ASIC Proceedings Against Insolvency Practitioner for Illegal Phoenix Activity

In a recent decision of the Federal Court, ASIC v Bettles [2020] FCA 1568, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission hit a road bump in its claim that Worrells partner Jason Bettles (Mr Bettles) aided and abetted illegal phoenix activity in 2016. ASIC’s pleadings being struck out as ‘incoherent’ is a victory for Mr Bettles, but the proceedings are far from over.

Update: Introduction of Flexible Parental Leave Post COVID-19

By Renee Karakinos, Lawyer On 16 June 2020, the Federal Government passed the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Act 2020 which amends the paid parental leave scheme, enabling greater flexibility for eligible working parents in how they take their paid parental leave (PPL). Furthermore, on 3 September 2020, the Federal Government introduced the Fair…

Morrison Government Announces Insolvency Law Reform Measures as the Winding Back of Temporary COVID-19 Relief Looms

By Alicia Hill, Principal and Nicholas Mason, Law Clerk On 24 September 2020 the Morrison Government announced significant reforms to Australia’s insolvency framework. The reforms are targeted at the small business sector and provide for a new debt restructuring process for businesses with liabilities of less than $1 million. The changes are expected to commence…

Family Dispute Resolution Requirements in Family Law

29 Oct 2020

By Carmel Morrison, Senior Associate Family law regimes in Australia encourage separated parties to make a genuine effort to avoid going to Court by engaging in litigation as a last resort. In certain circumstances parties are obliged to attempt resolution of their disputes by a process known as Family Dispute Resolution (“FDR”). It is generally…