The solicitor’s possessory lien

Most practitioners understand the solicitor’s lien well enough: a solicitor can hold a former client’s file as security for payment of the solicitor’s unpaid fees. This can be quite useful security where the solicitor holds a client’s documents, especially original documents that may be required for, say, a trial. But, as with so many aspects …

Appealing from decisions of the Magistrates’ Court, VCAT and the AAT: what is a question of law? Haritos v Commissioner of Taxation [2015] FCAFC 92; (2015) 322 ALR 254

It is often taken for granted that if a litigant is dissatisfied with a decision at the end of a trial or hearing, the litigant has a right of appeal to correct errors in the decision. But a right of appeal only exists if a statute provides for one. It then needs to be ascertained …