Keay's Insolvency: Personal & Corporate Law and Practice, 11th Edition - eBook

Keay's Insolvency: Personal & Corporate Law and Practice, 11th Edition - eBook

By Michael Murray, Jason Harris

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Date: 14/07/2022

Code: 9780455502007

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Keay’s Insolvency has become a recognised text on personal and corporate insolvency law and practice in Australia, and it is widely used by practitioners and regularly cited in court.

It offers both a detailed explanation of the law, supported by case law and commentary, and of insolvency practice, along with the authors’ critical analysis of the effectiveness and efficiency of the regime and views on its need for reform.

This edition explains Australian insolvency law under the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and the Corporations Act 2001, in light of the substantial case law and practice developments flowing from the changes made by the Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016 (ILRA). Further changes to the law under safe harbour, ‘ipso facto’ and anti-phoenix company reforms, and under debt agreement reforms, and then further reforms again as a consequence of the economic and social impacts of COVID-19, are also explained.   

Keay’s Insolvency therefore now covers:

  • the application of the ILRA reforms across personal and corporate insolvency
  • the safe harbour reforms under s 588GA of the Corporations Act and their 2021 review
  • the ‘ipso facto’ reforms of 2018, the anti-phoenix reforms of 2019 and the redesign of Part 5.8A (protection of employee entitlements)
  • the restrictions imposed on creditors as a consequence of COVID-19 and the concessions made to debtors, including in relation to safe harbour
  • the introduction of Part 5.3B small business restructuring and simplified liquidation
  • the reforms to debt agreements under the Bankruptcy Act and delayed consideration of a one-year bankruptcy
  • increased powers and activity of the ATO and of FEG other agencies
  • the latest case law, including in relation to preferences and set-off. 

While Keay’s Insolvency continues with the authors’ views on the need for major reform of insolvency law and practice, they explain what they see as initial structural reforms necessary to address significant gaps and deficiencies in the insolvency process.Those studying and practising in insolvency now have an authoritative text covering all current insolvency and restructuring law and practice in Australia. It is now approaching its 30th year of publication with this, its 11th edition.


  • Explains how the significant changes under the ILRA have been applied in relation to practitioner registration and regulation; the conduct of administrations including notice and meeting requirements, remuneration determinations and reviews, rights of creditors, and powers of the court and the regulators.
  • Continuation of the focus on corporate restructuring law and practice and arrangements outside the context of formal insolvency, explained as a separate discipline, but also in the context of the latest innovative approaches to Pt 5.3A deeds of company arrangement and Pt 5.1 schemes, and the new Part 5.3B restructurings
  • Updated and more detailed commentary on the law of insolvent trading trusts, international and cross-border insolvency, tax, employment, and family law
  • Updated with the latest PPSA law and practice
  • Explains the roles of the courts and of the duties of lawyers acting in insolvency
  • Continued emphasis on the legal and regulatory requirements of ASIC, AFSA and ARITA, the Courts’ rules and the ATO and FEG requirements
  • Useful tables summarising and explaining the law
  • An explanation of the fundamental purposes and aims of insolvency with a robust commentary on the problems with the current regimes and with ideas for change


Michael Murray is a lawyer and writer, publishing through Murrays Legal, on insolvency and related law and practice, including internationally. He is a Fellow of the UNCITRAL National Co-ordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA) and a Fellow and Director of the Australian Academy of Law. He has authored or co-authored Keay’s Insolvency for 20 years.

Dr Jason Harris is Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Sydney Law School where he teaches corporate law and insolvency law. Jason is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. He is a member of the Insolvency and Restructuring Committee and the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and a member of the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jason is an academic member of ARITA and a member of INSOL International and its Academic Steering Committee.

Each brings his respective knowledge, experience and thoughts to this important area of law and practice.



Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Insolvency - The Law, Policy and Current Issues

2. Introduction to Bankruptcy and its Administration

3. Going Bankrupt – Voluntary and Compulsory Bankruptcy

4. The Impact of Bankruptcy

5. The Recovery of Assets for Creditors

6. The Administration of the Bankruptcy

7. The End of a Bankruptcy and Beyond

8. Personal Insolvency Agreements

9. Debt Agreements

10. Introduction to Liquidation and Its Administration

11. Voluntary and Compulsory Winding Up

12. Provisional Liquidation

13. The Effects of Winding Up

14. Assets Available to the Liquidator

15. The Administration of the Winding Up

16. Criminal Offences and Civil Actions Against Company Directors

17. Termination of the Winding Up: Deregistration and Reinstatement

18. Receivership

19. Voluntary Administration

20. Deeds of Company Arrangement

21. Restructuring and Workouts


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