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Bad Beneficiaries- Should they be allowed to inherit from their victims?

违法受益人是否应被剥夺受害人遗产的继承资格? A convicted murderer cannot inherit their victim’s estate. However, the lines become blurred if the person was not the direct murderer but perhaps: 被判有罪的杀人犯显然不能继承被害人的财产。然而,如果此人不是直接的杀人犯,但可能是: (a) Assisted in covering up the murder? 谋杀罪的帮助犯; (b) Accidentally killed the deceased? Or 过失致被害人死亡;或 (c) Was not guilty due to ill mental health? 由于精神失常被判无罪。 Essentially, whether the bad beneficiary […]

Key Amendments to Penalties for Drink Driving in NSW

On 3 December 2018, recent amendments to the Road Transport Act 2013 (NSW) came into force increasing the penalties for certain drink driving offences and changing the way low-range PCA offences are dealt with. The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey has justified these amendments on the basis that ‘[w]e needed a stronger […]


The New South Wales Government have announced they will be introducing cameras to detect illegal mobile phone use by drivers. This is as a result of the Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Road Safety) Bill 2018. Drivers who use their mobile phones illegally are targeted as part of the NSW Government’s road safety reforms, which have […]

Response to Media Article by Herald Sun ‘Baby dies after reported two-hour wait in Sunshine Hospital’

Longton Legal Partner, Jonathan Coyle, responds to recent media article posted by Herald Sun on June 15, 2018 – Baby dies after reported two-hour wait in Sunshine Hospital If an infant was not to receive timely medical treatment at a hospital’s emergency department which resulted in the unfortunate death of the infant, a claim for […]

What a person/entity (“party”) can do if they suffer loss caused by his/her lawyer’s negligence

What a person/entity (“party”) can do if they suffer loss caused by his/her lawyer’s negligence Lawyers have duties to exercise reasonable skill, care and diligence. If a party suffers loss as a result of a lawyer’s advice or failure to provide advice, they may have a cause of action in one or more of the […]


THE ART OF SELF-DEFENCE Of the substantive criminal offences, personal violence offences are some of the most common that criminal lawyers deal with. A personal violence offence is where a person physically assaults another person, or engages in a violent action against them. Where a client is charged with a personal violence offence, there are […]