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Special measures introduced in April by the New South Wales Attorney General in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which allow for the remote witnessing of…

COVID-19 has had a historic impact on Australia’s economy. The imposition of restrictions by Federal and State governments, coupled with depressed market…

The Federal Government has made a new determination extending the operation of measures expressly allowing for documents to be electronically executed under…

To say 2020 has been a year of disruption is an understatement!  Between bushfires, floods and COVID-19, the Australian charities and not-for-profit sector…

This guide describes the nature and scope of the legal framework governing the employment relationship around the world. The country outlines cover not just…
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The economic consequences of COVID-19 have had a major impact on the ability of organisations to generate cash flow and pay ongoing liabilities, including…

Regulators in Australia and around the world have quickly responded to COVID-19 by adapting their working methods, adjusting their priorities, implementing…

The annual general meeting (AGM) is often a key event in the yearly calendar for charity and not-for-profit organisations, but AGMs may very well be…

From 28 September 2020, the JobKeeper scheme will transition to a tiered system where eligible employees will receive JobKeeper payments based on the number of…
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Concerns regarding 5G cellular network technology have been circulated for well over a decade, ranging from radiation exposure, all the way to wacky mind…

What happens to privacy in a world where there is no physical boundary between professional and private life?

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There is no denying that the pandemic has permanently altered the ways in which organisations have to manage their workforces, with a large proportion of…

A distributed workforce depends on a high speed, reliable communications network accessible to all.  In this paper, we review how the UK and Australian…

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has become aware of several arrangements that have been used to artificially create entitlements to, and obtain…

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Artificial Intelligence’s medical potential has rarely felt more important than now. Across the world data-driven technology is helping us respond to COVID-19…

The Minerals Council of Australia Chief Executive Tania Constable has stated that continuing the movement of essential operational staff is crucial in…

With the gradual alleviation of COVID-19 restrictions, some reopening businesses are subject to new rules under which they must collect personal information…

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg today announced comprehensive changes to Australia’s foreign investment regime, which will among other things introduce a…

As coronavirus restrictions begin to ease across the country, many Australians are feeling hopeful that we will soon be back at work with our colleagues.

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On 25 May 2020, the Treasurer used his temporary power to modify the Corporations Act to make changes to the continuous disclosure regime.  From a policy…

The Tasmanian Department of State Growth (Department) has released the ‘Draft Renewable Energy Action Plan 2020’ (Draft Action Plan) for public comment.

The economic consequences of COVID-19 have had a major impact on the ability of organisations to generate cash flow and pay ongoing liabilities, including rent…

Last month we wrote about practical steps that APRA-regulated entities can take with third parties who manage their information assets so that they comply…

Special, temporary regulations have been introduced in Victoria permitting witnessing via audio visual link, and expanding the valid use of electronic…

ASIC announced yesterday an additional suite of temporary measures to assist entities with their financial reporting obligations and has amended its ‘no…

Public entities (both listed and unlisted) are generally required by the Corporations Act to hold an annual general meeting (AGM) within 5 months of the end…

The economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous financial stress for many borrowers, including issuers of notes and other debt securities…

Late Monday, the Federal Government released an exposure draft of its COVIDSafe contact-tracing app privacy legislation as an amendment to the Privacy Act…

The Federal Government ushered in a Determination on 5 May 2020 allowing companies to hold meetings remotely via virtual meetings while public restrictions…

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the demands on vital medical devices, pharmaceuticals and related technologies. These include preventative…

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create novel challenges for Australian governments, both in directly managing the health response and urgently passing…

On Saturday, 25 April 2020, the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and NSW Minister for Finance & Small Business, Damien Tudehope, confirmed new…

As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic IP Offices around the world, like IP Australia and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ), are…

The unprecedented health and economic issues arising from the pandemic are putting intense pressure on dealings between businesses and consumers and other…

The world is grappling with an unprecedented health and economic crisis. We are all adjusting to a new world order of social distancing, increased working…

New South Wales has now implemented regulations to assist in renegotiating the terms of commercial leases where lessees have been impacted by COVID-19.  The…

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The global economy has suffered a massive hit from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The collective impact of disruptions to supply chains and falling consumer demand…

In recent weeks, the Federal Government has encouraged all Australians to download its COVIDSafe digital contact-tracing app. The relaxation of COVID-19…

This edition of the Deal Report continues the focus on restructuring and recapitalisation transactions with a summary of the recent emergency capital…

Since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the world has changed in a dramatic way and at a significant pace. The Australian economy, and indeed…
The impact of COVID-19 continues to play out in global financial markets. In Australia, it has been almost 4 weeks since the ASX announced its first suite of…

