Weekly News Update 14.1.2021

Article 1: Conveyancing Law and Practice Course Macquarie University’s Conveyancing Law and Practice Course registration for Session 1 2021 closes on 22 January.  Study session starts 22nd February. Register here. Article 2: NSW Government announces next step towards 100% electronic lodgment The NSW Government is seeking feedback on the Exposure Draft of the Real Property

2020: A year we will all remember!

Well, if you were to try and pen a summary of the year that was, you could just use one word: bizarre. Personally, I prefer that term to the word most often used during 2020 – “unprecedented”. As we all know, since March 2020 the world has been turned upside down, and I don’t want

More Changes for Insurance in Super

More changes are coming for the default insurance cover of young super fund members and members with low super balances under new laws passed by the Federal Parliament in September 2019. The Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Members’ Interests First) Act 20191 means that as of 1 April 2020: On joining a super fund, auto- matic
As conveyancers and lawyers across NSW find themselves subject to random eConveyancing audits, we help explore some of the issues and what you can do to avoid them. The top two areas where practitioners struggle to meet their regulatory obligations are when filling out the Client Authorisation Form and verifying a client’s identity. As of
In G Capital Corporation Pty Ltd v Roads and Maritime Services [2019] NSWCA 234, the Roads and Maritimes Services (the Acquiring Authority) acquired the properties of the G Capital Corporation (the Applicants) for the WestConnex M4/M5 project. The Valuer General determined the market value of the three properties at $33.1 million. The Applicants objected to
The provisions of the Conveyancing Legislation (Amendment) Act 2018 (NSW) commenced on December 1 2019. In brief, the amendments introduce vendor disclosure obligations in relation to off the plan contracts for residential properties. Simultaneously, the amendments provide purchasers with remedies where disclosures are found to be inaccurate or different to the final registered documentation of

What is a “Land Survey”?

This may seem an odd topic for an article in the Institute of Conveyancers’ magazine. After all “licensed conveyancers in NSW are professionally qualified to advise clients in the legal matters involved in the buying or selling of property or businesses within NSW”. However, if we adopt a broader perspective of the property industry, I
In Mayrin DM Pty Ltd v Kaiyu Deng [2019] NSWSC 1552, Mayrin (the Caveator) brought an application to extend a caveat over two properties in order to complete a preliminary discovery process. In this case, Deng (the Acquisition Specialist) was employed under contract by the Caveator to locate and purchase suitable properties for investment. There
This article considers two cases relating to claims brought against property lawyers – one in the Supreme Court of Queensland and one in the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales. There are four key issues which, had they been adequately addressed, might have resulted in the avoidance of the claims. Wise Investments Pty
Australian property market crash fears didn’t eventuate in 2019, neither did the expected oversupply. Here, we explore the factors behind this and the likelihood of a future downturn. You will likely recall the dire predictions for the Australian property market in the mainstream press around a year ago. Remember the 60 Minutes story in late