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Stocznia Gdanska SA v Latreefers Inc; In re Latrefeers Inc; Stocznia Gdanska SA v Latvian Shipping Co and others (No 2): CA 15 Mar 2000

Possible claims against a foreign company for misfeasance, or wrongful or fraudulent trading might be sufficient to justify proceedings here to wind up a foreign registered company. A second requirement is that some person within this jurisdiction would be likely to achieve a substantial benefit from such an action, and third was that some person … Continue reading Stocznia Gdanska SA v Latreefers Inc; In re Latrefeers Inc; Stocznia Gdanska SA v Latvian Shipping Co and others (No 2): CA 15 Mar 2000

Regina v Kansal: CACD 24 Jun 1992

K had been convicted of two counts of obtaining property by deception contrary to section 15 of the Theft Act 1968. He was also convicted of two counts under the Insolvency Act 1986, namely that being a bankrupt (a) he removed property which he was required to deliver up to the Official Receiver or his … Continue reading Regina v Kansal: CACD 24 Jun 1992

Re Palmer (A Deceased Debtor), Palmer v Palmer: CA 6 Apr 1994

Property had been conveyed to the deceased and the appellant, his widow, to be held as joint tenants. The deceased dies whilst under investigation for defalcations as a solicitor, and an insolvency administration order was obtained in the estate. The wife argued that by the doctrine of survivorship the house was already hers. The administrator … Continue reading Re Palmer (A Deceased Debtor), Palmer v Palmer: CA 6 Apr 1994

Lassman and Others v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry: CA 19 Apr 2000

The claimants worked for Rotaprint when it went into receivership in 1988, and then for the receiver before being transferred to Pan Graphics. Statutory redundany payments were made on the receivership of Rotaprint. The claimants sought further redundancy payment on the insolvency of Rotaprint. The Secretary now appealed the decision of the EAT that payments … Continue reading Lassman and Others v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry: CA 19 Apr 2000

Levy v Legal Services Commission (Formerly the Legal Aid Board): CA 10 Nov 2000

A costs order made in the course of family proceedings had the same protection against enforcement through insolvency proceedings as do other family orders. No provable bankruptcy debt arose because it was made under an order in family proceedings. There were no special circumstances to require the court to exercise its discretionary jurisdiction to found … Continue reading Levy v Legal Services Commission (Formerly the Legal Aid Board): CA 10 Nov 2000

In Re Park Air Services Plc; Christopher Moran Holdings Ltd v Bairstow and Another: HL 4 Feb 1999

The tenant company went into liquidation, the receiver disclaimed the lease, and the landlord claimed compensation under the Act. The question concerned how the compensation was to be calculated. Held: Where a solvent tenant under an onerous lease goes into voluntary liquidation, and the liquidator disclaims the lease, the right to payment of rent disappears, … Continue reading In Re Park Air Services Plc; Christopher Moran Holdings Ltd v Bairstow and Another: HL 4 Feb 1999

Dacorum Borough Council v Horne: CA 26 May 2000

The requirement that a statutory demand must be signed by someone claiming authority of the creditor to sign it could be satisfied by someone who in fact did have authority in law to make the demand. The rules should be read according to its purpose. Judges: Morritt, Chadwicj LJJ, Charles J Citations: Times 14-Jun-2000, [2000] … Continue reading Dacorum Borough Council v Horne: CA 26 May 2000

Biosource Technologies Inc v Axia Genetics Plc (In Administration): ChD 25 Nov 1999

The rule which prevents a company in administration being prosecuted without the leave of the court, was not intended only to restrict creditors. Here another company wanted to bring patent infringement proceedings, but were first to be required to obtain the court’s consent. Citations: Times 25-Nov-1999, Gazette 25-Nov-1999 Statutes: Insolvency Act 1986 11(3)(d) Insolvency, Litigation … Continue reading Biosource Technologies Inc v Axia Genetics Plc (In Administration): ChD 25 Nov 1999

Ashe v Mumford and Others: ChD 7 Mar 2000

The Regulation under question was procedural;, and a failure to comply with its requirements was not to be deemed fatal. The requirement for a trustee to identify the transactions to be set aside did not require every single part of the scheme to be detailed, provided as in this case the purpose of the scheme … Continue reading Ashe v Mumford and Others: ChD 7 Mar 2000

