New Bankruptcy Rules Commence 1 April 2016

New bankruptcy rules commence 1 April 2016

The Federal Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2016 and the Federal Circuit Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2016 come into effect tomorrow, 1 April 2016. The new Bankruptcy Rules rewrite the existing rules in a contemporary drafting style using terminology consistent with the Bankruptcy Act…

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The High Court On Civil Penalties

The High Court on Civil Penalties

On 9 December 2015, the High Court of Australia delivered judgment in Commonwealth v Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate [2015] HCA 46 unanimously allowing an appeal from the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia judgment in Director, Fair…

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Oration Seminars And Conferences

Oration Seminars and Conferences

Oration, launched in December 2015, aims to provide bespoke legal seminars, conferences and training to professionals in both private practice and in the industry. Our objective is to work closely with our clients to design and implement a quality and…

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Court Of Arbitration For Sport

Court of Arbitration for Sport

The International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) has appointed me as an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) (general list and the football list) and as a CAS mediator. The CAS, created in 1984, is an…

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Rapport In Mediation

Rapport in mediation

A recent blog on the Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation website ( refers to a survey by Northwestern University law professor Stephen Goldberg, in which veteran mediators expressed the view that establishing rapport is more important to effective mediation than…

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