Combustible Cladding – What are your obligations?

Combustible Cladding – What are your obligations?

From 1 October 2018, the Building Regulation 2006 (Qld) (“the Regulation”) mandates that an owner of…

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Terminating a Building Contract

Terminating a Building Contract

Whether it is a domestic or commercial building contract, terminating a building contract is a serious…

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Trick or Treat? Stage 2 of Belcarra Receives Royal Assent

Trick or Treat? Stage 2 of Belcarra Receives Royal Assent

The Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Act…

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Attack of the Drones at Your Sunday Picnic

Attack of the Drones at Your Sunday Picnic

Drones by their very nature are fun, exciting and a bit like a swarm of bees especially on a Sunday…

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Understanding The CCT: New Councillor Conduct Decisions Shed Light on Tribunal Decision Making

Understanding The CCT: New Councillor Conduct Decisions Shed Light on Tribunal Decision Making

As the March 2020 local government elections near, the Office of the Independent Assessor (“OIA”) has…

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Exposing Your Trunks: New Disclosure Obligations for Infrastructure Charges

Exposing Your Trunks: New Disclosure Obligations for Infrastructure Charges

Councils rely on infrastructure charges to cover costs associated with delivering crucial trunk infrastructure…

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What is the Role of A Family Lawyer?

What is the Role of A Family Lawyer?

Our role as family lawyers is to assist our clients to resolve their legal matters.  Whatever a family…

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Company Compliance Tips for Small Business Owners

Company Compliance Tips for Small Business Owners

A small business owner will often first encounter a company structure when in the midst of purchasing…

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Testamentary Trusts

Testamentary Trusts

Estate planning is about more than just preparing a valid Will. It’s about making sure your family is…

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Can the Body Corporate Tow My Car?

Can the Body Corporate Tow My Car?

Contrary to what you may think, a body corporate does not have any power under legislation to tow your…

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Overdue Rates and Charges - Don't Take it Personally!

Overdue Rates and Charges - Don't Take it Personally!

The High Court handed down its decision in Brisbane City Council v Amos [2019] HCA 27 on 4 September…

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Talking Rubbish

Talking Rubbish

Councils will be familiar with the Waste Levy, introduced from 1 July 2019, and the annual payment the…

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Clearing Vegetation a Complex Matter

Clearing Vegetation a Complex Matter

Fairmont Group Pty Ltd v Moreton Bay Regional Council [2019] QCA 081 The Queensland Court of Appeal…

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No Place for Romance in Procurement

No Place for Romance in Procurement

A recent investigation by the Western Australian Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) highlighted the…

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Retail Leasing - Things You Need to Know

Retail Leasing - Things You Need to Know

There is legislation in Queensland that regulates the leasing of retail premises, Retail Shop Leases Act 2009 (Qld) (“RSLA”)...

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Federal Government Boost for Indigenous Business

Federal Government Boost for Indigenous Business

From 1 July 2019, the Federal Government Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) amendments will kick in.…

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Flushing out Uncertainties with the new Plumbing and Drainage Act and Regulation

Flushing out Uncertainties with the new Plumbing and Drainage Act and Regulation

The old Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 was repealed and the new Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 (PDA)…

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Superannuation Death Benefits

Superannuation Death Benefits

Most superannuation policies provide for benefits payable upon the death of the member of the superannuation…

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Asbestos Registers - Do Commercial Properties Need Them?

Asbestos Registers - Do Commercial Properties Need Them?

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld) (WHS Regulations) will require commercial property…

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Legislative Changes are Looming

Legislative Changes are Looming

Proposed legislative changes were introduced into the Queensland Parliament on 1 May 2019. The Local…

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Human Rights Act 2019 - What Councils Need to Know

Human Rights Act 2019 - What Councils Need to Know

Local governments will soon be required to include an additional step in their decision-making processes…

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Do I need a Power of Attorney?

Do I need a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document prepared under the provisions of the Power of Attorney Act 1998…

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High Court's Native Title Compensation Ruling

High Court's Native Title Compensation Ruling

On 13 March 2019, the High Court delivered its first ruling on compensation payable to native title…

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Is Driving When Tired as Bad as Drink Driving?

