About Matt Crombie

Matt has been developing software for over 15 years and these days specialises in cross-platform app development. He's written dozens of apps that have been published to the various app stores including apps hitting #1. Matt has worked for large software companies, enterprise size organisations, the Australian government and also with various startups on cutting edge technology. Originally from New Zealand, Matt currently lives in Brisbane with his wife and two puppies - a Jack Russell and a West Highland Terrier.

Not-for-profit breakfast December 2018

Paxton-Hall Lawyers held its annual not-for profit breakfast on 1 December at Victoria Park, the 23rd such event and a highlight of NFP calendar in Brisbane. This year’s speakers were Senior Associate Nicole Shenfield and Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes, both well known to the firm’s clients. Professor McGregor-Lowndes discussed a range of important recent [...]

2018-12-05T09:57:52+00:00December 1st, 2018|

Church go-karting a no-go

Social activities related to organisational events should be subject to adequate risk assessment. The recent appeal action was taken by a church to a primary liability decision by a volunteer who sustained injuries while go-karting during a church conference. The appeal court’s decision to support the original findings highlights the need to adequately assess both [...]

2018-12-02T12:52:08+00:00November 28th, 2018|

Be wary of saying ‘this will all be yours one day’

An ‘equitable estoppel argument’ is a legal term covering a promise made by one family member to another about ultimate inheritance of a family business or rural property. This is a growing area of the law, with many more cases coming before senior state courts in recent years. One case in particular, Browne v Browne, [...]

2018-12-02T13:04:20+00:00November 22nd, 2018|

Donor seeks Control over Gift

Arecent Canadian court case demonstrates the pitfalls of philanthropic donations and the need to specify conditions in Donor Investment Agreements (DIA). The case of FASS v Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 2018 highlights the issue of donor rights in the direction taken by the recipient organisation in relation to the funding. The court found [...]

2018-12-02T12:53:14+00:00November 14th, 2018|

State Revenue exemptions to tighten for Queensland charities

Anew law which will have an impact on charities was recently passed by the Queensland Parliament. Charities currently accessing  state revenue exemptions via their status as a ‘charitable institution’ should be aware of the changes it brings, although the Queensland Treasurer has promised that those already registered will not suffer as a result of the [...]

2018-12-02T12:52:57+00:00November 9th, 2018|

New GST Withholding requirements

Effective from 1 July 2018, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Act 2018 imposes obligations upon Buyers of certain new residential premises1 and certain potential residential land 2 to withhold and remit GST directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Key features of the new regime include: GST withholding on new residential property [...]

2018-12-04T13:53:01+00:00July 12th, 2018|

Regulations provide welcome relief from the Labour Hire Licensing regime

The long-awaited release and commencement of the Labour Hire Licensing Regulations 2018 (Regulations) will come as a relief to many businesses which were facing the onerous obligation of having to obtain and maintain a labour hire licence, even though they were not in the business of providing labour hire services. Background Last year, the [...]

2018-12-04T11:42:15+00:00April 18th, 2018|

Does your business have terms and conditions of sale or hire?

If the answer to this question is yes, you are likely to have one or more of the following terms: a retention of title (or Romalpa) clause; a charging clause allowing you to charge your customer's property with the payment for goods or services; or a limitation of liability clause. From 30 January 2012, [...]

2018-12-04T16:09:02+00:00December 4th, 2015|

Claims under the Australian Consumer Law

Here is a quick list of points about handling claims under consumer guarantees. Consumers can claim: if goods are not of 'acceptable quality'; if goods are not fit for their intended purpose; if goods do not correspond with their description; if goods do not comply with a sample; if goods don't comply with the [...]

2018-12-04T16:08:33+00:00July 3rd, 2015|

Independent Contractor or Employee?

The following is an outline of the various indicators of employment contracts and contracts engaging an independent contractor. None of these factors can be taken in isolation to determine whether a contract is an employment contract or one between a principal and independent contractor. The relationship between the parties must be examined as a whole. [...]

2018-12-04T16:08:13+00:00April 17th, 2013|