COVID-19 | Director’s duties amid recent changes to insolvency law

With the impact of COVID-19 well and truly being felt by business, many may be heartened by the Government’s recent temporary changes to insolvency laws. What all directors need to remember however, is that their conduct is not only policed by sections 588G and 588M of the Corporations Act 2001 (Act), but also by sections […]

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Anti-phoenixing legislation finally passes through Parliament

After having been introduced to the Commonwealth Parliament on 13 February 2019, then re-introduced on 4 July 2019, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019 finally passed through both Houses on 5 February 2020. As its name suggests, the Bill introduces a number of new measures aimed at combating illegal phoenix activity in Australia. Illegal […]

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An overview of the changes to the witnessing requirements for Queensland Land Registry forms

The Natural Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (Qld) introduced additional requirements for witnessing documents including: requiring the witness to take reasonable steps to verify the identity of an individual and to ensure the individual is the person entitled to sign the document; requiring the witness to keep a written record of the steps they took […]

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To carry out no or little investigation and to say nothing is not an option – a warning to insolvency practitioners

The Federal Court has issued a warning to insolvency practitioners, involved in voluntary administrations, to ensure adequate investigation and reporting occurs of matters that have the potential to materially affect the outcome of the administration. In Adelaide Brighton Cement Limited, in the matter of Concrete Supply Pty Ltd v Concrete Supply Pty Ltd (Subject  to Deed […]

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COVID-19 | Emergency Amendments to Insolvency Laws

Government moves to amend insolvency laws The Commonwealth Government announced a range of temporary amendments to certain insolvency laws as part of its economic response to COVID-19. The amendments will temporarily affect insolvency laws, corporate governance, and directors’ duties. The purpose of the amendments is to support otherwise viable businesses which will temporarily suffer financial […]

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Landlords beware – Ipso facto reforms further restrict your rights on insolvency default

On 1 July 2018, the new Insolvency Law reforms in relation to the restrictions on “Ipso Facto” clauses came into force (see new s.415D, s.434J and s.451E of the Corporations Act). In short, the Ipso Facto reforms create an automatic stay on a party’s right to enforce a provision to terminate or amend a Contract […]

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Possession remains only 9/10ths of the law post PPSA

Since the commencement of the Personal Property Securities Act in January 2012 (PPS Act) there appears to have developed a single minded attitude amongst Insolvency Practitioners that if :- they have an asset in their possession; and it is not subject to a registered security interest under the PPSA; then they are entitled to possession […]

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“Cracking the Code” – The Khoury Review

The Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA) commissioned a review of the Code of Banking Practice (Code) as part of a range of industry initiatives announced on 21 April 2016 (Review).  Broadly speaking, the Terms of Reference for the Review are to identify whether the Code is serving its purpose, is meeting reasonable stakeholder expectations and where […]

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Insolvency Update | Small Business Loans Inquiry

The Report into the Bank’s small business lending practices has been released today by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell AO. Whilst concentrating on the Bank’s practices, some of the Report’s 15 recommendations have a direct bearing on the interaction of Insolvency Practitioners with their Banking clients. In particular, in relation […]

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