Is Driving When Tired as Bad as Drink Driving?

Nowadays, we are very aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, and it is undoubtedly…

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Facebook and Personal Conduct

Facebook and Personal Conduct

As a Local Government employee, there are many rules and regulations you must adhere to in the workplace.…

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Taking the Castle – Latest Case on Compensation to Landowners

Taking the Castle – Latest Case on Compensation to Landowners

Compulsory acquisition of land under the Acquisition of Land Act 1967 (“ALA”) has long been an important…

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Things to Consider When Preparing A Will

Things to Consider When Preparing A Will

At Preston Law, we appreciate that for our Cairns and Queensland clients, planning a Will can be a daunting…

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Making Good Money From Hot Air

Making Good Money From Hot Air

The Clean Energy Regulator announced last week the 9th Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction will take…

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Cautionary Tales About Facebook

Cautionary Tales About Facebook

Tale 1 – Office of the Independent Assessor – First Ever Misconduct Finding The Office of the Independent…

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Lessor Alert - Why The Preparation of a Breach Notice Matters

Lessor Alert - Why The Preparation of a Breach Notice Matters

When a notice is required If a Tenant fails to comply with its obligations under a Lease, the Lease…

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How To Prepare For Unplanned Business Interruptions

How To Prepare For Unplanned Business Interruptions

What is a Buy-Sell Agreement? A Buy-Sell agreement is a contract between members of a jointly owned…

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Councillor Conflicts Back In The Frame

Councillor Conflicts Back In The Frame

The Queensland Integrity Commission and the Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA) has published new…

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New Information Commissioner Decisions Highlight RTI Tips And Traps

New Information Commissioner Decisions Highlight RTI Tips And Traps

Recent decisions by the Office of the Information Commissioner Queensland are timely reminders of the…

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Restraints Of Trade - What You Need To Know

Restraints Of Trade - What You Need To Know

Restraints of Trade - what are they? Restraint of Trade is a specific term in law that can be inserted…

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How to Choose the Best Lawyer for Your Situation

How to Choose the Best Lawyer for Your Situation

Need a lawyer? When you need a lawyer it pays to be careful and to do your research, rather than simply…

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Time Limits - Do They Apply When Suing for Unpaid Rates?

Time Limits - Do They Apply When Suing for Unpaid Rates?

Unpaid rates and charges can be a significant burden on the resources of Councils.  As all Councils…

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The Perils of the “Preferred Candidate”

The Perils of the “Preferred Candidate”

Navigating the Queensland industrial relations systems, which has seen significant reform in the last…

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Compliance with Retail Shop Legislation a Must for Local Governments

Compliance with Retail Shop Legislation a Must for Local Governments

The Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Qld) (Act) was enacted to promote efficiency and equity in the conduct…

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What is Wrong with DIY Will Kits?

What is Wrong with DIY Will Kits?

The simple answer is nothing but on the same hand everything. DIY Will kits can be seen as a favourable…

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What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?

An enduring power of attorney is a document that allows a person to appoint one or more attorneys to…

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When Do I Need To Hire A Lawyer?

When Do I Need To Hire A Lawyer?

On the surface, this might seem like a straightforward question, but very often in situations where…

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What is The Difference Between a Retail Lease and a Commercial Lease?

What is The Difference Between a Retail Lease and a Commercial Lease?

What is a lease? A lease is a legally binding contract between a lessor and lessee for the lease of…

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What Business Structure Should I Choose?

What Business Structure Should I Choose?

Starting a business or firm in Cairns can be an exhilarating and busy time, but it is crucial to set…

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Are You Affected By An Encroachment?

Are You Affected By An Encroachment?

