Saving the environment one page at a time.

By | July 18th, 2017|News|

Our Brilliant Thinking team at BTLawyers have been working hard on becoming more eco-friendly through the implementation of our Paperless Project. In mid-2016, BTLawyers set a goal to reduce our printing and photocopying - we wondered how this was going to be achieved with the number of briefs and correspondence required in a law firm. [...]

When should I update or review my Will?

By | July 17th, 2017|News, Wills and Estates|

By Dani Jones With personal circumstances forever changing and the majority of us being time poor, for most people it has been quite some time since they last looked at their Will or even thought about it. Quite often I talk to clients who prepared a Will 20 years ago when they were first married [...]

WorkCover agrees that an injury is not work-related but the claimant seeks review to the Workers’ Compensation Regulator – what now?

By | July 11th, 2017|Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Ryan Kennedy Employers often seek our advice about reviews to the Workers’ Compensation Regulator. Often WorkCover will agree with the employer that an injury is not work-related, however the claimant will seek review.  When this happens, the Regulator must decide whether to confirm WorkCover’s decision to reject the claim as being non-work related, or [...]

Why do I need a Will?

By | June 15th, 2017|Family Law, News|

By Dani Jones This is a phrase I too often hear as a solicitor.  Succession planning is not a topic many people like to think about let alone discuss with loved ones or a solicitor.  I find a common trend especially amongst young people is that “I’ll get around to it later” or “everything will [...]

Trial and Error: Preparing your documents for trial

By | June 12th, 2017|Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By George Williams “It is a truism, often used in accident cases, that with every day that passes the memory becomes fainter and the imagination becomes more active. For that reason, a witness, however honest, rarely persuades a Judge that his present recollection is preferable to that which was taken down in writing immediately after [...]

Disentangling Factual Causation in Personal Injury Cases

By | June 8th, 2017|Litigation, News, Safety, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Georgina Wong Sections 305D(1)(a) and 305D(2) of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) Recent Case of Psychiatric Injury from Workplace Assault The Court of Appeal recently upheld an appeal lodged by an employer in The Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane v Greenway [2017] QCA 103 in relation to [...]

A new chapter in the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Act

By | June 7th, 2017|Litigation, News, Safety, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Tristan Higham Much has been lauded about the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Act 2016 (“the Amendment Act”)[1] and in particular the insertion of section 236B, which in short summary was inserted to reverse the effects of the judgement of Byrne v People Resourcing (Qld) Pty Ltd & Anor [2014] [...]

Fair Work Commission lifts minimum wage rates by $22 per week- a surprising 3.3% increase

By | June 6th, 2017|HR/IR, Industrial Relations, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter The Fair Work Commission President Justice Iain Ross handed down the commission’s annual judgement today on what will be minimum pay rates in Australia for the financial year  commencing 1 July 2017- and it seems no one is happy with the result.  The Commission is required to conduct the annual review and [...]

Trial and Error: Preparing your witness for trial

By | June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

By George Williams So now that you’ve considered all the costs and risks and made a decision not to settle but go to trial, how should you prepare your witnesses and documents to give yourself the best chance of winning? General Rules when dealing with witnesses “There are known knowns, things we know we know; [...]

What happens when a Domestic Violence Order is breached?

By | June 2nd, 2017|Domestic Violence, Family Law, News|

By Vanessa Hernandez Domestic Violence Order Domestic Violence Orders (‘DVO’) are court orders designed to prevent future domestic or family violence occurring. The can also commonly be referred to as “Protection Orders” or “Restraining Orders”. A DVO tells the person committing an act of domestic violence (“the respondent”) what not to do in the future [...]