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  • Lawyers

    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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  • Insolvency Advisers

    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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  • Debt Agents

    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

  • What are the new penalties for directors?

    Summary On the 18th of February 2019, the new Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Act 2019 (Amendment Act) became law. The Amendment Act strengthened penalties for misconduct or duty breach by those who govern, manage and are employed by corporations in Australia. This includes penalties for officers, directors, employees and corporations […]

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  • How to review the conduct of a liquidator

    Summary Liquidation is the legal process that occurs when a company is formally wound up. In most cases (though not all), a company enters liquidation due to insolvency: being unable to pay debts as they fall due and payable. The key impact of liquidation is that, while the process is underway, ‘unsecured creditors’ (those who […]

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  • Sewell & Kettle Lawyers participates in landmark study on Voluntary Administration

    Ben Sewell of Sewell & Kettle Lawyers contributes to research for a landmark study of Voluntary Administration in Australia – the most significant research project to date Professor Jason Harris of Sydney University Law School is the only academic to seriously tackle an empirical study into Voluntary Administration Ben Sewell is critical of Voluntary Administration […]

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Upcoming educational seminars

  • UNSW CLE: Updates on Personal Property Securities and Insolvency

    CPD Units: 4 Objective: This seminar will cover important recent PPS cases and consider how they fit into the development of PPS law, PPSA registration issues, the insolvent trading safe harbour, pre-pack arrangements and illegal phoenix activity. Knowledge area: Substantive law Program: 8:30-9:30am – Key recent PPS cases with Graeme Tucker and Sharon Burnett (Clayton […]

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  • Parramatta Commerce & Industry – Phoenix Activity Presentation

    Ben Sewell will be presenting a seminar on phoenix activity to the Parramatta Commerce and Industry CPA. 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 it? Why […]

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  • Hills District Accountants’ Discussion Group – Presentation on Phoenix Activity

    Ben Sewell will be presenting a seminar on phoenix activity to the Hills District Accountants’ 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 it? Why […]

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