Company insolvency occurs when a company is unable to pay its debts as and when they fall due. Your company may have already reached that point or be fast approaching it, and Shine may be able to help.
How can we assist?
Shine Lawyers’ Business Recovery Unit have the skill and industry insight to give your business the best advice available. We have extensive experience in the recovery of financially distressed businesses - including a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law.
The experience of our team means we can act across all industries including building and construction, mining and mining services, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, agriculture, property, professional services, finance and financial advice. We understand the unique feature of every industry. For example, in the building and construction industry we are well-equipped to advise you on your payment claim and, in Queensland, making a Subcontractor Charges Act claim.
Why choose Shine?
- Expert legal advice from a dedicated team of specialist business recovery and insolvency practitioners
- Practical and effective solutions for a range of financial problems
- We are not your typical ‘clinical lawyers’. We believe it is a privilege to stand up for companies and individuals when they need us.
To find out more or open a case, please get in touch via phone or the forms below.
Further information can also be found in our Business Recovery Division capability statement.
Meet our expert business recovery team
Luke Whiffen - Commercial Litigation & Insolvency National Manager
Luke Whiffen has more than 16 years’ experience as an insolvency practitioner. He is also an experienced commercial litigator. Luke has acted for many financially distressed companies and individuals, finding the solution that works best for them. He also acts for a number of company liquidators and bankruptcy trustees. He regularly advises creditors, debtors and insolvency administrators on all aspects of litigious corporate and personal insolvency.
In addition to his insolvency experience he conducts commercial litigation in all jurisdictions, particularly in the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
James Hulbert - National Insolvency Consultant
James Hulbert has a unique passion for helping business get through tough financial times. He has a wide ranging and thorough understanding of the challenges faced by businesses in Australia. He is able to tailor solutions to the business’ or individual’s needs. James prides himself on being available at all times to ensure businesses and their owners can reach out for advice at any time.
Our offer to you
Common questions about Business Recovery and Company Insolvency Lawyers
- Voluntary Administration or Deed of Company Arrangement
Once a DPN is issued, the director has 21 days (from the date the notice was posted, not received) to do one of the following:
- Pay the outstanding debt
- Appoint a voluntary administrator
- Enter the company into liquidation
- Registered Trustee - registered by the Inspector-General and can administer all forms of personal insolvency including bankruptcies, section 188 authorities, personal insolvency agreements and debt agreements.
- Controlling Trustee - registered trustees and eligible solicitors who can administer matters where an authority is signed under section 188 of the Bankruptcy Act until a meeting of creditors considers a personal insolvency agreement (PIA) proposal.
- Registered debt agreement administrators - persons and corporations registered by AFSA who can administer part IX debt agreements (debtors may administer their own debt agreements and persons are permitted to administer up to five debt agreements without being registered).
- The Official Trustee in Bankruptcy - bankruptcy occurs but no registered trustee has consented to act, the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy, who is a part of AFSA, will be the trustee.
- Are you the owner or director of a small or medium enterprise (SME) and experiencing financial or cash flow difficulties?
- Are you behind in company tax payments and being pursued by the ATO?
- Are you worried about insolvent trading and your personal liability for your company’s debts?
It doesn't matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office - we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.
Our compensation experts are in the following locations:
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
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