Fees

SPL's getting big bucks to freeze assets.

FEG all in on QNI spend as SPLs look to freeze assets

Judging by the most recent accounts and statement of Queensland Nickel’s special purpose liquidators (SPLs), Henry Carr will authorise hefty expenditures if he thinks the odds favour a result. Between December 2016 and March 2017  the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) Scheme recovery czar okayed the transfer of about $2.53 million from the coffers of the Federal Department of Employment’s (DoE) to PPB Advisory’s Steve Parbery and Michael Owen who were appointed as…


Judge orders review of Mackay Goodwin fees

Nursing a broken hand under a black wool sock, liquidator Graham Ward endured more than an hour of cross-examination last Friday, courtesy of a company director seeking to claw back a chunk of the $165,000 in remuneration, expenses and disbursements that Ward and his Mackay Goodwin partner Domenic Calabretta have charged as administrators and liquidators of Securimax Pty Ltd. “There has been a very substantial transfer of…


Ten VAs head to court

Breaking: Court to rule on Ten VAs independence

Mark Korda, Jarrod Villani and Jennifer Nettleton are due this morning to ask a Federal Court judge to determine if they were sufficiently independent when they accepted the appointment as voluntary administrators (VAs) of Ten Network Holdings and thirteen related entities on June 14, 2017. Sources told Sydney Insolvency News over the weekend that the three KordaMentha partners will make the application in the Federal Court in Melbourne…


RSM pair not hooked by fee review.

RSM pair’s fees not disproportionate: Brereton

RSM’s Peter Marsden and Richard Stone have avoided having their remuneration on the Cardinal Project Services administration inducted into the cult of proportionality after one of the concept’s most ardent advocates dismissed a creditor’s application for a fee review. In his judgment of July 12, 2017 Justice Paul Brereton outlined how since their appointment – initially as voluntary administrators (VAs) in 2011 – the RSM…


Receiver facing fee and independence challenge

Mackay Goodwin principal Domenic Calabretta may be overseas but that is not impeding the progress of some potential grief around an alleged lack of independence working its way towards him via a hearing in the NSW Supreme Court later this year. The grief is in the form of untested allegations – which may or may not be frivolous and/or vexatious – that the fees charged…


Judge cuts EY partner’s “disproportionate” claim

Henry Kazar received a less than ideal send off to the financial year thanks to Justice John Griffiths, who on June 30 decided that the EY partner’s claim for $64,390.50 was coming it a trifle high given Kazar and his team laboured for years to engineer a land sale that raised all of fifty grand. Kazar applied to the Federal Court in April of this year to have…


Trust assets question determined in IP's favour

Cor Cordis pair score big on trust assets

The Federal Court has a delivered a wide ranging judgment on the disposal of trust assets by liquidators and receiver/managers that will have the Department of Employment’s FEG recovery unit abuzz as it prepares its appeal to the decision of Amerind Pty Ltd (receivers and managers apptd) (in liq) [2017] VSC 127 (23 March 2017). In Kite v Mooney, in the matter of Mooney’s Contractors Pty…


RSM's David Kerr to produce more detail on fee application

Black clips Kerr over staff and hours charges

RSM Australia partner David Kerr is the latest practitioner to learn that a truly painstaking accounting of the nature of work done, why it was done, why staff of certain seniority were allocated to do it and a detailed justification of the hours spent are the new normal for insolvency professionals seeking fee approval from the courts. In the matter of Hunter Valley Dental Surgery Pty…


Surplus scooped by Pluton liquidators

Pluton liquidators win fight for DoCA surplus

PwC’s Sam Marsden and Derrick Vickers look to have wangled a result from the West Australian Supreme Court in their fight with receivers over a deed fund surplus on the Pluton Resources job. In November last year the pair – in their capacity as Pluton’s liquidators – applied for orders relating to the question of Pluton’s entitlement to $835,021.94, left in a deed fund following…


Detail to bedevil insolvency practitioners in the wake of Sakr Nominees pay claim.

SAKR: Demand for detail to bedevil future fee claims

The process may have been akin to pulling teeth with an auditor present but liquidator Cliff Sanderson has at last obtained court approval for his final fees in the painful winding up of Sakr Nominees. NSW Supreme Court Justice Ashley Black on Monday ruled in favour of Sanderson’s claim for an additional $63,577.80c in fees including GST for the period from November 3 2014 to November…