Trimester T1 2020
Unit Code HA3021
Unit Title Corporations Law
Assessment Type Group Assignment
Assessment Title HA3021 Group Assignment
Purpose of the assessment (with
ULO Mapping) The purpose of the Group Assignment is to provide students with an opportunity to work in a collaborative environment in solving two case problems by citing the relevant legal rules and cases and applying these to the facts of the case. In this Group Assignment, students are required to:
4. Demonstrate the legal principles for managing a company in particular the company’s relationship with others.
5. Critically analyse the concept of corporate internal rules and management.
6. Analyse the role and responsibility of directors and members in the management of the company.
7. Analyse the interaction between members’ rights, directors’ duties and corporate governance.
Weight 25% of the total assessment marks
Total Marks 25 (15% for the Group Report and 10% for the Presentation)
Word limit Group Written Report of maximum 2,000 words and a 10 minute presentation
Due Date Week 10
Submission Guidelines • All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.
• The assignment must be in MS Word format, no spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.
• Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC).
NOTE: DO NOT USE Harvard Method. The Assignment MUST be in AGLC/Oxford Protocol. 5 marks WILL BE DEDUCTED if Harvard Method is used.
HA3021 Corporations Law Group Assignment 2020
Purpose: The Group Assignment aims to provide students with an opportunity to work in a collaborative environment in reporting on a recent Australian Corporations Law case relating to Directors Duties and breaches of Directors Duties.
You would need to form your own groups of between 3 and 5 students per group. You had been provided an instruction manual on how to create your groups via BB. Once a group has been created, please ensure you elect a leader in your group. The assignment consists of 2 parts: a 2,000 word written report and a 10 minute (maximum) in-class or video presentation.
Holmes is aware of the issues that some students are facing in forming groups for the Group Assignment. If there are extenuating circumstances which prevent you from forming a group for the Group Assignment then please contact your Unit Coordinator.
Instructions: Please read and re-read carefully to avoid mistakes.
General instructions: Read the following scenario and answer the questions that follow. There are three questions that requires to be answered.
James Burden is considering buying shares in a company, Saturday Night Live Ltd (SNL). After purchasing 1,000 shares of SNL, James received a letter (via email) from the company secretary advising him of a forthcoming annual general meeting (AGM). As a new shareholder of SNL, James has plenty of questions to SNL’s company secretary.
James rings and asks SNL’s company secretary to explain to him what is meant by the terms ‘member’ and ‘shareholder’, and the different ways in which a person may become a member. He also asks to explain who may be eligible to become a member, and how many members a company is permitted to have. Finally, James asks: how does a person cease to be a member of a company?
1. Pretend that you are the company secretary and provide advice to James regarding his questions above. Use relevant sections of the Corporations Act 2001 and/or case laws to support your answer (5 marks)
At the company’s annual general meeting, James bumps into the company secretary. James had observed that the notice he had received advising him of his company’s annual general meeting had stated that it would commence ‘at 1 pm’. Yet, on the day, the annual general meeting had not commenced until 1.10 pm because the chair had been delayed in traffic while trying to reach the meeting’s venue. James surmised that this delay in starting the meeting could constitute a procedural irregularity that could only be rectified by his company conducting the whole annual general meeting again.
2. Pretend that you are the company secretary and provide advice to James regarding his question on procedural irregularity. Use relevant sections of the Corporations Act 2001 and/or case laws to support your answer (3 marks).
Alan, who is the Chief Financial Officer of SNL, has become aware that the company is seeking to tender for some major renovation work needed by the company. Alan’s cousin is in the renovation business so Alan tells him of the possibility of work at SNL. Alan tells his cousin the price range that SNL will consider and something about other companies that are tendering. Alan attends the meeting where they consider who will get the tender for the repair work, but does not disclose his connection with his cousin, who has put in a tender and actually wins the contract.
3. Does Alan have any potential liability for what he has done or not done? (7 marks)
Group report (15%)
1. The Group is required to write a commentary regarding the scenario above.
2. The Group report must be submitted via SafeAssign on Blackboard. Only the Group Leader will upload.
3. The word count for the report is strictly up to 2,000 words ONLY. Please write the total word count for your report on the assignment cover sheet.
4. A minimum of eight (8) scholarly and academic references must be cited. One of these sources must be the case that is the topic of the report. The references must be cited both in-text and in a reference list at the end of the report.
