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CORPORATIONS ACT 2001 - SECT 601TEA

Power of the Court with respect to excessive fees

             (1)  If the Court is of the opinion that fees charged by a licensed trustee company in respect of any estate are excessive, the Court may review the fees and may, on the review, reduce the fees.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to fees:

                     (a)  that are charged as permitted by section 601TBB; or

                     (b)  that relate to a charitable trust and that are charged as permitted by Subdivision A of Division 4.

             (3)  In considering whether fees are excessive, the Court may consider any or all of the following matters:

                     (a)  the extent to which the work performed by the trustee company was reasonably necessary;

                     (b)  the extent to which the work likely to be performed by the trustee company is likely to be reasonably necessary;

                     (c)  the period during which the work was, or is likely to be, performed by the trustee company;

                     (d)  the quality of the work performed, or likely to be performed, by the trustee company;

                     (e)  the complexity (or otherwise) of the work performed, or likely to be performed, by the trustee company;

                      (f)  the extent (if any) to which the trustee company was, or is likely to be, required to deal with extraordinary issues;

                     (g)  the extent (if any) to which the trustee company was, or is likely to be, required to accept a higher level of risk or responsibility than is usually the case;

                     (h)  the value and nature of any property dealt with, or likely to be dealt with, by the trustee company;

                      (i)  if the fees are ascertained, in whole or in part, on a time basis--the time properly taken, or likely to be properly taken, by the trustee company in performing the work;

                      (j)  any other relevant matters.

             (4)  The Court may exercise its powers under subsection (1) either on its own motion or on the application by or on behalf of a person with a proper interest in the estate.

             (5)  If the fees are reduced by more than 10%, the trustee company must, unless the Court in special circumstances otherwise orders, pay the costs of the review.

             (6)  Subject to subsection (5), all questions of costs of the review are in the discretion of the Court.



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