Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

We are here for you 

The coronavirus pandemic is having an enormous impact on communities, businesses and individuals all around the world. We understand this is an uncertain time for many and we are here to assist you throughout this health crisis and beyond. 

As authorities implement strategies to contain COVID-19, we’ve looked at what these changes mean for you and below are some insightful legal updates and articles. 

Our offices remain open and ready to assist you with your legal needs.  We are also available by phone and video conferencing.  If you are feeling unwell or have recently traveled we ask that instead of coming into the office you use the contact number below.

We are here to support you, if you need any assistance please contact us on (02) 4626 5077.

Please submit any other questions you may have here

Marsdens Law Group COVID-19 Video Updates

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POSTED: 07 Aug 2020
Jim Marsden OAM introduces you to Ben Wong, one of the Partners in our Property Law department.
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POSTED: 31 Jul 2020
Jim Marsden OAM highlights the increase of COVID-19 cases in Victoria. I
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POSTED: 24 Jul 2020
Jim Marsden OAM is back from holidaying around New South Wales and back in the office! Jim discusses how rural NSW is still doing it tough from drought to bushfires and now COVID-19.
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POSTED: 17 Jul 2020
Adam Seton discusses how it's been an interesting week for Marsdens Law Group, earlier this week all staff were bought back into the office so we could get back to the “norm” but sadly due the hot spot at the Crossroads Hotel we have returned to the team A and team B approach. Adam highlights how his department has changed and adapted because of Coronavirus. With continuous changes and announcements to the Planning Legislation to keep the economy moving and keep people in jobs it’s been very busy! Stay safe and stay healthy!
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POSTED: 10 Jul 2020
Peter Crittenden discusses the impact of Coronavirus on the property market in South West Sydney, the uncertainty of the economy left a lot of people unsure about their purchases and employment. Fortunately with the ease of restrictions in May and June the market has seen a steady increase. Pete said if you are looking at buying a property now is a great time to enter the market.
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POSTED: 03 Jul 2020
Jim Marsden OAM discusses the end of the financial year, the droughts and the bushfires as well as COVID19 - the worst health crisis since 1919. Jim is hopeful that with the new financial year things can only get better! From a Marsdens point of view things are improving, not quite back to normal just yet but if we keep trending in the same direction we will come out of this really well.
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COVID-19 Articles

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POSTED: 24 Jun 2020
There was a time in the last few weeks where it appeared that things were changing almost by the minute. From the statistics, to the recommendations, all appeared to happen in the blink of an eye. And generally, that’s how quickly significant events occur.
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POSTED: 23 Jun 2020
On 25 March 2020, the Australian Federal Government implemented amendments to various Insolvency Legislations under the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020 (the Act) in order to minimise or avert the potentially fatal effects that COVID-19 may have on businesses throughout Australia.
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POSTED: 22 May 2020
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined in on Wednesday’s Regional NSW Taskforce meeting to discuss relevant issues and projects that are impacting on the local region. Taskforce members were able to engage with the Premier and voice their issues for the region during this current health crisis we are all facing. The Premier discussed the current planning for the pandemic and exactly what the road forward will look like!
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POSTED: 19 May 2020
As social distancing rules begin to ease, many workplaces are transitioning back to working in the office. Businesses are faced with the task of keeping their employees safe and healthy to avoid any unwanted infection or COVID-19 outbreak within the office.
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POSTED: 18 May 2020
The recent environment brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of difficulties in relation to the execution of documents, including plans and instruments which must be lodged for registration with NSW Land Registry Services.
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POSTED: 15 May 2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still very serious, the Government has begun to ease restrictions as the number of cases in the state decreases.
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POSTED: 14 May 2020
If you sadly lost your home in the horrific bushfires recently, please read this article, it may help you. In the wake of the 2019/2020 NSW Bushfires, Revenue NSW has introduced the NSW Bushfire Transfer Duty Relief Scheme.
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POSTED: 14 May 2020
The Federal Treasurer has made a Determination that temporarily allows for virtual company meetings, electronic notices of meetings and the electronic signing of documents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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POSTED: 11 May 2020
Following the advent of the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, which prompts landlords to assist in adopting rent relief for their tenants, the NSW Government has recently introduced a land tax relief system that will act as an incentive for Commercial and Residential Landlords to provide this much needed rent relief for those in financial duress as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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POSTED: 08 May 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of difficulties in relation to the lodgement and registration of numerous real property documents with NSW Land Registry Services. This in turn has impacted, or has potential to impact, a large number of people, including anyone wishing to buy, sell, alter or vary any Property, to landlords and tenants and mortgagees and mortgagors. Like the majority of society, the NSW Land Registry Services is introducing a number of initiatives which aim to adapt to the COVID environment and make processes more remotely accessible, for industry professionals and individuals alike.
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POSTED: 30 Apr 2020
If you are a “foreign person” investing in Australia, be that real estate, businesses or other assets, you should be aware of the existing framework of approvals required from the Australian Government, and in particular the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), prior to the acquisition of these assets.
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POSTED: 30 Apr 2020
The NSW Government published on Friday 24 April 2020 the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 (Regulation). This is the formal adoption by the NSW Government to ratify and implement, with effect from 24 April 2020, the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct (Code of Conduct) issued by the Australian Government on 3 April 2020 to prescribe a set of good faith leasing principles to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
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POSTED: 27 Apr 2020
As mentioned in our previous article, on 22 April 2020, the NSW Attorney General has announced the temporary introduction of the Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID-19 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020 (NSW) (Regulation) which allows video conferencing technologies, such as Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime and Zoom to be used in witnessing of certain legal documents during the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes will make it easier for the residents of NSW to stay home and reduce physical interactions, while still completing important transactions.
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POSTED: 27 Apr 2020
With the impact of COVID-19 affecting thousands of businesses across Australia, Virgin Australia has been forced into voluntary administration noting the shutdown of the airline industry to help prevent the spread of the disease.
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POSTED: 24 Apr 2020
On the 22 April 2020, the Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID019 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020 was published. In a media release regarding the Amendment, the Attorney General Mark Speakman confirmed that this will allow for the temporary use of video conferencing technology including Zoom, Skype and Facetime to witness important legal documents.
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POSTED: 23 Apr 2020
Federal Government Reform to Retail Leases. What does this mean for you?
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Delivery of our service to clients and our community – business as usual, our digital door is always open!

