Winding up a corporation

There are a number of grounds for a corporation to be wound up.  Not all of these concern the corporation’s insolvency, though it is the most common basis for applications for winding up. This article focusses on winding up applications that seek to rely upon the failure of a corporation to comply with a valid statutory…

Recovery of debts and statutory demands

Cash is king and bad debts can be extremely detrimental to your business.  Statutory demands are a means of recovering your debts in an efficient and effective manner, in certain circumstances. It is important to note that: a statutory demand can only be issued against a company, not an individual; the quantum of the debt…

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Diary of a Commercial Lawyer Part 2 – The Psychology of the Non-Compliant Taxpayer

15th January 2019

“His depression did not lift, it simply moved to one side a little” – Mervyn Peake – The Gormenghast Trilogy The woman was a self-employed tradesperson in her late 50’s.  She had always lodged her income tax returns and her quarterly business activity statements and income activity statements.  She had always paid superannuation contribution for... read more

Diary of a Commercial Lawyer Part 1 – The Pitfalls of Oral Contracts

7th November 2018

Reflecting on some 35 years of experience as a commercial lawyer, one thing in particular stands out: variety.  The extraordinary scope of the issues presented by clients to resolve. Apart from the fact there is nothing better than variety to keep your daily job interesting, 35 years of variables presented to you to deal with... read more

The SAT – reluctant interstate traveller

7th September 2018

Since its inauguration in 2005, the jurisdiction of the State Administrative Tribunal in Western Australia (SAT) has expanded exponentially to include more than 154 pieces of statutory legislation. The appeal of the SAT as a less complex, more informal, less procedurally stringent and expedited manner of dispute resolution has gained momentum and traction among the... read more