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  • When are your clients, your clients?

    29 September 2017
    The Court recently determined that borrowers are mutually clients of the funder, the brokerage company and the sub-broker because of the ongoing relationship and the commission split. All information is therefore gathered for the mutual interests of...
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  • Court rules on “vague and amorphous concepts” in the Code of Banking Practice

    27 February 2017
    The NSW Supreme Court decision in Marsden v DCL Developments Pty Ltd (No. 3) [2016] NSWSC 1795 ruled on the meaning of clause 28.2 of the Code which provides: “With your agreement and cooperation, we will try to help you overcome your financial...
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  • Code of Banking Practice: Recent Milestone win for Lenders

    19 July 2016
    There has been much debate and case law about the enforceability of the Code of Banking Practice. In the past, a strict approach has been taken against lenders who have engaged in conduct which is considered to be a breach of the Code. However, the...
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  • Mortgage and Loan Docs can be unjust after 12 Nov 2016

    07 July 2016
    The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 has been amended to protect small businesses from unfair contracts as of 12 November 2016. ASIC has released an information sheet on the changes to the law ( INFO 211 ) ASIC interprets the new law as applying to...
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  • Vicarious Liability: The Efficient and business-like Mortgage Originator

    05 July 2016
    The recent Court of Appeal decision of Pioneer Mortgage Services Pty Ltd v Columbus Capital Pty Ltd [2016] FCAFC 78 reinforces the courts firm stance against employers for the actions of their employees. Bransgroves Lawyers acted for Columbus...
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  • Mortgage Duty abolished in NSW from 1 July 2016

    16 June 2016
    Mortgage duty will be abolished in NSW on and from 1 July 2016. As a result, the following changes, pursuant to the Duties Act 1997, will apply: 1. Duty will not be payable on any mortgages executed on or after July 2016; 2. Duty will not be payable...
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  • Take great care to include guarantors when carrying out a loan variation

    02 February 2016
    The New South Wales Court of Appeal held in Adisan Pty Ltd v Irwin [2015] NSWCA 217 that a lender may be found to have engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct if they fail to inform all guarantors of any variation to the terms of the loan. It...
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  • Criminal Charges Brought Against Mortgage Professional

    19 January 2016
    Former General Manager of a mortgage manager, Beth Stolyar-Nguyen, has been charged with obtaining money by deceit under s 178BA of Crimes Act 1900 on 19 January 2016 . The charges relate to the procurement of a loan from ANZ Origin during Ms...
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  • Broker Banned

    04 November 2015
    ASIC has permanently banned a Melbourne broker and cancelled his credit licence on the basis of ASIC’s findings of recklessness on the part of the broker in submitting false or misleading documents in support of loan applications and failing to...
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  • ARNECC announces Version 3 of Model Participation Rules

    16 September 2015
    The Australian Registrars' National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC) recently announced Version 3 of the Model Participation Rules. This latest version applies to all electronic transactions, covers all jurisdictions and applies to paper...
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