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Congratulations on your promotion Ellie Bassingthwaighte

Congratulations on your promotion Ellie Bassingthwaighte

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Ellie Bassingthwaighte, to Associate at Hall Payne Lawyers. Ellie is a member of our Employment & Industrial Law team in our Brisbane…

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Hall Payne objects to reliance on insurer’s medical evidence and secures worker’s entitlement

Hall Payne objects to reliance on insurer’s medical evidence and secures worker’s entitlement

Work related injuries are an all-too-common occurrence in Australian workplaces. One may assume that a fair and equitable workers compensation scheme would assist injured workers during their period of recovery,…

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Family Law Consent Orders – are they worth my while?

Family Law Consent Orders – are they worth my while?

Consent Orders are a written agreement approved by the court. They can be used for agreements about the children as well as financial matters such as property settlement and spousal…

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$585,000 Pricey Punch: Queensland District Court Award Damages to Victim of Workplace Assault

$585,000 Pricey Punch: Queensland District Court Award Damages to Victim of Workplace Assault

Jamie Colwell was employed by Top Cut Foods as a knife hand/butcher. On 20 January 2014, he was assaulted by a fellow worker, Parks, which caused him to sustain a…

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Does my criminal record stay with me forever?

Does my criminal record stay with me forever?

If you’ve been convicted of a criminal offence, you will usually then have a criminal record. This can cause a variety of problems, many of which can rear their head…

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You, your mobile phone and the Queensland Police

You, your mobile phone and the Queensland Police

It’s been a common query in recent times; do the Police have the right to access content on your mobile phone? It’s not clear cut, but here’s our advice. Your…

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How to minimise your costs in Family Law disputes

How to minimise your costs in Family Law disputes

In this day and age many people are only interested in one thing… “What is it going to cost me?”. And this can be particularly relevant to the cost of…

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What happens when I plead guilty to my Magistrate’s Court charge?

What happens when I plead guilty to my Magistrate’s Court charge?

If you’ve been charged by Police and have a court hearing date in the Magistrate’s Court, you will have options to plead guilty or not guilty. It’s important that you…

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Over $198,000 backpay for mine workers plus fines for Rio Tinto

Over $198,000 backpay for mine workers plus fines for Rio Tinto

Regular readers of the Hall Payne blog will recall our April 2018 article “Rio Tinto fined again for breach of Hail Creek enterprise agreement”. That story related to breach of…

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Super Decision: High Court allows recovery of dying man’s lost superannuation payments

Super Decision: High Court allows recovery of dying man’s lost superannuation payments

Most Australian workers will have superannuation. They will have a fund balance which comprises contributions made over their years of employment. Most will have insurance options; primarily TPD insurance and…

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If Police want to speak to me, do I have to answer their questions?

If Police want to speak to me, do I have to answer their questions?

As part of general Police investigations into criminal offences, they will want to interview a number of people about the matter. This could include witnesses, experts and suspects. If you…

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Are you a casual employee? You may not be according to this recent decision

Are you a casual employee? You may not be according to this recent decision

Debate is raging in Parliament, businesses, unions, households and in the media regarding current levels of workplace security. The union movement is strongly pursuing a campaign called ‘Change the Rules’…

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