UK case reignites debate on the correct extent of judicial intervention

A recent decision in the United Kingdom has shed light on the topical issue surrounding the proper extent of judicial intervention. The case of Serafin v Malkiewicz & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 852 ensued after Mr Serafin appealed an earlier decision on a number of grounds, including that the trial judge had exercised unfair judicial […]


Expert determination – does ‘according to law’ mean free from legal error?

A common form of alternative dispute resolution is to have a dispute decided by an expert. The advantages of this method are that it is usually faster and less expensive than taking your dispute to court. Another advantage is you can appoint an expert with specialist knowledge of the industry that a judge may not […]


VSCA highlights the importance of distinguishing between debt and damages in debt recovery claims

In the matter of Yang v Finder Earth Pty Ltd [2019] VSCA 22, the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal set aside a default judgement for recovery of an unpaid debt on the basis that the underlying claim was better characterised as one for damages. Ultimately, the case illustrates the importance of properly and clearly pleading […]


Perth accountant sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for $250k tax fraud

A Perth accountant has been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for tax fraud after he was convicted of both obtaining and attempting to obtain over $250,000 from his clients and the ATO. On 21 February 2019, the Perth District Court heard that during his time as an accountant at Finkelstein Hickmott between May 2016 and […]


Full Federal Court clarifies tax obligations for Australian’s living and working abroad

When is a person living overseas no longer a resident for tax purposes?  A recent decision of the Full Federal Court provides an interesting perspective but will the Tax Office accept the determination or apply for special leave to appeal the High Court for reconsideration – Watch this space. In Harding v Commissioner of Taxation […]


ASIC charges director and pre-insolvency advisers with dealing with proceeds of crime

Following an investigation into the affairs of Cap Coast Telecoms Pty Ltd, ASIC has charged a company director and two pre-insolvency advisers with dealing with proceeds of crime, alleging the trio were complicit in the removal of almost $750 000 in company funds. On 1 March 2019, the trio appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court […]


Insolvency Rules construed by Court

Recently, in The Matter of 1st Fleet Pty Ltd (in liq) [2019] NSWSC 6, the New South Wales Supreme Court offered guidance on the scope and operation of the Insolvency Practice Schedule (Corporations) (IPSC), which provides rules on when creditors can request and are entitled to recover specified information and documents from external administrators. On […]


Worried you’re trading insolvent? Here’s what to look out for

In 2003, the Victorian Supreme Court considered the case of ASIC v Plymin, Elliot & Harrison [2003] VSC 123, in which it was found that a number of companies had traded whilst insolvent. As a result, the associated directors were liable to compensate the creditors $1.4 million for debts incurred in the insolvent period. The […]


Jail time for employers who fail to pay superannuation guarantees – A step too far?

On 12 February 2019, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Bill 2018 was passed in Parliament, introducing a number of laws designed to improve the integrity of the Superannuation Guarantee system and pay as you go (PAYG) withholding tax compliance. Of the changes, the most significant include new penalties for employers who fail […]


FCA: Provisional liquidators appointed for companies failing to honour tax liabilities

In the recent decision of Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Ausmart Services Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 1912, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been successful in their application to have provisional liquidators appointed for eight labour hire businesses after they entered liquidation or were deregistered without paying their outstanding tax liabilities. Scott Shi was the […]