Australian Senate Inquiry into Foreign Bribery (2016-2018)

Acted for Mr Stephen Sasse, former executive of Leightons International, re investigations by Australian Federal Police and Australian Securities and investments Commission into foreign bribery allegations against Leightons offshore arm.

Report of Australian Senate Economics Committee Inquiry into Foreign Bribery delivered 28 March 2018.

Estate of the late Walter Simpson (2016-2018) QSC

TRUSTEES - judicial advice - directions - testamentary trust - whether $1.4 million of fully franked dividends should be treated as income or capital - dividend partly reflects sale of business line - whether capital profit - whether should be paid to income beneficiary or held as capital for the remaindermen

Queensland Supreme Court proceedings, appeared for the income beneficiary, instructed by Bradley Allen Love, Canberra. 

Matter settled at final hearing with orders apportioning the payments 60%:40% capital/income.

Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Financial Services and Superannuation Industry (2018)

Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Financial Services and Superannuation Industry (2018) - acting for  Commonwealth Bank of Australia mortgage broking subsidiary Aussie Home Loans, instructed by Clayton Utz.

Canberra Raiders Sports Club Ltd v ACT Gambling & Racing Commission (2018) ACAT

Appeared for Canberra Raiders Sports Club Ltd, instructed by Snedden, Hall & Gallop, Canberra, in application for review and suppression orders against ACT Gambling & Racing Commission concerning penalty and additional licence conditions for alleged breaches of the Gaming Machine Act 2004.

In re Greek Atlas League Inc (2018) NSWSC

Supreme Court of New South Wales proceedings concerning the validity of elections for the Council of the Greek Atlas League, beneficial owner of heritage property (formerly the Marrickville Town Hall) and other industrial property.

Matter settled at final hearing with orders involving co-opting of 3 minority members to the Council and orders for delivery up of financial books and records by former accountant.

Public Inquiry under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (NSW) (2017-2018)

Public Inquiry under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (NSW) - acted for RSL LifeCare Limited, a veterans and aged care and retirement villages provider, instructed by PWC and Clayton Utz, in hearings held between August and December 2017.

Investigation by former Supreme Court judge the Hon. P. Bergin SC into alleged misuse of charitable funds by the Returned Services League of NSW and its related entities.

Report delivered to NSW Parliament 31 January 2018. Minister accepted recommendations of inquiry to only impose additional authority conditions and not cancel the fundraising authority or appoint an administrator to RSL LifeCare Limited. 

ASIC investigation into suspected conflicted remuneration contraventions (2017-2018)

Acting for corporate authorised representative of Australian financial services licensee in relation to suspected contraventions of the conflicted remuneration prohibitions under Part 7.7A Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), instructed by Hall & Wilcox.

ASIC investigation into alleged insider trading

Acted for director of ASX listed entity in ASIC investigation for suspected insider trading in listed entity’s shares and continuous disclosure breaches; successfully obtained no further action letter; instructed by Hemisphere Legal & Saville Partners (2016-2017).

 

Energy Industries Superannuation Scheme & NSW Treasury (2014-2016)

Advising re regulatory issues and negotiations with Treasury resulting in landmark agreement with State of NSW concerning the future funding of the defined benefit schemes as part of the NSW "Poles and Wires" privatisation of the State's electricity network assets, instructed direct.