COVID-19: Directors’ duties, stimulus packages and potential consequences for businesses and directors.

Date - 12 May 2020

Bartier Perry is pleased to join forces with ESV - Business advice and accounting to present this seminar on the effects that COVID-19 is having on companies, boards, management and their stakeholders.

During this webinar, we will focus on:

  • Directors’ fundamental duties to act with due care, skill and diligence and to act in the best interest of the company in the era of COVID-19.

  • Government stimulus packages and the suite of law reforms designed to assist businesses in financial distress including the $130 billion JobKeeper package.

  • How company directors should continue to reduce their risk of personal liability and how this is impacted by a business’s enrolment in JobKeeper.

  • Practical considerations for directors to consider to ensure that their company continues to trade successfully post COVID-19 and in a manner that affords directors protection from claims including insolvent trading liability.


Gavin Stuart, Partner in Commercial Disputes Team at Bartier Perry

As a Partner of Bartier Perry’s Commercial Disputes Team, Gavin has over 20 years’ experience acting for corporations, shareholders and directors in corporations issues, directors/fiduciary duties, risk minimisation and restructuring. Gavin’s clients include SME businesses, shareholders and directors as well as many leading insolvency practitioners.

David Prichard, Partner at ESV – Business advice and accounting 

David provides general taxation services for businesses and individuals, including tax planning, structuring, corporate reorganisations, tax governance, mergers and acquisitions, and transactional matters. He has extensive experience working with clients in a variety of industries, including fast-moving consumer goods, manufacturing, distribution and IT. David specialises in corporate groups, family groups, tax losses, withholding tax, transaction structuring, international tax and capital gains tax. 

Jason Sprague, Partner in Corporate and Commercial Team at Bartier Perry

Jason has more than 20 years' experience in mergers and acquisitions, business structuring and a range of cross-border transactions. Jason’s clients include SME businesses, large multinational organisations and government agencies. He has worked with Australian and international companies across a range of industries including manufacturing, biotechnology, retail, FMCG, IT, fashion, transport, professional services, and construction and infrastructure.

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