Group presentation (10%)
1. Present the report as a video recording.
a. In the video presentation, groups must show to the satisfaction of the lecturer that all group members made a reasonable contribution to the group work.
b. Non-compliance with this requirement may result in a failing mark for the entire group.
2. Your video link must be uploaded to a publicly-viewable video sharing platform (ex. Youtube, Dropbox, Google drive) and the video link uploaded on Blackboard.
3. The video presentation must be a minimum presentation length of 10 minutes and should not exceed 15 minutes.
• All group report submissions must be de done online and run through SafeAssign. No hard copies are to be submitted. Only one group member needs to submit for the whole group.
• Please fill in the “Rubric Group Report” sheet (available in Blackboard under “Assignments and Due dates) and attach as a cover sheet to your group report and upload on Blackboard.
• Each team member also must also submit to their lecturer a “Peer Evaluation of Individual Participation in Group Assignment” sheet (available in Blackboard under “Assignments and Due dates) with their video.
• No submission of either the group report or video presentation link on Blackboard / SafeAssign is equivalent to non-submission, which will merit a mark of 0 (zero) for the whole group for this assessment.
• Late submissions will be subject to Holmes Institute policy on student assessment submission and late penalties (please refer to subject outline and Student handbook).
• All reports are expected to observe proper referencing in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC). A copy of the AGLC may be read online for free via this link:
• Refer to the following: 2019 Holmes Institute Student Handbook:
4. Faculty of Higher Education Study Skills p.22 onwards
4.1 Guide to Academic Referencing
Referencing is a convention of academic writing that students must follow for several reasons, including:
acknowledging the ideas, information, and words of others; enabling readers to judge your understanding and use of existing knowledge; avoiding accusations of plagiarism.
4.2 Legal Referencing p.25
4.2.1 Legal Citation
Correct legal citation is essential. Something as simple as the incorrect use of a bracket can change the meaning of the citation. In general terms the law comes from two sources; the decisions of courts in cases (‘case law’ or ‘common law’) and the legislation made by parliament (‘statute law’).
4.2.2 Citing Case Law
4.2.3 Citing Legislation
4.3 Guide to Academic Integrity p.27-28
Holmes Institute places strong emphasis on Academic Integrity and views any forms of academic misconduct such as cheating, contract cheating and plagiarism as serious offences. Academic misconduct in any form for any form of assessment is not tolerated.
4.3.2 Plagiarism p.27
Plagiarism is any act to steal or pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own, use (another’s production) without crediting the source, and commit literary theft, present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. Plagiarism also includes self-plagiarism, which is using your own previous work to satisfy a requirement for a new piece of work. It is the responsibility of the student who is submitting the work, to ensure that the work is in fact her/his own work.
Incorporating another’s work or ideas into one’s own work without appropriate acknowledgment is an academic offence. Students should submit all assignments for plagiarism checking on Blackboard before final submission in the unit.
Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:
presentation of the work, ideas, statements or words of another as one’s own; paraphrasing without acknowledging the authorship and source through proper citation;
direct quotation of any source material without proper citation; submitting papers written by another person as your own;
offering false, fabricated or fictitious sources or data for papers, reports, and other
reference material; this includes but is not limited to the submission of a work, in part or in whole,
completed by another.
4.3.3 Consequences of Academic Misconduct
Holmes Institute does not tolerate academic misconduct. Different forms of academic misconduct attract different consequences depending on the severity of the breach of academic integrity and the student’s experience in higher education, including but not limited to whether a student has previously been in breach of academic integrity. Depending on the act of academic misconduct, the consequence may be determined by the lecturer/faculty member or representative, the Board of Examiners and/or the Academic Board.
