COVID-19 | Verification of identity – the need to go digital

All of the states (but not the territories) require mortgagees to undertake reasonable steps to verify the identities of mortgagors, commonly through a framework called the “Verification of Identity Standard” (VOI Standard) undertaken by specialised “Identity Agents” e.g. lawyers or other agents with professional indemnity insurance. Where they do not, and the mortgage instrument is […]

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Responsible lending – updated guidance and practical considerations

Lenders’ responsible lending obligations have been a fluid topic in the wake of the Hayne Royal Commission’s final report in February 2019. In that report, Commissioner Hayne said that he was ultimately not persuaded that the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth) (NCCP) needed to change in that aspect. His view was that the […]

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Red card for borrower claiming application fee as penalty

With the recent lending slowdown in the Australian banking sector, lead by the Banking Royal Commission, tougher lending standards and tighter serviceability requirements, demand for alternative non-bank lenders continues to increase. It is common for a non-bank lender’s lending terms to include an up-front arrangement or origination fee in respect of the establishment of the […]

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Doing Business in Australia

The Australian Government welcomes foreign investment. With well-developed infrastructure, a stable political environment, robust economy and easy access to Asia Pacific, Australia is an ideal investment location for foreign companies looking to grow internationally. There are important considerations for foreign investors to make when deciding on how to enter the Australian market. Whether it’s the […]

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Seven Year Hitch – PPSR turns 7 years old

Damian Walsh, Special Counsel, Melbourne On 30 January 2012 the “Personal Property Securities Register” (PPSR) commenced operations. The PPSR is an electronic register of security interests which was established under section 147 of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). This commencement date of 30 January 2012 means that on 30 January 2019 the […]

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Not registering on the PPSR against an ACN CAN cause headaches

Yoni Baker, Lawyer, Melbourne In the recent case of IBM Global Financing Australia v Applied Business Technology Pty Ltd [2018] NSWSC 1984, corrupted internal procedures led to a number of registration errors on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). Whilst relief was ultimately granted, the case is useful for highlighting the extensive time, effort and […]

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Common PPS Registration errors – what to do about them

The most common way for secured parties to perfect their security interests in personal property is by registration on the Personal Properties Securities Register. Download our process guide for details:             Authored by: James Roland, Partner Clementine Woodhouse, Associate

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PPSR Registrations – the importance of getting it right

With the commencement of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) now more than seven years behind us, the importance of registering your security interests and getting the registrations right has become very apparent. A number of cases over these years demonstrate the cost of not having appropriate procedures in place for making registrations […]

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Establishing a payment default – minimum requirements for evidentiary certificates

Financiers take note. Proving a payment default may not be as straightforward as one would have you believe. The recent case of RHG Mortgage Corporation Ltd v Summerfield [2019] NSWCA 44 provides some helpful guidance on the minimum requirements for evidentiary certificates in establishing a payment default under a loan agreement.   The facts The […]

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In the matter of Assta Labels Pty Ltd: A “Warning Label” to ensure your PPSR registrations are correct

Registering your security interest on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) correctly is a critical step in perfecting your security interest under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). A recent NSW Supreme Court case, In the matter of Assta Labels Pty Ltd [2018] NSWSC 1094 (Assta Labels) provides a good practical example of […]

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