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Practical problems caused by the Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) presentation


From 30 January 2012 the Personal Property Security Act 2009 (Cth) (‘PPS Act’) fundamentally alters the operation of the law relating to non-land security interests and affects related transactions. It affects all of your clients who have non-land assets or any security interests.

It is a national regime which provides for the registration of security interests over personal property and the provisions significantly impact on the operation of general commercial and contract law principles. The PPS Act captures commercial transactions which would previously not have been treated as registerable security arrangements – such as retention of title arrangements and commercial consignments.

As a result, it is essential that advisers who are involved with commercial transactions understand the scope and reach of the PPS Act.

This presentation considers the fundamentals of the PPS Act, such as the concepts of ‘security interests’, ‘attachment’, ‘perfection’ and ‘purchase money security interests’. Regard is also given to the practical implications of the PPS Act in the context of some common commercial transactions and arrangements.

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Michael Bennett CTA
Michael is a barrister practising from 13 Wentworth Selborne Chambers in Sydney. His practice areas include commercial, equity revenue, insolvency, property and corporations. Previously he was a solicitor at SBN Lawyers, a specialist legal practice in Sydney, where he provided advice on tax planning, superannuation, estate planning, commercial litigation and commercial business advising. - Current at 01 February 2016
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