Morris and Others v Agrichemicals Ltd and Others: CA 20 Dec 1995

No mandatory set off on liquidation without the requirement for mutuality. The Court accepted a proposition that a chargeback arrangement was inefficiency, no implication followed as to the recourse against the Depositor of a collateral security. Citations: Times 08-Jan-1996 Statutes: Insolvency Rules 1986 4.90 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Tam Wing Chuen … Continue reading Morris and Others v Agrichemicals Ltd and Others: CA 20 Dec 1995

Jacobs v Official Receiver; In re Jacobs (a bankrupt): ChD 3 Apr 1998

The bankrupt was due to have his automatic discharge, but the Official Receiver applied on the day before for the discharge for an interim suspension of the discharge to allow consideration of his alleged lack of co-operation. The bankrupt said the court had no power to make such an order. The Official receiver had served … Continue reading Jacobs v Official Receiver; In re Jacobs (a bankrupt): ChD 3 Apr 1998

A and J Fabrications (Batley) Ltd v Grant Thornton and Others: ChD 1998

The plaintiffs, the majority creditors of a company in liquidation, alleged that they had agreed with Grant Thornton, the defendants, to support the appointment of one of the firm’s partners or employees as liquidator of the company, with a view to investigating the conduct of the directors, and to pay Grant Thornton’s fees up to … Continue reading A and J Fabrications (Batley) Ltd v Grant Thornton and Others: ChD 1998

A Debtor v Focus Insurance Co Ltd (In Liquidation): ChD 12 Jul 1993

An expedited bankruptcy petition could be filed, despite the existence of an outstanding application to set aside the statutory demand on which it was based. Section 270 overrides section 267(2(d). Judges: Mummery J Citations: Times 12-Jul-1993 Statutes: Insolvency Act 1986 270, Insolvency Rules 1986 (1986 No 1925) Insolvency Updated: 15 May 2022; Ref: scu.77574

Coulter v Chief Constable of Dorset Police: ChD 12 Dec 2003

The claimant had failed in an action for damages against the respondent, and had failed to pay the costs award. The respondent issued a statutory demand. He claimed that it was invalid because the chief constable had changed in the interim, and there had been no assignment of the benefit of the order. Held: The … Continue reading Coulter v Chief Constable of Dorset Police: ChD 12 Dec 2003

In re Equity Nominees Ltd: 1999

When reviewing an order the same approach should be was applied on the original hearing namely ‘whether the convening of a creditors’ meeting as required under the Insolvency Rules would serve any useful purpose’ Citations: [1999] 2 BCLC 19 Statutes: Insolvency Rules 1986 (1986 No 1925) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Insolvency Updated: 11 May 2022; … Continue reading In re Equity Nominees Ltd: 1999

In Re A and C Supplies Limited: ChD 17 Oct 1997

Applications were made for the removal of a liquidator from several appointments in corporate nd individual insolvencies. He had been a partner in a firm and that had ceased in a way which left it impossible to work with his former partners to perform his duties. Held: The appointments were personal, and the only practical … Continue reading In Re A and C Supplies Limited: ChD 17 Oct 1997

Halabi v London Borough of Camden: ChD 14 Feb 2008

Ms Halabi applied to annul her bankruptcy order, made for non payment of her rates. She applied within approximately 6 months of her adjudication. Her bankrupt estate was solvent but illiquid. She had not previously appreciated that she had sufficient equity in her property (over andpound;70k) to borrow sufficient to discharge her debt. Held: The … Continue reading Halabi v London Borough of Camden: ChD 14 Feb 2008

Moore Stephens (A Firm) v Stone Rolls Ltd (in liquidation): HL 30 Jul 2009

The appellants had audited the books of the respondent company, but had failed to identify substantial frauds by an employee of the respondent. The auditors appealed a finding of professional negligence, relying on the maxim ex turpi causa non oritur actio. Held: (Mance and Scott LL dissenting) The appeal succeeded. The company could not bring … Continue reading Moore Stephens (A Firm) v Stone Rolls Ltd (in liquidation): HL 30 Jul 2009

