Who owns my body after I die? Can I leave my entire estate to my dog? Do I own the rights to the tattoo on my arm? Welcome to Trial by Podcast, a fortnightly podcast series by Australian law firm, McCabe Curwood where we discuss dinner-party legal topics, current events and the laws surrounding them.
# 41 - Debate: Should judges have a mandatory retirement age?
In Australia, judges have a mandatory retirement age of between 70 and 75. But decades on from when this law was introduced, is it time to make it a thing of the past?
In this episode, law graduates Jacqueline White and William Wade debate both sides of the argument: that the mandatory retirement age should exist, and that the mandatory retirement age should be dropped.
After listening to both sides, what's your stance?
# 40 - So you want to sue Google: Internet search engines and defamation
Have you ever searched your name online? Were you happy with the results that appeared?
In today's episode, lawyer Elise Newling and law graduate Emma Jagot discuss two legal cases in which Google was sued for defamation.
They also discuss the steps you can take if defamatory material is published about you online.
#39 - #FreeBritney and conservatorship
The #FreeBritney movement, and Britney Spears' conservatorship, has had a lot of media attention in recent years.
But why is Britney under conservatorship? And do we have a similar arrangement here in Australia?
Hosted by Stephanie Andrew, a lawyer in McCabe Curwood's Litigation and Dispute Resolution group, and law graduate Monique Messenger.
# 38 - The path to Principal
In this episode, Chiara Rawlins, Principal in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group at McCabe Curwood, talks to law graduates Monique Messenger and William Wade about her path to Principal.
Chiara has a candid discussion on her career journey, the challenges she has faced, and the advice she would give to people seeking a career in law.
# 37 - Unfair Contract Terms
Most of us have accepted a product or service's 'Terms and Conditions' without actually reading them, like with gym memberships or mobile phone plans. But what if one of the terms in the contract allowed the brand to increase fees without telling you? What if, instead of paying $50 a month, they could suddenly increase it to $100?
In this episode, Lawyer Emma Connolly and Law Graduate Monique Messenger take a look at Unfair Contract Terms, and the recent amendments made to the legislation. They also discuss McCabe Curwood's new app, MC Act, which helps businesses and individuals identify unfair contract terms.
You can access MC Act here: https://mccabecurwood.com.au/the-firm/firm-resources-web-applications/
# 36 - 'Riding with pets': Dogs and Ubers
Uber is now trialling 'Uber Pet', which allows people to ride with their pet. With 4 in every 10 Australian households owning a dog, it's a service many of us will be interested in.
However, this raises questions on how the laws surrounding dogs in cars would apply.
Law grads Jacqueline White and Monique Messenger discuss:
- The NSW legislation governing the rules and regulations of restraining dogs in cars
- Penalties faced, including potential fines and imprisonment
- Who might be liable if legislation is breached when 'Riding with pets': the owner, driver, or the corporation Uber itself?
The articulation by Graduate Talia Mason was amazing and easily understood, in comparison to other podcast presented !!
Fun and interesting
This is a really great, fun, quick and interesting podcast. Can't wait to hear what comes next.
Interesting & well presented.