Fourie v Le Roux and Others: ChD 30 Sep 2004

Interim asset freezing injunctions had been obtained on the application of a liquidator in South Africa. The defendant applied for their discharge.
Held: They should be discharged. No foreign proceedings had been specified for which they were proposed as support. An insolvency process was insufficient for this purpose. The court had forewarned the plaintiff of this difficulty. The 1982 Act applied only to injunctions sought for foreign proceedings. The only order in South Africa was an order nisi, was narrow and involved no damages claim nor any tracing remedy.


John Jarvis QC


Times 08-Oct-2004


Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 25


England and Wales


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Cited by:

At first InstanceFourie v Le Roux and others HL 24-Jan-2007
The appellant, liquidator of two South African companies, had made a successful without notice application for an asset freezing order. He believed that the defendants had stripped the companies of substantial assets. The order was set aside for . .
Appeal fromJohn Louis Carter Fourie v Allan Le Roux and others CA 7-Mar-2005
The defendant’s company in South Africa had become insolvent and the claimant had recovered judgment for arrears of rent. They obtained a freezing order against the defendant. The defendant appealed saying the court did not have jurisdiction, and . .
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Litigation Practice, Insolvency

Updated: 06 May 2022; Ref: scu.216340