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The content of this article may be out of date - please refer to our more recent articles for up-to-date information. Graeme McDonald and John Vague attended a Business Law Reform seminar in Wellington on Thursday, 22 November 2001. At that seminar Laila Harre, the Associate Commerce Minister, announced changes to the laws dealing with preferential payments. You may be aware, that both Graeme and John, other Insolvency Practitioners, the Law Commission and the Credit & Finance Institute have made submissions recommending that the amount of preferential payments should be reduced so that the amount which will be available to unsecured creditors can be maximised. In the circumstances we found it hard to come to grips with the announcements of…
The content of this article may be out of date - please refer to our more recent articles for up-to-date information. Insolvency Practitioners liaise with the law profession on a daily basis. As in all professions it is easy to communicate with some practitioners and difficult to communicate with others. In such circumstances time and effort is wasted. Increased costs reduce the amount which will be available to creditors and delay any payout. We are invariably happier when the solicitor on the other side has the skill to present his or her clients' case clearly, concisely and in a way we understand. We have an ongoing case in our office which is an extreme example of what we encounter. The…
The content of this article may be out of date - please refer to our more recent articles for up-to-date information. Some years ago some meat processing companies failed. Workers lost their jobs and whereas wages and holiday pay were preferential, redundancy due ranked as unsecured.   Recently the Government determined that redundancy should be preferential and the Status of Redundancy Payments Bill was passed into law in the form of the Insolvency Amendment Act 2004 and the Companies Amendment Act 2004. These Acts come into force 60 days after the 30 March 2004, which is the date they received the Royal Assent. I calculate the effected dated as being 29 May 2004. Both Acts make redundancy preferential and increase…
The content of this article may be out of date - please refer to our more recent articles for up-to-date information. Introduction - DefinitionTraditionally the following entities have been used to conduct business - • Sole Traders• Partnerships• CompaniesOver past recent years it has become more common for the trading entity to be a Trading Trust. A Trading Trust is a trust which is formed for the purpose of carrying on a business. The obvious advantages of trading through such a trust are - • The ability to distribute profits and assets to beneficiaries• The ability to organise the tax affairs of the trust so that beneficiary income is distributed to beneficiaries at lower tax rates and thus reduce the…
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