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  • Lawyers

    We specialise in advising and representing clients with a commercial litigation or insolvency challenge. We become advocates for our clients and we share our exceptional knowledge of commercial litigation, securitisation and insolvency law with our clients.

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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 or recover value.

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  • Debt Agents

    We identify the root causes behind non-payment and use effective legal and mercantile action to recover commercial debts and assets promptly. We act as debt agents and take responsibility for debt recovery and share risk with our clients.

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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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Blog

  • What are the success rates of voluntary administration?

    The writer’s view is that 95% of voluntary administrations fail to meet the stated objective of the regime, being saving goodwill value of insolvent businesses, saving jobs and repaying a percentage of creditor claims (in double digits). Unfortunately, there is no empirical evidence to prove or disprove this proposition. The key question that all directors […]

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  • Asset protection trusts in tax havens

    What is an asset protection trust? Any form of trust that provides for assets to be held on a discretionary basis under the control of a trustee for the benefit of the beneficiaries. Where are the tax havens? These offshore jurisdictions prefer to call themselves Offshore Financial Centers (OFCs) and they may be broken up […]

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  • Insolvency lawyers: What do they do and how do you pick the right one?

    A primer for directors The benefit of a good insolvency lawyer is true professionalism. Thoughtful advice from an insolvency lawyer should save directors a lot of financial pain and wasted effort if their company faces insolvency. Discussions are privileged and lawyers owe a duty of fidelity to the client that can’t be broken by a […]

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Upcoming educational seminars

  • Licence to trade insolvent: the new safe harbour for directors: Marbury Chambers CPD

    Australia has just implemented the most significant insolvency reforms since 1993. Ben Sewell of Sewell & Kettle Lawyers is giving the seminar for the City of Sydney Law Society: Licence to trade insolvent: the new safe harbour for directors Introduction to the insolvent trading prohibition What is the new safe harbour and who can advise […]

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  • Licence to trade insolvent: the new safe harbour for directors. CPA SME Discussion Group

    CPA Small & Medium Enterprise Discussion Group Licence to trade insolvent: the new safe harbour for directors. Introduction to the insolvent trading prohibition What is the new safe harbour and who can advise on it? What are some elements of a restructuring plan for small-to-medium sized enterprises? What are the hurdles to getting safe harbour […]

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