Corrs In Brief

Corrs In Brief offers the latest updates on legal issues and developments, focusing on their impact to your business and industry.

Has new NSW insurance legislation created more problems than it has solved for claimants, creditors and insolvency practitioners?

9 October 2017

The NSW Parliament has introduced new insurance legislation designed to clarify the rights of claimants to proceed directly against insurance companies. But in the context of insolvent corporations, has it created more problems than it has solved?

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Reviewing coal seam gas compensation due to a “material change in circumstances”

6 October 2017

For the first time, the Land Court has reviewed the compensation agreed under a Conduct and Compensation Agreement for coal seam gas activities due to an alleged “material change in circumstances”.

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Full Federal Court hands down appeal decision in Timber Creek native title case

4 October 2017

On 20 July 2017, the Full Court of the Federal Court gave judgment in the case Northern Territory of Australia v Griffiths [2017] FCAFC 106, considering compensation for the extinguishment or impairment of native title.

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Compensation for Extinguishment or Impairment of Native Title: The Federal Court Timber Creek Decision 24 August 2016

4 October 2017

Since the commencement of the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1994, the principles of assessing compensation for the impairment and extinguishment of native title have not been thoroughly considered by the Federal Court – until now.

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Full Federal Court determines native title does not exist over a large part of greater Brisbane

26 September 2017

On 25 July 2017, the Full Court of the Federal Court gave judgment on the case of Desmond Sandy and Ors on behalf of the Yugara People v State of Queensland & Ors [2017] FCAFC 108.

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B2B Focus: ACCC tests small business protections in new unfair contracts regime

25 September 2017

Amendments to the unfair contracts regime are brought into fresh focus within the small business community as the ACCC commences enforcement actions under the amended legislation.

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Parliament passes the Vulnerable Workers Bill

13 September 2017

Last week, Federal Parliament passed the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017. What are the key measures in the Bill?

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WA on the march towards model work health and safety laws

1 September 2017

As WA progresses to adopting its own version of the harmonised WHS legislation, employers in Western Australia will need to prepare for a number of changes in work health and safety laws over the next two years.

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Errors in Technical Standards in an Infrastructure Contract: Who Bears the Risk?

23 August 2017

An analysis of MT Højgaard A/S (Respondent) v E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited and another (Appellants) [2017] UKSC 59.

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Yarra City Council v MFB: The cost of legacy contamination

17 August 2017

In Yarra City Council v MFB (2017), the Victorian Court of Appeal held that Yarra City Council is liable for remediation costs linked to contamination caused by a coal tar pit installed decades before environmental legislation existed.

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