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Law's leading lights shine

The 2015 Law Institute of Victoria Awards celebrated the achievements of Victorian lawyers with a first - a red carpet evening event.

By Carolyn Ford


Feature Articles

The power to override


The power to override

The recent East-West Link dispute is a timely reminder of the risk that any government contract can be overridden by statute. However, this is a risk that is unlikely to eventuate.  

By Robert Boadle

Access all areas


Access all areas

When faced with proposed  telecommunications installation on  their land, owners and occupiers  should be mindful of key time frames  and understand limits to their rights.  

By Yanson Ching

Restraint or restriction of trade?


Restraint or restriction of trade?

Where all parties intended to create a valid lawful restraint agreement, it is lamentable that due to poor draftsmanship the ex-employer loses all protection, possibly to the point of ruin. 

By Robert Dean

Private agents


Private agents

Before engaging a workplace investigator, make sure they are lawfully permitted to conduct  the investigation. 

By Associate justice Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou

Balancing the time limit


Balancing the time limit

The limitation period for building actions in Victoria has been in flux for years due to differing interpretations of the Building Act. The Court of Appeal has now clarified the matter. 

By Fabienne Loncar

VCAT is not a court - a sequel


VCAT is not a court - a sequel

It is now generally accepted that VCAT is not a court. However, the consequences of taking this too literally and inflexibly may be quite unintended. 

By Michael King

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