Fees

VAs defeated on fees but chair casts in DoCA’s favour

Hall Chadwick partner Kathleen Vouris. Last week saw one of those scenarios – not entirely uncommon – where the chair of a deadlocked meeting has to give effect to the phrase “creditors will determine the future of the Company”. As well as defenestrating the spirit of the term in its purest sense, chairman or chairwomen choosing to use their power to break a deadlock invariably…

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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…