Introducing Nick Hawkins – Solicitor

Headshot of Nick Hawkins - Solicitor at Everingham Solomons TamworthI began working at Everingham Solomons in 2019 as a legal administrator and have recently began a new role as a solicitor working in the property department.

I graduated from the University of New England in 2019 with a Bachelor of Business (Financial Management) and Bachelor of Laws. In 2021 I also obtained a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

While working as a legal administrator and paralegal at Everingham Solomons I gained experience working across a number of fields including: workers compensation; property and conveyancing matters and; wills and estate planning.… Read More

Mental Health Legislation Changes

The Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020 (NSW) came into effect on 29 March 2021 and replaced the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW).

There are a number of changes that this new piece of legislation introduces in relation to the previous act. This new act makes amendments and additions to the previous definitions relating to cognitive impairment and mental illness and/or mental condition, now referred to as a “mental health impairment”.

A mental health impairment is now defined as a “temporary or ongoing disturbance of thought, mood, volition, perception or memory” which “would be regarded as significant for clinical diagnostic purposes” that “impairs the emotional wellbeing, judgment or behaviour of the person.”… Read More

Firearms: To have and to hold

Guns. And I’m not talking about the ones you see on the beach in Summer.

Gun laws in Australia are heavily regulated, and as such there are plenty of ways to find yourself in trouble, if you do not follow the Laws and Regulations carefully.

There are two main hurdles when looking to obtain a firearm. There are the licensing requirements and then there is the permit you are required to hold, so that you may obtain a firearm.

In order to obtain a firearms licence you must make an application. The first requirement is to show that you have a genuine reason for wanting to obtain a firearm.… Read More

Sir Adrian Solomons Law Bursary Recipient

The 2020 Sir Adrian Solomons Memorial Law Bursary was awarded to Riley Bomford of Calrossy Anglican School.

Riley obtained a NSW ATAR of 97.5 and band sixes in five Higher School Certificate subjects. Riley was the Calrossy boys’ school captain for 2020 and involved in charitable and community based activities too numerous to particularise in full. Riley plays rugby and cricket as well as holding refereeing and executive positions in those fields. For 2021, Riley is studying law at the University of New England whilst working full time as a court officer at the Armidale Court House.

Everingham Solomons is very proud to be associated with such a well-rounded, hard-working and community conscious individual.… Read More

Renewable Energy Projects – Part 3

What should be done during the Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Phase?

At the end of a renewable energy project’s operating life, the wind or solar farm will be decommissioned and all turbines, arrays and other infrastructure will be removed from the land. Following removal of all equipment and related infrastructure, the land will undergo a series of steps to ensure return to agricultural use. The obligations to ‘make good’ rests with the project owner.

Generally, the Development Approvals and the lease agreement contain provisions explicitly setting out the requirements for the decommissioning and the expectations around rehabilitating the land.

Further, the planning assessment process normally requires a Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan (DRP) to be prepared.… Read More

Working hard or hardly working?

The Holliday season is something a lot of us look forward to for the whole year as it brings with it some much awaited time off from work.
It also brings with it a number of Public Holidays, and who doesn’t love a public holiday!

So what Public holidays do we have to look forward to over the holiday season?

In NSW Christmas day, 25 December 2020 and Boxing Day are recognised as Public Holidays.
As Boxing Day falls on a Saturday this year, there is an additional Public holiday on 28 December 2020. Bonus!
New Year’s Day is also a public holiday falling on Friday 1 January 2020.… Read More

“T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…” and that’s how your Neighbours like it!!

With the COVID-19 restrictions lightening in time for the silly season, and people are frantically organising household gatherings we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you that you have neighbours!

Yes I know you probably know that, but as the holidays are celebrated, it’s a timely reminder that noise restrictions still apply during this time.

Noise restrictions apply to all types of noise but probably most relevant for the festivities is those carols and other tunes we all love to hate. This includes musical instruments.

So how loud is too loud? Essentially, if it can be heard in your neighbour’s house, it is noise that is restricted.… Read More

Load ‘er up, but tie ‘er down

Winter is in the rear-view mirror, the scent of Spring is in the air and Summer is approaching fast. It’s the perfect time to do the odd jobs around the house and tend to those overgrown yards. However, in order for your yard to look schmick you might be required to load up the trailer and head to the tip.

This is a timely reminder for all, that penalties for uncovered, unstable and overhanging loads can be quite harsh.

Fines for these offences will see you obtain 3 demerit points and cop a fine of $457.00 per offence.

That’s quite an expensive rubbish run!… Read More

Are you in Year 12 at Tamworth, Quirindi, Gunnedah or Manilla? Are you wanting to study Law next year at University? Great news – applications are now open for the Sir Adrian Solomons Memorial Law Bursary

Everingham Solomons are pleased to announce that once again a Tamworth, Quirindi, Gunnedah or Manilla Year 12 student wishing to undertake university study in Law will have a valuable opportunity to receive the benefits of our Law Bursary.

The Sir Adrian Solomons Memorial Law Bursary has long provided financial assistance for the successful applicant during their first year of university as well as an opportunity to gain valuable paid work experience in our offices periodically throughout the duration of their studies.

Everingham Solomons will also be making a cash donation to the school of the successful applicant to assist in maintaining the excellent educational standards that our region can offer.… Read More

Hands on the wheel, not on your phone.

After more than 100,000 NSW drivers being found to be illegally using their mobile phone during a recent pilot period of 6 months, the NSW government has now implemented Mobile Detection Cameras statewide.

The detection camera systems use technology which captures the front row cabin space of the vehicle to detect illegal phone use.

So perhaps a refresher of what is a legal use of a mobile while drive may assist.
An unrestricted driver is allowed to do the following while driving:

– Make or receive a call, however you must have the phone secured in a cradle or be able to use the phone without touching it.… Read More