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  • Welcome Amanda & Madeleine

    We would like to welcome on board Amanda and Madeleine to the Strategic Lawyers team. AMANDA ZUGNO – Paralegal Amanda, is a motivated final semester law student at James Cook University, with a keen interest in Commercial, Consumer and Criminal law, she doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Growing up with a family run business […]

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  • Advertiser Beware

    Advertiser Beware

    As you may not know, the Queensland Government passed the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Act 2017. As this amendment comes into force, those of you with small or large businesses need to consider how you may wish to advertise especially if you wish to do so on your fleet vehicles in […]

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  • The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 is now in effect

    The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 is now in effect

    Various changes have just been made to the Fair Work legislation. Have a read, thanks to the following article by Dynamic Business: “The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 means there are harsher penalties for serious breaches of employment entitlements and record keeping failures, starting last Friday (15 September). If an employer fails to […]

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  • Rebel Wilson awarded $4.5m in damages over defamatory magazine articles

    Rebel Wilson awarded $4.5m in damages over defamatory magazine articles

    Magazine publisher Bauer Media has been ordered to pay Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson more than $4.5 million in damages for defaming her in a series of stories in 2015. This is the largest ever payout in a defamation case in Australia and sends an extremely strong message to the media industry. Read more in the […]

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  • Same-sex marriage survey clears High Court hurdle 7-0

    Same-sex marriage survey clears High Court hurdle 7-0

      After two days of vigorous debate in the highest court in the country, today the High Court of Australia’s 7 Judges unanimously decided there is certainly nothing unconstitutional or illegal about the postal survey, and that the government’s legal fees are required to be paid by the challengers as a result. It’s a comprehensive […]

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  • Lunchbox Killer – Toddler’s Sweet (Rotting) Tooth

    Lunchbox Killer – Toddler’s Sweet (Rotting) Tooth

    Lunchbox Killer – Toddler’s Sweet (Rotting) Tooth The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” is sickly clichéd. It holds little meaning when heard in passing conversations in the street, or when that (we don’t say it out loud) “condescending” relative of ours uses it like a golden prophecy, simply due to its overuse. […]

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  • Lawyers as Problem Solvers

    Lawyers as Problem Solvers

    Lawyers as Problem Solvers “Problem-solving goes hand in hand with law; after all, its what lawyers do for a living. Not only do we solve problems, but we are also asked every now and then to dust off the ol’ crystal ball and do a little problem prediction.” – Clarissa Rayward

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  • 25 Years Since the “Mabo” High Court Decision

    25 Years Since the “Mabo” High Court Decision It’s been exactly 25 years since the High Court of Australia handed down the most significant decision in the law relating to Native Title. The decision in Mabo v Queensland (No 2) 175 CLR 1 established Native Title rights at a Common Law level and caused widespread controversy at […]

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  • Is Your Name, Really Your Name?

    Is Your Name, Really Your Name?

    Is Your Name, Really Your Name? Every Tom, Dick and Harry has a name. Something of great significance bestowed upon a person at birth. Even if it is something as common as, well, Tom, Dick, or Harry, everyone is special and has the right to use their name with pride. However, it has recently been […]

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  • Kissing Cousins

    Kissing Cousins

    Kissing Cousins Can I Legally Marry my Cousin?   The Christmas season is just behind us and for a lot of people, Christmas means getting together with family and friends to partake in the food, drink, and presents that come with the season. It’s a feel-good time. But maybe your family reunion over the holidays […]

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  • Important Trademarking Update | Fee Changes

    Important Trademarking Update | Fee Changes

    Today is a big day for IP Australia. As of today, the 10th of October 2016, they are introducing a new fee structure. What this means for you is that you are now only required to pay a one-off fee when you submit a trademark application. The major bonus to this is that registration fees […]

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  • What We Are All About

    What We Are All About

    Being on the forefront of everything we do, Strategic Lawyers are the first fully Fixed-Fee Townsville lawyers. A pioneering desire drives our vision to grow and build a law firm that is like nothing the profession has ever seen. Our team of outstanding Townsville based solicitors makes this possible. With a diversity in matters, the […]

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  • Clive Palmer 1.2bil Claim Rejected – Deemed a “startling affront to justice”…

    Clive Palmer 1.2bil Claim Rejected – Deemed a “startling affront to justice”…

    It is almost as though he just doesn’t give up. Clive Palmer has now been rejected by Queensland Supreme Court Justice John Bond in a claim against the liquidators FTI Consulting who have recently taken over Queensland Nickel. The claim stated at 1.2 billion dollars would be deemed a It is almost as though he just […]

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  • The Defender is being defended…

    The Defender is being defended…

    An ongoing debate and now court case has left Townsville’s sunken icon under the water for a little longer. The Defender is a 120 old ship which lives partially submerged in the Ross Creek here in Townsville just outside of the Museum of Tropical Queensland and has been there for 7 years now. It is […]

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  • Tough New QLD Smoking Laws – Be Warned!

    Tough New QLD Smoking Laws – Be Warned!

    Extreme changes have been put into effect regarding smoking laws in Queensland. It is clear that these changes are dramatic and immediate according to the ABC.  Here is an excerpt from the below link: “As of today, lighting up will be outlawed at or near childcare and aged care facilities, bus stops and taxi ranks, […]

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  • Possibly the most casual compensation request…ever.

    Possibly the most casual compensation request…ever.

    Are you a business owner? Have you ever been caught out by an event out of your control? Maybe it was construction work, roadworks, a police investigation, natural disaster or even a mass crowd – whatever it was, there’s always a chance that you can do something about it. In the case of Ms Knightley, […]

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  • Facebook Post Overturns Suspended Sentence

    Facebook Post Overturns Suspended Sentence

    It seems that Judges are becoming social media savvy if a recent overturning of a sentence in the UK is anything to go by. Two brothers were summoned back into court for mocking a judge on Facebook after she decided to suspend their sentences of two years instead of sending them to prison for dealing […]

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  • We Know Ninjas Love Weapons But….

    We Know Ninjas Love Weapons But….

    ….did you know that under the current Queensland Weapons Regulations a person may not, without reasonable excuse, possess or acquire a restricted item? This means that an individual cannot purchase or keep restricted items without risking criminal charges. Restricted items include but are not limited to, Hand Cuffs, Nunchucks, Telescopic Batons, laser pointers, even studded […]

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  • Thinking of Starting a Business?

    Thinking of Starting a Business?

    Setting up your own business can be a very exciting time. But before you start, you can save yourself a lot of time and money by being aware of what’s involved in running a business. Investing the time into proper planning is the key to turning your dreams into a reality. Many people don’t understand […]

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  • Should police use resources chasing small-time drug users at music festivals?

    Should police use resources chasing small-time drug users at music festivals?

    The Queensland Police Service continues to expend valuable resources chasing small-time drug users at Townsville-based music festivals. And it is worth knowing your rights if you are detained and searched by police as it can dramatically impact the outcome you get, if you face possession charges in court. Sign up to our free newsletter here […]

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