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Businesses Behaving Badly ➲ Trading without Training

Businesses Behaving Badly ➲ Trading without Training

This article highlights the bad business practices that some online trading companies have adopted. These trading platforms appear to have inadequate onboarding processes that allow untrained novices to trade highly leveraged instruments. This sets these fledgling traders up for major losses! Please contact us if you have started online trading of highly leveraged instruments without the necessary training and skill required. Did you suffer financial loss as a result? Are you interested in being part of a potential class action in Australia?

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Back to the Future ➲ Rethinking RSS for Privacy + Control

Back to the Future ➲ Rethinking RSS for Privacy + Control

This article is aimed at helping you discover (or in some cases rediscover) the use of RSS Feeds as an effective way to protect your privacy whilst gaining freedom from algorithms that deliver content designed to be biased towards sponsored (that is, advertised) content. You can take back control of what you read!

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Build your Global Remote Team Fast + Hassle Free

Build your Global Remote Team Fast + Hassle Free

Build your global remote team. Anywhere in the world. The easy way. Now you can grow a global workforce within hours – without setting up branch offices in new countries. Hire team members with an AI-driven global employment platform. No subsidiary, no problem.

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Businesses Behaving Badly ➲ COVID-19 Travel Credit Shenanigans

Businesses Behaving Badly ➲ COVID-19 Travel Credit Shenanigans

This article highlights the bad business practices that some travel companies have adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. They appear to be avoiding paying cash refunds when bookings are cancelled. Then they are making it virtually impossible to use the travel credits they offer or placing restrictions on their use so they are worth much less than the original travel. Please contact us if you have had similar experiences and are interested in being part of a potential class action.

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Care Planning for your Furry, Fluffy or Fine-Feathered Pets!

30/12/2021

Estate Planning

Care Planning for your Furry, Fluffy or Fine-Feathered Pets!

This article discusses how you can provide emergency + long-term care for your Pet/s in the event you can't provide care yourself or your Pet/s outlive you …

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Phishing Scams ➲ Business Brand + Personal Protection

Phishing Scams ➲ Business Brand + Personal Protection

This article details how I recently nearly fell victim to an elaborate + convincing "phishing" scam. It also suggests what you can do to mitigate this real + growing risk. Scams pose a dual threat 1️⃣ To your business brand if it is used to perpetrate these scams; and 2️⃣ To you personally if you become a victim.

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1st Law review article generated by Artificial Intelligence

22/11/2021

Employment Law

1st Law review article generated by Artificial Intelligence

You can now download and read for yourself the first machine-generated law review article. Please consider that the article was generated in seconds by a computer using OpenAI's language model GPT-3. If you compare that to the amount of time generally required for a human expert to write a complex article for publication the feat is almost magical. Now is the time to pause and reflect what future versions of GPT-5 or GPT-100 will be able to achieve?

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Mould, Meth +/or Murder? ➲ Australian Property Law

Mould, Meth +/or Murder? ➲ Australian Property Law

Generally, even if you, your lawyer or conveyancer are extremely diligent certain facts will still not be capable of being uncovered via visible inspection or routine searches. What then can you do to avoid finding yourself owning, living or running a business from a property affected by Mould, Meth +/or Murder?

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The Missing Piece in Estate Planning ➲ Legacy Letter

19/11/2021

Estate Planning

The Missing Piece in Estate Planning ➲ Legacy Letter

It could be a letter—ranging from half a page to a bound book—or a video recording. There are no rules governing what goes into an Ethical Will / Legacy Letter, or when the contents should be shared with your heirs. The idea behind it is simple ➲ Convey values, not valuables.

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Settlement Negotiations ➲ Gambling in the Law

Settlement Negotiations ➲ Gambling in the Law

When findings from Gambling Theory Research such as the Fourfold Pattern are applied to Settlement Negotiations in civil legal disputes the long-term $$$ impacts of our tendency toward risk aversion can be substantial. This article focuses on the compelling findings of legal scholar Chris Guthrie when he applied the Fourfold Pattern to two situations in which the plaintiff and defendant in a civil suit consider a possible settlement. 1️⃣ Plaintiff has a strong case; and 2️⃣ Frivolous Litigation …

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Our Move to Mini Chatbots a.k.a. Minibots!

