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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

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On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia’s insolvency framework in over 30 years. “The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of...

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Cappello Rowe to join Hunt & Hunt

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It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce that from 1st October 2020, Hunt & Hunt Lawyers will merge with Cappello Rowe Lawyers. This huge opportunity will allow for both firms to expand,...

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Victoria announces extension of COVID-19 rent relief scheme for commercial leases  

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On 20 August 2020 the Victorian government announced that as a result of the continuing impact of Stage 3 and Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria, the COVID-19 protection measures for commercial leases and licences would...

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Case Note: Ko v Hall and Ors [2020] VSCA 224

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On 4 September 2020, the court of appeal handed down its decision in Ko v Hall and Ors [2020] VSCA 224. The main issue in this case was whether a determination by the medical panel made...

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Shareholders’ Agreements – Why do you need one?

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It’s always a question of priority when setting up a private business – every dollar is precious. If a dollar is to be re-invested, it needs to be well invested. We often hear business owners...

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Lawyer and athlete George Mourani optimistic about the future of Sports Law in Australia

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This year Hunt & Hunt was appointed to the National Sports Tribunal Assistance Panel. We had a chat with Lawyer and athlete George Mourani about the assistance panel, his sporting background, and why Hunt &...

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Insolvency relief to be extended to 2021

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The Government has announced it will extend the temporary insolvency relief in a bid to give viable businesses the opportunity to recover from the economic crisis of 2020. The move will see the temporary relief...

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First dumping, now Australian wine exporters face a countervailing duty investigation by the Chinese Government

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Following on from the recently announced dumping duty investigation into Australian wine, the Chinese Government hit the industry with a countervailing duty investigation on 31 August.  Below we briefly set out the claims that will...

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We’re on the move

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The Sydney CBD office will have a new address from Monday 14 September 2020. Our new office address will be 1 Bligh Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Our mailing address will remain the same: GPO Box 4132,...

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Victorian Court of Appeal rules on third party unfair preference payments

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On 5 August 2020, the Victorian Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in Cant v Mad Brothers Earthmoving Pty Ltd [2020] VSCA 198, providing clarity on the circumstances in which a third party payment...

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Flexibility within reason – Recent cases demonstrate limitations on the exercise of JobKeeper enabling directions

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Since 9 April 2020, the temporary JobKeeper legislation has allowed employers to vary the working hours of employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This JobKeeper enabling direction, among others, aims to assist businesses to...

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Selling your business? What are you really selling?

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We sometimes use the terms “business” and “company” interchangeably without realising that they are not synonymous. When we refer to the sale of a company, we generally mean the process under which a seller sells...

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