American Express International Banking Corporation v Hurley: ChD 1985

The property mortgaged was specialised sound and lighting equipment used at pop concerts. The mortgagee’s guarantor was dissatisfied with the way in which the receiver sold the equipment. Held: Where a company receiver was appointed under a charge in common form, he acted as the agent of the the mortgagor until the mortgagor’s liquidation. Something … Continue reading American Express International Banking Corporation v Hurley: ChD 1985

Platts v Western Trust and Savings Ltd: CA 9 Jun 1993

The court examined the extent of the Judge’s discretion on hearing an application to set aside a statutory demand. When property was valued for the purposes of a statutory demand, it should be as on a forced sale. A ‘forced sale’ was taken as one requiring completion within four months. The judge, in dealing with … Continue reading Platts v Western Trust and Savings Ltd: CA 9 Jun 1993

Roberts Petroleum Ltd v Bernard Kenny Ltd: HL 2 Jan 1983

The plaintiff supplied petrol to the defendant but had not been paid. Anticipating the defendant winding up, the plaintiff got judgment and a charging order nisi. The defendant appealed against that order being made absolute, saying that this gave the plaintiff an unfair advantage in the winding up. The defendant appealed against the re-instatement of … Continue reading Roberts Petroleum Ltd v Bernard Kenny Ltd: HL 2 Jan 1983

Salomon v A Salomon and Company Ltd: HL 16 Nov 1896

A Company and its Directors are not same paersons Mr Salomon had incorporated his long standing personal business of shoe manufacture into a limited company. He held nearly all the shares, and had received debentures on the transfer into the company of his former business. The business failed, and a subsequent debenture holder now said … Continue reading Salomon v A Salomon and Company Ltd: HL 16 Nov 1896

Ahmed v Landstone Leisure Ltd: ChD 30 Jan 2009

The claimant appealed against a refusal to set aside a statutory demand. He had given a cheque at a land auction, and it had bounced on his instructions, saying that the property had been misrepresented. Held: The auctioneer had specifically warned off bidders who had not inspected the site. However the paperwork was clearly capable … Continue reading Ahmed v Landstone Leisure Ltd: ChD 30 Jan 2009

In Re Seagull Manufacturing Co Ltd (In Liquidation); Tucker: CA 22 Feb 1993

The court has jurisdiction to order the public examination of a company director in in a compulsory liquidation about the affairs of the company, even though he might not be within the jurisdiction. The court found no reasons of comity which would prevent those who voluntarily were officers or otherwise participated in the formation or … Continue reading In Re Seagull Manufacturing Co Ltd (In Liquidation); Tucker: CA 22 Feb 1993

Moore v Piretta Pta Ltd: QBD 11 May 1998

M had a series of agency contracts selling women’s clothing. The last contract was in 1994, and on termination, M claimed an indemnity under the contract which itself applied the regulations. Reg 17(3) gave an indemnity for new customers, where the principal continued to derive benefit. Held: The agency contract was to be interpreted to … Continue reading Moore v Piretta Pta Ltd: QBD 11 May 1998

In Re Ryatt: ChD 4 May 1998

Private school fees might well be a reasonably necessary expenditure for bankrupt to be allowed when assessing what income needs he has before ordering income payment. No general rule. Citations: Times 04-May-1998, Gazette 20-May-1998 Statutes: Insolvency Act 1986 310 Insolvency Updated: 08 April 2022; Ref: scu.82154

In Re Sutton (Removal of Liquidator): ChD 17 Oct 1997

The insolvency practitioner held many appointments. His partnership in a large firm of accountants ended suddenly. He did not have the resources to handle the cases, and nor could acceptable arrangements be made for him to have access to the related files within the firm. An application was made by another partner in the firm … Continue reading In Re Sutton (Removal of Liquidator): ChD 17 Oct 1997

In Re Grey Martin Ltd: ChD 29 Jun 1999

The remuneration of a provisional liquidator takes precedence over the costs and expenses of a liquidator. Accordingly the expenses of the provisional liquidator for VAT, and PAYE and National Insurance take a similar priority over later costs of a liquidator. Citations: Times 29-Jun-1999 Statutes: Insolvency Rules 1986 4.218(1)(a) Insolvency Updated: 08 April 2022; Ref: scu.81910

