Law Society of Tasmania Supports Marriage Equality

The Law Society of Tasmania today reaffirmed its support for marriage equality.

The Law Society President, Rohan Foon said:

“The Society has formally supported marriage equality since 2015. That support continues.
Equality before the law, including regarding marriage is a rule of law issue. All people should be treated equally by the law and have the same rights and obligations under the law. As far as marriage is concerned, that is at present not the case.”


Rohan Foon
0412 593 675
20 September 2017

Merci Justice Tennent

Tasmanian Women Lawyers and The Law Society of Tasmania invite you to a Cocktail Evening to mark the occasion of Her Hon. Justice Tennent’s retirement from the Bench

When – Friday 29 September 2017, 5.30pm-7.30pm

What – Drinks and canapés

Where – Atrium Courtyard, Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hunter St, Hobart

How much – $60 TWL and LST members, $65 non-members

Dress code – After 5

RSVP by Monday 25 September


Notice of Annual General Meeting – Law Society of Tasmania

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Law Society of Tasmania will be held at:

Place:        28 Murray Street, Hobart

           Time:         4pm

           Date:          Friday, 20 October 2017



  1. Apologies
  2. Receipt of proxies
  3. Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting held on 14 October 2016
  4. Receipt and approval of the Annual Accounts of the Society
  5. Receipt and confirmation of the Annual Report of the Society ##
  6. Appointment of members of Council
  7. Appointment of Auditors
  8. Any other business properly brought forward


Members are invited to drinks after the AGM.

For the purpose of catering please RSVP to the Society or 6234 4133 by Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Costs and Other Measures) Rules 2017

The Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 (“the Rules”) are reviewed regularly. The judges have agreed to a number of miscellaneous amendments.

The Rules and the Explanatory Statement are available at the following link:

The amendments in Schedule 2 extend the time a response must be filed and served from 14 days to 28 days of service of the application to which it relates. This amendment commences on 2 November 2017 to ensure parties and practitioners have time to prepare for the change to the timeline. Transitional provisions clarify that these amendments apply to applications made after the commencement of that Schedule.

The ‘Important notice to respondent(s)’ in the Initiating Application (Family Law) will be updated with the change and some other family law publications and webpages will also be updated to reflect this change. We will notify you again closer to the commencement dates with details.

Some General Federal Law forms and information will also be updated to reflect this change.


Kind regards

National Communication

Federal Court of Australia | Family Court of Australia | Federal Circuit Court of Australia


Society Releases Contract of Sale (2017) V2

The Society has released updated standard conditions and particulars of sale which documents can be found here.

Purpose:  The amendments were developed in response to recent federal tax anti-avoidance law reform measures. More specifically, the introduction of the CGT foreign resident withholding and third party mandatory reporting regimes, administered through ATO and SRO respectively (in the latter case, on the ATO’s behalf).

Table – Amendments in A Nutshell

Transition: copyright will be withdrawn on all previous versions of the contact (including the version release in April 2017, effective 24 August 2017.

Property & Commercial Law Committee, Law Society of Tasmania

ATO In-house Facilitation Service

The ATO has an in-house facilitation service to help resolve tax and super disputes.

You can ask for facilitation or the ATO can offer it to you. From there, an independent and impartial ATO facilitator sits down with you, your representative, and the ATO officer to identify issues, develop options, consider alternatives and attempt to reach a solution.

Every facilitator is a professionally trained mediator and will guide the parties through the process and aim to keep communication open and help the parties to find some middle ground.

To find out more information visit or email

Cessation of President Nominations by Chartered Accountants ANZ

If your clients are parties to contracts where Chartered Accountants ANZ (or ICAA) have been named in relation to the nomination of an independent expert, this clause may no longer operate as intended.  This may result in dispute clauses being unenforceable and leave disputing parties without an agreed approach to appoint an independent expert.

Please ensure that reference to Chartered Accountants ANZ offering these services is removed from any commercial precedents your firm may be using.