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.
By Damien Bowen, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
5 December 2014
The media is fond of whipping up emotions about the state of marriage and divorce. Every emerging trend tends to be scrutinised as possible evidence to support often wildly contradictory arguments, for example, that “marriage has become irrelevant” or “marriage is the new cool;” that “people can’t afford to get divorced because of the economy” or “narcissism is driving divorce rates higher.”
Time for a cold shower in the form of the statistical facts about marriage and divorce in Australia.
Marriage rates steady for the past 60 years
The number of people getting married each year, per thousand of the population, has remained comparatively steady. Marriage rates were around 7 per 1000 for most of Australia’s history, with a peak during the Second World War, when troubled times saw marriage rates spike at 12 per 1000.
Posted on: Dec 5, 2014
By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
28 November 2014
From time to time we hear horror stories of how badly lawyers let down their clients. But few seem to be on the scale of a Kansas-based lawyer, Dennis Hawver, who the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled to disbar earlier this year.
By way of illustration, during a 2005 murder trial, attorney Dennis Hawver described his client as ‘an experienced and highly street-smart and intelligent criminal,’ as well as ‘a professional drug dealer,’ and ‘a shooter of people.’ He chose to run an argument that if his client had already killed two women in 2003, he would not have left the third alive to be the sole witness at the trial. With representation like that, who needs a prosecutor?
In closing arguments on the same case, Hawver tried using ‘reverse psychology’ and suggested the killer should be executed!
Hawver’s client was found guilty and sentenced to death.
Posted on: Nov 28, 2014
By Craig Hollett, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
12 November 2014
Most Mums and Dads are keen to give their kids traditional childhood experiences of the non-digital kind. Which is why tree houses have made something of a comeback in recent years.
But the world has moved on from the innocent times of large yards and laisser-faire councils, and some Mums and Dads are finding their best intentions thwarted.
If you’re considering a treehouse or cubby, get in touch with your local council and provide them with your proposed plans. It is also a good idea to talk to your neighbours and other local property owners who may be impacted by your proposal.
You may be surprised to know that under Council ordinance there are many factors that must be assessed when a tree house or cubby is erected. Some of the more prevalent factors to be considered are:
- the proposed dimensions of the structure
- proximity of the structure to boundaries and fence lines
- the impact the cubby or tree house will have on the amenity of neighbouring properties and the amenity of the neighbourhood generally
- privacy implications where it overlooks neighbouring properties
- the obstruction of views that were previously enjoyed by nearby property owners
While most councils have the authority to provide retrospective approval for a cubby or tree house that is the subject of a complaint, this is by no means guaranteed.
Posted on: Nov 12, 2014
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