In Re Banco Nacional De Cuba: ChD 7 Jun 2001

Where it was alleged that shares in a UK company had been sold at an undervalue, so as to allow a challenge in insolvency proceedings, the leave of the court was still required if the pleadings were to be served abroad. When the court considered such an application, it had to look not just at … Continue reading In Re Banco Nacional De Cuba: ChD 7 Jun 2001

In Re A Debtor (No 510 of 1997): ChD 18 Jun 1998

The normal rule that costs are to follow payment of the debt after the issue of an insolvency petition was exceptionally displaced when mistakes in the petition meant that the defendant had had to incur unnecessary costs. Citations: Times 18-Jun-1998 Statutes: Insolvency Rules 1986 (1986 No 1925) 6.8 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Insolvency Updated: 08 … Continue reading In Re A Debtor (No 510 of 1997): ChD 18 Jun 1998

In Re A Debtor (No 90 of 1997): ChD 1 Jul 1998

Ordinarily the court would avoid two actions on similar facts where inconsistent decisions might be reached, but where issues on setting aside a statutory demand were genuinely separate, the separate actions could continue. Citations: Times 01-Jul-1998 Statutes: Insolvency Rules 1986 (1986 No 1925) 6.5.4(d) Insolvency Updated: 08 April 2022; Ref: scu.81672

Hofer v Strawson: ChD 31 Mar 1999

The debtor had agreed to buy a company from the petitioner, the price to be payable in instalments by means of post-dated cheques. The debtor alleged misrepresentation and stopped one of the cheques. The petitioner served a statutory demand based on the dishonoured cheque. The district judge dismissed the debtor’s application to set aside the … Continue reading Hofer v Strawson: ChD 31 Mar 1999

Dow Jones and Co Inc v Jameel: CA 3 Feb 2005

Presumption of Damage in Defamation is rebuttable The defendant complained that the presumption in English law that the victim of a libel had suffered damage was incompatible with his right to a fair trial. They said the statements complained of were repetitions of statements made by US authorities. The claimant had asserted that no more … Continue reading Dow Jones and Co Inc v Jameel: CA 3 Feb 2005

Tager v Westpac Banking Corporation and Others: ChD 24 Dec 1996

A court has the power to extend the time allowed for a challenge to a voluntary arrangement. Citations: Times 24-Dec-1996, [1997] 1 BCLC 313 Statutes: Insolvency Rules 1986 (SI 1986 No 1925) 4.218(1) 4.220(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Warley Continental Services Ltd (in liquidation) v Johal ChD 7-Oct-2002 The liquidator sought … Continue reading Tager v Westpac Banking Corporation and Others: ChD 24 Dec 1996

Rooney v Cardona and Another: ChD 24 May 1999

The trustee in bankruptcy had absolute priority for payment of his fees, costs, charges and disbursements only until the point where the bankrupts assets were transferred to a supervisor of a subsequent voluntary arrangement. Citations: Times 24-May-1999 Statutes: Insolvency Rules 1986 (1986 No 1925) 5.21.2 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Insolvency Updated: 07 February 2022; Ref: … Continue reading Rooney v Cardona and Another: ChD 24 May 1999

Lomas and Others (Joint Administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe)) v Burlington Loan Management Ltd and Others: ChD 5 Oct 2016

The court considered the application of statutory interest pursuant to rule 2.88 of the Insolvency Rules 1986 on debts proved in the administration of Lehman Brothers International (Europe). Hildyard J [2016] EWHC 2417 (Ch) Bailii Insolvency Act 1986, Insolvency Rules 1986 2.88 England and Wales Insolvency Updated: 23 January 2022; Ref: scu.569926

LB Holdings Intermediate 2 Ltd, The Joint Administrators of v Lehman Brothers International (Europe), The Joint Administrators of and Others: SC 17 May 2017

In the course of the insolvent administration of the bank, substantial additional sums were received. Parties appealed against some orders made on the application to court for directions as to what was to be done with the surplus. Held: The Court considered the so called waterfall of distributions made on liquidation which proved to be … Continue reading LB Holdings Intermediate 2 Ltd, The Joint Administrators of v Lehman Brothers International (Europe), The Joint Administrators of and Others: SC 17 May 2017

Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) Ii Sca, Joint Liquidators of v Slaughter and May (A Firm): CA 24 May 2016

The court was asked whether, where a firm of solicitors provides legal services to a company in administration, Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA (‘the Company’), and the firm and the administrators agree the amount of their fees, subsequently appointed liquidators of the company can ask the companies court to assess, that is, determine the amount … Continue reading Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) Ii Sca, Joint Liquidators of v Slaughter and May (A Firm): CA 24 May 2016

In re a Company (No 0012209 of 1991): ChD 1992

It is an abuse of the process of the court to make a statutory demand or present a winding-up petition based on a claim to which there is a triable defence. Where a statutory demand is made but disputed on reasonable grounds, the creditor may find himself liable to indemnity costs on its dismissal.Hoffmann J … Continue reading In re a Company (No 0012209 of 1991): ChD 1992

A, K, M, Q and G v HM Treasury: Admn 24 Apr 2008

The applicants were suspected of terrorist associations. Their bank accounts and similar had been frozen. They challenged the Order in Council under which the orders had been made without an opportunity for parliamentary challenge or approval. Held: The Orders must be set aside. ‘It is I think obvious that this procedure does not begin to … Continue reading A, K, M, Q and G v HM Treasury: Admn 24 Apr 2008

Mirror Group Newspapers Plc v Maxwell and Others (No 2): ChD 15 Jul 1997

The Court reminded insolvency practitioners of fiduciary duties to creditors when refusing application for further payment on account of costs. Ferris J considered the principles applicable to fixing the remuneration of receivers of the estate of Robert Maxwell appointed by the court under section 37 of the 1981 Act. Their total recoveries before their remuneration … Continue reading Mirror Group Newspapers Plc v Maxwell and Others (No 2): ChD 15 Jul 1997

Kahn and Another v Commissioners of Inland Revenue; In re Toshoku Finance plc: HL 20 Feb 2002

A company went into liquidation, being owed substantial sums by another company in the same group, but itself insolvent. A settlement did not include accrued interest, but was claimed to be taxed as if it had, and on an accruals basis. If so, was this an expense properly arising in the insolvency, and payable as … Continue reading Kahn and Another v Commissioners of Inland Revenue; In re Toshoku Finance plc: HL 20 Feb 2002

National Westminster Bank Plc v Spectrum Plus Ltd and others: ChD 15 Jan 2004

The company granted a debenture to the claimant purporting to secure its book debts. The company went into liquidation. The liquidator challenged the bank’s charge. Held: Siebe was wrongly decided. The charge was ineffective over the book debts. Vice Chancellor Andrew Morritt [2004] 2 WLR 783, [2004] 1 All ER 981, [2004] BCC 51, [2004] … Continue reading National Westminster Bank Plc v Spectrum Plus Ltd and others: ChD 15 Jan 2004

Siebe Gorman and Co Ltd v Barclays Bank Ltd: ChD 1979

It was possible to create a fixed charge over present and future book debts and on its true construction, the debenture granted to Barclays Bank Ltd in this case had done so. If the chargor of book debts, having collected the book debts, ‘[had] had the unrestricted right to deal with the proceeds of any … Continue reading Siebe Gorman and Co Ltd v Barclays Bank Ltd: ChD 1979

National Westminster Bank plc v Spectrum Plus Limited and others: HL 30 Jun 2005

Former HL decision in Siebe Gorman overruled The company had become insolvent. The bank had a debenture and claimed that its charge over the book debts had become a fixed charge. The preferential creditors said that the charge was a floating charge and that they took priority. Held: The appeal was allowed. The debenture, although … Continue reading National Westminster Bank plc v Spectrum Plus Limited and others: HL 30 Jun 2005

Bilta (UK) Ltd and Others v Nazir and Others: ChD 30 Jul 2012

The company was said to have engaged in a fraud based on false European Trading Scheme Allowances, and had been wound up by the Revenue. The liquidators, in the company name, now sought recovery from former directors and associates. Held: The court dismissed the application: ‘First, the fact that there is, in accordance with my … Continue reading Bilta (UK) Ltd and Others v Nazir and Others: ChD 30 Jul 2012

