Costs

Hall Chadwick trio pushing lien envelope as fees mount

Hall Chadwick’s Richard Lawrence. Hall Chadwick’s Richard Albarran. Sometime soon we should know whether an administrator trading on a business can claim a lien over funds generated from the sale – by receivers – of assets that were never the property of the company to which the administrators were appointed, and couldn’t be said to have been possessed, preserved and realised by the administrators exclusively…


Liquidator’s underestimate might irk ATO

Aston Chace Group partner Ian Niccol. When you pitch a fee estimate of $50,000 for a liquidation and a few years later ask a judge to approve more than three times more you can be sure questions will be asked about such an underestimate. For the NSW Supreme Court’s chief judge in equity David Hammerschlag, several questions occurred when the remuneration application in the matter…


Bid to appeal indemnity costs crunched

I&R Advisory partner David Ross. Hall Chadwick partner Blair Pleash. There’s admirable persistence and then there’s futile pursuit. iNO would not presume to opine on where the line between the two lies and in fact, armed with the recent judgment of Ross (Liquidator) in the matter of Print Mail Logistics (International) Pty Ltd (In Liq) v Elias [2022] FCA 296, speculation is unnecessary. The judgement,…


IP’s lawyers bollocked after asking to adjourn hearing

Aston Chace principal Vincent Pirina. “A hearing is a hearing,” the judge said. “It is not an opportunity for parties to seek judicial advice”. And with those words the lawyers acting for Aston Chace principal Vincent Pirina knew instantly how little wriggle room they’ll be afforded when next they come before NSW Supreme Court judge Kate Williams to prosecute their client’s claim for fees. “It…


Goldilocks and three bears analogy in debt proof tussle

SV Partners Perth Director Malcolm Field. One creditor wanted his proof of debt admitted in full. The liquidator admitted it in part. The rival creditor wanted it rejected completely. What judge wouldn’t invoke the Goldilocks premise? In this case the judicial eminence so moved was the Supreme Court of West Australia’s Master Craig Sanderson. His honour had been called upon to resolve a dispute between…


Trustee facing hefty costs order after appeal

CRS Warner principal Anthony Warner Sydney trustee Anthony Warner must be sitting on an estate flush with funds or is backed by a reliably liquid indemnifier after an appeals court deprived him of a nugget of residential gold and ordered him to pay the appellant’s costs of both the primary and appeal proceedings. iNO’s mail is that combined expenses could exceed $600,000. If Warner locked…


Trustee freezes proceeds but ordered to pay costs

Being stung with an order to pay opponents’ costs can’t ever feel good but when the upside is orders freezing almost $6 million in proceeds from the sale of a property in the gracefully decaying suburb of Woollahra in inner Sydney then maybe it’s a shot of venom any trustee would bare their arm for. “The Bankruptcy Trustee did not on the interlocutory applications seek to establish, by evidence and…


Duff & Phelps duo cede receiver investigations to SPLs

Duff & Phelps’ Marcus Ayres. Duff & Phelps’ Steve Parbery. As iNO reported last week, Duff & Phelps duo Marcus Ayres and Steve Parbery have had their hands full winding up Queensland coal mine operator ICRA Rolleston Pty Ltd (ICRA). ICRA’s sole director – John Phillip Canavan – suspects the pair of having a conflict with ICRA’ former joint venture partner and his nemesis Rolleston…


Fees of 20 per cent of assets proportionate: Court

KordaMentha’s Jen Nettleton. KordaMentha partner Rahul Goyal. How sweet it is when a liquidation actually delivers. When creditors get 100 cents in every dollar owed and there’s fat sufficient to cover every hour billed, no matter how big a percentage of assets total remuneration comprises. And best of all, a court decrees the fees are proportionate. How rare it is too. But not this week…


Forge settlement fodder for ‘Improving Outcomes’ Bill

Banton Group CEO Amanda Banton. KPMG’s Martin Jones. If the Federal Government wanted a recent example of why the litigation funding industry should submit to the regulatory cosh as is envisaged in the Government’s Corporations Amendment (Improving Outcomes for Litigation Funding Participants) Bill 2021 then it might like to look at the latest update for creditors of the Forge Pooled Group (FPG). “The fact that…