18/11/2021

Estate Planning

Our Move to Mini Chatbots a.k.a. Minibots!

This blog article is to introduce you to versions 2 & 3 of our ⩴ Captain [Cicero] mini-chatbots (what we call "minibots"). They have been designed to help you quickly + objectively assess whether or not your Will is likely to be complex, and whether you are engaging an employee or contractor?

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Time for a Post-Pandemic Review

16/11/2021

Employment Law

Time for a Post-Pandemic Review

Much has changed over the past few years. Have your Legal documents kept pace? It is recommended you at least consider the following: 1️⃣ Does your Employment Handbook now need to include a Vaccination Policy + Work from Home Policy? 2️⃣ …

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A Postcard from Tasmania ➲ Outlaw Lawyer

11/11/2021

Tax Law

A Postcard from Tasmania ➲ Outlaw Lawyer

Back in 2016, I received a postcard from the father of one of my clients with a very nice note of thanks together with a copy of the book "Outlaw among Lawyers: The Peter Clyne Story". I thoroughly enjoyed the tales of Mr. Clyne's disbarment, his many attempts to be admitted back into the legal profession, battles with the ATO & time as a Magistrate in Zambia. This blog article covers some of the highlights!

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To DAO, or not to DAO ➲ That is the question!

To DAO, or not to DAO ➲ That is the question!

The Blockchain promises to change the very fabric of global commerce ushering in a new era of more transparent + accountable organisations empowering the next iteration of the internet called Web 3.0. Smart Contracts can be used to allow fully or partially decentralised control directly by members in what is called a DAO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation). For clarity, there may not be a Board of Directors or CEO in a DAO. 

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Born Biased ➲ Our Tendency to Jump to Conclusions

Born Biased ➲ Our Tendency to Jump to Conclusions

Jumping to conclusions on the basis of limited evidence is a bias we were all born with + need to be aware of especially in the context of legal matters ... If we are not careful we can be radically insensitive to both the quality and quantity of information that gives rise to our first impressions + intuitions.

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How to Protect your Reputation + Copyright Online

How to Protect your Reputation + Copyright Online

Technology has come a long way and innovative solutions now exist for copyright owners to actively monitor the internet for infringement of their copyright + provide the appropriate Takedown Notice Solutions with legal support (if required). These solutions can also assist with Reputation Management …

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The Gentle Art of Persuasion ➲ Written Submissions

The Gentle Art of Persuasion ➲ Written Submissions

What is a lawyer's job if not to persuade? How can we all improve the effectiveness of our written communications?

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How to develop your "Critical Thinking"

How to develop your "Critical Thinking"

The ability to be critical about your own work + seek feedback from others is essential for both the iterative development of innovative solutions for clients + your professional development. The idea that you stop creating after completing version 1 of your work has no place in #NewLaw. An open + honest feedback loop is required in order for significant improvements to be made.

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Step-Up Your IP / Privacy Protection ➲ Geo-fence

Step-Up Your IP / Privacy Protection ➲ Geo-fence

Consider the potential damage if your personal data / trade secrets are stolen? Geo-fencing can help mitigate the risk!

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Mentee Manual: Our Top 10 Ideas to Get Started!

Mentee Manual: Our Top 10 Ideas to Get Started!

My experiences to date from mentoring the next generation of lawyers who are generally Gen Z / Zoomers is that it can be difficult to know where to start. This article aims to provide some initial guidance that can be implemented by any interested Law Student / Prospective PLT Placement / Junior Lawyer …

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Future Legal Market will increasingly need "innovative Counsel"

Future Legal Market will increasingly need "innovative Counsel"

Our view is that the Legal Profession will increasingly need what we have coined "innovative Counsel" to deliver hybrid solutions to clients. The opportunity exists for forward-thinking lawyers to upskill so they become uniquely positioned to be more proactive in helping to guide businesses as part of corporate governance at the board level.