Contrarian Funds Llc v Lomas and Others: ChD 23 May 2014

The court considered the approach to be taken on applications for extensions of time to apply to challenge refusals of proof of debt in an insolvency, and how to test applications for relief from sanctions. Held: The 1986 Rules which provided for extensions to time given for compliance with the Rules were not limited in … Continue reading Contrarian Funds Llc v Lomas and Others: ChD 23 May 2014

Salliss v Hunt and Others: ChD 10 Feb 2014

The bankrupt appealed from a refusal of his challenge to the remuneration claimed by his trustees in that bankruptcy. Held: On an an application for annulment of a bankruptcy, there was no need of principle why the court should allow for a debt due to a creditor, where that creditor knew of the bankruptcy but … Continue reading Salliss v Hunt and Others: ChD 10 Feb 2014

Re International Tin Council: ChD 1987

An order for the winding up of a foreign company operates universally, applies to all the foreign company’s assets and brings into play the full panoply of powers and duties under the Insolvency Act 1986 like any other winding up order. Millett J said: ‘The statutory trusts extend to [foreign] assets, and so does the … Continue reading Re International Tin Council: ChD 1987

Re Probe Data Systems Ltd (No.3): CA 1992

An appeal from a director disqualification is to be under the Insolvency Rules. [1992] BCC 110 Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 6 England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Paulin ChD 13-May-2005 The director sought to appeal an order disqualifying him form acting as a company director. … Continue reading Re Probe Data Systems Ltd (No.3): CA 1992

Clarke v Cognita Schools Ltd (T/A Hydesville Tower School): ChD 1 Apr 2015

The claimants sought to have set aside statutory demands served to enforce judgmens, they said under a discrepancy. The order refusing their application should they said, have notified them of their right to appeal. Held: None of the applicable rules expressly required otification that an appeal was available. Newey J [2015] EWHC 932 (Ch), [2015] … Continue reading Clarke v Cognita Schools Ltd (T/A Hydesville Tower School): ChD 1 Apr 2015

Regina v Kansal (2): HL 29 Nov 2001

The prosecutor had lead and relied at trial on evidence obtained by compulsory questioning under the 1986 Act. Held: In doing so the prosecutor was acting to give effect to section 433. The decision in Lambert to disallow retrospective effect of Human Rights decisions in appeal cases may have been incorrect, but will be followed. … Continue reading Regina v Kansal (2): HL 29 Nov 2001

Prest v Petrodel Resources Ltd and Others: SC 12 Jun 2013

In the course of ancillary relief proceedings in a divorce, questions arose regarding company assets owned by the husband. The court was asked as to the power of the court to order the transfer of assets owned entirely in the company’s names. The judge had made such an order, finding evidence that the companies had … Continue reading Prest v Petrodel Resources Ltd and Others: SC 12 Jun 2013

Wright and Another (Liquidators of SHB Realisations Ltd) v The Prudential Assurance Company Ltd: ChD 6 Mar 2018

IVA is a special form of contract Liquidators asked the court whether sums sought by the insolvent company’s landlords were payable and or provable. Under an IVA, the copany had been paying reduced rents, but the arrangement document provided that the full rents would be restored on its cessation. The liquidators challenged the clause as … Continue reading Wright and Another (Liquidators of SHB Realisations Ltd) v The Prudential Assurance Company Ltd: ChD 6 Mar 2018

Clingham (formerly C (a minor)) v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Regina v Crown Court at Manchester Ex parte McCann and Others: HL 17 Oct 2002

The applicants had been made subject of anti-social behaviour orders. They challenged the basis upon which the orders had been made. Held: The orders had no identifiable consequences which would make the process a criminal one. Civil standards of evidence therefore applied, and hearsay evidence was admissible. Nevertheless, the test as to whether it was … Continue reading Clingham (formerly C (a minor)) v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Regina v Crown Court at Manchester Ex parte McCann and Others: HL 17 Oct 2002

