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Legal & Industrial Relations Services

As a member of the Master Painters Association of Queensland, you have immediate access to solutions for all your legal and industrial relations problems, many of which are free to you. All legal and industrial relations services are provided by Cornwalls Solicitors, and include:

  • Free IR and legal advice
  • Free solicitor’s letters of demand (debt collection)
  • Fixed fee IR services
  • Fixed fee legal services
  • General legal advice
  • Education and training
  • Payment Claims and Progress Claims

As a member, you are entitled to free 15-minute consultations with Cornwalls Solicitors regarding any legal or industrial relations issue by simply making a telephone call or sending an email.

It does not matter whether it is about unfair dismissal, other employment issues, a building dispute, or a legal problem with your business or personal affairs.

During this initial 15-minute consultation you will receive:

  • A clear explanation of your options and rights
  • An outline of any steps that may be needed to resolve the matter or progress it
  • Details of any likely costs and time frames that are involved if further action is required

Solicitors Letter of Demand

In business, cash is everything. Don’t tolerate the non-payers. Have Cornwalls Solicitors send letters of demand at absolutely no cost to you. You will be pleasantly surprised how often the debts are paid, and how quickly.

Access the link to this service below, complete the details and let Cornwalls look after the rest. All you have to do is look out for the cheque!

Click here to access the Cornwalls letter of demand service.

Fixed Fee Legal Service

You will often find just having Cornwalls send a letter of demand, or the advice received during your free consultation, solves your problem.

For industrial relations matters, a further consultation, in person or on the telephone, can assist you with preparation of applications or responses for:

  • Unfair dismissal claims
  • Unlawful dismissal claims
  • Discrimination claims based on sex, age religion, race, and so on
  • Letters of termination as now required under the Small Business Code of Conduct
  • Award issues including implementation of Modern Awards
  • Assistance with National Employment Standards, including implementation of:
    • Maximum weekly hours of work
    • Requests for flexible working arrangements
    • Parent leave and related entitlements
    • Annual leave
    • Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave
    • Community service leave
    • Long service leave
    • Public holidays
    • Notice of termination and redundancy pay

For other legal issues not solved by a letter of demand or the initial free consultation, just call Cornwalls and you can agree on a fixed fee for the next step needed to solve your problem.

General Legal Services

Members can contact Cornwalls Solicitors for assistance with:

  • Advice on contracts: whether to sign them, how to get out of them, how to negotiate changes and how to avoid costly contractual disputes before they arise
  • Asset protection: protecting your assets to ensure you won’t lose everything you own if things go wrong
  • Payment claims and subcontractors’ charges
  • Wills and estate planning, minimising tax, protecting against divorce, creditors and predators
  • Workplace health and safety issues
  • Debt collection and credit management; in-house documentation – invoices, quotes, etc. – improving your system
  • Buying and selling real estate
  • Business sales
  • Leasing and commercial contracts
  • Setting up businesses and credit problems
  • WorkCover advice
  • Any other general legal services

Education and Training

All Master Painters members can access Cornwalls training courses, which include:

  • How to use the Payment Claim System under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act
  • Debt collection
  • Good credit management practices
  • Asset protection
  • Business succession planning
  • Wills and powers of attorney
  • Other business related issues

Payment and Progress Claims

Builders and contractors not being paid what they are properly entitled to, or only being paid months after they should have been paid, are two of the major reasons for business failure in the building and construction industry.

The Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA) provides a quick and inexpensive method of enforcing payment, usually without the need to go to court.

Not understanding how it works could cost your business a great deal of money which you would not otherwise have to pay, if you receive a Payment Claim which you dispute and you don’t know how to deal with it properly under the Act. For further information

Confidential, Free Q&A Service

Cornwalls offers a free, confidential question and answer service through which you can submit your questions on legal issues and receive a brief answer, free of charge.

For assistance with any of these and other legal issues, please contact Cornwalls on (07) 3223 5900 in Brisbane, or (07) 4963 0888 in Mackay.

Master Painters Association of Queensland is the peak representative body & a union of employers for the state’s painting & decorating industry. We represent the interests of all individuals and companies operating within the industry, & encourage high standards of craftsmanship & business practices.