Many land owners are faced with the issue of what to do about an encroachment. An encroachment commonly…

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Online Safety

Online Safety

A part of parenting in today’s world involves monitoring the use of your children’s internet resources…

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Code of Conduct Is A Reality

Code of Conduct Is A Reality

Amidst the implementation of the Belcarra Report, a Code of Conduct was legislated, the primary role…

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Re-negotiating Contract Terms Under Building And Pest Inspection Condition

Re-negotiating Contract Terms Under Building And Pest Inspection Condition

Most residential contracts will include a building and pest inspection condition. The building…

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How to Find the Right Lawyers in Cairns

How to Find the Right Lawyers in Cairns

Often people are unsure about engaging lawyers and the workings of the law in general. They can be apprehensive…

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What to expect when meeting your Lawyer for the first time

What to expect when meeting your Lawyer for the first time

Now that you've made the decision and found the law firm that seems best suited to your needs, it's…

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GST Withholding Law

GST Withholding Law

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland has released new legal contracts for the sale of residential…

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Why You Should Always Be Honest With Your Lawyer

Why You Should Always Be Honest With Your Lawyer

Honesty is the best policy – especially when you are dealing with your lawyer. Just like any relationship…

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Choosing the Right Lawyer

Choosing the Right Lawyer

When in any complex legal situation especially one that involves a huge amount of money, it is best…

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3 things to keep in mind when leasing your first retail property

3 things to keep in mind when leasing your first retail property

Business premises are a critical feature of the future of any new business. People sometimes forget…

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Co-Ownership of Real Property – When things go wrong

Co-Ownership of Real Property – When things go wrong

There are always great property investments in Cairns and while there may be many benefits to acquiring…

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Councils back under the microscope – How does the new legislation affect Local Government?

Councils back under the microscope – How does the new legislation affect Local Government?

Corruption Commission’s Operation Belcarra, into activities of some officers and councillors in southeast…

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What is a Private Access Easement?

What is a Private Access Easement?

Easements are rights that attach to a land which give the holder the right to use the relevant land…

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How to Prepare for Your Initial Estate Planning Appointment

How to Prepare for Your Initial Estate Planning Appointment

For some the thought of preparing a Will is daunting but at Preston Law, we hope to make the whole process…

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Safe Workplace

Safe Workplace

In this day and age, people take for granted their health and wellbeing. Often, people do not realize…

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What do the recent changes to the Family Law Rules mean for you?

What do the recent changes to the Family Law Rules mean for you?

In 2017, at the direction of the federal government, the Australian Law Reform Commission began the…

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Conveyancing Cairns – Witnessing Documents Outside Australia

Conveyancing Cairns – Witnessing Documents Outside Australia

There are always a number of documents that need to be signed when buying or selling a property. The…

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When do I need a native title lawyer in Queensland?

When do I need a native title lawyer in Queensland?

Native title is an extremely specialised area of law which, in relative terms, remains very young. …

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DIY Legal – Should You DIY Or Call In The Experts?

DIY Legal – Should You DIY Or Call In The Experts?

At some point in our lives, we all have legal problems and there is always a temptation to save money…

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I Don’t Live In Cairns – Can I Still Use A Cairns Lawyer?

I Don’t Live In Cairns – Can I Still Use A Cairns Lawyer?

Living in a remote area sometimes means you don’t have as many choices as people in the city.  This…

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What is a Grant of Probate?

What is a Grant of Probate?

Quite simply, a Grant of Probate is the Supreme Court of Queensland’s official recognition of a Will…

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What are my rights in a franchise dispute?

What are my rights in a franchise dispute?

Franchises have become a very popular form of small business amongst small business owners over the…

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Effective debt recovery

Effective debt recovery

Debt collection is not something any business in Cairns wants to have to engage in, but it is an inevitable…

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Why Choosing A Locally Owned Business Is Better Than A Large National Corporation

Why Choosing A Locally Owned Business Is Better Than A Large National Corporation

When choosing a lawyer, there are dozens of options but, in the end, it really comes…

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What do I do if my tenant doesn’t pay their rent?

What do I do if my tenant doesn’t pay their rent?

The recovery of rental and other payments from tenants is a fact of life for commercial landlords. …

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What Does Without Prejudice Mean

What Does Without Prejudice Mean

During legal disputes parties will often send each other correspondence that is marked either “Without…

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Partnerships and their dissolution

Partnerships and their dissolution

What is a partnership? Partnerships are a common business structure. A partnership will exist where…

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Succession Planning:  The Family Farm – A Source of Family Conflict

Succession Planning: The Family Farm – A Source of Family Conflict

It is quite often the case that the family farm has either passed to mum and dad (the patriarchs) from…

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How is native title addressed when a mining lease is granted?