McGuinness v Norwich and Peterborough Building Society: CA 9 Nov 2011

The appellant had guaranteed his brother’s loan from the respondent, and the guarantee having been called in and unpaid, he had been made bankrupt. He now appealed saying that the guarantee debt, even though of a fixed amount could not form the basis of a statutory demand without action being taken on the debt first. … Continue reading McGuinness v Norwich and Peterborough Building Society: CA 9 Nov 2011

McCartney and Unite The Union and Another v Nortel Networks UK Ltd (In Administration): ChD 22 Apr 2010

The administrators gave employees of the company notice of termination of their employment. Then administrators refused consent under para 43(6) to actions against the company in the Northern Ireland Industrial Tribunal for protective awards, unfair dismissal, breach of contract and otherwise. The claims were issued anyway, and the administrators argued that they were a nullity, … Continue reading McCartney and Unite The Union and Another v Nortel Networks UK Ltd (In Administration): ChD 22 Apr 2010

Irish Reel Productions Ltd v Capitol Films Ltd: ChD 10 Feb 2010

The petitioner’s winding-up petition had been dismissed on the defendant company being put into administration. The petitioner asked for its costs to be paid as an administration expense payable in priority to the administrator’s expenses. Held: Rule 2.12 must be read purposively. The order could be made, though not with the priority requested. Briggs J … Continue reading Irish Reel Productions Ltd v Capitol Films Ltd: ChD 10 Feb 2010

In re Sevenoaks Stationers (Retail) Ltd: CA 1990

The court gave guidelines for the periods of disqualification to be applied for company directors under the Act. The maximum period of ten years should be reserved for only the most serious of cases. Periods of two to five years should apply to cases at the bottom end, and the middle bracket of 6 to … Continue reading In re Sevenoaks Stationers (Retail) Ltd: CA 1990

Somerville v Scottish Ministers: HL 24 Oct 2007

The claimants complained of their segregation while in prison. Several preliminary questions were to be decided: whether damages might be payable for breach of a Convention Right; wheher the act of a prison governor was the act of the executive; whether time ran from the date of the first breach, whether want of proportionality is … Continue reading Somerville v Scottish Ministers: HL 24 Oct 2007

Rainy Sky Sa and Others v Kookmin Bank: SC 2 Nov 2011

Commercial Sense Used to Interpret Contract The Court was asked as to the role of commercial good sense in the construction of a term in a contract which was open to alternative interpretations. Held: The appeal succeeded. In such a case the court should adopt the more, rather than the less, commercial construction, applying the … Continue reading Rainy Sky Sa and Others v Kookmin Bank: SC 2 Nov 2011

McGrath and others v Riddell and others: HL 9 Apr 2008

(Orse In Re HIH Casualty and General Insurance Ltd)HIH, an Australian Insurance company, became insolvent. An order was sought for the collection and remission of it assets in England under a letter of request from the Australia Court. Held: Once it was accepted that an English court may order the liquidator here to remit funds … Continue reading McGrath and others v Riddell and others: HL 9 Apr 2008

In re Rottmann (a Bankrupt): CA 18 Mar 2009

The bankrupt renewed his request for permission to appeal against a refusal to adjourn his public examination in bankruptcy. The court had allowed a private examination so as not to prejudice pending criminal proceedings in Germany. Held: The court had power to order the hearing to be conducted in private and had done so. A … Continue reading In re Rottmann (a Bankrupt): CA 18 Mar 2009

Collier v P and M J Wright (Holdings) Ltd: CA 14 Dec 2007

Agreement for payment by joint debtor not contract The claimant appealed against refusal of an order to set aside a statutory demand. He said that he had compromised a claim by the creditors. He argued for an extension to the Rule in Pinnel’s case, so that where a debtor agrees to pay part of a … Continue reading Collier v P and M J Wright (Holdings) Ltd: CA 14 Dec 2007

Rubin and Another v Eurofinance Sa and Others: SC 24 Oct 2012

The Court was asked ‘whether, and if so, in what circumstances, an order or judgment of a foreign court . . in proceedings to adjust or set aside prior transactions, eg preferences or transactions at an undervalue, will be recognised and enforced in England. The appeals also raise the question whether enforcement may be effected … Continue reading Rubin and Another v Eurofinance Sa and Others: SC 24 Oct 2012