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Blue Ocean Law Firm is now a Reality ➲ A Decade On …

Blue Ocean Law Firm is now a Reality ➲ A Decade On …

A blog post for 3 Geeks and a Law Blog written in August 2011 (just over a decade ago) by Ryan McClead was called "The Blue Ocean Law Firm". In 2017, it perfectly described the kind of law firm I wanted to create …

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How often does the ATO get it wrong?

14/10/2021

Tax Law

How often does the ATO get it wrong?

This article has been written to provide a well-considered response to a LinkedIn comment which effectively stated that fighting the ATO is generally a battle lost before it has begun. In many cases, this is true + also the reason why professional legal advice is required before any decision is made to file a Notice of Objection or to commence litigation against the ATO.

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Secure your Documents using Trax Print Protection

12/10/2021

Estate Planning

Secure your Documents using Trax Print Protection

Every day Legal + Identity Documents are forged. In some cases, there exists the potential for expensive + protracted litigation over the authenticity of Legal Documents. This article highlights a partial solution!

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Zen-Like “Peace of Mind” ➲ Your Legal Affairs in Order

Zen-Like “Peace of Mind” ➲ Your Legal Affairs in Order

Do you know what legal risks you + your business face? To help you get your legal affairs in order we have developed a free online Legal Health Check. It can be completed anytime 24/7, anywhere (including mobile phones) + covers both potential personal + business legal risks.

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Key Insight ➲ Blue Ocean Strategy is good for SEO

Key Insight ➲ Blue Ocean Strategy is good for SEO

We have discovered that after we launch Blue Ocean Strategy opportunities online they have a strong tendency to generate #1 or first page Search Results on DuckDuckGo + Google. This blog article seeks to share our perspective and showcase our results so you can gain an understanding of the tangible benefits of adopting Blue Ocean Strategy® in your own business.

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Living Forever Online ➲ A Digital Legacy or a Digital Mess?

Living Forever Online ➲ A Digital Legacy or a Digital Mess?

Our ever-increasing digital footprint means that unless we proactively engage in Digital Asset Management and leave a Digital Legacy Plan clearly stating our wishes, we may leave a Digital Mess offline and live forever online as Digital Zombies! Carefully consider whether your Executor/s will be able to locate and access your Digital Assets including Cryptocurrency, NFT and your numerous online accounts?

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The Art of Crafting a Digital Disclaimer

The Art of Crafting a Digital Disclaimer

This article is about the art of crafting an effective digital communication disclaimer by balancing the need to "Keep it Simple" v. the need to have coverage for as many possible legal issues ... if there is too much focus solely on the legal side you could end with a large block of text that is TL;DR!

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The Business Judgment Rule [Australia v. U.S.A.]

The Business Judgment Rule [Australia v. U.S.A.]

This article discusses the major difference between the standard of the legal duty imposed on Directors in Australia versus the U.S.A. Reliance on the work of professional advisors is available as a defence/defense in the U.S.A. In Australia, Directors are held to a much higher standard!

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Helpful Hints ➲ Maximise Value + Legal Protection

Helpful Hints ➲ Maximise Value + Legal Protection

This article includes helpful hints to guide you to obtain maximum value regarding your legal matter whilst protecting your legal rights + position.

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Start Here ➲ First 5 Freebies!

Start Here ➲ First 5 Freebies!

Welcome to Blue Ocean Law Group℠. We recommend you Start Here … This article will help direct you to our "First 5 Freebies" (click on the links + images to access) that are aimed to deliver value + introduce you to our proactive [Self-Service] approach to the delivery of legal + corporate governance services (including Blue Ocean Strategy®).

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Legal Profession Conduct Rules ➲ Australia v. California

Legal Profession Conduct Rules ➲ Australia v. California

This article aims to provide a high-level comparison of the Legal Profession Conduct Rules between Australia v. California.

