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Responding to a Complaint Against a Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Being the subject of a complaint which is before the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) would no doubt be stressful and daunting. This certainly would be worse if you are going through this process alone. Potts Lawyers regularly assists clients who may (or are) the subject of disciplinary action and our civil and criminal lawyers often work together to protect our client’s interests.  We aim to alleviate our client’s stresses by providing strategic, objective, and realistic advice. It is important to seek legal advice as early as possible and take proactive steps to determine your position. This is not...

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Responding to a Complaint Against a Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand: Case Conference and Referrals to the Disciplinary Tribunal

This article is a continuation of the previous article: Responding to a Complaint Against a Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand  If you have not reviewed that article we recommend that you view that article first before reading this article. This article discusses what may be involved at a case conference or a referral to the Disciplinary Tribunal. It discusses circumstances where the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) have received a complaint about alleged breaches by a member of the CA ANZ, and the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) have decided to convene a case conference or...

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Recent Updates in Queensland Defamation Law

The 1st of July 2021 saw amendments to the Defamation Act 2005 (Qld) (‘the Act’) take effect, keeping Queensland in line with New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. A single publication rule for publications pertaining to the same defamation matter A serious harm threshold that must be established The mandatory requirement of a concerns notice A scientific or academic peer review defence, and a public interest defence Greater detail on the cap on damages for non-economic loss Important Considerations for Potential Plaintiffs Single Publication Rule If you believe you have an action at defamation it is important that you note the strict...

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Recent Updates in Queensland Defamation Law

The 1st of July 2021 saw amendments to the Defamation Act 2005 (Qld) (‘the Act’) take effect, keeping Queensland in line with New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. A single publication rule for publications pertaining to the same defamation matter A serious harm threshold that must be established The mandatory requirement of a concerns notice A scientific or academic peer review defence, and a public interest defence Greater detail on the cap on damages for non-economic loss Important Considerations for Potential Plaintiffs Single Publication Rule: If you believe you have an action at defamation it is important that you note the strict...

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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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Preliminary Steps when Responding to an Queensland LSC Investigation Letter  

Our Disciplinary law experts have acted for many Queensland solicitors and barristers who have received a letter from the Legal Services Commissioner notifying of an investigation of a complaint made about them and seeking a response. Do you need an extension to obtain advice and respond? Generally, the initial letter from the LSC advising of the investigation will set out allegations and will seek a response and explanation within a certain timeframe. It is important for practitioner not to feel rushed when responding, which may result in a substandard response. If the lawyer requires more time to obtain advice and consider their position, they...

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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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NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – Banning Orders

This article explains the mechanisms by which NDIS service providers and their employees might be prohibited from providing NDIS supports and services, or their provision of NDIS supports or services might be restricted. For example, a banning order may be made against an individual on the ground that he or she is believed not to be suitable to provide supports or services to people with disability because of a criminal conviction or misconduct. The banning might apply to specified activities and for specified time periods. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission (‘the Commissioner’) was founded on the 13th...

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New Rules for Lawyers and Immigration Assistance at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The rules have changed. If you (or someone you know) has experienced a visa application refusal or has had their visa cancelled, and an Administrative Appeals Tribunal (“AAT”) review is available, this post has relevance to you. Immigration Assistance Section 276 of the Migration Act 1958 (the “Act”) provides for the definition of “Immigration Assistance”. The definition includes situations where a person uses their knowledge or experience of migration procedures to provide advice, and to prepare visa applications and visa cancellation review applications. Preparing materials for a review application with the AAT in relation to a visa application or visa cancellation matter and...

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