In June 2015 a trucking company boss, Peter Colbert, was found guilty of the manslaughter of one employee and endangering the life of another after knowingly allowing his employees to drive a truck … read more >
The Mining Act 1971 sets out how mining companies are to deal with landowners in SA. This includes the processes for entering onto a person's land and the paument of compensation if the land is to be … read more >
The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court have announced an "eDivorce strategy". By the end of this month (September 2016), both courts will accept and process Applications for Divorce … read more >
Despite being more than six years since the Personal Property Securities Act came into effect, many lawyers and business people still do not use or fully understand it.
The PPSA created the Personal … read more >
It has long been the case that small businesses have found themselves engaging with large businesses who have a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude when it comes to contracts, with larger … read more >
Philip Page, partner at Mellor Olsson and Chair of the Law Society’s Property Committee, received the Brian Withers award at the Law Society’s annual awards dinner on Friday 5 August 2 … read more >
Over recent months, Super SA have made a key change to their Triple S Super product and now allow its members, as well as those with a Flexible Rollover Product and Income Stream investors, the … read more >
Foreign ownership of Australian farmland has been dominating headlines recently, and given the composition of the Senate following the recent federal election, that situation is unlikely to change … read more >
Sarah Vinall, a Senior Associate in our Medical Negligence team, discusses the recent South Australian chemotherapy dosing scandal, the mistakes that were made in the … read more >
In this article, solicitor Victoria Gilliland, takes a look at the recent Supreme Court case Hoff & Anor v City of Mitcham & Ors  SASCFC 3 and the questions it raises about when … read more >
Last year’s state budget made a number of changes to stamp duty. One of those changes specifically targeted the transfer of property to charities.
Previously, where a gift was made to a … read more >
Preparing wills or a succession plan can be difficult at the best of times.
This is particularly the case for farmers, who often have complex business structures, such as trusts, partnerships, … read more >
The Annual Wage Review was decided this afternoon. In this article, our employment team summarise the key changes.
The Minimum Wage Panel has decided that the National Minimum … read more >
The Real Property (Electronic Conveyancing) Amendment Bill 2016 proposes to make the most dramatic changes to conveyancing practice in South Australia since the first Real Property Act … read more >
Mellor Olsson has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as one of the leading agribusiness law firms in South Australia for 2016. Managing Partner, Greg Arthur, and Consultant, Andrew Goode, were … read more >
As most of you would be aware, Australia has recently signed two international trade agreements which will potentially have a significant impact on the Australian agricultural sector.
The … read more >
With the government in unofficial election mode, you could be forgiven for thinking the 2016 budget would be uncontroversial.
In fact, significant tax and superannuation measures were introduced, … read more >
For better or worse, these days the seller of goods has to ensure what he or she is selling is of a suitable quality. Livestock is no exception, particularly in respect of disease. Anyone selling … read more >
Managing Partner, Greg Arthur, has written a helpful guide suggesting some tax issues that Executors of an Estate should consider. You can read the article here.
This article was first … read more >
The March edition of The Bulletin, produced by The Law Society of South Australia, features an article by Senior Associate, Thea Birss, on the pros and cons of having a workplace code of conduct … read more >
When you are busy running a small business and receive a request for information about an employee’s entitlements from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), it’s very tempting to ignore it and … read more >
The Fair Work Ombudsman announced on Friday that it will be pursuing legal action against Victorian accounting firm, EZY Accounting 123 Pty Ltd, over its alleged involvement in the underpayment of … read more >
I happened to be flying from Port Lincoln to Adelaide in November when fires tore through a large portion of the Mid-North. The scene from the air was devastating. Many farmers and residents lost … read more >
An apartment manager in Sydney was sacked recently by his employer, Meriton Apartments, after it was brought to their attention that he had called journalist Clementine Ford a derogatory name on her … read more >
It’s almost Christmas which for many companies means time for the Christmas party. Inevitably, some employees are prone to ‘over indulging’ and there is the real risk of bad … read more >
Last Wednesday the High Court ruled unanimously that an employer breached the sham contracting provisions of the Fair Work Act by misrepresenting an employment relationship with its workers as an … read more >
The Fair Work Act provides workers with a right to severance pay when their employer no longer requires their job to be done except where this is due to the ordinary and customary turnover of labour. … read more >
Legal proceedings to recover a client base or stolen information are high stakes. Undertakings as to damages are generally required. Pleadings are drafted in a mad rush to attempt to … read more >
Mellor Olsson's family law team has been recognised as a leader in SA for 2015 according to Doyle's Guide.
In addition, long-time firm partner Jennie Goodale has been named as a recommended lawyer … read more >
Question: We have problems with our wills. We have three married children with families but are estranged from one and one grandchild. With our other children’s consent, we have left everything … read more >
Choosing the right time to retire can be a hard decision and will depend on your finances, work enjoyment, health and many other factors.
With judges, the retirement age is determined by legislation. … read more >
Another Decision Proposes a Model Time Off In Lieu Clause
The Fair Work Commission has delivered another decision as part of its obligatory review of the Modern Awards. This time the Commission … read more >
A recent Qld case, Maynard, dealt with the difficulties of proving the death of a Mr Maynard for the purpose of finalising his estate.
Mr Maynard went on a surfing holiday to Bali in August 2014 by … read more >
Generally speaking, operating a business via a company addresses the risk of losing the family home should things turn bad. However, the law has ripped a few holes in the corporate veil to remedy … read more >
Mellor Olsson has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as one of the leading planning and environment law firms in South Australia for 2015.
In addition, Firm Partners Anthony Kelly and Tim Mellor … read more >
Are You Ready for 1 July 2015? The Clock is Ticking!
The End of Financial Year is always a very busy time for businesses, particularly as it relates to employment issues. Big changes to your … read more >
Landmark Case – Employer Found Personally Guilty of Manslaughter of Employee
On 18 June 2015 a Supreme Court jury found an employer guilty of manslaughter and endangering the life of his … read more >
What You Need to Know About The 2015 Wage Rise!
On 2 June 2015 we advised you of the outcome of the Annual Wage Review for 2015. Now that the dust has settled, here are some things to consider as 1 … read more >
I DRAFTED the core of this article on disadvantages faced by small to medium businesses on May 13 and, much to my surprise, that night the federal government announced in its budget that the right to … read more >
Fair Work Commission Makes Changes to Awards regarding Annual Leave
As part of its obligatory review of the Modern Awards brought into existence in 2010, the Fair Work Commission this morning handed … read more >
Are You Prepared For The 2015 Wage Rise?
Our Legal E outlines the latest from The Fair Work Commission.
Annual Wage Review 2015
The Annual Wage Review was decided this afternoon. The Minimum Wage … read more >
The chorus to the old Creedence Clearwater Revival classic written by Marvin Gaye.
"Oh I heard it through the grapevine and I’m just about to lose my mind"
The "grapevine" effect was … read more >
Transferring Employees - What you need to know when buying or selling a business
There are many misconceptions about how to treat employees when you are purchasing or selling a business and … read more >
As of 1 July 2014, the new Advance Care Directive regime came into force, superseding the previous Enduring Power of Guardianship/Medical Power of Attorney regime.
An Advance Care Directive allows … read more >
By Greg Arthur and Andrew Smith, Mellor Olsson
Property settlements can be difficult in themselves to resolve without the added complexity of taking into account tax issues which make the task of … read more >
By Andrew Goode, Partner, Mellor Olsson
The Hon, Barnaby Joyce has persuaded the ANZ Bank to introduce a 12 month moratorium on forced farm sales in Queensland and New South Wales.
While Bank … read more >