Friday 3rd April, 2020

I hope everyone is coping through these difficult times. The health and wellbeing of our people, our clients and our community is our main priority. We have put in place a range of risk management initiatives based on the expert advice from the Federal and State Governments to ensure the health and safety of our employees, clients, suppliers and our community. Whilst our offices remain open with limited staff, majority of our staff will be moving towards working from home where possible however we WILL remain operational and continue to provide legal services and advice on any particular issues that have arisen because of COVID-19. Our staff are available through many resources, phone, Zoom conferencing, teleconferencing, Facetime meetings.

During this time, all of our staff will be contactable for legal advice, to contact a staff member directly please see our team’s contact details on our website. Our general office contact numbers are still be operational.

Kind Regards,
Jim Marsden, Senior Partner.

Monday 23rd March, 2020

To our clients, friends and community,

Everyone in this country is feeling the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Marsdens Law Group are no exception. I hope that you are keeping well physically and mentally during these very testing times. It is a challenging time. It is a time where individuals and individual businesses must meet the challenges placed in front of them. Most importantly though, as a community we must work together to get through not just the Coronavirus, but the inevitable recession that is about to hit.

I write to advise you primarily that Marsdens Law Group is prepared to remain fully operational and able to support our clients at all times. Over the last couple of weeks, we have kept abreast of all information and directives issued by the Federal Government, State Government and Centre for Disease Control. As a result, we believe that we are in a position to deal with all contingencies.

At the moment we are still operating from all our offices. However, if circumstances change (as they tend to on a daily basis) and we have to work remotely, we have the infrastructure, systems and plans in place to continue to provide our usual standard of quality service.

Some of the issues we are addressing include:

  • Every day we are following the strict cleaning, quality control and hygiene procedures directed by Government in each of our offices. We have increased cleaning and sanitisation of all contact services in all areas of our offices.
  • Our staff have been directed to regularly wash and / or sanitise their hands and to maintain appropriate social distancing. They are rigorously adhering to these directions.
  • We are imposing mandatory two-week self-isolation periods for any employees returning from overseas – in line with Federal Government requirements.
  • We will not be attending any “non-essential” meetings. The assessment of what is and is not essential will be made by us. However, we will still be available.
  • Many clients will not want to attend the office for face-to-face appointments or because of contact, may not be able to do so. Telephone appointments are available for all clients.
  • We have over the past week upgraded our technology so that we can offer, in most cases, electronic conferencing.
  • We ask that if you have been overseas in the last 14 days, or are experiencing any cold or flu symptoms or if you have been in direct contact with someone that has a confirmed case of COVID-19 that you refrain from coming into our office. Simply call and make an arrangement for a telephone or other type of conference with the appropriate lawyer.


Finally, our leadership team is meeting daily to assess the situation and ensure our people are safe and supported, whilst at the same time offering safe connectivity to our clients. In times like these, each day we continue to assess and implement any necessary changes to ensure we can continue to provide the service that you require.

As you can see, we take this issue very seriously and will continue to do so. In the meantime, look after yourselves.

Kind Regards,
Jim Marsden, Senior Partner.

Helpful Links & Government Resources

In amongst all the current chaos we know a lot of people can be left feeling a little bit lost, anxious and isolated during this uncertain time. Below are some helpful links that are useful to know during this health crisis. 

It’s okay to reach out for help and seek assistance because your mental health matters!

If you or anyone you know needs help please reach out and talk to someone today:

Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

Headspace on 1800 650 890

Black Dog Institute

1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732

NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511

Locals to fill the medical supply chain

The NSW Government is calling on manufacturers around the state to help fill gaps in the global supply of medical equipment and hygiene products, redeploying spare capacity to save lives and jobs.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres today, Wednesday 1st April, 2020 launched a portal for companies to offer to build parts or supply eight urgently needed items during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ms Berejiklian said the world was running short on hand sanitiser, handwash soap, gloves, cleaning products, protective clothing, masks, eyewear and paper products.

Businesses can learn more and register their interest from by clicking HERE.

Government Advice & Links

New South Wales Department of Health - COVID-19 Updates

Australian Government Department of Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alerts

Smart Traveller - Advice & Alerts

Jim Marsden COVID-19 Address

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COVID19 UPDATE: we are open for business as usual.