High Court reinstates agreed penalty submissions in civil matters

Michael Rennie reports on today's High Court decision upholding the appeal from the Full Federal Court that applied the prohibition on sentencing submissions in criminal matters in Barbaro v R (2014) 253 CLR 58 to civil penalty regimes: see Commonwealth of Australia v Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate [2015] HCA 46.

Statutory warfare: when retail lease and liquor licensing laws collide

How can a relationship that comes into existence only by force of one statute be regarded as illegal by reference to another? Robert Angyal SC's recent paper,  "Statutory Warfare? What happens when retain lease legislation collides with liquor licensing laws", published in (2015) 89 Australian Law Journal 11 is now available online.