Charity insolvency: Discerning the wider implications of recent developments in Australia.

9:00am - 12:00pm / Monday 29th November 2021
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
  • Admission: Free to attend.
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This hybrid international mini-conference will examine charity insolvency in Australia and the UK and attempt to offer some solutions to the knotty problems that are involved when a charity goes into an insolvency procedure.

Bringing together charity law experts from Australia and the UK the conference will focus on the recent decision of the Queensland Supreme Court in the Presbyterian Church insolvency (The Presbyterian Church of Queensland Incorporated by Letters Patent v. Attorney-General for the State of Queensland [2021] QSC 136). Dr. Matthew Turnour will guide us through the case and highlight what it teaches us about, amongst other things, charitable purposes, charity structures, and, charity insolvency.

There will be further contributions from Garth Blake QC who will discuss the Bathurst case ([2015] NSWSC 1856) by way of background. Murray Baird, former Assistant Commissioner of the ACNC and a director and secretary of Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, will also provide some insights from a regulatory perspective. Members of the Charity Law and Policy Unit (CLPU) will also contribute with insights from various charity law perspectives.

There will also be discussion points for conference attendees to discuss the issues which arise from the Presbyterian and Bathurst cases.