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Peter Lucarelli is a partner in the Melbourne office of Baker McKenzie. For over fifteen years, Peter has advised on complex commercial and contractual disputes and insolvency and restructuring matters.

In brief The Supreme Court of Victoria has found liquidators can be made personally liable for clean-up costs in respect of land that was, on their appointment, polluted or environmentally hazardous as “occupiers” under the Environment Protection Act 1970 (Vic) (EP Act).[1] A disclaimer notice issued by the liquidators in respect…

Directors of Australian companies face significant personal monetary — and potential criminal and adverse professional — consequences if they allow the company to trade whilst insolvent. Australian insolvent trading laws are harsher, and more frequently utilised to prosecute directors personally, than in many other jurisdictions including in the US and…