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High Court decides: liquidators of insolvent landlords can disclaim leases with the effect of extinguishing the tenant’s leasehold interest

High Court upholds decision that the liquidators of an insolvent landlord can disclaim a lease, thereby extinguishing the tenant’s leasehold interest.

03 December 2013

Ghost of Christmas past – directors’ defence costs and the Bridgecorp litigation

There now appears to be a significant divergence between the position in Australia and New Zealand in relation to statutory charges overriding D&O rights to indemnity for defence...

23 December 2013

Kicking the tyres before lighting the fires: Design-thinking a blockchain health-check

Technical and non-technical questions that a successfully networked application of blockchain integrated with financial systems should be able to address.

02 August 2016

Catalogue of investment projects subject to governmental verifications (2013) overhauls Chinese outbound investment regulatory regime

In the strong spirit of reform as enshrined in those key policy documents promulgated at the close of the Third Plenary Session of the Eighteenth Congress of the...

18 December 2013

Room for improvement in major project approvals processes: Productivity Commission

This article was written by Matthew Austin, Debra Townsend, Lauren Kirkwood and Ruth Dawes.There is substantial scope to improve Australia's major project approvals processes, according to the Productivity...

22 December 2013

Australia: open for business and changes to look out for in 2014

FIRB - Australian Treasurer announces conditional approval of a $7.5b foreign investment application from China's State Grid.

22 December 2013

From FATCA to GATCA: the move towards global tax information exchange

Developments we can expect to see in the year ahead and how this growing movement towards global tax information exchange will affect financial institutions.

18 December 2013

Federal Court rejects attempt to revive Bell Potter class action

The Federal Court recently rejected an attempt to reconstitute the Bell Potter class action as a representative proceeding.

18 December 2013

Victoria victorious - abalone class action dismissed

While it had many hallmarks of a profitable class action, the dismissal highlights difficulties in advancing environmental claims founded in negligence.

18 December 2013

No free lunch - Court carves $770k from lawyers’ costs; applicant keeps $40k bonus from funder

The Federal Court recently approved $8.5m for costs and disbursements of the GPT class action, $770k less than had originally been claimed.

18 December 2013

Privacy Commissioner’s enforcement powers to increase in March 2014

The last few years have seen a significant increase in interest in privacy related matters.We have seen regular reports in the media regarding data security breaches and companies...

01 January 2013

Can a statutory charge affect advancement of legal costs for an appeal?

Our previous alert discussed the NSW Court of Appeal's decision on the operation of s6 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1946 (NSW) (s6) in the Great...

01 January 2013

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