Johnston Withers Archive

SKENE V WORKPAC PTY LTD (2018) FCAFC 131 – Casual employees may not be so casual

In the case of WorkPac Pty Ltd [2018] FCAFC 131, the Full Court of the Federal Court upheld a decision that an employee engaged as a casual worker and described as such but working a regular roster is a permanent employee. Accordingly the worker is entitled to annual leave under the Fair Work Act 2009 ... Read more

Indigenous Deaths in Custody – 27 years since the Royal Commission

27 years ago, Elliot Johnston, a founder of Johnston Withers, was one of the Commissioners tasked with delivering a report into the intolerable number of indigenous deaths in prisons and police cells across Australia. Prompted by growing public dissidence, the Final Report of the Royal Commission in to Aboriginal Deaths in Custody found that Aboriginal people ... Read more

7 key things for tenants to consider before signing a Commercial Lease

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
A commercial lease is a significant financial commitment for tenants. It can have serious consequences for your business, so it is important that you conduct your due diligence on the lease before signing it. Here is a list of 7 key things for tenants to consider before signing a commercial lease: 1. Does the Retail and Commercial ... Read more

Congratulations Sophie Bungey!

Congratulations Sophie Bungey! We are thrilled to announce that Sophie Bungey is our newest Registered Conveyancer. Sophie heads up the Adelaide conveyancing team and works closely with Gemma Wallace, head of Conveyancing. Sophie has been an integral part of the JW Conveyancing team for over 18 months and we are excited to see her achieve her goal ... Read more

Johnston Withers has taken over the Adelaide office of ASX-listed Slater and Gordon

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
SOUTH Australian law firm Johnston Withers has taken over the Adelaide office of embattled ASX-listed multinational Slater and Gordon. The tie-up will lift the number of Johnston Withers staff to close to 60, with six Slater and Gordon lawyers and support staff retained as part of the combined business, continuing to operate from their current offices ... Read more

6 things farmers should know when considering a wind farm lease

Wind and solar farms can be a low stress way for a farmer to earn regular income which is available in good years and bad. They can be positive for the land owner and for the community, particularly in the construction phase. Caitlin Walkington, a solicitor from our Adelaide office who hails from Jamestown in ... Read more

Employment Law – Peter McCusker, recently retired President of the SAET

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
Employment Law On 15 April 2018 Peter McCusker, recently retired President of the South Australian Employment Tribunal and a former partner of Johnston Withers, presented the attached paper concerning the development of unfair dismissal law in South Australia, to the Labour History Society SA. Our firm has been very involved in the development of unfair dismissal law ... Read more

Business structures for start-up businesses  

There are several common business structures for start-up businesses in Australia. Each structure has different legal and taxation implications. Sole trader A sole trader is a single individual who solely owns, operates and is responsible for all aspects of the business. They have fewer reporting requirements than other business structures and it is simple and relatively inexpensive ... Read more

The Dangers of a Personal Guarantee

Have you ever been asked to sign a guarantee? It can come up in many situations. If you are running a business, you might be asked to provide a personal guarantee of the lease or a trading account, or a guarantee of a business loan. As an individual, you might be asked to guarantee a home loan ... Read more

Meet Tanya

Meet Tanya Williams, Registered Conveyancer  and passionate local in Clare. Tanya loves conveyancing and helping the locals achieve their dreams - you can find Tanya on various committees –school governing councils, various sporting committees (hockey, cricket, basketball) and now President of Clare & Districts Hockey Association. What do you love about Conveyancing? My clients – it’s ... Read more