changes to defamation laws in Queensland

Updates to Defamation Laws in Queensland

On 20 April 2021, The Defamation (Model Provisions) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (“the Bill”) was introduced into Parliament to amend parts of the Defamation Act 2005 (Qld).  In 2006, Queensland and the other states and territories adopted the Uniform Defamation Laws (“UDL”). Following the adoption, the law on defamation was substantially the same...
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right to a view in Queensland

Is there a right to a view in Queensland?

If you’re thinking about purchasing a picturesque property overlooking a scenic vista, please bear in mind that property owners do not have a legal entitlement to a view in Australia.  Sometimes, the risk to your view arises from new development.  If so, you may be able to make submissions to your local counsel to oppose...
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social media defamation

The Perils of Social Media Defamation

Defamation is an area of the law that most readers would be familiar with. The general idea is that if one person publishes an opinion about another person which reduces their standing within the community, it can be classified as defamation. It is a legal issue presented in popular culture, because we live in an...
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defamation

Defamation, Civil and Criminal: The limits of what you can say.

We’re generally free to say what we want, but there are limitations to free speech that cover a wide range of issues important to society. Defamation laws protect people and organisations from abuses of free speech. What is it? Defamation is a civil action allowing parties to seek compensation for damages against a person’s reputation...
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employment matters

Employment matters – we like to understand your business

Employment law affects all businesses with employees. Employment relationships can be complex and the rights and responsibilities are ever-evolving. An employment law “health check” is worth the investment to ensure your business is compliant with legal obligations whilst protecting your business’ interests for the future. At Cohen Legal, we pride ourselves in providing our clients...
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intellectual property

Partnership Disputes over Intellectual Property

When a business owned by two or more partners dissolves, disputes over how to divide intellectual property (IP) ownership rights between partners often arise, particularly when the partnership agreement does not provide any recourse or there is no partnership agreement at all. Two partners set up a business. Both had great plans for their new...
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shareholder agreement

Shareholders Agreement

The purpose of a shareholders agreement is to govern shareholders of a company, their business relationship and arrangements, both during and after the relationship. Shareholders agreements are not mandatory. However, it’s important to set out the rights and obligations of shareholders in a binding agreement so that disputes amongst shareholders are minimised. As no two...
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agreements

Three things to keep an eye on in any agreement you make

Agreements are a part of every business. While most agreements are formed without a hitch, the consequences of simple mistakes can cause major headaches and be costly for your business. Here are some issues to think about and potentially avoid some very big problems.  Agreements can be legally binding despite being extremely informal A common...
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intellectual property

Is your business’ intellectual property adequately protected?

Intellectual property rights, also known as IP rights, provide owners with the time and opportunity to commercialise their creations.  Your business name, logo, trade secrets, and any creative processes and inventions all fall within the gamut of IP.  Your IP is what will differentiate your business from another. So, is it adequately protected from copycats...
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litigation

Litigation – What is it?

Litigation is the area of law when things get a bit hairy – you or your business are in a dispute about contractual breaches, unpaid monies and other issues. Essentially, you’re heading into a legal fight and it’s stressful and complicated. You need a legal partner to help you navigate the legal vortex. Seek help...
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