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A message from our Managing Partner, Nick Crennan

We are living and working in extraordinary times. Things we felt certain about just a few days ago are today far from certain: they are changing at a rapid pace. 

Businesses are grappling with the uncertainty on a great many levels. In these turbulent times, we aim to be a source of calm, measured guidance and support for you and your businesses.

Whilst our regular services and expertise continue to be in demand from clients, we are seeing a shift in the nature of some of the work our clients are asking us to undertake with them.

We are advising clients as they test scenarios and plan for the immediate and mid-term future, and to put measures in place to protect their people, their businesses and their customers and clients.

Excellent practitioners from across the practice are coming together and forming specialised teams to assist clients as they work through the potential ramifications of the COVID-19 on their businesses, their people, and their other stakeholders.

In particular, we’re seeing an increase in discussions about health and safety and employee relations; the building and construction industry, which is already seeing significant impacts, is working hard to understand situations and options, and implement contingency plans. We’re receiving a number of requests for construction contract reviews, and property lease enquiries from both tenants and owners.  The regulatory environment for business and corporations is rapidly changing. We are seeing fundamental changes, challenges and increased activity in commercial litigation and disputesinsurance, restructuring and insolvency, banking and finance, transport and logistics and planning and infrastructure law.

We are working closely with our clients to help provide pragmatic advice, sensible guidance, and insightful perspectives. 

In the meantime, we have changed the way we work in order to protect the health of our people and our clients, moving to a predominantly work-from-home model across all our offices, with most meetings taking place remotely via conference calls and secure online platforms. At the same time, we are supporting innovative virtual court hearings from our workspace, enabling major commercial trials to proceed in the face of the disruption caused by this crisis.  We already have digital platforms for property transactions and we are investing in and expanding that initiative to support our clients.

The health and safety of all our people, and our clients and other stakeholders, is of paramount importance. We are actively following all health and safety advice issued by the government and other relevant authorities. Also vitally important is our ability to continue servicing our clients’ needs. I am proud of every individual at the practice, each of whom have flexibly embraced the changes we are asking them to make whilst maintaining an unwavering focus on client service.

Finally, I want to thank our incredible clients for trusting us to advise and guide them through these unprecedented times of change, uncertainty and deep impact.

It’s really important that we all look after one another. The partners and I make ourselves available to you at any time, for support, guidance, or even just a chat.

Nick 

Insights

  • Property acquisition, development and sale
  • Leasing - commercial and retail

Written by Duane Keighran

Impact of the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (NSW)

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  • Property acquisition, development and sale
  • Leasing - commercial and retail

Written by Leanne Walker

Impact of COVID-19 on commercial and retail leasing arrangements for landlords

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  • Banking and finance
  • Financial services

Written by Michael Bracken, Kate Craig, Hamish Ratten

Pandemic Plans - Understanding the likely response to COVID-19 by APRA and Regulated Financial Institutions

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  • Immigration Services
  • Workplace relations

Written by Megan Kavanagh, Phi Vo, Roxanne Hilton (1)

COVID-19: Impact on Australian temporary work visas and Australian workers overseas - what employers need to know

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  • Planning and development
  • Infrastructure planning

Written by Todd Neal

COVID-19 and the built environment

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  • Financial services

Written by Michael Bracken, Toby Norgate, Hamish Ratten

Foreign financial services provider regulatory regime is changing

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  • Hotels, Tourism and Hospitality
  • Banking and finance

Written by Duane Keighran, Kate Craig, Megan Bowe, Peter Harkin

COVID-19 - Practical planning considerations for Hotel Owners and Operators

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  • Banking and finance
  • Financial services

Written by Michael Bracken, Kate Craig, Hamish Ratten

Pandemic Plans - Understanding the likely response to COVID-19 by APRA and Regulated Financial Institutions

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  • Corporate advisory

Written by Jon Meadmore, Brent Van Staden, Carlos Gouveia, Damien Gillespie (1)

The impact of pandemics on contracts: a review of frustration, force majeure and material adverse change in the COVID-19 era

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  • Aged Care
  • Construction

Written by Cathryn Prowse, Greg McCann, Kristen Lopes, Megan Bowe, Megan Kavanagh, Paul O

Employers get ready - Industry Specific Planning for COVID-19

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  • Banking and finance
  • China Practice

Written by Alex Rhydderch, Connie Chen, Dunstan de Souza, Simon Fraser

COVID - 19 pandemic response: Australia dramatically tightens foreign investment rules

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  • Corporate advisory

Written by Brent Van Staden

ASX Compliance Update

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    Written by Greg McCann, Megan Bowe, Laura Driscoll

    An update on the New South Wales Public health order

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    • Class Actions

    Written by Michael Russell

    C is for Crisis: Class Actions and COVID-19

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