Finally some good news for retail landlords!

Coming off the High Court’s recent refusal to grant the landlord special leave to appeal the decision in the case of ‘CB Cold Storage’, which confirmed the extensive breadth of the ‘ultimate consumer test’, there may finally be some good news for retail landlords. Significantly, VCAT in the January 2018 case of William Buck (Vic) Pty … Read more

Carillion collapse: a warning for the Australian construction industry

Carillion (the UK’s second largest construction company) went into liquidation in mid January 2018, with reported debts of approximately £1.5bn. In the UK, this has caused significant and ongoing angst within the UK Government and the construction industry more broadly about how such an important and large player could “go under”, and how to untangle … Read more

New ‘open and transparent sale process’ requirements for agricultural land acquisitions by foreign investors

Background On 1 February 2018, the Commonwealth Government updated its guidance in relation to agricultural land acquisitions by foreign investors. Foreign investors seeking FIRB approval for an agricultural land investment will now need to demonstrate that the agricultural land has been the subject of an ‘open and transparent sale process’. The Government’s aim is to … Read more

22nd Edition – National Insolvency & Reconstruction Quarterly Review

Welcome to the latest edition of our National Insolvency & Reconstruction Quarterly Review for the period 1 October 2017 to 31 December 2017. A significant amount of activity has occurred over the last quarter and we outline a few of those matters in this edition. In particular, our team: Examines the decision in Ten Network … Read more

Minimum expiry date for gift cards under new law

Citing concerns that consumers were losing benefits because of expiry dates and administrative fees, the New South Wales government has introduced new laws concerning gift cards.  The Fair Trading Amendment (Ticket Scalping and Gift Cards) Bill 2017 was passed by NSW Parliament late last year, with the rules commencing from 31 March 2018. The new … Read more