The kind of lawyer you hope the other guy has

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It’s not always easy to tell if the lawyer you’ve hired is right for you. If you’re wondering if you’ve chosen wisely our (slightly) tongue in cheek Guide may help you to decide if you’ve ended up with the kind of lawyer you hope the other guy has. “A lawyer’s advice is his stock and […]

Teacher fights unfair dismissal claim in Industrial Appeal Court

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Science teacher Charlie Brett is appealing against the WA Industrial Relations Commission’s majority finding that Education Department chief Sharon O’Neill was entitled to sack him after 30 years unblemished service. In 2012, Mr Brett was charged with serious offences to which he pleaded not guilty. He was automatically issued with an interim notice prohibiting him […]

The devil is in the documents

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Court cases are mostly decided on the facts in dispute – not esoteric points of law or by the brilliance of barristers’ arguments. And it’s surprising how often litigants leave sorting out the facts to the last minute. Sometimes what seemed to be a rock-solid action can collapse overnight because a factual point was overlooked. […]