The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is known for sometimes making unfair dismissal decisions which arguably are counter-intuitive and/or contrary to community standards and expectations. The following case, in which a Qantas employee was caught stealing and later lied about the stealing, is an excellent example.
This era of high dissatisfaction and overblown outrage has witnessed the rise of ‘Karens’. They are easily offended, difficult to deal with, frequently want to complain to the manager, and know the price of everything and the value of nothing. They won’t let pesky facts stand in the way of their opinions, because they are always right, even when they are wrong.
In this case, a Karen’s nasty and factually inaccurate online campaign against a veterinary surgeon and his practice has backfired, resulting in her being ordered to pay damages with interest, as well as having an injunction imposed against her from making similar smears. But right to the end in true Karen fashion she never admitted that she had overreacted, let alone that she had done anything wrong.
The initial dispute
On 4 October 2014, Carrie ‘Karen’ Curtis (then Barlow) attended the Albion Vet practice with her dog, who required treatment after being attacked by two other dogs. Her dog was provided treatment by Albion Vet, including sedation, pain relief, cleaning and suturing wounds and dispensing of post-operative antibiotics. She was charged $427 for these services and was provided with a tax invoice for the fees and charges.
Continue reading “‘Karen’ ordered to pay almost $30,000 for defaming vet online”
Outside of the legal realm, telling your side of the story at the earliest opportunity may be often a good idea. But in legal matters, things work very differently. In many situations, saying less is better than saying more, and saying nothing at all is better than saying anything.
Continue reading “Why you shouldn’t talk to the police”
The distinction between solicitors and barristers is a traditional feature of English legal systems, including Australia’s. The main difference between the two today is that barristers specialise in court advocacy and are normally instructed by solicitors, who deal with clients directly, operate trust accounts and also do non-court work such as writing correspondence, conveyancing, preparing legal documents and handling estates.
Continue reading “When the Solicitor-Barrister relationship turns sour”
Former Kleenmaid director Andrew Eric Young was convicted after a trial of two counts of fraud with circumstances of aggravation and 17 counts of insolvent trading. Prior to trial the Mental Health Court held he was fit for trial and the proceedings should continue according to law, and the trial judge refused to put that issue to the jury.
Continue reading “Appeal bail refused for Kleenmaid director despite Covid-19 risks”
Andrew Bolt interviews Cardinal George Pell about his convictions for indecent dealing and subsequent acquittals in a unanimous High Court that resoundingly re-affirmed the presumption of innocence and the criminal standard of proof.
They also talk about the Catholic Church’s historical mishandling of allegations of sexual abuse of children.
Today, the High Court has allowed former Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his convictions.
In December 2018, controversial Catholic Church Cardinal George Pell was convicted by a jury of one count of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16 and four counts of an indecent act with a child under the age of 16 over allegations of abusing choirboys at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1990s. This followed a previous trial that had resulted in a hung jury.
Continue reading “George Pell convictions quashed on appeal to High Court”
Connie-Lee Rose Williams has been refused leave to appeal against her sentence for one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle, causing death whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and excessively speeding.
On 20 September 2017, Connie-Lee Rose Williams drove a motor vehicle on the Bruce Highway, north of Gin Gin which left the road and impacted at high speed with a culvert, and subsequently a tree. Her husband and her five year old son were both ejected from the vehicle and lost their lives. Neither wore seatbelts.
An investigation of the collision established that the motor vehicle had failed to negotiate a sweeping curve and left the road at a minimum speed of 171 kilometres per hour. Continue reading “No discount for dangerous death-causing drug driver”
Former Ipswich Lord Mayor Paul Pisasale and two co-defendants have unsuccessfully appealed their convictions over a bizarre extortion plot.
Yutian Li, a Chinese woman working as an escort in Australia formed a relationship with the complainant in early 2016. The complainant led her to believe they would marry and enjoy a life together in Australia. Later that year he told her he had a terminal illness and did not want her to go through the resultant suffering of continuing their relationship. When she arrived unannounced in Sydney, intending to look after him, she discovered that he was already married and had a child, he did not have a terminal illness, and he did not wish to marry her. Continue reading “Paul Pisasale loses extortion convictions appeal”
Despite the Coronavirus wreaking havoc, we are pleased to inform you that it is still business as usual for us. Our office remains open Monday-Friday each week, but we are willing to see people via Skype or some other form of videoconferencing if preferred. While some other law firms are afraid or panic, we remain optimistic, and aim to minimise the impact of the current worldwide pandemic on our ability to help you. Continue reading “Sterling Law unfazed by Coronavirus”