How is native title addressed when a mining lease is granted?

The granting of a mining lease is a future act. A Future Act is an act done after 1 January 1994 which…

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Does Native Title Affect My Interests?

Does Native Title Affect My Interests?

What is Native Title? The expression “native title” means the communal, group or individual rights and…

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Caveats

Caveats

A caveat is a notice that can be lodged with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines to prevent…

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Choosing A Lawyer In Cairns: A Generalist Or A Specialist?

Choosing A Lawyer In Cairns: A Generalist Or A Specialist?

Thе days оf thе legal generalist аrе over. Whilе thеrе аrе ѕtill lawyers in Cairns whо offer tо dо аnу…

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Cairns Supreme Court Orders Multi Million Dollar Judgment In A Contract Dispute Case

Cairns Supreme Court Orders Multi Million Dollar Judgment In A Contract Dispute Case

In October 2017 Preston Law successfully represented the Plaintiff in the Cairns Supreme Court in Drane…

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Council Rates and Charges back in the spotlight:  New Bill proposes to soften the effect of ‘Linville’

Council Rates and Charges back in the spotlight: New Bill proposes to soften the effect of ‘Linville’

Most local governments will be aware of the Supreme Court of Queensland’s November 2017 legal decision…

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Important Things To Consider When Choosing A Lawyer

Important Things To Consider When Choosing A Lawyer

Choosing a lawyer in Cairns could be very daunting and overwhelming, and the purpose is to ensure you…

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How To Choose A Lawyer The Right Way

How To Choose A Lawyer The Right Way

Choosing a lawyer in Cairns could be very tough, you need to know exactly what you’re looking for if…

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When You Need a Mining Lawyer in Cairns

When You Need a Mining Lawyer in Cairns

The mining industry in Australia has played an important role in Australia’s economy over the years!…

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Are you faced with Losing Your License?

Are you faced with Losing Your License?

Most people living in Cairns rely on being able to drive themselves from place to place.  Whether it’s…

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Why It’s Always Best To Hire a Local Lawyer

Why It’s Always Best To Hire a Local Lawyer

There are many advantages in choosing to work with a local Law Firm that is close to home and familiar…

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Succession Planning

Succession Planning

Many business owners in Cairns believe that because they have a Will, they have made adequate preparations…

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What Preston Law Can Help You With

What Preston Law Can Help You With

At some point in their lives, most people find themselves in a situation where they need assistance…

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3 Ways To Reduce Your Legal Fees!

3 Ways To Reduce Your Legal Fees!

We all know that legal fees can add up! Like any professional service, hiring a Lawyer in Cairns will…

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Preston Law: Our Practise Areas

Preston Law: Our Practise Areas

If you find yourself in need of a Lawyer, choosing the right Law Firm can be a difficult and overwhelming…

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How to Reduce Risk of Bankruptcy

How to Reduce Risk of Bankruptcy

Sadly, bankruptcy is not uncommon in today’s society.  With the ever increasing cost of living, people…

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Five Questions To Ask Your New Lawyer

Five Questions To Ask Your New Lawyer

Your first consultation with your Lawyer is an important one.  It is the perfect time to establish whether…

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What are litigation services?

What are litigation services?

Dealing with legal disputes can be a difficult and stressful time in your life. But the right lawyer…

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How a lawyer can help you and your business

How a lawyer can help you and your business

Business lawyers provide legal services to small and medium sized businesses. Anyone that owns a business…

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How to Choose a Lawyer

How to Choose a Lawyer

If you’re lucky, you’ve gone through life without ever needing a lawyer…. but then something unexpected…

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There Are Times When You Need A Lawyer In Cairns

There Are Times When You Need A Lawyer In Cairns

Living in Cairns brings with it the promise of a more relaxed lifestyle. Cairns attracts people from…

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When You Need A Lawyer In Cairns

When You Need A Lawyer In Cairns

Preston Law services is based in Cairns and provides a broad spectrum of specialised law services to…

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Cairns Native Title

Cairns Native Title

Preston Law boosts the ranks of its Cairns Native Title Lawyers.  On 30 June 2017, Preston Law in Cairns…

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