Programmed flags $28m impairment

Perth-based Programmed Maintenance Services has flagged a $28 million impairment in its first-half result, on the back of a depressed marine services market.

Shareholders sue Macmahon

ACA Lawyers has filed a class action against Macmahon Holdings on behalf of the contractor’s shareholders over its alleged delay in revealing information about problems with a major infrastructure project in 2012.

Accountants find home in Exchange Tower

Four months after accounting firms Moore Stephens and UHY Haines Norton merged, the combined group has settled on Exchange Tower as its new home.

Property, tech entrepreneurs feature on young rich list

Perth businesspeople are surprisingly prominent on the latest BRW young rich list, with a local apartment developer ranked number three with an estimated fortune of $536 million.

Building leadership from within

When BHP Billiton was in the process of establishing its coal and base metals offshoot, South32, a key factor for many who decided to join the new business was their desire to work with its chief executive, Graham Kerr.

Paskevicius is WA business woman of 2015

Angie Paskevicius, the chief executive of non-for-profit drug and alcohol support service Holyoake, has been named the 2015 Telstra Western Australia business woman of the year.

HSF to trial insourcing

Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has selected its Perth office to trial an ‘insourcing’ centre that will recruit up to 30 graduates to work in tandem with a similar centre in Dublin.

Law jobs plan gives back to community

A Perth lawyer has come up with a novel approach that addresses two issues facing the law community – a lack of job opportunities for recent graduates and a funding shortfall for community legal centres.

Carbon grows with $1.6m in acquisitions

Accounting, consulting and insurance broking firm Carbon Business Group is continuing its expansion with the acquisition of Swan Valley Tax Accountants and Paperchase Bookkeeping’s Midland division for a combined $1.28 million.

Little firm takes off with big UAVs

ONE of Perth’s newest, and smallest, law firms is working with some of the world’s biggest companies, capitalising on a niche area in which few other businesses in the Asia Pacific region have experti

Programmed gets tick for Skilled takeover

Programmed Maintenance Services’ $424 million takeover of its larger competitor Skilled Group is a step closer to fruition, after Skilled shareholders voted in favour of the scheme of arrangement today.

Christou undaunted by beachfront debate

The architect behind the City Beach Surf Club redevelopment says the quality of the work will surprise many who have reservations about such projects.

Boys’ club welcomes girls

Top Western Australian publicly listed companies with fewer women on boards than the national average may get the boost they need following the launch of a new club.

Mirabela back into administration

Struggling miner Mirabela Nickel has been placed in the hands of administrators, 15 months after the company completed an innovative restructuring to emerge from its first stint in administration.

ASIC slaps DJ Carmichael with fine

The corporate watchdog has fined Perth stockbroking firm DJ Carmichael $300,000 for actions undertaken by one of its former employees in 2011.

Environmental consultants take a hit

The slowdown in mining project work has resulted in a 26 per cent fall in the number of environmental professionals employed at the state’s biggest consulting firms over the past year.

WA businesswomen in govt roles

Two prominent Perth businesswomen have moved on to new government roles, with Heather Zampatti named the new chair for Lotterywest, while Libby Lyons has become a director of the national Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Carbon buys GLC Business Solutions

Accounting, consulting and insurance broking firm Carbon Business Group has acquired Bibra Lake-based GLC Business Services for an undisclosed sum.

Geoscientists want tougher 457 visa laws

The Australian Institute of Geoscientists has appealed to the federal government for the inclusion of the geoscientist profession on the list of jobs to which labour market testing applies under the 457 visa program.

Govt awards $42m of contracts

Local contractors PS Structures, Cockram Construction and Broad have secured a combined $39.3 million worth of work for the state government.

Accountants seek new revenue in tight times

The slowing economy has hit smaller accounting firms harder than the big players, judging by revenue data released over the past month, with practices in Western Australia affected more than those in other states.