Stamp duty waiver a win for buyers in Victoria

In brief In what has been an unprecedented year, the Victorian Government released the State Budget for 2020-21 (‘Budget‘) on 24 November 2020 with a stated objective of “putting people first”. To stimulate the property market and assist with housing...
17 December, 2020

An Introduction to Wills & Estates in Australia & New Zealand

If you require guidance or legal representation in respect of preparing or executing a will, or managing a dispute about an estate, in Australia or New Zealand then these law firms are available to assist in single or multiple jurisdictions.
14 December, 2020

Unpacking Unfair Preferences Series: Set off defence and unfair preferences

In our earlier two articles we discussed the good faith defence and the running account defence. Another commonly used defence is the defence of set off.
2 December, 2020

Unpacking Unfair Preferences Series: Running account defence

When a liquidator brings a claim for an unfair preference against a company or individual, there are a number of defences available to them. In our earlier article we discussed the commonly used good faith defence. Another commonly used defence...
25 November, 2020

Unpacking Unfair Preferences Series: The good faith defence

The good faith defence is one of the most common in unfair preference cases, however it is not successful in many cases. It is important to understand the factors and evidence which will put you in the best position to...
18 November, 2020

How not to performance manage employees working from home during COVID-19!

With the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic many employees are working from home and this appears likely to continue for some time yet – especially in Victoria. In a decision highlighting the challenges of managing remote workers, the Fair Work...
12 November, 2020

Unpacking Unfair Preferences Series: Insolvency at the time of the payments

Liquidators are required to prove various elements to successfully claim transactions are unfair preferences. One element is that the payment(s) must have been made when the company (now in liquidation) was insolvent.
11 November, 2020

Insolvent trading – know your obligations

Due to the economic repercussions of COVID-19, insolvent trading has become an area of law that all those involved in business should understand. With the temporary relief on insolvent trading for directors scheduled to end on 31 December 2020, it...
9 November, 2020

Unpacking Unfair Preferences Series: Is the creditor a secured or unsecured creditor?

There are various elements a liquidator has to prove to successfully claim transactions are unfair preferences. One element is that the payment must be made to an unsecured creditor.
5 November, 2020