Johnston Withers Archive

Valentine’s Day – What has love got to do with it?

I don’t know if you are a romantic, I am not sure I am, but I do often wonder about Valentine’s Day. It seems kind of odd we use this one day to buy flowers, chocolates, jewelry etc. to tell the one we love how we feel.Perhaps I am a cynic (I do think Hallmark ... Read more

Do you want your family to reap what you sow?

As part of our estate and succession planning practice Johnston Withers provides advice to our rural clients about inter-generational transfers of farming land and farming businesses.One of the important issues in relation to the transfer of family farming land and farming businesses is the assessment of stamp duty.The Stamp Duties Act, 1923 provides for an ... Read more

Findings From The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
Stephen QuinnOn 15 December 2017, the wide-ranging Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its final report. The Commission was established in 2013 and has drawn national attention since that time. The establishment of a federal compensation scheme marks an initial attempt to offer restitution to victims, but there is yet ... Read more

Johnston Withers Lawyers announce the acquisition of Marshall Conveyancing at Murray Bridge

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
  Johnston Withers Lawyers are excited to announce the acquisition of conveyancing firm, Marshall Conveyancing Group of Murray Bridge.Gemma Wallace, Registered Conveyancer for Johnston Withers, will take over the position of Practice Manager from Jess Caire, who will become an integral part of the Johnston Withers team. Jess felt that joining with a firm that held ... Read more

‘Tis the season to party — but only if you are over 18

We are in the midst of the festive season and the State Government has cracked down on the supply of alcohol to minors (i.e. anyone under the age of 18). This crack down is focusing on parties and events with large groups of teenagers.Under 18’s can still drink at a private residence as long as ... Read more

Injury, illness and disability affecting your ability to engage in employment

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
Steve Quinn provide some legal advice on Injury, illness and disability affecting your ability to engage in employment.When you are injured at work and unable to do your usual job for a period, workers compensation will usually cover some or all of your lost income and medical expenses, but what if you suffer an injury or ... Read more

Sign on the line before you leap…

The end of the 2017 year has brought wonderful news for those Australians who supported and may want to take advantage of the same sex marriage laws, with same sex marriages able to take place in Australia from early January. One thing that all engaged couples need to consider is their wills! If you prepare a ... Read more

Who is a Bully at Work?

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
GRAHAM HARBORD A recent landmark decision by the Fair Work Commission gives an expansive interpretation of the definition of ‘worker’ to potentially cover governing board members, including chairpersons and directors, for the purposes of the Fair Work Act’s anti-bullying jurisdiction. This is the first time that a chairperson of an organization has been considered to be ... Read more

Injured workers lose again

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
Hugh Rischbeith of our Adelaide office commented that the recent decision of Boland v Saxon Energy Services Australia Pty Ltd raises several important points on industrial safety and workers compensation law in South Australia.BackgroundIn Boland v Saxon, two employees of Saxon Energy Services (Saxon) suffered serious crush injuries while working on a drill rig when ... Read more

10 Things Your Employment Contract Should Contain

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Holly GardnerMany people think that if they do not have a written contract of employment then they are not under a contract of employment.  This is incorrect.  A verbal agreement can still be an enforceable agreement at law.  The real question is whether that contract is subject to verbal or written terms or a combination ... Read more