In what circumstances are standard terms binding?
Changes to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) have impacted the drafting and litigation of contracts. In this context, how binding are standard terms?
Equitable mortgage: Can a lender rely on the certificate of title as security for a loan even though a borrower fails to sign any loan agreement?
Hatala v Graglee Pastoral Company Pty Ltd  NSWSC 155 provides insight into this.
The Supreme Court of New South Wales dismisses an application by a creditor to remove the liquidators of a company. The liquidators had refused to conduct a public examination of the company’s director.
The Court held that they had reasonably formed the view that they should not conduct the examination.
Private lenders get a glimpse into the possible future of the small business loan. What is it? And what is the best way forward?
In February 2017, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) released its report “Inquiry into Small Business Loans” (the Report). The Report targets the laws and practices of authorised deposit taking institutions (Banks) and their small business loan contracts. If implemented, will it also impact private lenders?
When assessing a borrower’s ability to service the loan, how much is enough?
Mortgagees are generally required to take steps to ensure a borrower is able to service the loan. Whether by investigating an exit strategy or seeking assurances through a declaration. However, the steps required need to be determined on a case-by-case basis as potential red flags can put a mortgagee on notice that further inquiries need to be made.
Recent case law highlights the limited options open to Financial Service Providers (FSPs) when faced with adverse decisions made by external dispute resolution tribunals.
What should Financial Service Providers know about external dispute resolution schemes?
How important is independent legal advice when a guarantee is provided?
Importance of lenders requiring borrowers and guarantors to obtain independent legal advice once again confirmed by the courts in National Australia Bank Limited v Wehbeh & Anor  VSC 431.
Precision is key: Important reminder to get it right when registering security interests on the PPSR.
The recent Supreme Court of New South Wales decision of In the matter of OneSteel Manufacturing Pty Ltd (administrators appointed) NSWSC 21 reaffirms the importance of ensuring the accuracy of grantor details when registering financial statements on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR).
Can a lender do anything to protect itself from allegations of unconscionable conduct?
Too often commercial lenders have to contend with allegations made by defaulting borrowers that they are guilty of unconscionable conduct. An easy phrase to include in a letter or a pleading; but what does it really mean? And is there anything a lender can do to protect itself from these allegations?
Rule Against Tacking vs Expenditure Incurred in Exercising Power of Sale.
In the matter of Matzner v Clyde Securities Ltd  2 NSWLR 293 the Supreme Court considered the issue of competing priorities between three successive mortgagees holding registered mortgages over a single property.