February 2018

Trustees: Your Risk of Personal Liability in Property Sales

Firstly, a warning to anyone selling or buying property to/from a trust – have your lawyer check upfront that you are adequately protected by the terms of the sale agreement. The problem is that contracting with trusts has its own specific set of rules and, as a recent High Court case illustrates, standard sale agreements …

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Employees be Warned!  A Conflict of Interest Can Get You Dismissed

“Honesty is the best policy” (Benjamin Franklin) Employees have a general duty to act loyally, honestly and in their employers’ best interests, and amongst other things that entails avoiding any possible conflicts of interest. A recent Labour Court decision confirms that any breach of this duty risks dismissal. A long-service municipal employee dismissed An employee …

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Security Estates:  Are Your Rules Enforceable?

“It is well established that contractual provisions are against public policy ‘… if there is a probability that unconscionable, immoral or illegal conduct will result from the implementation of the provisions according to the tenor’” (extract from judgment below) When you choose to buy into a security estate or other community scheme, you will invariably …

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