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A collection of news and insights about our firm and developments in the law, finance and insolvency industries

  • 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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  • Cure Cancer Lab Tour

    Sewell & Kettle were very fortunate last week to be invited by Cure Cancer and The Can Too Foundation to participate in a tour of their cancer research lab at the University of New South Wales. Sewell & Kettle is proud that Cure Cancer is the charity the firm is supporting in fundraising efforts in […]

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  • When can you replace or remove a voluntary administrator?

    A voluntary administrator is first appointed by the directors of an insolvent company. Creditors may want to replace this voluntary administrator with another insolvency practitioner. The voluntary administrator may be removed or replaced: at first meeting of the creditors by a vote; by resolution under the Insolvency Practice Rules; or by a state Supreme Court […]

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  • Garnishee notice ATO

    How do you respond to an ATO garnishee notice?

    Summary: what is a garnishee notice? A garnishee notice is an order issued by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to a third party who currently holds or may hold funds in future for the debtor to pay an amount related to the debt directly to the ATO, circumventing the debtor. Put simply; the ATO is […]

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