Court orders are not needed to evict renters

In the recent Supreme Court decision of Justice Harris in Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Shrestha [2024] VSC 229 (Shrestha) the Court was asked to determine whether a court order showing a mortgagee’s entitlement to possession of a mortgaged property is required prior to making a possession order against a renter under s 325 of […]

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ASIC issues infringement notices to an auditor for failing to comply with independence standards

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) has, for the first time, issued infringement notices pursuant to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) alleging that an auditor failed to comply with his audit rotation obligations. Allegations Following a voluntary disclosure to ASIC by the auditor pursuant to section 311 of the Act, ASIC stated […]

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Is the presence of a renter a barrier to execution of a court warrant?

Since around April 2011, the Sheriff’s Office of Victoria has taken the view that they would not execute a court warrant of possession against a person in occupation of land if they were under a residential rental agreement within the meaning of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic) (RTA) and the mortgagee must instead comply […]

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Is there a need to revamp the corporate insolvency system?

Yes is the answer! On 12 July 2023, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services published its report regarding corporate insolvency in Australia. Objective of the inquiry The committee’s inquiry assessed how effective the current corporate insolvency regime is at providing benefits to, and protecting, stakeholders as well as the Australian economy. It […]

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Regulatory action for greenwashing is upon us

Last week, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) commenced civil penalty proceedings for alleged greenwashing against Mercer Superannuation (Australia) Limited (Mercer). This is in addition to ASIC having issued penalty notices to at least four companies for alleged greenwashing, since October 2022. Last year, ASIC identified investigating greenwashing and taking enforcement action where greenwashing […]

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Pooling order for the win!

On 2 March 2023 the Supreme Court of Victoria published its reasons in the matter of Atlas Gaming Holdings Pty Ltd [2023] VSC 91 (the Atlas case) in which Gadens acted on behalf of the Liquidator of four companies seeking a pooling order pursuant to section 579E of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act). […]

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Cross border insolvencies – Federal Court makes life easier for liquidators and creditors of New Zealand construction company

In Kellow, Re Advanced Building & Construction Ltd (In Liq) v Advanced Building & Construction Ltd (In Liq) (No 2) (Kellow) the Court considered whether an insolvency proceeding commenced in New Zealand should be recognised as a “foreign main proceeding” pursuant to the United Nations’ Commission on International Trade Law’s Model Law on International Trade […]

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Working smarter not harder: How liquidators can expedite the process for adjudicating and admitting claims when winding up a company

In a recent case involving a former financial services provider in liquidation, thousands of pending claims from former customers and a letter of comfort with a looming expiry date, the Liquidators appointed to wind up Forex Capital Trading Pty Limited successfully applied to the Federal Court of Australia for orders permitting them to conduct an […]

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Can a disclaimer retrospectively reduce a trust beneficiary’s taxation liabilities?

The beneficiaries of a trust estate executed disclaimers of income more than two years after the end of the relevant income year (2014). The Full Court of the Federal Court agreed that the disclaimers were effective to reduce the beneficiaries’ taxation liabilities in the 2014 income year, despite being executed after the year ended. The […]

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Directors beware – personal recovery orders made where director’s duties breached

In the matter of Bryve Resources Pty Ltd [2022] NSWSC 647, the Court accepted the liquidator’s evidence of alleged breaches and found the company’s sole director breached his director’s duties, including failing to act with due care and skill, or in the best interest of the company and its creditors, when allowing the company to […]

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You’ve been served! Federal Court of Australia affirms recent amendments to modernise the Corporations Act

In Bioaction Pty Ltd -v- Ogborne, in the matter of Bioaction Pty Ltd [2022] FCA 436 (Bioaction), her Honour Justice Cheeseman considered whether an application to set aside a statutory demand was served within the 21-day period as provided for in Section 459G of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act). In deciding this matter, […]

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Power to sell – Federal Court exercises discretion to allow company to realise trust assets

In Brooks, in the matter of Tease Hair & Spa Pty Ltd (in liquidation),[1] the Federal Court made orders in favour of the Liquidator, pursuant to section 90-15 of Schedule 2 to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Insolvency Practice Schedule (Corporations)) and section 47 of the Trustee Act 1989 (Tas) allowing the Liquidator to realise […]

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