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  • CONSTRUCTION Alert: What you DON’T already know about the changes to the BCIP Act – practical and strategic implications of the amendments

    14 Oct 2014

    Since the highly anticipated Building and Construction Industry Payments Amendment Bill 2014 was passed, there has been a large amount of information published on the basic, prescriptive changes that the bill implements. In this update, we look beyond the changes themselves and explore the strategic and practical issues and implications that the settled bill presents.

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  • INSOLVENCY Alert: Update - Liquidators Liability for CGT

    08 Oct 2014

    In February 2014, we issued an alert concerning our clients' successful outcome in Australian Building Systems v Commissioner of Taxation [2014] FCA 116. That matter concerned important considerations around a liquidator's liability for a capital gain made during the liquidation. Today, the Full Federal Court unanimously dismissed an appeal brought by the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner of Taxation v Australian Building Systems Pty Ltd (in Iiq) [2014] FCAFC 133).

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  • COMPETITION Alert: Harper Review Draft Report – Opportunities for Submissions

    23 Sep 2014

    On 4 December 2013, the Federal Government announced an inquiry into Australia’s Competition Law, which arises from the Federal Government’s 2013 pre-election pledge to conduct a “root and branch review” of Australia’s competition laws, policy and institutions. On 22 September 2014, the panel conducting the review (which has become known as the “Harper Review” after the review panel chair, Professor Ian Harper), issued its Draft Report.

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  • RETIREMENT VILLAGE Alert: September 2014

    22 Sep 2014

    In the recent case of Alloura Waters Retirement Village Residents Committee v Living Choice Australia Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCATCD 68 the residents’ committee of Alloura Waters Retirement Village (Village) brought an action against the operator, Living Choice Australia Pty Ltd (Operator) seeking an order that certain recurrent charges be refunded to the residents on the basis that the operator had expended them otherwise than in accordance with the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (NSW) (Act).

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  • PPS Alert: Improper registration of security interests (IRS) under the PPSA

    15 Sep 2014

    The Register created under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) is normally used to register and protect the rights of secured creditors.

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