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DTL are a firm of experienced and enthusiastic practitioners servicing all of our communities. We have a reputation for approaching even the most complex legal issues with the right balance of skill and sensitivity. We firmly believe in reaching favourable outcomes that don't cost the earth.

Community Forum: Drug laws and police search powers in NSW | 21 February 2019

By |2019-02-15T15:53:39+00:00February 13th, 2019|DTL Blog|

Come to a free legal information night at Bear Bar and learn about your rights and responsibilities when partying in NSW. Bear Bar is located beneath the Burdekin Hotel and entered from Liverpool Street. We will be explaining NSW drug laws and police search powers in the lead up to [...]

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Transferring debt in property settlements

By |2019-02-13T16:08:58+00:00February 13th, 2019|DTL Blog|

During property settlements in divorce proceedings, the Family Court or the Federal Court can make an order that a debt accumulated by one party be transferred to the other. This makes the recipient responsible for paying the respective creditor. Until recently, such orders were limited to debts incurred towards private [...]

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On the spot fines for drug possession this Australia Day long weekend

By |2019-02-01T09:51:01+00:00January 25th, 2019|Crime, DTL Blog|

The NSW Police Force will be able to issue on-the-spot fines of $400 for drug possession at three music festivals being held in Sydney over the Australia Day long weekend. There are three music festivals across the Australia Day long weekend - Electric Gardens at Centennial Park, and Hardcore Til [...]

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Alcohol consumption in public places

By |2019-01-24T15:53:05+00:00January 24th, 2019|DTL Blog|

This summer, many Australians will be taking advantage of the warm weather by picnicking in their local parks and beaches: public spaces that everyone has a right to enjoy. However, with the number of Alcohol-Free Zones in Sydney increasing from 149 in 2009 to almost 400 by 2016, a lot [...]

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Trial by Judge or Jury: the Teacher’s Pet Chris Dawson Case

By |2018-12-07T17:50:03+00:00December 7th, 2018|DTL Blog|

The high profile arrest and subsequent charging of Chris Dawson for the murder of his wife in 1982 has again raised the issue surrounding the presumption of innocence in the public imagination. This has led to calls for Mr Dawson’s case to be heard by a judge alone, without a [...]

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Grandparents and their rights to parent children

By |2018-11-16T11:24:37+00:00November 16th, 2018|DTL Blog|

The nation’s ageing population as well as the increase in the number of family breakdowns has led to the consideration of the legal rights of grandparents, especially in terms of the parenting relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. This topic has been widely discussed following the 2006 amendments to the [...]

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Another win for the DTL criminal law team

By |2018-09-11T16:34:43+00:00September 11th, 2018|Crime|

DTL is celebrating another win in the criminal courts after our client successfully defended 7 of 8 serious assault charges following a hearing the Children's Court of NSW and an appeal in the District Court of NSW. The Department of the Office of Public Prosecutions brought the charges following a [...]

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State acquisition powers: NSW Government v Desane in the Court of Appeal

By |2018-09-07T16:25:23+00:00September 7th, 2018|DTL Blog|

The NSW government’s power to compulsorily acquire property for major projects has been bolstered by a recent decision of the Court of Appeal, Roads and Maritime Services v Desane Properties Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 196.  Light rail construction by John Cowper (CC2.0CC) The NSW government had announced in 2017 that an area including the property of developer Desane Properties Pty Ltd at 68-72 [...]

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The Australian Minister for Immigration and the au pair affair

By |2018-09-06T15:08:40+00:00September 6th, 2018|DTL Blog|

Peter Dutton’s decision to grant substantive visas to two au pairs, while Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, has been under scrutiny and is now before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs for an inquiry about the appropriateness of the use of ministerial power under section 195A of [...]

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Jaywalking operations in Sydney are becoming more popular

By |2018-09-10T15:34:07+00:00August 29th, 2018|Crime, DTL Blog|

Streetwalking (CC2.0CC) Ggiuseppemilo Jaywalking operations in Sydney are becoming more popular. At the time of writing this article the general rule is you're not jaywalking if you cross within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing when the lights show green. But there are lots of other rules you should [...]

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