COVID-19 | Banking & Finance Update – Part 2

The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (Vic) (COVID-19 Act), which commenced on 25 April 2020, has introduced temporary amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic) (RT Act). These amendments came into effect on 29 March 2020 and will continue 6 months after the commencement of the COVID-19 Act. Part of the amendments have […]

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Gadens Connect | 2020 Edition Two

Welcome to the second edition of Gadens Connect, and our first quarter update of 2020. This year has seen many challenges for lenders, from bushfires to the more recent COVID-19 pandemic. We know you have been working hard to support thousands of affected customers and we are here to work with you, and support your […]

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COVID-19 | Banking & Finance Update – Part 1

In these unprecedented times of COVID-19 the financial services industry is undergoing a number of legal changes. These changes aim to provide greater protection for consumers and implement new processes and procedures in light of the social distancing rules. Part 1 of this legal update looks at the introduction of electronic signatures on affidavits and […]

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COVID-19 | Asset Protection

The issue of asset protection often doesn’t materialise until it’s too late, however the current COVID-19 crisis should serve as a reminder that all those who personally own a business, are company directors, or even those in professional services should take legitimate steps to protect their assets. Much like when Kerry Packer told everyone who […]

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Gadens Connect | 2020 Edition One

Welcome to Gadens Connect – a newsletter to share insights, trends and opportunities for our clients in the financial services industry. In this edition we share some key performance insights from 2019 and provide an overview of topics including updates to our GPSR platform (automation and integration solutions), MIP sale obligations and updates to the […]

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Considerations for an early release of superannuation request

Quite often a lender will receive a request from their customer to support an early release of superannuation to assist with mortgage repayments and pay outstanding arrears in situations where the lender has commenced enforcement action for possession of the mortgaged property. Click here for full size image.               […]

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Life cycle of litigation beyond life: deceased estates

What do you do when there is no-one to sue? In the Supreme and County Courts in Victoria, there is a civil procedure when the defendant is deceased or dies and a cause of action survives. See below our overview of this procedure. Click here to view the full size PDF.           […]

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When things go wrong for banking customers – the new Banking Code will help with deceased estates

The new Banking Code, which commenced on 1 July 2019, contains a new section under Part 9, Chapter 45 on helping with deceased estates. Click here to view the full size PDF.             Legal Insight | Life cycle of litigation beyond life: deceased estates

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To Make Oath and Say or to Declare and Affirm?

On 1 March 2019, the Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 (Vic) (the Act) came into effect and is now the ‘go to’ piece of legislation for the law relating to oaths, affirmations, affidavits and statutory declarations in Victoria. It has also established a scheme for the certification of copies of documents. Essentially, the Act has […]

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Communication and Transparency is Key

If you are a mortgagee, or acting for one, it is likely you will encounter a situation where the mortgagee is entitled to possession of, and to sell, a rented premises under a mortgage which was entered into before the tenancy agreement. If you find yourself in this scenario you must first issue a notice […]

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A snapshot of the changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997

On 6 September 2018 the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 was passed by Parliament and included more than 130 reforms which aim to increase protection for renters. The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 (RTAA) is due to come into effect progressively and completely, by 1 July 2020 and will amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 […]

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Mandatory data breach notification scheme now in effect – what you need to know

Amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) came into effect on Thursday 22 February 2018. Under the Privacy Act, regulated entities are obliged to take reasonable steps to protect personal information from misuse, interference and loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. The amended Privacy Act now includes a scheme under which certain organisations […]

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