220.127.116.11 Consequences of Cheating
18.104.22.168 Consequences of Plagiarism and Contract Cheating
Marking criteria Weighting (%)
Group Report (see detailed marking rubric below) 15%
Presentation (see detailed marking rubric below) 10%
TOTAL Weight 25%
Written Report (15 marks)
MARKING CRITERIA Excellent Good Fair Poor
ORIGINALITY (Whether the answer is original, in the sense that the answers are the group’s own written work
ISSUES (Whether relevant legal issues covered in the subject have been identified and discussed)
AUTHORITIES (Whether relevant authorities – case law and legislation – have been identified in relation to a proposition of law)
PRINCIPLES (Whether a correct representation and interpretation of applicable legal principles is provided)
APPLICATION (Whether an evaluation of the preferable course of action to take – if required – has been undertaken)
CONCLUSION (Whether a reasoned conclusion has been drawn)
EXPRESSION (How well expressed and comprehensible the answer is)
ANALYSIS (The depth of insight and observations)
CLARITY (Clarity and logical cogency of the reasoning)
CITATIONS (Whether appropriate writing conventions and style of writing have been followed)
Video Presentation (10 marks)
MARKING CRITERIA Excellent Good Fair Poor
participation and division of parts
Depth of analysis and evidence of understanding of the issues presented and
critical thinking in answers
Level of professionalism of presentation (including members in appropriate business attire; and use of visual aids)
Overall clarity of presentation
List of suggested Corporations law cases
Note: these cases are only suggestions. Students are encouraged to do their own research and find other cases dealing with directors’ breaches of duties under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). Students may show their chosen case to their lecturer for confirmation prior to commencing their group report.
1. Gore v ASIC  FCAFC 13
2. Asden Developments Pty Ltd (in liq) v Dinoris (No 3)  FCA 788
3. ASIC v Cassimatis (No. 8)  FCA 1023
4. ASIC v Flugge (No 2)  VSC 117 (sequel to ASIC v Flugge & Geary  VSC 779)
5. ASIC v Padbury Mining Limited  FCA 990
6. ASIC v Sino Australia Oil and Gas Limited (in liq) (2016)
7. ASIC v Mariner Corporation Limited  FCA 589
8. Forty Two International Pty Limited v Barnes  FCA 85 – delete this case as not really on directors’ duties
9. ASIC v Australian Property Custodian Holdings Limited (No 3)  FCA 1342 10. ASIC v Hobbs  NSWSC 1276
11. Fodare Pty Ltd v Shearn  NSWSC 479
12. ASIC v Fortescue Metals Group Ltd  FCAFC 19
13. Groeneveld Australia Pty Ltd & Ors v Nolten & Ors (No 3)  VSC 533
14. Jubilee Mines NL v Riley  WASCA 62
15. ASIC v Narain  FCAFC 120
16. ASIC v Maxwell & Ors  NSWSC 1052
17. ASIC v Edwards (No. 3)  57 ACSR 209
18. ASIC v Stephen William Vizard  FCA 1037
19. ASIC v Plymin  175 FLR 124 (affirmed on appeal in Elliott v ASIC  10 VR 369)
20. ASIC v Parker r  21 ACLC 888;  FCA 262
21. ASIC v Southcorp Limited (No 2)  FCA 1369 (27 November 2003); 203 ALR 627; 22 ACLC 1
22. ASIC v Whitlam  NSWSC 591
23. R v Rivkin  NSWSC 1182; 198 ALR 400; 45 ACSR 366
24. R v Firns 51 NSWLR 548; 38 ACSR 223;  NSWCCA 191
25. Kokotovich Constructions Pty Ltd v Wallington (1995) 13 ACLC 1113 (NSW Court of Appeal)
26. R v Byrnes and Hopwood (1995) 183 CLR 501; (1995) 130 ALR 529
27. AWA Ltd v Daniels (1992) 10 ACLC 933; on appeal Daniels v Anderson (1995) 37 NSWLR 438
28. Vrisakis v Australian Securities Commission  9 WAR 395
29. Whitehouse v Carlton Hotel Pty Ltd  162 CLR 285
30. Aberdeen Railway Co v Blaikie Bros (1854) 1 Macq 461
31. Furs Ltd v Tonkies (1936) 54 CLR 583;
32. State of South Australia v Marcus Clark (1996) 14 ACLC 1019
33. North West Transportation Co Ltd v Beatty (1887) 12 App Cas 589
34. Regal (Hastings) Ltd v Gulliver  1 All ER 378
35. Queensland Mines Ltd v Hudson (1978) 18 ALR 1
36. Kinsela v Russell Kinsela Pty Ltd (in liq) (1986) 4 NSWLR 722
37. Roden v International Gas Applications (1995) 125 FLR 396
38. Camelot Resources Ltd v MacDonald (1994) 14 ASCR 437
39. McGellin v Mount King Mining NL (1998) 144 FLR 228
Trimester T1 2020