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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.

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 |2018-07-12T21:02:20+00:00July 12th, 2018|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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International Surrogacy from an Australian Perspective

By |2018-07-03T13:32:21+00:00July 3rd, 2018|DTL Blog|

What is a surrogacy agreement in NSW? A surrogacy agreement in NSW is an arrangement where a woman (referred to as the surrogate or birth mother) agrees to become pregnant for another person or persons. Once the child is born, the parentage of the child born as a result of [...]

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Sydney gay hate crimes and why we need a parliamentary inquiry

By |2018-07-02T16:39:08+00:00June 29th, 2018|DTL Blog|

This week the NSW Police Force released its much-awaited Parabell report into LGBTIQ hate crimes in NSW in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. You can read our Nicholas Stewart's article on the release here. Nicholas also appeared on The Drum on Wednesday 27 July 2018. Here is an extract. [...]

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Above and beyond the call of duty: police powers and over-reach

By |2018-06-10T18:21:55+00:00June 7th, 2018|DTL Blog|

It is extraordinary that the NSW Police Force has said that its officers will deny entry to Sydney Above & Beyond ticket holders if they are flagged by a drug dog, regardless of whether drugs are found. Here is a quote from an Assistant Commissioner on the issue: “If you handle [...]

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Family Law in Australia is changing

By |2018-06-07T17:46:35+00:00June 7th, 2018|DTL Blog|

A new system of family law is coming to Australia in 2019 The Attorney General, Christian Porter, has announced that the Family Court of Australia (FC) and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) will be merged to create the amalgamated and somewhat cumbersomely named, Federal Circuit and Family Court [...]

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Property Settlements in the Family Court of Australia

By |2018-03-07T17:50:18+00:00March 7th, 2018|DTL Blog|

You and your former partner have shared a life together. This may mean that together you have: shared assets and liabilities, such as property, savings accounts, credit cards and mortgages; made financial contributions towards the relationship, such as wages and salary or business profits; and made non-financial contributions, such as [...]

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