In re Overend Gurney and Co (Grissell’s case): 1866

On the insolvency of a company, no cross claim may be set off against the company member’s liability for unpaid capital, for debt. Lord Cheldmsford LC said: ‘If the amount of an unpaid call cannot be satisfied by a set-off of an equivalent portion of a debt due to the member of a company upon whom it is made, it necessarily follows in the last place, that the amount of such call must be paid before there can be any right to receive a dividend with the other creditors. The amount of the call being paid, the member of the company stands exactly on the footing of the other creditors with respect to a dividend upon the debt due to him from the company. The dividend will be of course upon the whole debt, and the member of the company will from time to time, when dividends are declared, receive them in like manner when either no call has been made, or having been made, when he has paid the amount of it.’
Lord Chelmsford LC
(1866) LR 1 Ch App 528
England and Wales
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Held: The . .

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