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

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

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

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

Changes to GST Law on New Residential Premises

The Australian government has recently introduced changes to GST law affecting suppliers and purchasers of new residential premises or subdivisions of potential residential land. Purchaser to remit GST directly ATO Under these changes, purchasers of new residential premises (other than those created through a substantial renovation and commercial residential premises) or subdivisions of potential residential land will ... Read more

World Intellectual Property Day – we bust a common misconception made by businesses.

Business Names and Trade Marks –Is There A Difference? Selecting a business name to establish a brand presence is one of the most significant decisions you will make when starting your own business. However, a common and often costly misconception is that registering a business name or company name will provide the same protection as a ... Read more

Meet Erin Guerin

Meet Erin Guerin, Conveyancing assistant and all round awesome lady! Erin has been at Johnston Withers Incorporating Marshall Conveyancing since 2014 and she is much loved by staff, clients and referrers. Erin is hardworking, efficient and is passionate about delivering outstanding customer service.  Knowing that Erin is supporting our Registered Conveyancers gives us a great ... Read more