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Who Gets the Fur Babies? Understanding Pet Ownership in Australian Family Law

By Holly Pitt, Senior Associate and Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS) In Australian family law, the question of pet ownership can be as emotionally charged as disputes over property or child custody. For many families, pets like dogs and cats are cherished members, making it crucial to understand how…

Plea deal in Hunter Valley bus crash sees 35 charges dropped

The high-profile case surrounding Brett Button, the driver behind the wheel of the fatal Hunter Valley bus crash last year, has made headlines once again this month as 35 charges were withdrawn and dismissed. On June 11th, 2023, a coach carrying 35 passengers returning to Singleton from a…

Murder charge dropped in Victorian cold case

Manny Conditsis, Senior Trial Advocate and Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, assisted by Kayla Nielsen lawyer, achieved another extraordinary result in the Victorian cold case murder charge of Peter Wetzler. In September 2023, Mr Wetzler was arrested at his Newcastle home and charged with the murder of Debra…

Client charged with supply large commercial quantity of MDMA granted bail 

Michal Mantaj, Trial Advocate and Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, recently appeared for a client charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, namely MDMA. It is very unusual for an individual charged with supplying a commercial quantity of drugs to be granted bail as…

Dangerous Driving & Police Pursuit Charges Withdrawn & Dismissed

Last week Michal Mantaj, Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law & Trial Advocate, appeared for a young man charged with taking part in a police pursuit. On conviction, the offence attracts a maximum penalty of imprisonment for a period of three (3) years and an automatic disqualification of a…

Serious criminal charges against a minor dismissed

Manny Conditsis, Senior Trial Advocate and Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, and Francis Caesar Devine, Associate, achieved a phenomenal result for their client in a judge and jury trial at Gosford District Court last week. The trial began on Monday last week in relation to a number of…

Jennifer Crumbley convicted of 4 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the USA

What is Involuntary Manslaughter? There are two types of involuntary manslaughter in the USA [can vary as between states]: 1. Unintentional homicide – act(s) committed that amount to criminal negligence. Example 1– an ad hoc supposed health professional providing ‘care’ to someone that was so negligent that caused…

Two Birds, One Stone: Parenting and Property

Our Family Law Solicitor, Caitlin Jones, recently acted for a client, a father of two (2) children aged 11 and 9. Our client initially engaged and instructed our office as the mother had withheld the children from spending time with our client for a period of 2 months…