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The downward spiral of company insolvency

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  • How to avoid a voluntary administration of your company (for SMEs)

    Summary Voluntary administration rarely results in a good outcome for the business –or its creditors. The end result is usually the winding up of the business as a going concern, and ‘next-to-nada’ for the creditors. We have already discussed How to prepare for a voluntary administration, and here we set out the steps you need […]

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  • COVID-19 technical update: Commercial tenancy changes for SMEs

    28 April 2020 Summary In response to anticipated temporary insolvency of small-to-medium sized enterprises, the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 was introduced in NSW on 24 April 2020 The regulations are set to be in place for six months commencing on 24 April 2020 It covers leases governed by the Retail Leases […]

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  • How to prepare for a voluntary administration (for SMEs)

    Summary Australian small-to-medium businesses (SMEs) have been put into a debt hibernation cycle by the government (via the COVID-19 safe harbour). The announcement that Virgin Australia (airline) has gone into voluntary administration is raising the question for many directors: Will I have to go into voluntary administration once the COVID-19 safe harbour ends? And how […]

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Upcoming educational seminars

  • Live Webinar: Insolvency law in a COVID-19 world (Law Society of NSW)

    The Law Society of NSW is hosting a series of webinars to show legal practitioners how they can manage their response to COVID-19 and its impacts on the legal industry. In this webinar, experienced insolvency expert Ben Sewell of Sewell & Kettle Lawyers will discuss how COVID-19 has affected corporate insolvency law and what legal […]

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  • UNSW Edge: SME Insolvency & Restructuring Critical Updates Webinar

    Ben Sewell will be presenting on the topic of: Future watch – what comes next? This session will cover: Analysis of potential implications of current climate on your practice; Suggested strategies and business skills that you can implement that will assist you to respond to changes that may come after September 2020.

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  • Thomson Reuters Building & Construction Law Conference

    12:05PM How to manage subcontractor insolvency During COVID-19 the Government has strongly signalled that SMEs may continue to trade whilst insolvent (and created supporting statute). The risk to builders and developers is that their subcontractors will fail once the COVID-19 safe harbour ends. What can be done pre-contract and post-formal insolvency appointment (e.g. voluntary administration) […]

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