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Avoiding Complications with Party Identity and Planning Appeals

We often see Court proceedings being conducted in the name of the development consultant, either as the Appellant or Co-Respondent, instead of the client. In our opinion, this isn’t a good situation for either the development consultant or the client because of the adverse consequences that might follow. Situations in which the consultant is named […]

Help – I have a dispute with my builder!

Building or renovating your dream home? While this can be an exciting time, it can also be very stressful. There are several steps you can take in the early stages to help prevent trouble down the track, however, if you are already in dispute with your builder, here are a few things to keep in […]

MDL at the forefront of electronic conveyancing

At MDL, we understand that Buying or Selling a property whether it is your home or investment property, or a future development site is one of the largest financial transactions that you may make. As such we always strive to ensuring your legal needs are met more cost effectively, faster, safer as well as more […]

BUILDERS & SUBCONTRACTORS | Tips to ensure you are paid

Getting paid in the building industry is sometimes more difficult than winning a job in the first place. In this article John Warlow goes through the best ways for builders and subcontractors to ensure they receive payment. 1. Have clear written agreement on the scope of work and price (a) Ensure there is a clear […]

What is a Testamentary Discretion Trust (“TDT”)? Do I need one?

A TDT is a trust which is set up under your will on your death. A TDT allows your estate assets to be held in trust (or trusts) for your nominated beneficiary/ies. It provides a structure to manage and distribute your estate assets. Who are the parties involved in a TDT? The TDT has four […]


During these unprecedented times, cashflow may be prompting you to act on any outstanding debts owing to you, or that are owed to you. Perhaps you have noticed that clients or customers are slower to pay during their own cashflow problems. Regardless of the situation, if you are wondering what options are available to assist […]


Article by Stephen Gibson | Accredited Property Law Specialist Queensland business owners who made application for the Queensland Government’s $500 million COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans scheme, have this week begun to receive loan documentation from the Government’s lawyers. We have now assisted many clients to work through and understand the loan documents provided for those […]

Council’s attempt to ban Apartments in Brisbane’s Suburbs

As reported in the industry publication Urban Developer (see the link: TheUrbanDeveloper.com no-reply@theurbandeveloper.com ) Friday 22 November, BCC has decided to seek a Temporary Local Planning Instrument restricting town-house and multi unit developments in precincts that are predominantly Urban Residential ie detached residential. The TLPI has been anticipated for a while now and is in addition to […]

Warlow Scott Lawyers joins McCarthy Durie Lawyers

McCarthy Durie Lawyers are proud to announce our merge with Warlow Scott Lawyers, a Brisbane CBD based firm with a team of eighteen, experts in Property, Commercial and Building and Construction Law. This is an exciting time for MDL, as we continue to increase the breadth and depth of our current range of services, while […]