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The importance of Terms and Conditions in commercial credit contracts

Contracts do not need to be complicated or convoluted, but they do need the right Terms and Conditions in place to ensure your business is properly protected. A robust set of Terms and Conditions can eliminate loopholes and put your business in the best possible position to recoup monies owed.

Having appropriately worded Terms and Conditions can mean the difference between a successful recovery and a write-off.  

This article outlines theTerms and Conditions that trade credit suppliers should consider within the context of a Commercial Credit Agreement.


Upcoming Webinar: 'Tips to Improve Commercial Recoveries and Increase Cashflow'

We are pleased to invite you to join Holman Webb's Commercial Recovery and Insolvency Group for our upcoming webinar: 'Tips to improve commercial recoveries and increase cashflow', taking place from 11:30am (AEST) on Thursday 4 August.

Presented by Holman Webb Commercial Recovery and Insolvency Partner Christopher Hadley, and Collections Software Specialist Griffin Swanson, this interactive seminar will cover best practices for collections leaders.

Topics covered will include:

  • What are the impacts of the risk you take on?
  • What’s the worst that can happen?
  • Why does this matter?
  • Could increased ATO activity bring about more insolvency?
  • Why does this impact on trade creditors?
  • What are we expecting to see in the coming year?
  • What can you do now, to mitigate this risk?
  • What is the simplest, and most effective way to protect your credit risk?
  • Important terms and conditions

This seminar will be highly relevant for CEOs, CFOs, Credit Managers and Collections Specialists.


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).


New Insolvency Regime to be Introduced From 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021 new insolvency regimes will be introduced which will involve:

  1. a new insolvency process for small businesses whereby financially distressed but viable companies can restructure their existing debts and continue to trade; and
  2. a simplified liquidation process which will allow for faster and lower-cost liquidation.

Significant Changes to Bankruptcy Notices and Body Corporate Levy Recoveries
Monday 21 September 2020 / by Shane Roberts, Chris Hadley & Sam Marsh posted in Property Bankruptcy Notice Statutory Demand Creditors Insolvency

The temporary measures put in place by the Government in March this year which:

  1. increased the monetary threshold at which creditors can issue a Bankruptcy Notice to $20,000; and
  2. increased the time period in which a recipient of a Bankruptcy Notice has to respond to a Statutory Demand from 21 days to 6 months,

have now been extended until 31 December 2020.


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