Insights

Finally, clarity on casual employment

The High Court has recently handed down a landmark decision as to what constitutes “casual employment”. In doing so the Court held that: the fact that a casual employee has been employed on a long term basis and has an expectation of continuing employment on a regular and systematic basis is not inconsistent with a casual employment relationship; and the terms of the written employment contract are of critical importance in determining whether or not an employee is a casual...

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Merger and Acquisition activity in Western Australia

The West Australian economy would appear to be quite vibrant at the moment, and we have recently been involved in various purchase and sale of business transactions in the SME sector.  There are usually a number of issues that need to be dealt with in such transactions, and the way these are dealt with can affect the “bottom-line” of the transaction.  Accordingly both buyers and sellers need to ensure that their interests are properly protected from a legal perspective to...

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Estate planning is always important

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused some to consider their wills and estate planning.  Whilst we hope that Australia, and Western Australia in particular, continues to do as well as it has in dealing with Covid, we need to be sure that we have satisfactory arrangements in place for our loved ones if something unexpected happens. We provide a full range of estate planning services including the preparation of wills, EPA’s, EPG’s and a range of trust deeds. Please contact Ian Tait...

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WA Covid-19 update

The Perth metropolitan area, Peel and the South West region have been placed in hard lockdown from 6pm Sunday 31 January 2021 until 6pm Friday 5 February 2021. It is possible that the hard lockdown period may be extended depending on developments. Only certain categories of business may operate during this period. We are continuing to provide our usual services, albeit remotely. If you would like any advice in relation to the effect of the lockdown on your business, for...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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)....

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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.

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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...

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