High Court of Australia dismisses Westpac’s appeal

Westpac

Westpac acknowledges today’s decision by the High Court of Australia which has dismissed Westpac’s appeal in relation to proceedings brought by ASIC about the provision of financial product advice.

This decision relates to proceedings brought by ASIC in 2016 against Westpac Securities Administration Limited and BT Funds Management Limited. The appeal related to calls to 14 customers concerning the rollover of their external superannuation accounts.

The High Court found that Westpac had provided “personal advice” on these calls and in doing so had breached certain provisions of the Corporations Act. The High Court’s decision provides important guidance on the distinction between general and personal advice. The proceedings will now be remitted to the Federal Court of Australia for a hearing on penalties.

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