“Shock horror – insolvent people don’t have many assets”

While we wait for the useful annual statistics from AFSA as to dividend returns in bankruptcies in 2022-2023,* an insolvency

The business structures of SMEs

A recent article in the Australian Business Law Review – Not in isolation: The Rationale for a Combination of Business

Marginal annual increase in personal insolvencies said to be in line with high numbers forecast

There was a total of 9,930 personal insolvencies in Australia in the 2022–23 financial year – around 4% higher than

Peak indebtedness and preferences – an Australian authority now “offering a considered analysis of the rule”

The High Court of Australia has found that the peak indebtedness rule has no place in Australian law in the

Repair and maintenance

The operating system of Murrays Legal is undergoing repair and maintenance, to address a slow-down in its usual thoughtful articles

Can insolvency practitioners afford to be generous?

The Australian bankruptcy regulator, AFSA, has published what it terms a series of “exemplar behaviour case studies [to] showcase examples

International insolvency – impact of the Model Law, and more – UNCCA seminar on 27 May 2022

In a recent article on Australian insolvency law reform,[1] Justice Sarah Derrington, as chair of the Australian Law Reform Commission,

UK insolvency review – “better outcomes from insolvency and increased returns to creditors”?

The first and rather glowing report on the operation of the Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016 has been issued

Proposed New Zealand law restricting investigating accountants taking insolvency appointments

A bill introduced into the New Zealand parliament would mean that if ABC Insolvency Firm took a role as investigating

Assigning bankruptcy claims to a former trustee

A 5 day bankruptcy hearing was cancelled in March 2021, in relation to matters occurring in 2012, being challenged in

Is bankruptcy a life and death issue?

I was startled to be reminded of a regular question in the well-known US General Social Survey whether contemplating or

Bankruptcy trustee independence

The Australian personal insolvency regulator and government trustee, AFSA, has produced a useful report – Practitioner Independence in the Personal

The UK’s Technical Guidance for Official Receivers – a published resource for Australian practitioners and regulators

The Insolvency Service in the UK has issued an updated version of its Technical guidance for Official Receivers[1] in administering

Litigation representatives and bankruptcy

A daughter’s evidence that her mother’s litigation and bankruptcy proceedings had become her mother’s “entire life” with her house “full

New Zealand and Australian voluntary administration law

New Zealand adopted Australia’s Part 5.3A voluntary administration regime some years ago, in Part 15A of its Companies Act 1993.

Insolvency Law Bulletin – Janus-faced SME reforms; new easy ways to avoid preferences; and how to recover gifts of money, maybe

An article in the forthcoming Insolvency Law Bulletin describes the proposed corporate SME insolvency reforms as Janus-faced,[1] the title referring

Coronavirus safe harbour – beware the claytons waterfall in s 588GAAA

It is interesting to now see the clear limitations the government has placed on the protections offered by the COVID-19

Duties of directors of insolvent companies – New Zealand Supreme Court decision

The NZ Supreme Court has given a significant decision on the duties of directors in the face of their company’s

Under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition laws, licensed New Zealand insolvency practitioners should be able to practise in Australia …

New Zealand has a new insolvency practitioner regulation regime which commenced on 1 September 2020.  The regime has processes allowing

Can a debtor resist a bankruptcy arising from COVID-19?

So far the courts in Australia have not had to deal with many creditors’ bankruptcy petitions against debtors in the

Cross-border proof of an Australian bankruptcy

A certificate of appointment under Bankruptcy Regulation 8.02 in relation to a voluntary bankruptcy should generally be sufficient to support

Company deregistration – government’s fast track response to assetless companies

Fast-tracking insolvent assetless companies through a default de-registration process was introduced, in effect, by the Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016

“Insolvency business is booming …” in the UK

Adrian Duncan was an insolvency practitioner in Australia years ago.[1]  He now practises in the UK and it seems is

Insolvency Law Bulletin – June 2020

The latest issue of the Insolvency Law Bulletin has just appeared containing a wide range of topics in personal and