In re Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Ltd: SC 19 Oct 2011

The bank had been put into administrative receivership, and the court was now asked as to how distributions were to be made, and in particular as to the application of the equitable rule in Cherry v Boultbee in the rule against double proof as it applies in situations involving guarantees and other sureties. Held: The … Continue reading In re Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Ltd: SC 19 Oct 2011

Haine v Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Another; Day v Haine: CA 11 Jun 2008

Former employees had obtained a protective award against the company for failing to consult on the impending redundancies and submitted proofs of debt to the liquidator who sought guidance from the court. The judge had held that since the Act provided only one remedy, the protective awards were not provable. Held: The appeal was allowed. … Continue reading Haine v Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Another; Day v Haine: CA 11 Jun 2008

Poulton v Ministry of Justice: CA 22 Apr 2010

The claimant was trustee in bankruptcy but the court failed to register the bankruptcy petition at the Land Registry as a pending action. The bankrupt was therefore able to sell her land, and the trustee did not recover the proceeds. The trustee sought to recover from the defendant who was responsible for the court service. … Continue reading Poulton v Ministry of Justice: CA 22 Apr 2010

NML Capital Ltd v Argentina: SC 6 Jul 2011

The respondent had issued bonds but in 2001 had declared a moratorium on paying them. The appellant hedge fund later bought the bonds, heavily discounted. Judgment was obtained in New York, which the appellants now sought to enforce against assets in the UK. They argued that the terms of issue waived state immunity. Held: The … Continue reading NML Capital Ltd v Argentina: SC 6 Jul 2011

Roberts v Gill and Co Solicitors and Others: SC 19 May 2010

The claimant beneficiary in the estate sought damages against solicitors who had acted for the claimant’s brother, the administrator, saying they had allowed him to take control of the assets in the estate. The will provided that property was to be transferred only if the claimant’s brother paid all the Inheritance Tax. It was transferred … Continue reading Roberts v Gill and Co Solicitors and Others: SC 19 May 2010

Brook v Reed: CA 25 Mar 2011

The court was asked ‘What relation should the costs and remuneration bear to the circumstances, and in particular the size, of the bankruptcy?’ The bankrupt had considered that the costs first awarded to the trustee in bankruptcy and the trustee’s solicitors were disproportionate. On appeal they had been reduced, but he appealed again seeking a … Continue reading Brook v Reed: CA 25 Mar 2011

Government of India v Taylor: HL 1955

The Government of India sought to prove in the voluntary liquidation of a company registered in the United Kingdom but trading in India for a sum due in respect of Indian income tax, including capital gains tax, which arose on the sale of the company’s undertaking in India. Held: The claim was not maintainable because … Continue reading Government of India v Taylor: HL 1955

Barlow Clowes International Ltd and Others v Henwood: CA 23 May 2008

The receiver appealed against an order finding that the debtor petitioner was not domiciled here when the order was made. The debtor had a domicile of origin in England, but later acquired on in the Isle of Man. He then acquired a home in Mauritius and left IOM. The creditor said that new home was … Continue reading Barlow Clowes International Ltd and Others v Henwood: CA 23 May 2008

Hill (As Trustee In Bankruptcy of Nurkowski) v Spread Trustee Company Ltd and Another: CA 12 May 2006

The defendants sought relief for transactions entered into at an undervalue. The bankrupt had entered into charges and an assignment of a loan account in their favour before his bankruptcy, and the trustee had obtained an order for them to be set aside as a fraud on his creditors. Held: To have such orders set … Continue reading Hill (As Trustee In Bankruptcy of Nurkowski) v Spread Trustee Company Ltd and Another: CA 12 May 2006

Kleinwort Benson Ltd v Lincoln City Council etc: HL 29 Jul 1998

Right of Recovery of Money Paid under Mistake Kleinwort Benson had made payments to a local authority under swap agreements which were thought to be legally enforceable when made. Subsequently, a decision of the House of Lords, (Hazell v. Hammersmith and Fulham) established that such swap agreements were unlawful. Kleinwort Benson then sought restitution of … Continue reading Kleinwort Benson Ltd v Lincoln City Council etc: HL 29 Jul 1998