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    We specialise in advising clients with a commercial litigation or insolvency challenge. We represent clients in court, arbitration and mediation forums. We help businesses move forward by protecting their rights and solving their complex legal problems.

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    We provide consulting services to clients faced with an insolvency challenge. We deliver pre-pack insolvency arrangements and act as restructuring advisers for our clients. We explore all avenues (both formal and informal) to protect and recover value.

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    We identify the root causes behind non-payment and use the full force of the law to efficiently recover debts and assets. We share risk with our clients and take responsibility for debt recovery. We give our clients comfort and certainty.

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Sewell & Kettle are specialist lawyers and consultants with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. The firm has a business mind-set and are trusted advisers for accountants, business owners and directors, entrepreneurs, in-house lawyers and transactional lawyers.

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Blog

  • Appointing a Reviewing Liquidator

    Summary Prior to the passage of the 2016-2017 insolvency reforms, creditors had limited powers to review or question the activities or fees of liquidators One important insolvency reform has been the introduction of a new power for creditors, ASIC, or the Court, to appoint a Reviewing Liquidator. The Reviewing Liquidator has broad powers to look […]

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  • Liquidations Produce No Return for Creditors in Australia

    It is common for creditors to think that liquidation is a useful mechanism for getting their due from a debtor company. The evidence does not support this After winding up, and the payment of liquidator remuneration and expenses, usually there are zero cents left for the remaining unsecured creditors If a liquidation has been pursued, […]

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  • How to negotiate an ATO payment plan (small businesses)

    Summary An ATO payment plan is a tailored option for the repayment of an individual or business tax debt It allows the debtor to pay off their tax debt and interest in a time frame and with a regularity that suits their financial situation A payment plan is often appropriate in situations where the debtor […]

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Upcoming educational seminars

  • CPA Small and Medium Enterprise Discussion Group – Phoenix Activity Presentation

    Ben Sewell will be presenting a seminar on phoenix activity to the CPA Small and Medium Enterprise Discussion Group. The questions for discussion will include the following: What is phoenix activity and why are we reading about it more now? What are the legal penalties for phoenix activity? Why isn’t there a specific law against […]

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  • Building & Construction Law Conference – Sydney

     9:50AM – Ben Sewell (Principal), Sewell & Kettle Lawyers The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Phoenix activity update and insolvency reform The new insolvency reforms commenced on 1 July 2018 impacting on the right to terminate contracts triggered by insolvency events. The presentation will cover how to navigate the insolvency reforms in the context […]

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  • Building & Construction Law Conference – Brisbane

     9:50AM – Ben Sewell (Principal), Sewell & Kettle Lawyers The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Phoenix activity update and insolvency reform The new insolvency reforms commenced on 1 July 2018 impacting on the right to terminate contracts triggered by insolvency events. The presentation will cover how to navigate the insolvency reforms in the context […]

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