only state with its own Family Court.  Family law matters in all […]

Opposing a Divorce Application
21 Apr 2014

If you have been served with an Application for Divorce there are certain circumstances in which you can oppose the divorce, and correct mistakes or misrepresentations in the […]

Family Violence and Family Law
16 Apr 2014

Going through a divorce can be traumatic enough in and of itself.  If it is coupled with family violence there can be disastrous consequences for victim and for […]

Collaborative Practice in Family Law
15 Apr 2014

  Collaborative practice in family law uses consensual legal practices rather than employing adversarial approaches. It is argued that collaborative law commits lawyers and clients to resolving disputes […]

Dividing Assets After a Split – How to get it Right the First Time
14 Apr 2014

With the high rate of separation in marriages and de facto relationships, more and more people are facing the prospect of dividing their assets.   To some people, […]

Post-nuptial Binding Financial Agreements
14 Apr 2014

What is a post-nuptial BFA?   A post-nuptial agreement, known in Australia as a ‘Binding Financial Agreement’ (BFA), is the post-wedding day equivalent of a BFA entered into […]

Resolving Construction Contract Payment Disputes
14 Apr 2014

There is commonly confusion around builders’ and contractors’ right to payment when disputes arise or contracts are terminated before completion of works.  Where does the confusion lie and […]

Childbirth Maintenance
8 Apr 2014

Child support is not the only liability that is imposed on single parents. Under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) a father of a child who is not […]

Legal Professional Privilege
7 Apr 2014

In July last year the Sunday Times revealed J.K Rowling as the author behind the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.  Whilst there was speculation that it was a publicity stunt […]

What should you do if you have been charged with a Criminal Offence in Western Australia?
31 Mar 2014

Criminal law in Western Australia is governed by the Criminal Code Act Compilation Act 1913. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, these are a few […]

The Dangers of Online/DIY Legal Documents
30 Mar 2014

Obtaining legal documents for a few hundred dollars online instead of a few thousand at a law firm may sound like an attractive option. However, doing so can […]

No Bullying!
27 Mar 2014

As outlined in our previous article in HHG E-Check, since January 2014, a worker may apply to the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) for an order to stop bullying […]

FIFO Work and Divorce
26 Mar 2014

As a result of the large mining sector in Western Australia, Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) jobs are more common here than in most other places in Australia. While FIFO […]

What to Look for When Choosing a Family Lawyer
26 Mar 2014

Your divorce or separation is bound to have a significant impact on all aspects of your life. This period in your life may be a challenging and difficult […]

How well do you know your friends? Anti-association laws in Australia
24 Mar 2014

Don’t think you could get arrested for having dinner with friends or for catching up for a beer with old mates? Think again. If your friends happen to […]

Pre-nuptial Agreements (Binding Financial Agreements)
18 Mar 2014

Background In Australia, pre-nuptial agreements are called Binding Financial Agreements (BFA’s).  The Family Law Act 1975 (“the Act”) allows couple to enter into legally binding financial agreements with […]

Police Negligence Case Cuts New Teeth for Restraining Orders
18 Mar 2014

  The recent case of a Tiffany Paterson who sued the police for not adequately enforcing her restraining order provides court ordered restraining orders with enhanced prospects of […]

Legal Advice Still Essential in Amicable Separations
17 Mar 2014

Going through a separation or divorce can be extremely challenging especially when there are children involved, and it is fair to say that genuinely amicable separations are very […]

Wills, Marriage and Divorce in Western Australia
17 Mar 2014

What if I get married after making my will?   If you marry after you have made a will, your marriage cancels your will unless that will was […]

Protecting Children – State, Commonwealth and International Law
11 Mar 2014

  International Instruments   Most people are aware that Australian children are protected by a range of Commonwealth and State Acts of Parliament.  Australia has also ratified a […]

Family Law Settlements Tax Implications
10 Mar 2014

Minor changes in taxation law are not usually a matter of concern or interest to most people, unless their financial situation is directly affected by those changes. Up […]

Restraining Orders
9 Mar 2014

Violence & Annoyance, Go Away! Stay Away! Court ordered boundaries in shifting relationships.   Psychologists regularly remind us of the importance of setting boundaries. Sometimes when people cannot […]

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)
5 Mar 2014

Family dispute resolution (FDR) is a process involving you and your ex-partner meeting with a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) to try to sort out your family law […]

Surrogacy Law in Western Australia
4 Mar 2014

The Surrogacy Act 2008 (WA) was passed by the West Australian parliament on 10 December 2008 with the associated Regulations, Directions and Rules commencing on 1 March 2009. The commencement of […]

