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Strata Report – New Laws

Both the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 No. 50 and the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 No. 51 were assented to on 5 November 2015. These bills have far reaching impact on unit owners and developers dealing with unit owners. Hones Lawyers are presently preparing an outline template in for use by owners and developers. The full details and forms will not be completed until the regulations of those acts have been finalised.

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Group Sales by Multiple Owners

We have been approached by groups of property owners who have decided that the sale of a number of adjoining lots would yield far better return than the sale of individual lots. We have prepared templates and agreements for this form of sale. If you are thinking of this type of arrangement, then you should see the expert team at Hones Lawyers who can prepare documents and give you advice and assistance on both the commercial and the planning aspects of your matter.

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Introducing: Susan Hill

Introducing Susan Hill

Introducing Susan Hill as the new Accredited Specialist in Local Government and Planning Law at Hones Lawyers.

Did you know that crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge could qualify as a solicitor’s professional ‘sea-change’?

That’s precisely what happened to Susan Hill because, on 1 July, she joined the growing team at Hones Lawyers.
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Hones Lawyers Autumn Update

Hones Lawyers Autumn Update

Introducing Tony Moody as the new Special Counsel at Hones Lawyers.

We are ecstatic to introduce a new member to the team, Tony Moody, as Special Counsel. He joins us with ample experience in Town Planning and Planning Law, with a flair for major developments and a taste for golfing and travelling.

Tony has dual qualifications, with a Bachelor of Town Planning from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Laws degree (Hons) from UTS including a High Distinction in Environmental Studies.
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Must Read 'Council News'

IMPORTANT Council News

There have been some big changes in law which will effect all local councils, please read these 6 significant items or contact your Hones Lawyers representative so we can explain why these are significant changes.

Costs in S.56A appeals treated the same way as costs in normal Class 1 appeals

The tide on costs in s56A appeals has turned. The Court has recently held that the usual rule, that there be no order as to costs in Class 1 appeals, applies to s56A appeals.
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Case Spotlight 'We Make History'

Hones Lawyers secure the largest fine in NSW LEC history!

Liverpool City Council v Maller Holdings Pty Ltd (No.2) [2015] NSW LEC 48

The Situation

The Defendant, Maller Holdings Pty Ltd, carried on business under the name “Sydney Horse Transport” on and from a property located at Warwick Farm in Sydney. Commencing in the 1960s, various development consents had been granted under relevant environmental planning instruments authorising the use of the property for “stables”.
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