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Author: Jason Papoutsis

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Responding to Show Cause Letters

Responding to Show Cause Letters If you have received a show cause letter, it is important that you obtain legal advice and assistance with responding to the allegations against you.  This applies to people who are both guilty or innocent of the conduct alleged.   This article discusses the purpose of show cause letters, the common forms of show cause letters, and why legal advice is so important to ensuring you attain a successful outcome. What is a Show Cause Letter? A show cause letter (also known as a show cause notice), is a letter sent to a person which provides them with...

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Enhanced Enforcement & Deterrence Regulations for Queensland Engineers

ENHANCED ENFORCEMENT & DETERRENCE REGULATIONS FOR QUEENSLAND ENGINEERS The New Regulatory Regime Comes Into Effect on 1 March 2021 The Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) has been protecting the public and setting the standards for engineers in Queensland for almost a century.   But soon, the BPEQ will have enhanced investigative and enforcement powers, bringing it up to speed with many other regulatory bodies in Queensland and Australia.  It is anticipated that the strengthening of the regulatory regime will lead to audits, investigations, and possibly also disciplinary action and criminal charges against engineers and the firms who employ them. Who is affected...

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From Collaboration to Conflict:  What Happens When Your Joint Venture, business partnership, or Informal Collaboration with Another Business Turns Sour?

By Jason Papoutsis An increasing amount of businesses across the world, and here in Queensland, are collaborating with other businesses.   These types of collaborative relationships are very common these days, whether it’s GoPro & Redbull, a social media influencer who has entered into an agreement to promote a business and attend events, or your local coffee shop teaming up with a surf shop down the street.   This recent trend should come as no surprise, as are many benefits to businesses collaborating. Some of these benefits include: Collaborative relationships provide both businesses the opportunity to create unique events which attract large crowds (ie,...

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Allegations of Criminal Wrongdoing in Civil Disputes – What You Need to Know

Allegations of Criminal Wrongdoing in Civil Disputes – What You Need to Know By Jason Papoutsis Individuals who are alleging (or have been accused of) criminal wrongdoing in a civil dispute should think twice about settling those disputes themselves without the assistance of lawyers. Some examples of civil disputes where criminal conduct is also alleged include: Claims for the recovery of debts or liquidated demands of money; Claims for unpaid wages or unfair dismissal, and other employment disputes,; Claims arising out of contract between a consumer and trader, or two traders; Claims for damage to property; Claims in defects for goods, including...

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Weapons Licensing Matters in Queensland

Australian attitudes towards gun laws are arguably much more sensible than those in the United States, where mass shootings and gun related violence are a common occurrence.  The rest of the world sees Australia, and the lessons learned from the Port Arthur massacre, as a leading example of why gun laws should be strengthened.   It is evident that the strengthening of gun laws in Australia has generally led to a downturn in gun related homicides and crimes, and since Australian gun laws were strengthened, no mass murders similar to Port Arthur have occurred since. Despite this, gun laws and gun safety...

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Blue card “No Card, No Start”:  New Changes To the Blue Card System

On 31 August 2020, changes were made to the Blue Card system which all Blue Card applicants and Blue Card holders should be aware of. The “No Card, No Start” law The Blue Card system now states that applicants will be unable to work of volunteer in a position which requires a blue card until their application is approved.  Previously, applicants were permitted to begin work which requires a Blue Card whilst their application was being processed. New Rules for Blue Card Expiring The new rules also state that if you do not renew your blue card by the expiry date, you will...

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New lemon car laws introdcued to protect consumers who have bought defective or faulty vehicles

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS At Potts Lawyers we received many enquiries about new car buyers buying a lemon car. A “lemon” is a common term for a vehicle that turns out to have several manufacturing defects affecting the safety, value, or utility of that vehicle. Most Australia states did not previously have ‘lemon laws’. Lemon laws are aimed at protecting consumers against defects in new vehicles, and usually require the manufacturer to repair, replace, or refund the consumer’s vehicle. Beginning 1 September 2019 the Queensland government finally introduced new lemon laws to protect consumers who purchase defective motor vehicles. The changes came...

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Queensland Ambulance Service Paramedics and Paramedicine Students Now Regulated by AHPRA

QUEENSLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE PARAMEDICS AND PARAMEDICINE STUDENTS NOW REGULATED BY AHPRA Important information for all Queensland paramedics and paramedicine Students As the national regulation of paramedicine is approaching its final stages, Queensland paramedics should know that they must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) by 1 December 2018 in order to practice paramedicine. Once registered, a paramedic’s registration will then be recognised in all states and territories in Australia.   All paramedics should check AHPRA’s website to see if the need to register with AHPRA, as some exceptions apply. Suitability Requirements for Paramedics All practicing paramedics and paramedicine students should...

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Post-employment Obligations: Restraint of Trade and Non-Solicitation

Article by Jason Papoutsis, Litigation Lawyer What Employees and Employers should know Quite often, when the employer-employee relationship ends, employees often forget that some of the clauses within their employment agreements often extend beyond the employer-employee relationship. Even in circumstances were no employment contract exists, employees might still owe a fiduciary duty to their employer which may extend beyond the employer-employee relationship. Common issues that often arise in relation to restrain of trade and non-solicitation include: former employees working with one of their main competitors and/or divulging trade secrets to that competitor; former employees opening up a new business which directly competes with...

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Social Media Defamation: What to Look Out For

Article by Jason Papoutsis, Litigation Lawyer As defamation lawsuits in relation to publications made on social media like Facebook and Twitter are continuing to rise, it is important to understand how defamation law extends to the internet and whether there are any additional factors that you need to consider before defending or initiating a defamation dispute.   Are Defamatory Publications on Social Media any different from traditional Defamation cases? Generally, defamation occurs when defamatory material relating to an individual is published. The defamatory publication simply needs to be: communicated by the defendant to a third party other than the plaintiff; must identify the plaintiff;...

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