Family Law Proceedings and Social Media
27 Feb 2014

Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even professional networking sites such as LinkedIn are increasingly changing the way family law matters are conducted in Australia. […]

Checklist: Client Experience – Your Number One Competitive Advantage.
26 Feb 2014

There is little argument that client demands are far greater today than they were in times past. There is also general agreement that client demands and expectations will […]

Basic Contracts Workshop
17 Feb 2014

“How well do you understand your MBA contracts? Are you using your contract as an effective business tool? What are the key things to remember to ensure your […]

Property Settlement – winning lotto after separation
16 Feb 2014

Separating couples should be aware that their financial circumstances can change dramatically from the date of separation to the final split of the matrimonial/relationship property.  Recently, a woman […]

Parenting Arrangements
12 Feb 2014

  When a marriage or de facto relationship breaks down and parties separate, property settlement is often not the only issue.   As any parent would know, children […]

De Facto Separation – how it works
10 Feb 2014

After separating from a de facto partner it is important to ensure your affairs are reviewed and updated to reflect the change in your relationship status. Issues to […]

Deadlines
3 Feb 2014

Am I too late? Some deadlines have no extensions, and no excuses   To ensure the Courts don’t get clogged up with old cases based on distant past […]

Misleading or Deceptive Conduct
28 Jan 2014

  Don’t be Deceived.       The Australian Consumer Law and its predecessor legislation have for 40 years served to enable victims of sharp or misleading practices […]

Prove It
21 Jan 2014

Why the Right Evidence, In the Right Way, At the Right Time is Essential for Success In Litigation   A golden rule in litigation is: never make an […]

Doubtful Debts
21 Jan 2014

What simpler legal question could there be than: “What is a debt”? You don’t need to be a lawyer to answer that one, right? Everyone knows that a […]

Clarify Your Contracts and Get What You Bargained For
20 Jan 2014

     This article is a timely reminder never to sign a document where agreements or promises are recorded unless you have made sure, with the benefit of legal […]

Buying and Selling a Business – HHG Legal Group Director, Murray Thornhill, Interview
15 Jan 2014

HHG Legal Group Director, Murray Thornhill, recently sat down with ABC South Coast presenter, John Cecil, to discuss the Tips and Traps for Buying a Business. Date: 15/01/14 […]

Breaking a property lease – a tenant’s perspective
14 Jan 2014

Over 2013 the median residential rental price in Perth fell by $10 to $460 dollars per week.  Many renters see reductions like this as an opportunity to snap […]

Granny flats to solve Perth’s rental squeeze?
12 Jan 2014

Changes to West Australian property laws are set to alter the way we see the Granny Flat. As at August 2013 a home owner is no longer required […]

PRESS RELEASE: WA’s HHG Legal Group Wins #3 Ranking out of all Law Firms in Australia
20 Dec 2013

  ‘Punching above its weight’ once again, medium size WA law firm, HHG Legal Group, was yesterday independently ranked #3 out of all law firms in Australia.  Managing […]

The Holiday Season Is Just Around The Corner…
18 Dec 2013

Christmas and New Year are a time for family, celebration and indulgence. The silly season brings with it overseas holidays, marriages and births. Did you know that if […]

Checklist: The 2014 ‘bullying’ jurisdiction of the Fair Work Commission
15 Dec 2013

On 1 January 2014, amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 will come into effect. Among the amendments is a new jurisdiction for the Fair Work Commission to […]

HHG – The first law firm in WA to launch a Client Satisfaction Guarantee?
10 Dec 2013

On 1 December 2013, exactly 10 years after Simon Creek and Murray Thornhill purchased the nearly 100 year old Hudson Henning & Goodman, turning it into what is […]

Twitter @HHG anyone?
9 Dec 2013

If you like to tweet, why not follow HHG Legal Group on @HHG1919? For legal tweets with a more personalised flavor, you can also follow HHG’s Managing Director, […]

Simon Creek joins new Professional Development Committee at the Legal Practice Board
9 Dec 2013

The Legal Practice Board recently created a Professional Development Committee. Among other things, this new committee will be responsible for reviewing the compulsory professional development requirements of solicitors […]

HHG is Proud to Sponsor the Albany Tennis Academy
14 Oct 2013

As a member of the Albany community, we belive it is our duty to support those organisations that enrich the community. The Albany Tennis Academy is one such […]

HHG Nominated as a Top 50 Firm
30 Sep 2013

HHG has been nominated as one of Australia’s Top 50 law firms! We are proud to be nominated and greatly appreciate the votes of our clients and friends. […]

HHG Nominated as a Top 50 Law Firm
18 Sep 2013

HHG has been nominated as one of Australia’s Top 50 law firms! We are proud to be nominated and greatly appreciate the votes of our clients and friends. […]

