AICNSW Life Membership: Paul Denny

In October 2018, the Council of the AICNSW conferred on Mr Paul Denny the status of Life Membership to recognise his significant contribution to the conveyancing profession in NSW. Paul, who was NSW’s first license holder, has enjoyed continued business growth over the years while building strong branding for the conveyancing industry. Below is a
AICNSW was pleased to again sponsor this year’s Macquarie University Conveyancing Law and Practice Prize Night on 22nd July 2019, and to celebrate the Graduating Class of 2018 which has produced 97 graduates. In addition to the Graduation and Academic Award certificates, Paul Denny and Dale Turner, two long-standing and life members of AICNSW, attended
The case of Guirgis v JEA Developments Pty Ltd [2019] NSWSC 164 provides an important lesson to licenced conveyancers of the possible consequences that they may face by improperly supporting a caveat application where they fail to take reasonable steps to ascertain the information and evidence necessary to support the application. In this case, the
Conveyancers have been early adaptors of electronic conveyancing, which will be mandatory for all mainstream property transactions in NSW from 1 July 2019. As we head towards this date, it is timely to consider the lessons that have been (and can still be) learned about cyber risk and resilience in conveyancing. Email security is now
In Wynne Avenue Property Pty Ltd v MJHQ Pty Ltd [2019] NSWCATAP 41, Wynne Avenue Property (the Lessor) sought to terminate MJHQ Pty Ltd’s (the Lessee) using a demolition clause within their contractual agreement. At first instance, the Tribunal held that the notice for demolition was not a genuine proposal. The Appeals Panel overturned this
Changes to super that are set to come into effect on 1 July 2019 have serious implications for those potentially affected in relation to insurance cover. Super fund members who have not had a contribution paid into to their account for 16 months could lose their insurance cover under new legislation passed by the government

Electronic Settlements Using Third Party Agents

With the 1 July mandate fast approaching, a number of firms have come into existence offering to act as ‘Settlement Agents’ on the PEXA system for those firms/practitioners who (for whatever reason) do not wish to register. Unlike the paper system, the electronic system has very specific requirements of a Settlement Agent and, as a
In Campbell v Hamilton [2019] NSWCA 22, the appellant sought to argue that though he had agreed to grant an easement to the respondent, this easement did not bind future successors of the appellant’s title. The Court dismissed the appellant’s submissions highlighting that at a general level, easements are a proprietary right that will bind

Adverse Possession: When Risk Brings Reward

The case of McFarland v Gertos [2018] NSWSC 1629 is one which garnered significant media interest. Bill Gertos (the Defendant) took possession of a vacant (seemingly abandoned) property in 1998 and sought to be recognised as the registered owner of the property in 2017 under the law of adverse possession. Whilst this application was contested
As an industry we are soon approaching the next in a series of milestones in the transition to e-Conveyancing, with all mainstream transactions in NSW required to be lodged electronically from 1 July. As we’ve seen in both Victoria and Western Australia, the NSW 1 July implementation date will likely pass without fanfare. Coupled with