Bankruptcy professionals convening for congress

Bankruptcy professionals in between sessions at a previous Congress

IT’S that time of year when bankruptcy trustees and those who work with them convene for Traill & Associates‘ annual National Practical Bankruptcy Congress, Workshops (and cocktail party).

Organised by Rosie Traill, whose sister Kate was recently appointed to the bench as a Judge of the District Court, the two-day get-together of body snatchers focuses on practical issues facing trustees and their staff and advisors, bringing together some of the best and most experienced operators for a series of practical workshops and interactive, informal talks.

Speakers include O’Neill Partners‘ consulting solicitor Sally Nash, Ferrier Hodgson’s John Melluish, Norton Rose partner David Goldman, and barrister Sandrah Foda. The focus is on practical solutions to key issues.

For example, the challenges of complying with the various state and ARITA codes of independence will be examined through a review by Melluish and Goldman of the recent Federal Court decision of BC39 Pty Ltd v Rambaldi in the matter of Wharington (Bankrupt) [2014] FCA 1076 (7 October 2014), where an examination summons triggered an intensive examination of the trustees independence and the DIRRI regime.

There’ll also be a Family Law panel discussion and interactive discussions relating to fees and remuneration; after-acquired property; voidable transactions; dealing with creditors, bankrupts and sheriffs.

Barrister Brian Skinner will also host a discussion around the issues a trustee should consider in determining whether a possession-related matter is best pursued through the Supreme or Federal Court. For the full program see: 3rd Annual Bankruptcy Congress

The Congress kicks off on Wednesday, October 28 with a day-long program that concludes with a cocktail party at the ArtHouse Hotel, across the road from the congress venue at the Wesley Centre on Pitt Street. Enquiries should be directed to Congress organiser Rosie Traill at: rtraill@traillassociates.com.au

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Peter Gosnell
Sydney Insolvency News illuminates the practice of insolvency in Australia's largest city, highlighting the triumphs and failures of Sydney's registered practitioners and the accounting and legal professionals who work with them. SiN is produced by Peter Gosnell, former business editor and senior business reporter at The Daily Telegraph newspaper. During a decade-long career, your correspondent reported on such notable corporate collapses as HIH, One.Tel, Westpoint and Fincorp as well as some of the nation's highest profile bankruptcies and the investigations and prosecutions arising from Australia's most notorious instances of white collar crime.

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