HHG Directors Locked Up: Convicts for a Cause
9 Sep 2013

HHG Legal Group’s two Directors, Simon Creek and Murray Thornhill will be locked up in Fremantle Prison this Thursday! In aid of the Convicts for a Cause charity, Simon […]

New Mount Barker Location
26 Aug 2013

HHG has moved in Mount Barker. Our new office is located in the Mount Barker Community Resource Centre: Office 5, 1 Lowood Rd, Mount Barker. The office is […]

Happy Financial Planning Week!
26 Aug 2013

Happy Financial Planning Week, when all Australians are encouraged to seek help with their finances. Remember – financial planning is not just for the wealthy! Financial planners, accountants […]

New And Improved HHG Legal Group website!
26 Aug 2013

Welcome to the new and improved HHG Legal Group website! Hello and welcome to the brand new HHG Legal Group website. The new site has some great new […]

Important Changes to The Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA)
20 Aug 2013

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE RESIDENTIALTENANCIES ACT 1987 (WA) Below is a summary of some of the important changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987(WA) which came into effect on […]

Protecting Bonds Bank Guarantees
6 May 2013

How to Protect your Bonds and Bank Guarantees Join Murray Thornhill, Director, Colin Thorpe and other members of the litigation team, as we provide tips and examine traps […]

ESTATE PLANNING Q&A: END OF YEAR TAX PLANNING
8 Apr 2013

End of year tax planning: PAF’s and Charitable Giving HHG Legal Group’s Janene Bon and Bernadette Duell will present a Q&A session providing an opportunity for clients and […]

SIMON CREEK RE-ELECTED
3 Apr 2013

HHG LEGAL GROUP’S SIMON CREEK RE-ELECTED TO LEGAL PRACTICE BOARD OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA Along with John Fiocco, Valerie Hodgins, Noelle Hossen, Elizabeth Macknay and Sabina Schlink, HHG Legal […]

ALBANY Q&A – BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING
1 Apr 2013

Business Succession Planning: How to ensure the continued success of your life’s work whilst providing for the future of your loved ones What happens when one member of […]

HHG LEGAL GROUP MOVES TO THE NEXT LEVEL
24 Mar 2013

After two years of consolidation, medium size law firm, HHG Legal Group, is ready for further growth and innovation. Following a stint as Chairman during a brief foray […]

Step-Children and Estate Planning
26 Feb 2013

STEP-CHILDREN & ESTATE PLANNING – MAJOR CHANGES TO THE LAW In Western Australia, long awaited amendments to the law to allow step-children to claim against the estate of […]

Simon Creek – The West Australian
12 Dec 2012

How to make films that make money Simon Creek’s comments appear in Kim McDonald’s article in the business section of the West Australian (Thursday 14 December 2012). As […]

The New Laws affecting Philanthropy
27 Sep 2012

The New Commission for Not-for-Profits, Charities and Private Philanthropy: How does it affect you? A Q&A Session with HHG Legal Group When: Wednesday 6 March 2013 Time: 5.15pm […]

VIP Charity Cocktail Party
16 Sep 2012

As a law firm that has always taken pro bono and charitable work very seriously, we are thrilled to be able to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities […]

Work, Health and Safety Laws
8 Aug 2012

UPDATE ON WORK, HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS HHG Legal Group is mindful that the national ‘harmonisation’ of Work, Health and Safety laws will have a significant impact on […]

HHG Appointments Mark Milestone in Corporate Growth
1 Aug 2012

HHG Legal Group is pleased to announce the appointments of Murray Thornhill as Managing Director and Simon Creek as the newly created role of Chairman, a milestone in […]

Proud Sponsors: Grapes And Gallops
14 Mar 2012

Grapes and Gallops 2013 HHG Legal Group – Proud Sponsors HHG PROUD SUPPORTERS OF GRAPES AND GALLOPS FESTIVAL IN MOUNT BARKER HHG Legal Group has sponsored the Grapes […]

Commercial Law Q
1 Feb 2012

LUNCHTIME Q&A WITH THE HHG COMMERCIAL TEAM The Wrap Up of 2012 Commercial Law Issues and What to Expect in 2013 When: Wednesday 27 March 2013 Time: 12.00pm […]

An Estate Plan Is a Necessity, Not a Luxury
21 Dec 2011

Having a comprehensive and up to date Estate Plan is not a luxury but a necessity. An out of date Will may result in your assets being distributed […]

Advance Health Directives (Living Wills)
7 Dec 2011

An Advance Health Directive (AHD), often referred to as a “Living Will”, is a legal document you can sign now directing/stating which medical treatment you want or do […]

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"Always fast and thorough service. Thank you"

Sitka Pil

My circumstances at the time I made contact with HHG were dire following my argument being rejected by two no win no fee firms. Following my initial meeting with HHG's employment law team I was left feeling extremely positive by the response and concern shown by HHG in regards to their support of my argument along with their preparedness to pursue an outcome on my behalf.

