25 July 2019

Will a data breach cost you your business?

It has long been said that data and databases are gold. For obvious reasons, marketers want them; and sadly, in more recent years – so do cyber-criminals. And for that reason, if you have a database and collect and/or store data you had better make sure you have systems in place to protect that gold

26 June 2019

Why we all need to pay attention to what is happening in Hong Kong

Perhaps George Orwell was more on the money than we gave him credit for in his book ‘1984’. At the time, the possibility of a regime where “Big Brother” watched your every move seemed highly unlikely to those of us living relatively carefree lives in countries where civil unrest was only ever on the fringes

20 June 2019

Does the growth of micro-firms spell the death knell of BigLaw?

If the recently released 2018 National Profile of Solicitors is any guide, there has been an explosion of new small and micro sole practitioner firms in Queensland. In the Sunshine State, 50% of lawyers work in firms with only one equity holder, which is well above the national average of 38%. Across Australia, there are

10 June 2019

Big-hearted business people raise thousands for charity

Cheers and roaring applause lifted the rooftop of the Maroochy RSL last Friday 7 June when more than 340 wine-loving members of the local business community gathered at the annual Travis Schultz Wine Makers Master Class and raised just over a staggering $141,000 for charity. Now in its seventh year running, this year’s tally takes

16 April 2019

Self-indulgent, arrogant and narcissistic managers disengage their teams….especially in Law Firms

For many years I’ve taken the view that the best way to provide “constructive feedback” to a reluctant team member in a Law Firm is to start with a story of my own personal failing or learning experience from a similar stage in my career. Not only does it make the task of pointing out

02 April 2019

People before profits

The new tool making insurers nervous For many years’ financial planners, accountants and advisors have recommended that your financial strategy include not just investments and a budget, but the prudent use of risk insurance to protect your financial future should you become ill or suffer an injury and are no longer able to work on

21 January 2019

Injuries to rise alongside popularity of ride sharing scooters

If you have ventured into the heart of Brisbane lately you will probably have noticed people riding scooters.  In fact, there is no escaping them.  They seem to whiz by at an alarming rate whether you are on the road or footpath and, because they are so quiet they have passed within millimetres of you

17 December 2018

Do we need more rules to force us to pay attention?

The spate of pedestrian and cyclist deaths this year suggests now might be a good time to have a conversation about what type of legislation is appropriate to reduce distracted commuting and improve road safety. According to the Australian Road Deaths Database, 174 pedestrians and 36 cyclists have been killed in the past 12 months

07 November 2018

Outsourcing tasks could be riskier than you think

Finding the right trade or professional to do an odd job or help around the home can often be challenging, particularly if it is a ‘once off’ task or too small for regular trades to undertake. Recognising an opportunity existed, Airtasker sought to fill this gap when they launched in 2012. Airtasker is a popular

15 October 2018

Sporting Accidents – playing within the rules

Sport is part of the Australian way of life.  We play it, watch it and bet on it. For those who get physical and play in it, the health benefits generally outweigh the risks of participating. However, if someone is hurt in the pursuit of their chosen sport, the question of liability often arises, and

14 August 2018

Drones – an invasion of privacy?

It is without question that the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have certainly added another dimension to film makers or those making videos to promote a region, housing estate or property.  Farmers are also seeing the benefit of using drones to monitor livestock, check on storm damage, crop dusting and irrigation management.

14 August 2018

Fake news, digital disruption and defamation

According to a prominent Queensland lawyer, defamation laws in Australia have failed to move at a pace consistent with the digitalisation of our world and are giving the internet giants like Google, Facebook and Instagram, a free kick at the expense of traditional media organisations and the thousands of Australians they employ. Travis Schultz, Principal

17 July 2018

$4.7 billion dollars awarded to baby powder victims

It’s not easy taking on the world’s largest health care company.  One that is also the highest paid drug company in the world.  But that is exactly what 22 women did, banding together to take on one of the world’s most powerful corporations, claiming the use of their talcum powder was the cause of their

12 July 2018

Sexual harassment and psychological injury

The issue of sexual harassment has risen to prominence as a result of allegations being made against high profile Hollywood types and other celebrities in recent years. The #MeToo movement has been gaining momentum and putting the issue of sexual harassment and discrimination in the spotlight. In Queensland, the Anti-Discrimination Act has made sexual harassment

06 July 2018

Mandatory insurance policies – are you really covered?

Many people take it as a given that when participating in organised sport, and where you pay for and are provided with mandatory insurance that you MUST take in order to participate, that if the unforeseen happens, you will be covered. However, the reality is that the insurance is often inadequate in terms of covering