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Council held liable for clean up costs of 100 year old ‘abandoned’ contamination

Be careful when you purchase land you know to be contaminated and be careful when you sell land without remediating known contamination first; these are the lessons learned from the Victorian Supreme Court decision in Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board v Yarra City Council & Ors [2015] VSC 773.

Australia’s anti-bribery laws to get extra bite with false accounting offence

A Bill before the Commonwealth Parliament, if passed, will see Australia’s anti-bribery laws strengthened with a new books and records offence of intentional or reckless false dealing with accounting documents.