Glenn Duker, Melbourne solicitor
A lawyer and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in his field, Glenn Duker currently practices in property and commercial law. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Glenn Duker attended Brighton Grammar School and Mentone Grammar School, where he excelled in his studies and gained widespread recognition for his academic performance. Following graduation from Mentone Grammar School, Glenn Duker won acceptance to the prestigious Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. From 1989 through 1990, Glenn Duker was a resident at Trinity College and studied Arts/Law. Glenn Duker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1994.
From the University of Melbourne, Glenn Duker completed his articles of clerkship at Maddock Lonie Chisholm (now Maddocks) in Melbourne, where he began developing his knowledge of property law , commercial law, planning law and commercial litigation. In June 1995, Glenn Duker gained admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a barrister and solicitor and soon formed his own law firm, Duker & Associates.
As Principal of Duker & Associates from 1995 to 2003, Glenn Duker cultivated his legal knowledge in commercial law, litigation, dispute resolution, conveyancing, property advisory services, and more. Under the careful stewardship of Glenn Duker, Duker & Associates grew into two locations in Melbourne, with four solicitors and various client support personnel on staff. Glenn Duker also founded the very successful conveyancing company, Total Conveyancing. Since Duker & Associates, Glenn Duker has operated as a real estate developer on the Gold Coast, founded the Queensland commercial law firm Settle It Legal and served as Special Counsel (Property and Commercial) at MW Law in Melbourne.
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The University of Melbourne, University Profile and History
is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne was the brainchild of Hugh Childers. When the school first opened, it had 3 professors and 16 students, only 4 of whom actually graduated with degrees. Citizens around Melbourne supported the development of practical programs within the school and, a decade after its inception, the university boasted departments of law, medicine, and engineering. Throughout the First World War, the school primarily consisted of affluent students and few scholarship opportunities existed. After the Second World War, the demand for a more inclusive university was felt more than ever and the institution began to expand its offerings. Today, the University of Melbourne has become one of the most influential schools in Australia. Many bodies have ranked the university within the top 100 around the world. Melbourne Law School, the university’s Faculty of Law, was established in 1857, shortly after the university itself. Answering a need for domestic law education during the colonization period, the school awarded its first law degree in 1860 and officially formed the Faculty of Law in 1873. During the 1950s, the school underwent a period of rapid transformation and modernization following the appointment of Sir Zelman Cowen as Dean. He re-envisioned the law school, basing it on the American model, which emphasized full-time study and research. Since then, the Melbourne Law School has developed into an international institution, attracting a number of foreign students and empowering a number of its own students to study abroad.
Mentone Grammar School
began his educational career by building a strong foundation at Mentone Grammar School, the independent school located in Melbourne, Australia. With a long and distinguished history that dates to the 1920s, Mentone Grammar remains an excellent academic institution that boasts a renowned classroom and house mentoring system as well as strong pastoral care. With dedicated teachers and state-of-the-art facilities, including off-site athletic fields and alternative classroom space, Mentone Grammar provides an outstanding education for both boys and girls from ELC
to Year 12.
Mentone Grammar was first established as a boys’ school in a local Church of England hall before it moved in 1923 to its present site by the beaches of Melbourne. The original school and boarding house, the Edwardian two-storey Frogmore House, currently serves as the office of the Principal’s administration. In 1957, Mentone Grammar became affiliated with the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, gaining membership to the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria in 1958.
After becoming co-educational in 2006, today Mentone Grammar offers its unique academic model through a combination of single-gender and co-educational classes at various stages of student development. Moreover, Mentone Grammar’s vertical housing system offers pastoral care through a small group environment, providing leadership and mentorship opportunities as well as fostering healthy competition within the school. As an Anglican school committed to focusing on its core values in school life, Mentone Grammar welcomes students through a structured learning environment. Mentone Grammar not only nurtures academic excellence but also fosters individual development, building a strong and values-focused community that brings out the best in each of its members. For more information about Mentone Grammar School, please visit www.mentonegrammar.net.
Self-Development Tips and Strategies, Part 2
(continued from Self-Development Tips and Strategies, Part 1
by Glenn Duker
Our list of self-development tips concludes with these final suggestions:
5. Treat Yourself to Rewards
Any goal, no matter how large or small, is worthy of praise once it is reached. Set an objective, such as exercising four days a week or finishing a complex project at home or work. When you meet your goal, reward yourself by doing something you enjoy. Recognizing your accomplishments gives you more motivation to take on future challenges.
6. Do Away with Distractions
Relaxation is important, but the line between recreation and procrastination is frequently blurred. Every week, challenge yourself to steer clear of one distraction, something you can do without until more important tasks are finished. Make sure this distraction is something you find compelling, such as a favorite book or television program. Abstaining for a short period will make reclaiming your cherished diversion all the more rewarding once you have more free time to indulge.
7. Do What You Love to Do
Life is too short to allow ambitions to slip away. Think hard about what it is you love to do, then work tirelessly to make your dream a reality. Push aside distractions to focus completely on working toward your goals.
8. Start or Join a Self-Development Support Group
Ultimately, each person is responsible for meeting their goals and living up to their personal ambitions. At the same time, support is always welcome, and often needed. Start or join a self-development support group in which all members freely discuss their struggles, hopes, and goals. Support each other in reaching those dreams by offering encouragement and assistance whenever possible.
9. Distance Yourself from Naysayers
Constructive criticism can prove helpful in any instance, but there will always be those whose words and actions serve no other purpose than to demoralize you. Distance yourself from such critics and surround yourself with those who offer positive influence and criticism, with the goal of helping you become a better, more accomplished person.
Glenn Duker: Information on Breaking a Residential Lease in Australia, Glenn Duker
Lawyer Glenn Duker
handles a wide range of property and commercial law issues, including conveyancing, lease negotiations, and option reGlenn Duker: Exiting a lease early
Lawyer Glenn Duker handles a wide range of property and commercial law issues, including conveyancing, lease negotiations, and option renewals.
If you need to break your lease early, you may have certain rights and obligations, whether you are a tenant or a landlord. Retail leases in Victoria are governed in by the Retail Leases Act 2003 and the other states have similar legislation.
Depending on the state and the terms of the commercial least, the tenant may have to continue paying rent until a new occupant moves in, or until the original lease expires. Landlords are traditionally reluctant to release parties form leases without adequate compensation. However, the landlord should also seek to find a new tenant in a timely manner, being reasonable in all the circumstances, in the event of an early departure by the tenant.
The tenant may also hold responsibility for helping the landlord cover the costs associated with advertising for a new tenant. In addition, landlords may charge a re-letting fee for the agent to obtain a new tenant. The tenant may assist the landlord in finding a new tenant in order to reduce costs, but the landlord holds final say over tenancy decisions, provided such consent is not withheld unreasonably.
Tenants who break their leases early still have the same rights to recover their bond (or security deposit), subject to any amounts outstanding under the lease. The tenant should keep the premises in good condition and document its state with photos before leaving. He or she should also make sure a condition report is completed upon departure and remove all personal belongings, minimising the possibility for deductions.
Much of this can be avoided with good planning before entering the lease. The tenant should be as sure as possible that both the rental being paid and the term are both reasonable because clearly avoiding a lease midstream can be very expensive. Tenants, when entering a lease, should be rational and forward thinking, requesting a shorter initial term with many options.
If you require further assistance with your breach of lease, visit the website of Glenn Duker: www.glenndukersolicitor.com.au.