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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.

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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The death of Cecilia Haddad and the consequences for her estate

By |2018-08-13T11:47:17+00:00August 13th, 2018|DTL Blog|

You might have seen Cecilia Haddad’s name in the news in the past few months. First, and tragically, her body was found in the Lane Cove River in April 2018 and police suspect she was murdered by her ex-lover, Mario Santoro, who has now been arrested in Brazil and whose [...]

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Criminal records and section 10s

By |2018-09-10T15:34:31+00:00July 12th, 2018|Crime, DTL Blog|

In NSW many people appearing in the Local Court for a minor offence (such as drug possession, low range drink driving, drug driving etc) will ask their lawyer to obtain a "section 10 dismissal". What they are referring to is section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 which [...]

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Relationship property and expected inheritance: Family Law in Australia

By |2018-07-05T18:46:27+00:00July 5th, 2018|DTL Blog|

It is becoming very common in family law matters that one or both parties have older parents. If one party has an expectation of an inheritance, the other party may be able to argue that it should be relevant to the proceedings and considered for any adjustment of the relationship [...]

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Tattoos, artists, and copyright: is your tattoo copywrong?

By |2018-07-05T12:51:44+00:00July 5th, 2018|DTL Blog|

Nowadays, the negative connotations associated with tattoos have largely dissipated. Sporting a tattoo has become almost mainstream, no doubt the elevation has been assisted by the numerous rock stars, athletes and celebrities who have a penchant for ink and a wide fan base to boot. As a person with numerous [...]

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