For Bettles or Worse ASIC seeks life ban

Worrells partner Jason Bettles. The corporate regulator has returned to the fray in its ongoing campaign to rub out Jason Bettles, calling for the Worrells partner to be stripped of his liquidator’s ticket and banned for life. In a 160 page Statement of Claim filed in the Federal Court last week, ASIC alleges that Bettles’ conduct in respect of the Members Alliance Group of Companies…

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Bankruptcy

Regulators continue jihad on practitioner compliance

COMMENT Presenting oneself as a fierce and tireless scrutiniser of insolvency practitioners is all the rage among the relevant regulators at the moment. The view among much of the bureaucracy seems to be that these highly qualified professionals cannot be trusted and only heavy regulatory shackles will prevent them from abusing their position to the detriment of all. It’s nonsense of course but regulation is…

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Litigation

KPMG partner’s insistence “disappointing”: QNI Judge

KPMG’s Peter Gothard. Whilst the real pain of Wednesday’s judgment in Parbery & Ors v QNI Metals Pty Ltd & Ors [2020] QSC 143 will be felt by QNI’s general purpose liquidators (GPL) FTI Holdings, Queensland Supreme Court judge Debra Mullins didn’t pull any punches when it came to a couple of elements of the testimony of KPMG partner Peter Gothard. Gothard had been brought…

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