Guru in the Spotlight – Amanda Kazacos

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Hear from Amanda Kazacos, Senior Associate in our tax team.

What area at KWM do work in and what is your specialisation?

I'm in the tax team, specialising in income tax.

How long have you been with the firm?

Almost 7 years.

Why are you passionate about our Community Impact programme?

It's a great opportunity to use our skills to give back to the community.

What projects or programs have you been involved in recently?

I am currently assisting with Tender Funerals Australia, creating franchised discount funeral homes around Australia to assist those financially disadvantaged to provide at-cost funeral services to their loved ones.

What tips do you have for others thinking about getting involved in the Community Impact program?

I would reach out to the fantastic Community Impact team and see how you can assist. There are so many worthwhile projects, whether one-off assistance or on a more ongoing basis and whether in your field of law or completely separate to what you do on a day-to-day basis.

On 2 August 2022, the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response) Bill 2022 was passed (Aged Care Bill), introducing important regulatory changes to Australia’s aged care sector. The Bill makes numerous legislative amendments, including to the Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth) (Aged Care Act) and the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 (Cth) (Transitional Provisions Act), and responds to various recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Royal Commission) Final Report (Report). The Report identified the provision of substandard aged care services and perceived systemic failures in the aged care sector.[1]

08 August 2022

The Federal Court has refused an application to stay proceedings to quantify compensation for patent infringement (quantum proceedings) pending the outcome of separate parallel proceedings challenging the validity of the infringed patent on new grounds. The case is significant as intellectual property cases are regularly bifurcated with liability determined separately damages or an account of profits. A patentee may also bring consecutive infringement cases and therefore have two separate cases considering invalidity issues for the same patent running in parallel.

03 August 2022

Since the introduction of a nationwide Marketing Authorization Holder (MAH) system in 2019, licenses have linked directly to therapeutic products rather than manufacturers.

03 August 2022