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 monthly podcast series where we discuss dinner-party legal topics, current events and the laws surrounding them. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast or TuneIn Radio.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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?

#10 – Six social media lessons to keep you employed

In episode ten Gidon Kangisser and Elisa Blakerswe 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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.