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Re-thinking De Facto Relationships after this Month’s High Court Decision of Fairbairn V Radecki [2022] HCA 18

27 May 2022

In 2005/2006, the parties commenced a de facto relationship when they were both approximately 50 years of age. During the entirety of their relationship, the parties lived in the Wife’s farm property.

Four MST Lawyers Principals acknowledged in Who’s Who Legal: Australia & New Zealand’s Franchise Chapter 2022

26 May 2022

Who’s Who Legal release annual guides on Australia and New Zealand’s leading lawyers and consultant experts. Recommendations are selected based on independent research with clients and industry peers.

Commencement of proceedings against a company in administration and preservation of Bitcoin assets: Chen v Blockchain; Abel & Ors v Blockchain [2022] VSC 92 – 93

19 May 2022

When a company goes into administration, section 440D of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Corporations Act) states that no proceedings can be commenced or proceeded with against that company.
The case of Chen v Blockchain; Abel & Ors v Blockchain [2022] VSC 93 discussed the breadth of section 440D of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and which parties it may apply to when the corporation is one of multiple defendants in a proceeding.

Shedding some light on shadow directors: when is an individual considered a shadow director?

19 May 2022

Often when a company is established, directors will be appointed to manage the affairs and operation of the company. Throughout the existence of the company, new directors may be appointed, or some removed as required. However, issues arise where unappointed individuals begin to act like or are treated as directors without being officially appointed as such.