Debt agreement reform remains under parliamentary wraps

Although listed for tabling in parliament this year, the Bankruptcy Amendment (Debt Agreement Reform) Bill 2017 did not quite make it; some laws about marriage got in the way. The Bill has been referred to a Senate Committee, for report in March 2018, but because it has not yet been presented to the House of […]

Vancouver 2018 – insolvency moots and conference – QUT and UBC

Following the success of the first Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot, held in Sydney in March 2017, the QUT Faculty of Law is a proud sponsor of the next Fletcher Moot being held from 6-8 February 2018 in Vancouver Canada. I presided as a judge over a number of moots in Sydney in March […]

Professional ethics – Academy of Law Debates for 2017

A series of public debates on ethical conduct in the law, accounting and business was a significant contribution to this important issue made by the Australian Academy of Law in 2017. The debates called for audience contribution and involvement and attracted around 600 participants over the year. The last, in Sydney on 22 November, filled […]

Liquidator conduct appeals – how long should they take?

The hearing of a challenge before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of a Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board, (now CADB), decision of 11 May 2016 to cancel a liquidator’s registration continued this week before AAT Deputy President Mr Brian Rayment QC. A Murrays Legal report on the 2016 CALDB decision, and its criticisms of ASIC’s […]

50 years of UNCITRAL – and recollections from Bob Ellicott

At a lecture celebrating the 50th anniversary of UNCITRAL – the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – a former Australian representative at UNCITRAL, Mr Bob Ellicott AC QC, made an honoured and surprise appearance. Mr Ellicott was Australia’s Solicitor-General and then Attorney-General, and Federal Court Judge, among many other distinguished roles. The departing […]