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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 […]

ON THE SPOT services offer ultimate convenience

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Birman & Ride’s new range of ON THE SPOT legal services are set to revolutionise customer service in Western Australia – offering superior ease and convenience for clients. Developed in-house by a team of lawyers and software developers, Birman & Ride’s advanced interactive instruction forms enable the preparation of straightforward documents and court applications with the convenience […]

Auditor-General: Low risk of property fraud in WA

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Western Australia’s auditor-general Colin Murphy is confident new measures to reduce the risk of fraudulent property sales are strong. Sound oversight In February 2015, the auditor-general released his report into the regulation of the state’s real estate agents and settlement agentsand found the state has sound oversight in place, and the risk of direct financial loss […]

Vale the Settlements Scale? Good riddance, actually!

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The Attorney General and Minister for Commerce Michael Mischin has today announced the abolition of the Settlement Agent Act Scalefollowing a review by the Department of Commerce. From 3 February 2016, fees charged by settlement agents will no longer be capped by the State Government. According to the Minister, competition and market forces will keep costs reasonable for […]

Elder abuse and the law

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It’s difficult and uncomfortable to define “Elder abuse”. It’s a broad brush term used to define a range of physical, psychological, sexual and financial abuse or neglect directed towards older people in the community. It’s often an almost invisible form of abuse, occurring as it does in the private confines of trust relationships including family, […]

Here there be pirates…

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With Australians sitting at the top of the online piracy charts, it comes as no surprise that the Federal government is considering cracking down on illicit downloading with a “three strikes” graduated response scheme. What is a graduated response scheme? Graduated response schemes involve sending a series of warning notices to owners of Internet accounts that have […]

Lawyers lead charge in settlements price war

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Aggressive marketing by law firms has sparked a price-cutting war in Perth’s overcrowded conveyancing industry, saving home buyers and sellers hundreds or even thousands of dollars in settlement fees. Settlement agents calculate their fees on the value of the real estate transaction up to maximums prescribed by Government regulations. 75% of agents surveyed oppose abolishing […]

Compare apples with apples when choosing a settlement agent

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Flat Rate Settlements offers instant online quotes that are fair and transparent. And if you happen to find a cheaper price, we’ll beat it by 5%. But not everyone plays fair. Here are some tips for selecting a settlement agent: Compare apples with apples. Ethical agents are clear about their fees and don’t confuse them with disbursements […]

Bookkeeper acquitted of 82 fraud charges

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Following a 5 day trial, Birman & Ride today secured the acquittal on all counts of a bookkeeper charged with 82 counts of stealing from an employer. Police laid the charges following her employer’s complaint that he queried ‘irregular payments’ appearing on his company’s bank statements. The employer claimed that he had been unable to […]

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 […]