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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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  • 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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Professional law and consulting firm

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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  • Is phoenix activity accounting fraud?

    Summary Accounting fraud involves a deliberate deceit that results in a misleading representation or misstatement in financial accounts Phoenix activity, of itself, involves non-payment of debt but not necessarily accounting fraud Company directors should ensure that accurate financial statements and tax returns are lodged, even if engaging in phoenix activity It is possible for directors […]

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  • How do liquidators charge fees?

    Summary Excessive charging by liquidators puts the claims of unsecured creditors at risk; Remuneration must be ‘reasonable’ and take into account a range of factors; Excessive charging can be challenged by creditors, but the best option for creditors is to take care in appointing responsible liquidators and thoroughly examine the proposed costs of a liquidator […]

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  • Voluntary liquidators no longer required to hold first meetings

    Summary Formerly, it was a requirement in a Voluntary Members Liquidation (MVL) that, if the directors of company were not prepared to make a declaration of solvency, a first meeting of the creditors had to be called by the liquidator. At this meeting the liquidator could be replaced. As a result of changes to the […]

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Upcoming educational seminars

  • 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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  • NNWLS Hobart CLE

    North & North West Law Society – Hobart CLE Enjoy beautiful historical Hobart, the opportunity to connect with your colleagues and obtain all CPD requirements over this two day catered event, featuring a conference dinner with canapes, drinks, and a two course buffet. On Friday, the 8th of November 2019, Ben Sewell (Insolvency and Commercial […]

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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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