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Credit Managers: Do you know your risk?

Risk is when your loss can easily surpass your gain – severity of that loss can come down to exposure and vulnerability of your business.

In many industries, risk takes various forms and the risk factors that could affect your business the most are could be external – economic downturn and insolvency.

This piece from Holman Webb's Commercial Recovery and Insolvency Group takes a look at the concept of risk, what those working within a credit function need to know - and how Holman Webb can help.


How is the ATO impacting insolvencies within the building and construction industries?

In April 2022, the ATO issued 50,000 letters of demand to company directors giving them 21 days to resolve tax liabilities.

Historically, once ATO and major banks start escalating collection activity, it’s not uncommon to see insolvencies rise.

This piece from Holman Webb's Commercial Recovery and Insolvency Group highlights the impact that the ATO's issuance of these letters is likely to have within the building and construction industries.


What impact is inflation having on the building, construction and property industries?

The Australian Financial Review recently reported that total construction sector inflation will hit 9.5 per cent over the year to June 2022, and 6 per cent over the year to December 2022”.

This increased financial pressure in the industry will heavily impact the likelihood of increased insolvency activity.

With the latest ABS statistics confirming that the CPI increased by 2.1% in the last quarter, and that inflation reached 5.1% over the 12 months to March 2022 quarter (the highest since 2001) - those in the building and construction industries have been particularly hard hit.

Higher inflation impacts:

These additional costs have flow on effects to construction activity, some of which may be far reaching.


Strategies to reduce risk with the right contract terms and conditions

As all credit professionals know - credit, cashflow and collections all work together to protect the lifeblood of many businesses.  Without a proper functioning credit team, businesses run the risk of significant impacts on ongoing profitability and viability. 

Unfortunately, risk is an unavoidable part of the credit function. 

With this in mind, this article from Commercial Recovery and Insolvency Partner Chris Hadley and Special Counsel Andrew Tanna highlights how carefully considered credit terms can help to mitigate risk and provide safeguards to your business.

This piece was originally published in the Australian Institute of Credit Management's 2022 Risk Report published 30 May 2022).


Trade Creditors - How to Prepare for an Insolvency Uptick

The pandemic has significantly impacted the way in which a trade creditor will interact with its customers, particularly when it comes to demanding payment from them. In many cases, a credit officer will do his or her job well by working with those customers who have been experiencing financial difficulty and collecting payment, including by way of instalments over time.

Conversely, up until recently, the ATO’s collection activity has been almost non-existent since the pandemic began in 2020. Around early April 2022, the ATO wrote to over 50,000 directors giving them 21 days’ notice to pay their tax liabilities, failing which a Director Penalty Notices may be issued.

This has been seen as a ‘warning letter’ on the part of the ATO.


High Court special leave applications – further impact on preference claims?

Two recent Full Court of the Federal Court decisions have impacted the way in which preference claims are conducted referable to the application of the ‘peak indebtedness rule’, and the application of set-off under s. 553C of the Corporations Act 2001.


Holman Webb Announces Six Promotions Across Three Offices

​Holman Webb is pleased to announce six promotions across our Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices – effective 1 July 2021.


Holman Webb Listed as Finalist - Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2021

Holman Webb Lawyers is proud to relay that the firm has been listed as a finalist in two categories in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2021:

  • Law Firm of the Year
  • Insurance Team of the Year

Click through for more information on this year's finalists, and upcoming winner announcements.


Abolition of the Peak Indebtedness Doctrine for Preference Claims?

The Full Court of the Federal Court recently delivered its judgment in the matter of Badenoch Integrated Logging Pty Ltd v Bryant, in the matter of Gunns Limited (in liq) (receivers and managers appointed) [2021] FCAFC 64.

The decision will undoubtedly have significant implications for the ongoing application of the peak indebtedness rule by creditors and liquidators.  


Revenge of the Zombie Company?

Revenge of the Zombies is a 1943 horror film in which zombies exact revenge on their mad scientist creator.

Although there are not many mad scientists on the scene in 2020, there are many zombie companies which, if subject to liquidation, are likely to create an influx of preference claims being brought by liquidators and which will cause grief to credit managers in the coming months and years.


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