See our October 2020 update - UPDATE: Remote witnessing and attestation to continue in NSW

The global slowdown in economic activity as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in countries across the globe has sent financial markets into a sharp descent…

As the world struggles to deal with the rapid spread of the coronavirus, governments globally are turning to technology to help “flatten the curve” and slow…

The Federal Treasurer has released the rules on how the JobKeeper Scheme (Scheme) will operate. In this insight, we provide an overview of the rules and…
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The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has handed down its decision on pandemic leave which varied 99 modern awards (Awards) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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On 8 April 2020, Federal Parliament passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020. The legislation amends the Fair…

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Gilbert + Tobin has created an intuitive web app which outlines the various COVID-19 Federal relief responses, both for businesses and individuals. The app…

The economic consequences of COVID-19 have had a major impact on the ability of organisations to generate cash flow and pay ongoing liabilities, such as…

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On 7 April 2020 the Federal Government introduced the Mandatory Code of Conduct which will apply to commercial leases of certain…

While we have seen State and Federal Governments announcing a variety of stimulus measures to assist business in these uncertain times (use this 

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NSW Procurement has stated that the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies as an ‘emergency’ for the purposes of the Public Works Procurement Act 1912 (NSW) (PWP Act) and…
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Material adverse change (MAC) clauses and COVID-19

Many corporate and finance transactions may be disrupted due to the unpredictable…

We all have probably Googled our suspected symptoms.  Even your doctor may have used Google during a consultation to confirm his or her diagnosis or show…

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created massive stress on liquidity levels and credit availability across many industry sectors and markets including the…

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On 19 March 2020, the Australian Government announced relief measures for smaller lenders who finance their loan origination through securitisation, to ensure…
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Restrictions introduced by the West Australian and Federal Governments to curb the spread of COVID-19 has disrupted operations and increased the economic…

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced its intention to vary 103 modern awards to insert new provisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates globally, businesses are facing another kind of outbreak – a rise in COVID-19 related cyber security attacks. In this…

The world is currently grappling with an unprecedented health and economic crisis. COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and significantly impacting Australia's…

ASX has today announced a suite of temporary measures to facilitate capital raisings and assist listed entities to meet their obligations under the ASX…

In this article, we answer some of your questions about the unpaid stand-down provisions of the Fair Work Act and detail recent changes to legislation and…
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Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, first reported by Chinese authorities on New Year’s Eve 2019, governments around the globe and their public health…

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There are a variety of contractual clauses that may give a contracting party relief from performance in the event they are affected by…

This is our second edition of the Federal, State and Territory Governments stimulus packages.  The Federal Government alone, in the space of three weeks,…

The Prime Minister has today announced a JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight for eligible employees of businesses which qualify for the subsidy…

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The Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill came into effect on Wednesday 25 March 2020 as part of the Federal government’s response to the economic…
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As of 10:30pm AEST on Sunday, 29 March 2020, the monetary thresholds for foreign investment proposals covered by the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act…

In the resources sector, parties’ efforts are commonly focused on ‘foreseeable’ events when it comes to negotiating a force majeure provision (cyclones and…

The effects of COVID-19 are likely to have many ramifications on organisations throughout Australia, including how an organisation complies with its…

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On 23 March 2020, in response to the increasing economic threat that the Coronavirus poses, the Commonwealth Government introduced the Coronavirus Economic…
In the race to find both a vaccine and cure for COVID-19, the tension between monopoly rights and public access to crucial medicines, diagnostics and medical…

COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and significantly impacting Australia’s economy.  Federal and state governments recently announced further…

The recent COVID-19 outbreak, and the government’s responses, have caused widespread disruption to business and society.  This includes…

The effects of COVID-19 are likely to have many ramifications on organisations throughout Australia, including how an organisation complies with its…

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ASIC has issued a media release stating that it will shift its focus on the challenges created by the current pandemic.  ASIC’s renewed approach aims to…

Australian Governments, at every level, released stimulus packages aimed at individuals (inevitably those who lose their jobs through this crisis) and at…

The impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s economy means that many companies will need to assess all available means of accessing funding to alleviate the brunt…

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released a statement and

COVID-19 is having a serious impact on cash flows of many businesses.  And who knows how many businesses it will take down with it before it is over.  It is…

The world is struggling to meet the challenges presented by the rapid spread of COVID-19.  Politicians and policy makers have been coming to grips with the…

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Addressing the impacts of COVID-19 under continuous disclosure obligations is incredibly challenging.  Consider that since the market…

COVID-19 Response Team

If you would like to discuss the legal implications of COVID-19 and how it may impact your business, please contact one of the following:
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Susan Jones
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