Chohan v Saggar and Another: CA 27 Dec 1993

The word ‘and’ in sections 423(2)(a) and 423(2)(b) is to be read conjunctively not disjunctively. Section 238(3) is to be interpreted as requiring restoration of the former position ‘as far as possible’ or ‘as far as practicable’, and that accordingly subsequent events were not an absolute bar against setting aside the sale. Nourse LJ: ‘The object of ss 423 to 425 being to remedy the avoidance of debts, the ‘and’ between para (a) and (b) of 423(2) must be read conjunctively and not disjunctively. Any order under this section must seek, so far as practicable, both to restore the position to what it would have been if the transaction had not been entered into and to protect the victims of it. It is not a power to restore generally, but in such a way as to protect the victims’ interests; in other words, by restoring assets to the debtor to make them available for execution by the victims. So the first question the judge must ask himself is what assets have been lost to the debtor. His order should, so far as practicable, restore that loss.’
Nourse LJ
Ind Summary 27-Dec-1993, [1994] 1 BCLC 706
Insolvency Act 1986 238(3) 423
England and Wales
Appeal fromChohan v Saggar ChD 1992
Section 423(3) of the 1986 Act requires a plaintiff to show a dominant purpose to remove assets from the reach of actual or potential claimants or creditors, but not excluding the possibility that there might be other purposes behind the relevant . .

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Updated: 09 April 2021; Ref: scu.79107