• Commercial Law

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    We are business people as much as we are lawyers. We will take care of the legal documents so you can confidently run your business.
    As your business grows, its risk profile and governance challenges will change. We partner with our clients over the long term to ensure they are in the driver’s seat for success.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    We are in your corner when the going gets tough. Having resolved over 6,500 disputes for business owners have seen it all before.

    Whether you need a skilled negotiator or a fearless litigator, we specialise in delivering commercial results when:

    Customers refuse to pay;
    Suppliers let you down; and
    Business Partners do the wrong thing.

  • Employment & Safety

    Employment & Safety

    The biggest challenge for any business owner, is managing their employees.

    A difficult employee can make you question why you got into business in the first place and be toxic to your team morale.

    We deliver proactive solutions to manage your team via employment contracts, policies and procedures as well as handling employment disputes when they arise.

  • Property & Construction

    Property & Construction

    Property is the key most wealth in Australia.  Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing property, you need a lawyer you can count on.

    We can advise on the whole property development process from obtaining finance to development approvals, construction and sale or leasing.

    We also act for the Master Builders Victoria and have extensive expertise in construction contracts and disputes.

  • Family Law

    Family Law

    At Taurus Legal Management we understand the unique challenges clients encounter during family disputes, especially when children are involved. Our family lawyers specialise in handling high-asset cases with a focus on protecting clients wealth, securing their family’s future, and safeguarding the best interests of their children.


Significant Monetary Caps to Cut Down Defamation Cases

New defamation laws have been passed in Victoria and are set to shake up the previous uniform legislation. The new laws set a cap on damages, after the string of recent cases, such as Bauer Media Pty Ltd v Wilson, saw an award of $4.5 million slashed to $600,000.

Cap on Damages

The legislation has previously been unclear as to whether there is a cap on general damages for non-economic loss. The new legislation leaves nothing to the imagination, with a clear cap set at $421,000. Although this figure will increase with inflation, it is significantly lower than what the Courts have previously awarded, including in the case brought by Geoffrey Rush. It is anticipated that the sum of $421,000 will only be awarded in the most serious of cases. Other forms of damages will still be available.

New Time Limit

The new legislation will also impose a stricter time frame within which to bring a case for defamation. The current law is based on the multiple publication rule, which means that the one-year limitation period commences each time an online publication is downloaded and viewed by a reader. This has had the potential for cases to be brought for an indefinite period of time.

The law will now be based on the single publication rule, meaning that the one-year limitation period will commence from the first date of publication. This will provide more certainty and greatly benefit larger media organisations.

Serious Harm

One of the other significant changes is a new test on damage to reputation. It will now need to be proven that the publication has caused, or is likely to cause, serious harm to the reputation of the person. In limited circumstances, a company may bring a case. Where it does, the test changes to require the publication to have caused, or be likely to cause, serious financial loss.

It is anticipated that this will deter smaller or more trivial cases being brought for defamation.


The changes come into force in Victoria on 1 July 2021.

If you need advice on a potential defamation case or would like to discuss the impact of any of the changes to the law, please contact one of our experienced defamation lawyers at Taurus Legal Management on (03) 9481 2000 or at info@tauruslawyers.com.au.

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