BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA and Others: United Kingdom Supreme Court relies on Australian case law to settle question on Director’s duties

In BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA and Others, the United Kingdom Supreme Court considered a case on appeal which asked the Court to expand the common law duty of directors in a significant way. The Appellant sought to argue that common law director duties should require directors to have regard to the interests of […]

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Sanderson, in the matter of Jabaluka Pty Ltd (in liq) [2022] FCA 1012: Federal Court considers application for appointment of receiver of a corporate trust

Jabaluka Pty Ltd (Jabaluka) was the Trustee of the Morgan Unit Trust, which operated an IGA Supermarket (the Supermarket) from 22 September 2010 to 13 March 2020. This case concerned an application by the Liquidator of Jabaluka (the Liquidator) under s 57 of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) for an order that […]

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Transfers to defeat creditors – contextualisation is all important

The Full Federal Court, overturning Flick’s J decision at first instance ([2020] FCA 1759), found that the bankrupt’s main purpose in transferring their property was, in substance, not to prevent, hinder or delay this property becoming divisible amongst his creditors in breach of s 121(1) of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth). The Full Court outlined […]

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Court grants orders vesting interest in property that had previously been disclaimed

On 29 June 2022, the Federal Court of Australia made an order vesting an interest in a half share of land in Aaron Kevin Lucan in his capacity as trustee (the Trustee) of the bankrupt estate of Christopher Williams (the Bankrupt Estate). The Trustee was seeking an order pursuant to section 133(9) and/or section 30(1)(b) […]

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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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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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Anti-phoenixing laws demystified: The Victorian Supreme Court considers the creditor-defeating disposition regime

In Re Intellicomms Pty Ltd (in liq) [2022] VSC 228, it was determined that a sale agreement was a creditor-defeating disposition within the meaning of section 588FDB of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) and voidable pursuant to section 588FE(6B) of the Act. The Court held that, the consideration payable by the transaction was less […]

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An easy win? Obtaining summary judgment in the absence of the Defendant

In the matter of Squirrel Limited (In Liquidation), the Court considered an application for summary judgement against a director for insolvent trading. In doing so, the Court considered the principles underpinning a director’s duty to prevent insolvent trading and the compensation payable as a result. Background The first plaintiffs, Mr Brent Kijurina and Mr Richard […]

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Trying to pull a fast one: An attempt to use family law orders to defeat creditors

Family law processes cannot be used to defraud creditors. In Re ZH International Pty Ltd (in liq),[1] the Supreme Court of New South Wales held that transfers of property from a company to the directors and shareholders of that company as part of family law proceedings were voidable transactions under section 588FF of the Corporations […]

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The Court’s willingness to extend the convening period for a meeting of creditors where the administration is large and complex

In Algeri, in the matter of WBHO Australia Pty Ltd (Administrators Appointed) [2022] FCA 169, the Federal Court heard the second application by the administrators who were seeking an extension to the convening period for the second meeting of creditors, which pursuant to section 439A(5) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) was set […]

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Federal Court’s refusal to grant leave to amend pleadings

On 11 February 2022 in Canavan v ICRA Rolleston Pty Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed)(in liquidation) [2022] FCA 117 the Federal Court of Australia refused to permit the Plaintiff to amend his points of claim less than two weeks before trial. In considering the legal principles and matters relevant to the exercise of the court’s […]

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