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  • Man’s surprising defence to drink-driving charge

    Man’s surprising defence to drink-driving charge

    Most drink-driving cases are essentially open and shut – police breathlyse a person, get a reading above the legal limit and take their licence. But an exceptional case from Townsville where a Judge accepted that a man had drunk two cans of rum and coke between the time when he crashed his car and when […]

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  • The 11 things you should know before getting a divorce

    The 11 things you should know before getting a divorce

    DIVORCE is a traumatic time for anyone but getting help and taking clear action will save you time, money and let you get on with your life more quickly. The first thing you need to sort out are your finances and if there are children involved you need to get a parenting agreement. A key […]

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  • Climbers die on Mt Everest

    Climbers die on Mt Everest

    As the climbing season gets into the full swing on Mt Everest, people from all over the world flock to take on the world’s highest peak. From April to May Nepal becomes inundated with enthusiastic climbers wanting to take on eight of the world’s highest mountains. Every year the region claims casualties due to the […]

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  • Missing Athletes Turn Up In Sydney

    Missing Athletes Turn Up In Sydney

    As reported in major news outlets recently, a number of African athletes went missing from their accommodation during last month’s Commonwealth Games. It has now been announced that eleven of these competitors have sought legal advice from a refugee advocacy group in Sydney. The athletes reportedly wish to stay in Australia permanently and several have […]

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  • Consent Orders

    Consent Orders

    One area we regularly deal with in Family Law is in regard to ‘consent orders’. Consent orders are a binding written agreement that cover things such as; • Parenting Arrangements • Financial Arrangements • Property • Maintenance • Etc. Consent orders are an agreement that is approved by the Family Law court and once granted, […]

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  • Public Nuisance

    Public Nuisance

    Since November 2010, police officers have had the power to issue infringement notices for public nuisance, public urination, obstruction of a police officer (in relation to the public nuisance or public urination offence), and contravening requirements of a police officer (in relation to stating correct name and address regard the above). The public nuisance offence […]

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  • You can now have an appointment out of hours.

    You can now have an appointment out of hours.

    Strategic Lawyers have now extended their opening hours by appointment only, from 5pm-6pm. In some urgent instances we can open on the weekend. We understand that a lot of people cannot escape work and come into the office for an appointment in business hours, so we have provided a more flexible way for you to attend. […]

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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 .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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