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Judicial Settlement conference Civil Procedure

Success! The court agreed to conduct a Judicial Settlement Conference in a civil matter despite reluctance by the oppositions lawyer. We requested this because our client was a young Australian uni student who wanted to proceed with her matter and try to resolve the dispute before going to trial. She did not have funds for paid mediation. Costs are generally split equally between the parties in mediation. We suggested that a judicial Settlement Conference is appropriate because it is a process similar to mediation and is free. The court registrar found in our favour due to the relationship at stake and the significant difference in the financial circumstances between the parties. 

Parking Fines – Real or Fake?

For quite some time private car park operators have been issuing payment notices which are designed to look like fines. This raises the question of misleading and unfair practices by private car park operators. There have been reports of community leaders also being investors or part owners in these private operators and a reaping the benefits of these fake fines.

Stamp duty surcharge on foreign buyers of residential property

When you buy or acquire a property in Victoria, you must pay land transfer duty (otherwise known as stamp duty) unless an exemption applies.

If you are a foreign purchaser and you acquire residential property, you must pay additional duty of 3 per cent. This additional duty applies to contracts, transactions, agreements and arrangements entered into and settled on or after 1 July 2015.

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