Trial by Podcast

Who owns my body after I die? Can I leave my entire estate to my dog? Do I own the rights to the tattoo on my arm? Welcome to Trial by Podcast, a podcast series where we discuss dinner-party legal topics, current events and the laws surrounding them. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast or TuneIn Radio.

#24 – Is your favourite social media influencer misleading you?

Scroll through your social media feeds: are many of the influencers you follow selling a product from another brand? Is it a paid advertisement? Has it been made clear this is the case? In this episode of Trial by Podcast, Law Graduate Andrew Gouveia looks at the legal implications of influencer marketing on social media.

#23 – Equity crowd-sourced funding: Raising funds for your business

Are you a start-up business looking to raise funds? You might be considering equity crowd-sourced funding, which allows businesses to do this through an online intermediary. Join Michele Izzo, an Associate in McCabe Curwood’s Corporate team, and Law Graduate Andrew Gouveia, as they discuss who is eligible for crowd-sourced funding and the different stages involved in the process.

#22 – The Pell Decision: Reinforcing the legal standard of beyond reasonable doubt

In this next episode of Trial by Podcast, Law Graduates Lachlan Hallab and Emma Connolly look at the reasoning of the High Court in the controversial decision to quash the convictions of George Pell.

#21 – Mining in space: One small step for man, one giant leap for… lawyers?

Ever wondered about mining and space, and whether or not it is actually legal? In this episode of Trial by Podcast, Law Graduate Andrew Gouveia discusses this, along with other legal issues of mining in space.

#20 – Lawyers and Reality TV: Sharn Coombes on Australian Survivor

Law Graduates Emma Connolly and Lachlan Hallab look at lawyers and reality television, particularly focussing on Sharn Coombes – two-time runner up of Australian Survivor.

#19 – Unpacking the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme

In this episode of Trial by Podcast, Consultant Kate Staude and Lawyer Liliana Freeman unpack the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme, recently implemented by the Australian Government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

#18 – COVID-19 Special Edition Part 2: All other things law during the Coronavirus pandemic

Episode 18 is Part 2 of Trial by Podcast’s COVID-19 Special Edition. In this episode, Lawyers Stephanie Andrews and Gidon Kangisser talk all other things law during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include insolvency and bankruptcy reforms, directors’ duties to prevent insolvent trading, employment, and cybersecurity.

#17 – COVID-19 Special Edition Part 1: Contractual issues arising from the Coronavirus pandemic

Episode 17 is Part 1 of Trial by Podcast’s COVID-19 Special Edition. Lawyers Stephanie Andrews and Gidon Kangisser discuss contractual issues arising from the Coronavirus pandemic including force majeure, the doctrine of frustration and termination of contract.

#16 – Is your force majeure clause wide enough to catch the Coronavirus?

In episode 16 of Trial by Podcast, Law Graduate Andrew Gouveia discusses whether Coronavirus could be considered a force majeure event, and the implications this could have on a contract. He also offers practical tips and key elements for drafting force majeure clauses going forward.

#15 – Crash course in subpoenas to produce for law graduates and junior lawyers

In episode fifteen of Trial by Podcast, Lawyer Stephanie Andrews and Law Graduate Talia Mason unpack subpoenas. From how to draft a subpoena, to the difference between conduct money and compliance costs, this is the perfect crash course for law graduates and junior lawyers.

#14 – Pets and Apartments

In episode fourteen of Trial by Podcast, Law Graduate Ethan Aitchison and Law Graduate Stephanie Lowy discuss what to do when you move into an apartment and the strata by-laws don’t allow for your pet to live with you.

#13 – Digital Assets and Estate Planning

In episode thirteen of Trial by Podcast Lawyer Stephanie Andrews prompts you to consider estate planning for your digital assets such as your social media accounts, music and photo clouds.

#12 – Privacy Protection

When it comes to drones, how private is your privacy? In episode twelve of Trial by Podcast, lawyer Ivan Chan looks at how drones can affect your privacy.

#11 – When poor grammar costs you $5million

When it comes to writing an email, a formal letter to a colleague, or even a text message to a friend, the ramifications of making a mistake while typing are insignificant. However, in the context of legal drafting, mistakes or typos, however small, can have significant financial consequences. In this Trial by Podcast, we will explore three cases where this couldn’t be more true, in fact, in one of the cases, a missing Oxford comma resulted in a US$5 million compensation payout.

#10 – Six social media lessons to keep you employed

In episode ten, Gidon Kangisser and Elisa Blakers talk about social media and its impact on your employment. They will give you six quick lessons to cover the possible repercussions of bad-mouthing your boss over Facebook, to the ownership of your LinkedIn contacts.

#9 – The law on heartbreak: when courtship goes to court

In this episode, Luke Dominish talks about breaking up, specifically, what happens to an engagement ring, or other gifts, when a marriage doesn’t go ahead as planned?

#8 – Slips, Trips And Other Christmas Gifts

Once upon a time in a land far, far away where NSW law reigns supreme, there was a town called Northpole. This is where our story begins. Be warned, this is not a happy story but a cautionary tale, a tale of three elves; Twinkle, Buddy and Holly.

#7 – How to grow and protect intellectual property?

McCabes’ solicitors Danton Stoloff and Amelia Cooper discuss what intellectual property is, how entrepreneurs can protect their ideas and how this adds value to an enterprise. A must-listen for all Australian entrepreneurs and start-ups.

#6 – Let’s talk about Mental Health

Welcome to Trial by Podcast’s bonus episode for National Mental Health Week where Solicitor Guy Lewis interviews The Wellness Doctrine’s author Jerome Doraisamy. Guy and Jerome discuss some of the issues related to mental health that young lawyers and law students may experience and explore ways that professionals can take care of their wellbeing.

#5 – Will it be illegal to run without a helmet?

Vanessa Turner from our Insurance group discusses the perceived nanny state, personal responsibility and duty of care. Listen in to find out where there is liability for harm and in which circumstances it is an individual’s own responsibility.

#4 – Directors’ duties: what are your obligations?

Do you have a great business idea? Have you ever considered starting up your own company? Have you considered which business structure is right for you? And what are your obligations as a director of a company? If these questions have ever crossed your mind, then you need to tune into this podcast.

#3 – Who owns your tattoo?

Who owns the copyright of your tattoo? It may not be you. Original works of art normally belongs to the artist, giving them exclusive rights of control of reproduction, public presentation and the ability to profit from their work. Amelia Cooper covers what this means for tattoo wearers, whether there are legal consequences in displaying your tattoo and how to own the copyright of the tattoo.

#2 – Estate planning and pets

In episode two Dylan Heffernan discusses pets and estate planning. Whether this is making sure your pet isn’t passed on to your loved ones as property or establishing a trust to cover their ongoing care, Dylan covers all bases on this topic.

#1 – Who has possession of your body when you die?

In episode one of Trial by Podcast, litigation lawyer Luke Dominish goes back 100 years to examine English and Australian cases discussing burial rites, human tissue and sperm samples to determine what can happen to your body when you die.