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New Code of Conduct for Registered Migration Agents coming into effect 1 March 2022

By Jason Papoutsis - Litigation Lawyer A new Code of Conduct for registered migration agents has been prescribed by the Migration  (Migration Agents Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021​ (the “new Code”).  The new Code takes effect on 1 March 2022. The Department of Home Affairs has recommended that all registered migration agents familiarise themselves with the new code to determine whether their business practices need to be changed to comply with the new Code. Registered migration agents can be disciplined or can have their registrations suspended or cancelled for failing to comply with the Code. Any registered migration agent who is accused of contravening...

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Confiscations Proceedings in Queensland: How Lawfully Obtained Property can be Seized

Written by Jason Papoutsis - Litigation Lawyer The Criminal Proceeds Confiscations Act 2002 (Qld) (“the Act”) was enacted with the main object of removing the financial gain and increasing the financial loss associated with illegal activity.  This is achieved by seizing the proceeds of crime. What may come as a surprise to many, is that property can be seized and forfeited to the State of Queensland, regardless of whether or not a person is convicted of an offence because of the alleged illegal activity. In other words, even if the serious criminal allegations against you remain unproven, or if you are found to...

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Navigating the complexities of workplace investigations involving allegations of criminal conduct

Written By Jason Papoutsis - Litigation Lawyer When workplace investigations involve allegations which may amount to criminal conduct, a different legal strategy is almost always required to protect the client’s interests. Employees who face serious allegations of criminality in a workplace environment may be in a position where they risk not only losing their job, but also face criminal sanctions (which may include imprisonment). In these cases, employers will also need to be careful on how they handle the investigation and disciplinary process, since there is often significant overlap between the criminal law and employment law aspects of the matter, which are often...

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AHPRA Disciplinary Matters for Health Practitioners

Why choose Potts Lawyers for AHPRA Matters? Potts team of experienced Civil Litigation Lawyers are highly experienced at assisting health practitioners across Australia who face allegations of impairments or conduct which may amount to unsatisfactory professional performance, unprofessional conduct, and professional misconduct. Get your free 20 minute consultation today.   AHPRA Disciplinary Matters for Health Practitioners Health practitioners being investigated for these matters can face immediate action which prevents them from practising, and at the conclusion of those investigations, health practitioners can be subjected to conditions, suspensions, or even have their registration cancelled altogether.  Obviously, this type of action taken against a health practitioner can...

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Disciplinary Matters for Queensland Teachers

Teachers who are subject to investigations by the QCT should urgently seek legal advice from civil ligitation lawyers experienced in this area of law so that appropriate steps can be taken to protect their registration throughout the course of the investigation. Potts Lawyers is experienced at assisting teachers in Queensland with a wide variety of disciplinary matters and have assisted teachers in avoiding serious findings and sanctions which could lead to onerous conditions on their registration or even completely prevent them from teaching. Disciplinary Matters for Queensland Teachers Teachers in Queensland are mainly regulated by the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005...

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Real Estate Agent Licences in Queensland 

Everything you need to know: QLD Real Estate Agent Licences Real estate agents who are facing criminal allegations or allegations of breaching the real estate legislation in the course of their practice of property agent work, should seek legal advice immediately from lawyers experienced in criminal law and in disciplinary law matters. Why use Potts Lawyers?  Our Civil Litigation Lawyers are experienced at assisting real estate agents in Queensland who face having their licences suspended or cancelled, and also applicants whose licences have not been granted due to suitability matters. Existing licensees can have their licences cancelled due as a result of breaches of...

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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 an opportunity to respond to...

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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 by the changes? Approximately 16,000 engineers registered in Queensland will be...

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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, your local...

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

By Jason Papoutsis - Litigation Lawyer 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 motor vehicles; Claims for damages as a result of a...

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