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Californian Community Property v. Australian Family Law

17/1/2021

Family Law

Californian Community Property v. Australian Family Law

Where you reside can have a huge impact on your ability to protect your "Separate Property" in the context of divorce, separation, death or the assertion of a creditor's claim! This article discusses the major difference between the family property regimes used in Australia v. California.

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Licences to Occupy: A viable alternative to Leases?

Licences to Occupy: A viable alternative to Leases?

COVID-19 has created a lot of empty buildings - There is a solution!

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How to cast a magic legal spell? ➲ Without Prejudice

How to cast a magic legal spell? ➲ Without Prejudice

You have the right to remain silent … in your civil legal dispute. By the time you approach a lawyer to assist with your civil legal dispute, you may have already discussed the matter in detail or sent text messages/emails to the other party, their agent, insurance company or lawyers. Whilst you might think you are progressing the matter: ➲ This is generally a mistake!‍

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A “Cautionary Legal Tale”: The housemates from hell!

A “Cautionary Legal Tale”: The housemates from hell!

When cash flow is short: One option to help pay the rent/bills/mortgage is to take in one or more flat or housemates. You may think that this is a simple matter (no legal advice required). This article is a “Cautionary Legal Tale” based on one of our real client's experiences. When flat or housemates refuse to pay rent + make living in your own home so untenable you have no choice but to leave … you have the housemates from hell! This is a scenario that could have you kicking yourself that you didn't engage a lawyer to start with!

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Are your Australian Trusts Ticking Time Bombs?

Are your Australian Trusts Ticking Time Bombs?

Please take special note of this article + seek urgent legal advice if you have or are contemplating Australian Investment, Business +/or Property dealings via your Family/Discretionary/Testamentary Trusts. If your respective Trust Deeds irrevocably prohibit distributions to beneficiaries who are foreign persons you have already circumvented the legal issues & potential civil + criminal liabilities raised in this article. if not, please read on …

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Force Majeure & Frustration: Why COVID-19 is a Wake-Up Call

Force Majeure & Frustration: Why COVID-19 is a Wake-Up Call

How confident are you that your existing or contemplated contracts will be enforceable in light of unexpected events such as the COVID-19 pandemic? This article is a timely deep dive into the history and development of the common law precedents guiding the interpretation and enforceability of force majeure clauses.

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COVID-19 Safe Solutions for witnessing Wills etc. in Australia

20/10/2020

Estate Planning

COVID-19 Safe Solutions for witnessing Wills etc. in Australia

Witnessing requirements for the creation of a valid Will in Australia as well as many legal documents across the board, have become a public health issue under COVID-19. It is generally not possible (on account of physical constraints) to have witnesses attest and sign a Will whilst observing social distancing. In this article we: ➲ Provide a warning about what could go wrong! ➲ Strongly recommend practical alternatives such as “Will through a window!” if witnesses can witness in a COVID-Safe manner, and ➲ Broadly outline the current Australian legislative response temporarily enabling remote AVL witnessing in some jurisdictions.

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NSW Court of Appeal declares Strata by-law “oppressive”!

NSW Court of Appeal declares Strata by-law “oppressive”!

At what will hopefully be the end of a David v. Goliath battle, the NSW Court of Appeal has unanimously declared a Strata by-law banning all pets in the building as void because it was “oppressive”! This judgment, as well as proposed legislative amendments (supported by the first-ever online e-petition in NSW Parliament's history), may finally signal victory for pet owners!

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Privacy Policies & Australian Law

Privacy Policies & Australian Law

This article provides a summary of an original article entitled “Privacy Policies & Australian Law” written by James D. Ford, GAICD which was published in late 2018 + is hosted on iubenda's website. ‍ By way of full disclosure: Blue Ocean Law Group℠ is iubenda's Legal Network partner in Australia + New Zealand.

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What Will Drive Growth? 94% Guaranteed!

What Will Drive Growth? 94% Guaranteed!

There are always businesses that succeed and thrive while others around them, facing the same conditions, struggle and fail. So how do these businesses do it? Is there a pattern, a logic, or a set of principles they follow that can be replicated? Can anyone do it? The answer is 94% certain.

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