nowing how to effectively challenge a fine presents a stumbling block for most of us.In an Australian-first for the legal assistance sector, Moonee Valley Legal Service recently launched FineFixer – a new website that provides personalised legal information to help Victorians understand their legal rights and how to tackle fines.More than 5 million fines are issued each … [Read more...]
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While preparing a lecture on fashion law, trademarks and intellectual property, a strange thought occurred to me: "Is my skin an illegal artwork?" Don’t get me wrong, I’m no masterpiece. I do, however, have tattoos. One illustration by Audrey Kawasaki, one of my favourite Japanese-American artists, is sizeable and took nine hours to complete.The tattoo was completed long … [Read more...]
e’ve all been there – slowly reclining in an uncomfortable blue plastic dentist chair, willing the experience to be over as quickly and painlessly as possible. A basic check-up is what you signed up for, but you leave the office with a fresh set of x-rays, a numb mouth, three fillings and a follow-up appointment booked a few weeks later.We place a pretty unique amount of … [Read more...]
magine finding something that has no rightful place in your food while brunching this weekend. A piece of plastic or glass sitting incongruously atop your smashed avo? Or maybe a strand of dirty hair so grotesquely curled around your poached eggs that it triggers an uncontrollable upchuck reflex? Perhaps a worm or spider smugly unfolds itself from your pile of … [Read more...]
ound the trumpet and bang the drums, because National Law Week is here again from 15-21 May 2017.Law Week is an opportunity for the legal industry to celebrate and promote a better understanding of the law and legal processes to the general public. But it's not a unique activity, as similar celebrations centred on the promotion of the rule of law also take place … [Read more...]
t recently emerged that Airbus has been the subject of investigations in five countries, including Australia. These investigations are in relation to allegations of fraud, bribery, corruption and other offences, such as falsely inflating prices during transactions.This comes amid a review by Airbus into its dealings with third-party consultants, prompted by investigations … [Read more...]
A person accused of committing a crime and who is being held in custody is generally entitled to be granted bail unless a Court refuses bail under section 4(1) of the Bail Act 1977 (Vic) on the basis that there is an ‘unacceptable risk’ that the accused person, if released on bail, would:fail to surrender himself/herself into custody and answer bail commit an offence … [Read more...]
he internet is a font of wisdom on any topic you could conceivably wish to learn more about. Punch your question into Google and 'Voilà!' there's your answer. But when it comes to intellectual property law, it's important to distinguish between Search Results containing reliable information and dangerous misinformation. The breakneck speed in which online information and ideas … [Read more...]
’m a big fan of the #perthisok hashtag (I know, judge me accordingly) but I never really considered that someone could have intellectual property rights in something that seems so unassuming.Hashtags have proven to be very valuable tools for businesses, with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts that include hashtags returning twice the engagement rate of those without one. … [Read more...]
ost of us have at some stage in our childhood fantasised over our wedding day. Who will I marry? What will they look like? Where will I get married? As a mother of four small children, I often have three little ‘brides’ and one very reluctant ‘groom’ (my 9-year-old son) role playing ‘weddings’ in my lounge room.But what happens when the fantasy is no longer a reality? The … [Read more...]