In re a Company (Bond Jewellers): ChD 21 Dec 1983

A tenant company had a propensity for postponing payment of its debts until threatened with litigation. Nourse J felt unable to make an order under section 223(d), and considered, but ultimately did not make an order, on the ‘just and equitable’ ground in section 222(f). The phrase ‘as they fall due’, although not part of the statutory text, was understood to be implicit in section 223(d). Nourse J observation as to section 223(d): ‘Counsel says that if I take into account the contingent and prospective liabilities of the company, it is clearly insolvent in balance sheet terms. So indeed it is if I treat the loans made by the associated companies as loans which are currently repayable. However, what I am required to do is to ‘take into account’ the contingent and prospective liabilities. That cannot mean that I must simply add them up and strike a balance against assets. In regard to prospective liabilities I must principally consider whether, and if so when, they are likely to become present liabilities.’


Nourse J


[1986] BCLC 261


Companies Act 1948 223(d) 222(f0


England and Wales

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Company, Insolvency

Updated: 11 May 2022; Ref: scu.535117