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

‘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

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

Right of individuals in the SA Industrial Relations Commission

Right of Individuals to Apply to bring an Individual Dispute to the SA Industrial Relations CommissionOur firm acts for the Ambulance Employees Association and its members.In a dispute filed with the SA Industrial Commission a few months ago, on behalf of both an individual paramedic and the Union, the State Industrial Commission considered whether it ... Read more

Johnston Withers addresses mental health in the workplace

Our Managing Director Graham Harbord was invited to attend in February 2016 before the SA Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation, which is investigating mental health in the workplace. As an expert lawyer in Workers Compensation, Graham was asked by the Committee to provide advice about the new Return to Work Act and ... Read more

Johnston Withers addresses labour hire inquiry

Our Managing Director Graham Harbord was invited to attend a meeting in March 2016 of the SA Parliament Economic and Finance Committee which is holding an inquiry into the labour hire industry. As an expert employment lawyer he was invited to provide advice to the Committee about the law affecting labour hire agencies and the ... Read more

Self managed super – don’t forget your will

A recent report in Super News Alert published by Thomson Reuters has highlighted the complexities of family disputes over superannuation death benefits in self-managed superannuation funds.In that case, Maxwell Morris has signed a binding death nomination in favour of his two adult daughters from his first marriage of all his interest in his self-managed superannuation ... Read more

Estate dispute over family farm – promises upheld in recent decision

There has been an important case decided in the Supreme Court of South Australia about farm succession planning. The name of the case is Rodda v Rodda and it was decided on 1 July 2015 by Judge Nicholson.In that case the Court found that over the course of a long relationship between the father and ... Read more

Singing the Law

The Adnyamathanha People have lived in and around the Flinders Ranges in the north of South Australia long before the coming of white settlement. In 1994, the Adnyamathanha filed the first native title claim in South Australia, seeking a determination from the Federal Court that they hold customary rights and interests, including the right to ... Read more