Miller Harris Lawyers wins state-wide award!

July 29th, 2016

Miller Harris Lawyers has won the Queensland Law Society (QLS)’s Equity and Diversity Award for 2016 in the Small Legal Practice Category (legal practices with 20 or fewer legal practitioners). Nominations for the award came from throughout Queensland and were judged across four main criteria:

• Promotion of diversity within the law profession
• Equity initiatives
• Policies supporting equal opportunity
• Flexible work practices

It is fantastic recognition for the variety of initiatives we have implemented to support equity and diversity in our workplace. Melissa Nielsen, a partner in our commercial and property law division, was in Brisbane recently to collect the award on the firm’s behalf and to celebrate our achievement.

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Miller Harris Lawyers has ‘signed up’ for Cairns Regional Council’s Waste and Recycling in Business Program

July 25th, 2016

Miller Harris Lawyers has ‘signed up’ for Cairns Regional Council’s Waste and Recycling in Business Program having recently taken delivery of its business recycling bin.  “It’s a way our firm can contribute to the sustainability of our region by bringing recycling to the workplace” Nick Masasso (Director of Operations) said. “I’m sure our team will embrace and support this initiative which contributes positively to the environment in which we all live”.

Miller Harris Lawyers is encouraging other businesses to get on board with business recycling.

More details are available on the Cairns Regional Council website.



Transfer of farming property – changes to duty exemptions now in effect

July 21st, 2016

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The State Government’s 2016-17 budget changes to duty have now come into effect.  The Duties and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 received royal assent on 27 June 2016, with most of the changes coming into effect on 1 July 2016.

One of the more anticipated changes is to the duty exemption on inter-generational transfers of primary production properties.

Prior to the changes, a transfer of a farm (or primary production property) to a relative was duty exempt only if the transfer was by way of gift.  This has been problematic for primary production families who want to transfer farming property to their children that is still encumbered by mortgages or want to sell the property to their children (or other relatives).

Queensland is now catching up with changes that other states have made and from 1 July 2016 inter-generational transfers of primary production properties will be duty exempt, without the need to be by way of gift.  We look forward to the impact these changes will have on our retiring regional farmers in particular.

Please contact us if you would like any further information about transferring primary production properties.