Author Archives: Zach Featherstone

The Use of Investigators during Family Disputes

Separating from a spouse or partner can be a traumatic event and very emotional time. Legal Practitioners working in this area of law often work in a high pressure environment, having to take immediate steps relating to care of children, home occupancy and assets, whilst taking instructions from clients who are often in a fair bit of emotional pain.Quite often the pain is extended with the other side continuing to supply untruths relating to their situation. Combining legal skills with Read more [...]
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First Impressions – Social Media Presence

How many times per day are you making bad first impressions? Perspective clients are frequently 'Googling' your business and forming negative first impressions - before even speaking to a representative from your business! It is suggested that Judgments made after a 100-ms exposure correlated highly with judgments made in the absence of time constraints, suggesting that this exposure time was sufficient for participants to form an impression . If your online presence is tarnished by negative Read more [...]
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Recordings as Evidence Pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975

Recordings as Evidence Pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 by Mr Peter Hooper of Hooper Family Lawyers In the “he said, she said” world of family law, making a recording of the other party (usually conducted surreptitiously) is in the author’s experience often regarded by litigants as best evidence to establish a particular version of events.   Sometimes this is true.   Before deciding to record however it is prudent to consider the legality of the recording, whether the recording Read more [...]
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Identifying areas of weakness; an analysis of Online Reputation via ‘smart’ technology.

Each day in business it becomes more apparent that traditional methods of business advertising and consumer research are shifting to benefit our more contemporary lifestyle. This is due to the huge emphasis we place on technological advancement, work place efficiency and ease of access systems.   It’s safe to say that every six months a new ‘smart’ phone, ‘smart’ tablet or ‘smart’ pc is introduced to the market. These devices make a consumers day to day tasks much simpler by Read more [...]
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How can a whisteblower line improve your business?

An effective whistleblower program can result in—   (a) more effective compliance with relevant laws; (b) more efficient fiscal man agement of the entity through, for example, the reporting of waste and improper tendering practices; (c) a healthier and safer work environment through the reporting of unsafe practices; (d) more effective management; (e) improved morale within the entity; and (f) an enhanced perception and the reality that the entity is taking its governance obligations Read more [...]
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What is the purpose of the Whistleblower protection act?

The purpose of this Standard is to provide guidance for entities seeking to implement a whistleblower protection program. The proposed objectives of such a whistleblower protection program are to—   (a) encourage the reporting of matters that may cause financial or non-financial loss to the entity or damage to the entity’s reputation; (b) enable the entity to effectively deal with reports from whistleblowers in a way that will protect the identity of the whistleblower and provide Read more [...]
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The Social Media Pro’s and Con’s

Over the past decade we have seen the rise of the internet, the smart phone and most recently the ever present social media sites. Social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn hold the vast market share in the niche’s that they specifically service.   For businesses the rise of Social Media platforms has allowed for the integration of Social media marketing to produce a greater level of brand awareness within targeted populations. It has also given birth to an increasing Read more [...]
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Three steps to prevent damage to your businesses online reputation! – Part 2

In step one, we addressed identifying weaknesses within your internet reputation. Once the weaknesses have been identified, it is time to move onto step two: protect.   The second step to prevent damage is to protect your online reputation. With step one we addressed the areas that need to be strengthened, now we will look at some methods we can utilise to protect our online reputation. Some mainstream methods are: Creating keyword dense, relevant and strategically placed content such Read more [...]
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Selecting the Right Business Advisor

Selecting the right qualified advisor for your business will save your business time and money in the long term.  In this week’s blog, we will look at the role of Financial Advisor.   Many people are confused about the role of a Financial Advisor.  Quite simply they identify your monetary needs and goals and prepare a financial plan for you to work from so that you can meet those needs and achieve those goals.  They will also recommend investment products that may help you in your endeavours.   They Read more [...]
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Three steps to prevent damage to your businesses online reputation!

Online reputation – what is it, why is it important, how can I protect it?   Online reputation has come about with the age of technology. In previous decades we relied upon hard copy directories and business phone numbers. There was no ‘Google it’, there was no ‘websites’; we relied upon building strong relationships with our clients face to face.   Today, your reputation is much more complex. While you still have your face to face reputation to protect, you also have your Read more [...]
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