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Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky (BBV) is one of Western Australia’s most respected law firms, delivering legal advice and solutions across a full range of practice areas.

BBV is the first significant law firm in Perth to offer legal services on a Fixed Fee Pricing basis – we no longer bill by the hour. This revolutionary approach focuses on delivering greater certainty and peace of mind to our clients. It is also consistent with our intent to become a firm of the future. In adopting Fixed Fee Pricing, BBV is helping shape the future of the legal profession into one that is more client focused and outcome driven.

Recognised by the Law Society of Western Australia as an Approved Quality Practice, BBV is also the proud winner of the prestigious Law Australasia Pursuit of Excellence Award.

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Key Amendments to the Privacy Act: How They Affect your Business

By Les Buchbinder, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky

16 January 2015

Amendments to the Privacy Act were made in March 2014.  Even though some time has passed since then, I am still often approached by client companies and their advisers asking what the amendments mean to them.

If your organisation has a turnover of $3 million or more, or is a Government agency, it is an Australian Privacy Principle entity (APP) to which the amendments apply

I hope you find the following summary of key amendments helpful.

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Personal information must be handled in an open and transparent way.  Your organisation must have an up to date policy outlining management of personal information such as the kinds of information you collect and hold; how you hold it; what you use it for; how an individual may access Personal Identifying Information; and other such matters.

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Posted on: Jan 16, 2015

Cloud Storage – What is the Legal Position in Australia?

By Leslie Buchbinder, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

13 January 2015

Many of us use cloud storage routinely these days as a quick and inexpensive way to keep and share photos and documents.  Increasingly, private and public sector organisations are using cloud storage too.  But it’s important to know that there are legal implications in the way that organisations store personal information.

Changes to the Privacy Act made in March 2014 are directly relevant to all Australian organisations with a turnover of $3 million or more, or which are Government agencies.  Such an organisation can be described as an Australian Privacy Principle  (APP) entity, to which the Privacy Act applies to the way that the organisation gathers, stores and uses personal information.

On the specific subject of using cloud facilities to store information, organisations should be aware of the following.

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Posted on: Jan 13, 2015

Joan Rivers: More than just a (surgically-enhanced) pretty face

By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

6 January 2015

News is out about Joan Rivers’ Will and how she left an estimated $180 million to a wide range of family, friends, staff and charities.

According to news reports, her daughter is to receive all her property, and beneficiaries have received their share of the estate through a trust.  They include a number of the famous comedienne’s favourite charities such as Guide Dogs for the Blind in California, the Queens-based food pantry God’s Love We Deliver, the Jewish Guild for the Blind in Manhattan and other charities.

Joans’ rapier wit and equally sharp tongue were part of what made her legendary.  From the perspective of an estate planning lawyer, the way she attended to her estate suggests she made some astute decisions.

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Posted on: Jan 6, 2015

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Fixed Fee Pricing
Our clients benefit from Fixed Fee Pricing

> Greater certainty and peace of mind
> Focus on outcomes delivered – not time spent
> Fees which fairly match each case
> Access to a wider pool of legal talent

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