Project title  Taxation implications of personal and corporate insolvency

8 weeks commencing 25 November 2019 (with a break over new year)


This project is part of ongoing research around avoidance and recovery transactions that include either an individual or a corporate entity or an insolvent trust where they are within the zone of insolvency. The research includes taxation considerations but does not require in depth knowledge of the particularities of taxation law.

Expected outcomes & deliverables

Applicant scholars will gain skills in data collection and its relevance to legal analysis. They will also learn about bankruptcy and corporate insolvency as well as taxation law. Their research effort will be supervised and there will be consistent and regular interaction and guidance with the supervisor. Students are required to engage in some writing up of research undertaken and to provide a reflection of their project input in a short, written report at the conclusion of their appointment.

Students may use this experience to:

  • Test their likely suitability for postgraduate study upon the completion of their undergraduate qualifications;
  • Consider an article to be published with the supervisor on an aspect of the research that is of interest to them;
  • Utilise the experience and exposure gained as the starting point for consideration of a commercial topic suitable for their honours subject requirements within the LLB.
Student qualities

For example, this project is open to applications from students with a background in private law. It is preferred that students are at least at year 2+ level if studying an LLB full-time or year 3+ if studying a combined degree (for example Arts/Law).

It is preferred that the student has studied company law, the study of taxation law is not a prerequisite to working on the project, although desirable. Students wanting to improve their research and writing skills are encouraged to apply. There is no minimum GPA requirement, however we will review academic performance to date. Also, if a student has previous research or other unrelated work experience, please include that on the application. (Previous experience is not required.)

Primary supervisor Dr David Morrison
Further information It is useful if students contact David Morrison prior to submitting an application. They may do so via email at: