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October 11, 2017

Claims against Guvera Limited

Shine Lawyers is investigating claims for compensation against accountants who made recommendations to their clients to invest in Guvera Limited in the period prior to Guvera’s failed attempt at an IPO. Shine’s investigations have revealed that numerous “mum and dad” investors were represented to Guvera as being “sophisticated investors” so as to gain access to […]

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October 4, 2017

How safe are your investment funds?

How safe are your investment funds? The Shine Lawyers’ Professional Negligence team has a timely reminder for ordinary Australians looking to invest their hard earned savings. Managed funds – no matter how professionally they are packaged and marketed – must be treated with extra caution. The big banks are very tightly regulated but managed super […]

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September 7, 2017

Misleading and deceptive conduct explained

You might have come across the phrase ‘misleading or deceptive conduct’ before, and wondered what it meant in the legal world. The answer lies in section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law: “A person must not, in trade or commerce, engage in conduct that is misleading or deceptive or is likely to mislead or deceive.” […]

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July 13, 2017

What happens when my lawyer has their licence revoked?

It is a lawyer’s legal duty and moral responsibility to act and represent their clients in an honest and professional manner. In order to ensure that lawyers meet this high standard, they are required to hold and continually renew a practicing licence or certificate. However, if your lawyer’s licence is revoked or you are concerned […]

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May 12, 2017

Advocates’ Immunity and Legal Negligence

Advocates’ immunity is a doctrine which protects lawyers, both solicitors and barristers, from being sued by their clients for negligence. In the case of Kendirjian v Lepore, decided in March this year, the High Court was offered a chance to abolish the doctrine. Disappointingly, the court refused to change course from its earlier decisions, limiting […]

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April 28, 2017

Changes to super: How will you be affected?

The changes to superannuation announced in the May 2016 Budget are designed to improve the sustainability and integrity of the Australian super system, and are due to take effect from July 2017. Every Australian, particularly those close to or in retirement, should be mindful of how these changes will impact their hard-earned retirement funds. Will […]

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March 21, 2017

The case of Lloyd Rayney: A defining moment for Australian defamation law

Lloyd Rayney’s defamation case has opened the doors to significant possible developments in Australian common law. Mr Rayney brought an action in defamation against the State of Western Australia, alleging he was defamed by a detective when named as the “prime and only” suspect in his wife’s murder. Manager of Shine Lawyers’ Professional Negligence practice […]

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February 10, 2017

The dos and don’ts of coming into money

How can a change in financial circumstances come about? People often come into money through unforeseen circumstances. The more common causes of a change in one’s financial status are a: large inheritance; windfall (e.g. lottery or jackpot); compensation/insurance payout; or change of job.   What impact can this have on you and those around you? […]

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July 17, 2015

Wickham Securities class action filed in Federal Court

Shine Lawyers has today filed a class action against Sandhurst Trustees on behalf of 150 Australian retirees who lost life savings of close to $27 million when Wickham Securities went into liquidation two years ago. Shine Lawyers Professional Negligence Department Manager Jan Saddler is leading the action against Sandhurst, the trustee company who oversaw the […]

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