Insights

Merry Christmas and our best wishes for 2021

After what has been a difficult year for many, we hope that you and your families have an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and festive season.

Our office will be closed for the Christmas break from 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020, re-opening at 9am on Wednesday 13 January 2021.

We have assisted our clients where possible to deal with the challenges of this year and remain committed to doing so in 2021.

Cape to Cape track

Ian and Alison recently hiked the Cape to Cape track over 7 days. They averaged 20kms each day, enjoying the stunning coastal scenery, the Boranup forest and the beaches. Admittedly the beaches were a bit of a challenge – the soft sand was hard work to walk on, but they felt a real sense of achievement completing the track end to end, from Cape Naturaliste to Augusta, lighthouse to lighthouse.

The wildflowers were out en masse which turned out to be a highlight of this hike. The walk was originally scheduled for April but postponed due to Covid, so the wildflowers more than made up for the delay.

Covid-19 – We are here to help

Whilst many if not most of our client’s businesses have been impacted by Covid-19 in one or other way, we are pleased to have been able to assist them in dealing with this.

The Government has this week announced some changes to the measures put in place to help businesses during these challenging times, and we will continue to provide our clients with whatever assistance we can in this regard.

Should you require advice or assistance in relation to the above, please contact Ian Tait.

Dealing with Covid-19

We decided at the commencement of the Covid-19 crisis, that we should focus on assisting our clients deal with the resultant issues and challenges.

Since then both the Federal and State governments have put in place a number of restrictions on business, but also implemented measures to assist business whilst these restrictions are in place (for example the relaxation of insolvency rules; the Jobkeeper scheme and related changes to employment laws to give employers greater flexibility in dealing with employees).

Even though the restrictions which were put in place are now hopefully in the process of being lifted, the economic effect of those restrictions is going to be with us for a long time. We remain committed to assisting our clients to deal with these issues, so please do not hesitate to contact us should you need legal advice on Covid-19 related issues.

We have moved to 11 Ventnor Avenue in West Perth

After 22 years in St Georges Terrace in the CBD, it was time for a change. So in early June we packed up and re-homed our offices in West Perth. It is a peaceful place to be, the streets are tree-lined and it’s much quieter than the CBD, but we still have easy access to the city and the courts. We have settled in well in our new offices and look forward to welcoming our clients there.

Burley Sekem merger

Tait & Co recently acted for Burley Sekem in respect of its merger with Kookaburra Sport.

The merger brings together 2 iconic Australian brands involved in the supply of sporting goods and clothing, Burley Sekem primarily in respect of the various football codes, and Kookaburra primarily in respect of cricket and hockey.

We provided legal advice and assistance from the early negotiation phase of the transaction, through the due diligence process, up to and including the finalisation and implementation of the legal agreement and documentation required for a transaction of this nature.

We look forward to seeing the merged business going from strength to strength in the future.

Lord Howe Island

Whilst the office was closed for Christmas, Ian and Alison took advantage of the opportunity to visit Lord Howe Island, off the coast of Sydney. The island is smaller than Rottnest and is characterised by sandy beaches, subtropical forests and clear waters, and is teeming with bird life. The world’s southernmost coral reef protects a crystal-clear lagoon which is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. There are also several magnificent day walks for those who prefer to be on dry land. A bonus was that there is no mobile coverage on the island, there was no TV and internet access is scarce. Alison and Ian couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable holiday!

City to Surf

The last Sunday in August and it was once again City to Surf time for the Tait & Co team. Half the team opted to run the 12km event, while the other half chose the more leisurely option and walked the 4km event! It was a great effort by everybody, on a glorious sunny spring-like day in Perth.

Afterwards we all met up at the Tait home in Floreat, joined by a few extras, for a barbeque, some refreshments and laughter!

Seeing Eye Dogs – Elroy’s Pack

We thought we would update you about a charity we support, Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, a division of Vision Australia. We are currently sponsoring a pack of 6 puppies, the leader of the pack being Elroy! The photo above shows Elroy, Emeric, Everett, Eugene, Edgar and the only female Ellie. The idea is to help turn these cute puppies into fully trained and professional Seeing Eye Dogs! 

Puppy sponsors make a regular gift towards the training of a Seeing Eye Dog and with over 300,000 Australians living with vision loss they urgently need to train more dogs that can make a life changing difference to Australians who are blind or have low vision.

Seeing Eye Dogs Australia provides mobility dogs nationwide. It costs $35,000 and takes up to two years to train a Seeing Eye Dog and they don’t receive any government funding. We think it’s a worthy cause and hope you do too.

Trekking on the Larapinta Trail

The Tait family recently travelled to the Red Centre for the first time, flying into Alice Springs, to take part in a 3 day trek on the Larapinta Trail in the McDonnell ranges. They trekked as part of a small guided group; on Day 1 tackling an 8km walk around the Ormiston Gorge with a welcome dip in the waterhole at the end; a 15 km hike on Day 2 up to the ridge of the Heavitree Range, and on to Counts Point, with iconic views of the trail; concluding on Day 3 with an early morning hike to the top of Mt Sonder, the 4th highest peak in the area, to watch the sun rise – a challenging but rewarding 16km round trip with incredible views of the stunning Central Australian range. Each night they slept in swags under the stars, a novel experience. All in all the trip was unforgettable, and the family are keen to return one day to see some of the other must-sees of the region, including Kings Canyon.