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Insolvency reforms set to benefit directors & companies


Posted By on 16/01/18

By James Allen (Lawyer) and Venn King (Special Counsel) On 18 September 2017 the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 (Cth) (Act) received assent, introducing significant reforms to Australia’s insolvency and restructuring laws. The reforms introduce two concepts to protect both directors and companies during periods of significant financial distress: “safe … Read more

Land tax surcharge bites landlords and tenants

A recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) regarding a land tax surcharge may have a significant impact upon property investors and their tenants. What was the decision? In Kamirice Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue (Review and Regulation) [2017] VCAT 2087, the Tribunal upheld the Commissioner’s decision not to grant an … Read more

Court hammers builder over online reviews


Posted By on 20/12/17

The Federal Court has ordered Perth builder, Aveling Homes Pty Ltd, to pay penalties totalling $380,000 for engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct regarding the manipulation of online reviews of its products and services. What happened? Aveling Homes owned and controlled two websites for customers to post reviews about their experiences with both it and … Read more

High Court refuses special leave to appeal, “ultimate consumer” test confirmed (for now)

By Kate Davey (Senior Associate) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) On Friday the High Court refused an application for special leave to appeal the Victorian Court of Appeal decision of IMCC Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v CB Cold Storage Pty Ltd [2017] VSCA 178 (Appeal Decision).  The Appeal Decision was significant for all landlords and tenants … Read more

JOY Law – what does marriage equality mean for those who married overseas?

On JOY Law (JOY FM), Jack Stuk and I discussed the ramifications from changes to the Marriage Act for LGBTI couples who married overseas.  Specifically, we talked about: recognition of overseas marriages under the revised law; whether those married overseas need to do anything to formalise their union in Australia, including whether it’s necessary to … Read more

Significant changes to the Bankruptcy Act

By Kate Davey (Senior Associate) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) Under a bill introduced into Parliament earlier this year, the default period for bankruptcy in Australia is proposed to be significantly reduced from three years to one year (along with various other reforms). According to the Explanatory Memorandum which accompanied the Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) … Read more