Insights | High Court decision summary – prenups and postnups

The purpose of this article is to provide fellow practitioners and our readership with a working summary of the recent High Court decision in Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49. In case you are looking for a one-liner conclusion: the rumours of the prenup’s/postnup’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Preliminary matters A few preliminary considerations arise … More Insights | High Court decision summary – prenups and postnups

Insights | Bitcoins and blockchains Part 3 (cont.)

Family law and “pre-nup” agreements Also in June 2016, a couple had reportedly encoded a prenuptial template into a Smart Contract on the Ethereum blockchain. This lighthearted “pre-nup” included particular requirements such as mandatory date nights every 10 days and obligations to watch movie series in succession. While we see this as a promising start … More Insights | Bitcoins and blockchains Part 3 (cont.)

Insights | Bitcoins and blockchain Part 3 | corporate governance and family law

This marks the third and final instalment in our Insights | Bitcoins and blockchain series.  In this section we consider some of the limitations of automating aspects of corporate distributions and family law. From the analysis we have undertaken further below, it appears that Smart Contract failure will arise in cases where there is a … More Insights | Bitcoins and blockchain Part 3 | corporate governance and family law