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Smarter Lawcast with Hall & Wilcox

Smarter Lawcast with Hall & Wilcox

Author: Hall & Wilcox

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Welcome to Smarter Lawcast, the official podcast of Hall & Wilcox, a leading independent Australian law firm. We pride ourselves on our Smarter Law approach, where we work with our clients to creatively solve their legal and business challenges. Tune in to be educated and entertained by our experts’ take on topical legal issues.
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92 Episodes
John Hutchinson, Michelle Eastwell and Sevan Gore discuss cleansing notices, which are an important part of any capital raising toolkit. What is a cleansing notice, when would you use one and what happens if there is a breach of any of the cleansing notice requirements?
John Hutchinson, James Morvell and Hamish McNair discuss how defamation issues may arise when claims are made against companies or individuals within companies, what defences are available and how to prevent these issues arising in the first place.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are a big topic in corporate life but have particular importance for listed entities, given the public nature of ESG disclosures, investor interest and the potential for regulatory and class action risk. John Hutchinson, Julian Hammond and Vanessa Murphy discuss the change in ESG emphasis from regulators, what to do if your company receives a notice about ESG-related issues, and why bluewashing is the next issue on the horizon.
With companies gearing up for AGM season, John Hutchinson and Deborah Chew discuss how to best prepare for AGMs, including whether meetings will be in-person, virtual or hybrid, typical resolutions and areas of possible controversy.
Scott Butler, Jacqui Barrett and Nicole Tumiati discuss how professional services firms can restructure equity and manage owner exits, especially when things get tough. They look at the common reasons why a firm may change its ownership structure – both good and bad – and the key obstacles owners may face to negotiate an acceptable outcome.
Sam Kelsey and guest Julia Halioua from the Footprint Company continue their discussion about green construction, looking at carbon emissions from a contractor’s perspective. With a large portion of a contractor’s emissions coming from its supply chain, Sam and Julia offer tips on how contractors can reduce their emissions and effect change in the industry.
Tax issues are core to any business restructure and must be considered at the beginning of any restructure planning. Scott Butler and Jim Koutsokostas discuss common tax and duty consequences, how these may differ from state to state, and why involving a tax lawyer early in the process can help avoid some nasty surprises later.
Sam Kelsey chats with guest Julia Halioua from the Footprint Company about green construction, which is sustainable and environmentally friendly construction with a focus on carbon emissions. Sam and Julia discuss carbon emissions from a developer’s point of view: what are they? How are they measured? What can you do to reduce emissions? And why should you?
Scott Butler and Mark Petrucco discuss how safe harbour provisions protect directors against potential insolvent trading liability while restructuring companies, how to access the provisions, and the importance of engaging good advisors to steer the right course.
Scott Butler and David Dickens discuss how a director may become liable for unpaid taxes under the Director Penalty Regime, why it’s critical that directors lodge activity statements, and what options are available if a director receives a Director Penalty Notice.
Stefan Fenk chats with guest David Gibson, CEO of DGA Group, a specialised construction global consulting firm, about advance payment and price adjustment clauses. These are two quick fixes that can be incorporated into construction contracts that might reduce the risk of contractors going insolvent. David shares his knowledge and experience of these clauses in practice and offers top tips for using both clauses.
Stefan Fenk and Sam Kelsey discuss whether there are any ‘quick fixes’ that can be incorporated into construction contracts that might reduce the risk of contractors going insolvent, focusing on advance payment and price adjustment clauses.
Host Suzie Leask, Partner Meg Lee and special guest Debbie O’Byrne, founder of Planet Price, discuss recent interesting cases that provide guidance on the ways in which boards need to manage ESG-related risks, why climate and nature related risks and dependencies, including throughout the supply chain, are something directors and boards need to consider, and why there is an obligation to use data to make informed long-term business decisions that are in the best interests of everyone, not just the business.
What should boards and businesses have on their radar about ESG? Host Suzie Leask, Partner Meg Lee and special guest Debbie O’Byrne, founder of Planet Price, discuss how to use data to help set targets, how collecting the right data can help mitigate ‘greenwashing’ and ‘greenhushing’ claims, why planetary boundaries are a critical measure of what a future flourishing society looks like, Australia’s new mandatory climate reporting standards, and why ESG is no longer a ‘nice to have’ but an expected ‘business as usual’ capability within organisations.
Where can boards go wrong and what happens if they do? In an environment where compliance demands on boards are extraordinary, Suzie Leask, Julian Hammond and Steve Knight discuss why boards might lose their way, lessons on what not to do, and advise directors on how best to manage ‘boards behaving badly’ issues.
What transformational cultural change is needed to comply with the Positive Duty under the new Respect @ Work and build diverse, healthy, inclusive and respectful workplaces? Fay Calderone and Suzie Leask discuss this and outline practical steps leaders can take to ensure compliance and moving beyond it.
Fay Calderone and Suzie Leask discuss the key compliance issues boards and executive leaders need to be aware of, from Respect @ Work and everchanging workplace relations laws to cyber security, ESG to corporate governance.
What practical steps can tax practitioners, accountants and other professionals take to protect the confidential data of their clients? Eden Winokur and Bradley White discuss two of the most business critical issues facing organisations today: cyber security and data privacy.
Adam Dimac and Todd Bromwich discuss Treasury’s proposed changes to Australia’s complex tax residency rules for individuals, highlighting the key changes, how they may work in practice and what changes they hope to see in the final proposal.
In part 2, Frank Hinoporos, Chris Brown and guest Jason Phillips from JNP Advisory discuss key due diligence issues presented during the sale of a professional services business including structure, employees and employment agreements, insurance, and clients and existing arrangements. Read ⁠Jason's profile⁠.
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