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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 […]

Statutory demands – a secret weapon in debt collection

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Birman & Ride’s cost-effective demand letters produce a much higher volume of debt recoveries for our clients than legal action. For one reason, some recipients settle claims they might otherwise dispute simply to protect their credit rating. But what if you could force a slow-paying corporation to pay up or risk being wound up? And at minimal […]

Tougher penalties for bad drivers

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Recent changes to the state’s road traffic laws aim to deter unlawful driving through an immediate and substantial increase in penalties. Under the influence Changes to the Road Traffic Act, which came into effect on 1 October 2011, increase the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs, particularly for repeat offenders. In […]

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. […]