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Early payment claim - not for All Seasons: wait for your reference date

  • 21 Nov 2017

All Seasons Air Pty Ltd v Regal Consulting Services Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 289The New South Wales Court of Appeal has confirmed that a payment claim served before the reference date is not a valid pa...

Planning Act reforms pass through Parliament

  • 17 Nov 2017

After a long process of public consultation and exhibition, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 (Planning Bill) finally passed both houses of parliament on 15 November 201...

Important changes to Site Audit Scheme - what are they and why should you care?

  • 24 Oct 2017

Site Auditors play a critical role in ensuring that contaminated land is properly investigated, remediated and managed in New South Wales. The involvement of a Site Auditor is often required when c...

Defeating legal privilege to obtain access to documents created to frustrate creditors' claims

  • 16 Oct 2017

People who are targets of liquidators' and other claimants' investigations often attempt to hide behind the veil of legal professional privilege to avoid producing documents.However, the ve...

End of the Road for DADI

  • 12 Oct 2017

On 14 September 2017, the High Court of Australia refused the special leave application of Dial a Dump Industries Pty Ltd (DADI), who had been seeking approximately $200,000,000 in compensation in ...

Government moves forward on reforms to address corporate misuse of FEG Scheme

  • 06 Oct 2017

On 5 October 2017, the Australian Government announced that it would move forward with proposed reforms to address the concern that the Government's Fair Entitlement Guarantee Scheme is increas...

Why should you care, and what should you do, about PFAS contamination?

  • 03 Oct 2017

Per- and poli-fluoroalkyl substances, also known as "PFAS", are a group of manufactured chemicals that have been used in a variety of industries since the 1950s.PFAS have been found to be...

In Defence of Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Professionals

  • 28 Sep 2017

Restructuring, insolvency and turnaround professionals play a fundamental role in the economy and deliver important outcomes for business. So why the bad press?Read our article published in the Sep...

Suppliers beware - ACCC launches first small business unfair contract terms case

  • 25 Sep 2017

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings against Australia's largest privately-owned waste management company, JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd ...

UPDATE: Australian Restructuring and Insolvency Law Reform passes through the Federal Parliament

  • 21 Sep 2017

The 'safe harbour' reforms are now law.On 18 September 2017, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 received Royal Assent.The 'safe harbour' provisi...

Hannover Life Re v Jones - Interpretation of ETE clauses

  • 18 Sep 2017

The decision in Hannover Life Re of Australasia Ltd v Jones[1] adds a further challenge for life insurers in making decisions on Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) claims by limiting the scope o...

ALERT: Australian Restructuring and Insolvency Law Reform passes through the Federal Parliament

  • 12 Sep 2017

The long anticipated 'safe harbour' & 'ipso facto' law reforms were passed by the Australian Senate last night.This is the last step in the legislative process before the bill o...

Biodiversity Update

  • 11 Sep 2017

Developers, landowners and consent authorities will need to prepare themselves for the new Biodiversity Offsets Scheme which came into effect on 25 August 2017.The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (the ...