I accept the fact that nobody really wins in these cases (mental health/ workplace) however the end result was what would be considered most favourable and far in excess of what would have been achieved had I not sought the advice from HHG.

I have no hesitation in recommending HHG to anyone caught up in the messy circumstances I found myself in at the time.

Great advice and five-star commitment to their client!!"

Nathan Lynch

"Thank you for such great assistance with the transaction of Flying Domestics on behalf of Lorna Good. It has been such a pleasure to work with the HHG Legal Group and I look forward to working with you in the future."

Jim Goodwin

"Simon Creek and his team were at all times empathic, professional and confident.  My matter needed to be addressed within a pressing time frame, and their availability at short notice and contact after hours was much appreciated.  It caused me considerable stress, but having such a thoroughly reliable and competent team to call on helped me to feel in control. Although I hope not to need their services again in future, I would be confident in doing so!"

Dr Lana Bell

"A good outcome is what we can expect.  A great outcome is a sign of a company which does the very best for their clients. A very big thank you to Daniel Morris for showing empathy towards my small and much needed legal action.

To HHG Legal Group, thank you for a great outcome.  I would recommend your company to anyone seeking legal services."

Jan Atkinson

"Your support this morning was amazingly kind, not to mention your totally reassuring competence, knowledge and wisdom that you used on my behalf.  It was extremely reassuring to have your knowledgeable support, and I particularly appreciated your real and obvious kindness to me. It means so much at a very difficult time. I'm so grateful to you."

Family Law Client

"Janene was very professional and we established a good rapport quickly. The subject of death and wills can be quite confronting to deal with, however, Janene's approach was soft and accommodating."

Lynette Livesey

"A big thank you to HHG for their professional service, continued support, and wide range of legal knowledge. Our clients have given us nothing but kind words regarding HHG Legal Group and so we have no hesitation in referring and recommending Simon Creek and HHG Legal Group for their outstanding services and legal expertise."

Nigel Plowman, Director at McKinley Plowman & Associates

"Simon is a friendly and practical legal advisor. I have received great feedback from the clients I have referred to him and his team at HHG Legal Group."

Richard Beal, Director at BDO

"Over the last few years, I have been impressed by Simon’s legal ability, management skills, entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity and people skills. He appears to be that rare breed of lawyer – both knowledgeable and commercial."

Michael Malone, Founder of iiNet

"Our family has been a client of HHG Legal Group over many years.  Business has included drawing up of wills for three generations and preparing of probate for my father in law. I would have no hesitation in recommending HHG Legal Group to anyone requiring such services."

Bernice Climie

"You should be congratulated for the manner in which your staff address clients and we found our dealings with your company, once again a very pleasant experience and we would like to truly thank you for your efforts."

Steve Harvey and Jane Powell

"HHG Legal were absolutely fantastic. Extremely responsive and brought calm to our chaotic family situation through their knowledge and caring attitude. Extremely professional from our very first contact with them and they expertly guided our family though the required legal process over almost a 12 month period."

Amanda Williamson

"Fantastic team! They really care about their client. Tim Colcutt is a 'go that extra mile' guy who gives his client his all. I can't recommend HHG and Tim enough."

Kerry Samson

"I had a fantastic lawyer in Matthew Lilly. He helped me out a great deal with good, sound advice in a friendly, professional manner. First class, thanks Matthew"

Graeme Hammond

"Marine Plant Systems has been working with HHG Legal Group for a few years now and they continually provide first-class service. Their professional advice has been invaluable to our company."

Carolin Grimm - Marine Plant Systems

"We were kept up to date at all times. Pricing was always updated over the time period so we remained "in budget". Personal access to someone whenever I had questions. All in all a great experience without too much fuss."

Rosslyn Tasker - COO AltusQ Pty Ltd

"Good service you can count on."

Miles Lee

"HHG Legal Group has provided outstanding support as I have taken the journey of buying a business, their professionalism is beyond reproach. Their assistance throughout the Due Diligence process has been invaluable, I would fully recommend them."

Mark Armitage

"Very friendly and efficient service - what a pleasure working with Matthew."

Jacques Taylor

"I highly recommend Daniel from HHG Lawyer in Mandurah. When dealing with a complicated legal property matter recently I was extremely impressed by Daniel's honesty and integrity and the legal advice I received. I am very happy with the service from HHG Legal."

Tony Walker

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