• New Vendor Section 32 Statements

    Amendments to the Sale of Land Act require changes to be made to the form of and information contained in Vendor Statements required to be given to purchasers before the sale of real estate. The changes commenced on 1 October 2014.

    Check List

    If the real estate is vacant residential land or land on which there is a residence the selling agent or the vendor where there is no selling agent must provide to a purchaser a due diligence check list. The check list is available on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

  • East-West Acquisitions Made

    The Linking Melbourne Authority has formally acquired more than 100 properties today as part of the East-West Link development.

    The properties were 'gazetted' today which means the ownership of the properties has now transferred to the Linking Melbourne Authority and the compensation process has now commenced. 

    Aitken Partners represents many people affected by these acquisitions, including land owners and businesses, and has a wealth of experience in negotioating compensation under the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act

  • East West Link Contract Signed

    Last night, the Victorian Government signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build the first stage of the East West Link tunnel, which connects the Eastern Freeway to Citylink.

  • Workplace stress considered by the Supreme Court


    In the news over the past few weeks you will have read a decision in the Supreme Court of Victoria regarding Mr Doulis, a teacher at Werribee Secondary College, who in the period between 1998 and 2004 was assigned classes described as, “low classes” and “foundation classes”.  Those classes have been described in the popular press as, “feral classes”.

  • Cross-Border Insolvency highlighted by Edelsten case

    On 3 September 2014, Soneet Kapila, the United States trustee in bankruptcy for Geoffrey Edelsten, issued an application in the Federal Court of Australia for recognition of a foreign bankruptcy proceeding in Australia after Mr Edelsten was made bankrupt in the United States. It is alleged that Mr Edelsten owes significant sums to around 40 creditors.

  • Laneway Disputes Not Always Clear Cut

    Sometimes you don’t own all the land inside your fences.

    Sometimes you don’t own all the land in the Certificate of Title to your property.

    Sometimes you do own all the land but others have a right to use it.


  • A Current Affair: ‘Will Battle’

    Last night (13 August 2014) A Current Affair presented a story about a man who passed away in New South Wales leaving a signed letter which was accepted as his final Will. The letter was not witnessed and no executor was named.

  • East-West Link Land Acquisition Process Begins

    The Linking Melbourne Authority has issued landowners with the first formal notice in the compulsory acquisition process, the Notice of Intention to Acquire. 

    If you have been issued with a Notice of Intention to Acquire, we strongly urge you seek legal and valuation advice from people familiar with compulsory acquisitions.

    If you would like to discuss your rights and potential claim for compensation, please contact one of our compulsory acquisition lawyers today.

  • SMSFs, new ATO penalty regime and family law

    From 1 July 2014, a new regime applies to potential penalties that may be imposed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) against trustees of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF).  SMSFs in Australia have increased over time from approximately 375,000 in June 2008 to 510,000 in June 2013 (see, Explanatory Memorandum to the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 1) Bill 2014).

  • Australian sanction law

    Why should an Australian business concern themselves with international sanctions?

    Where a business has international operations, customers or suppliers they should be aware of their continuing obligations and level of risk under Australian sanction law.