In re Panama New Zealand and Australian Royal Mail Co: 1870

The company had charged its ‘undertaking and all sums of money arising therefrom’.
Held: ‘undertaking’ meant ‘all the property of the company, not only which existed at the date of the debenture, but which might afterwards become the property of the company.’ and the word ‘undertaking’ ‘necessarily infers that the company will go on, and that the debenture holder could not interfere until either the interest which was due was unpaid, or until the period had arrived for the payment of his principal, and that principal was unpaid’.
Gifford LJ
(1870) 5 Ch App 318
England and Wales
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CitedNational 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 . .

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Updated: 20 February 2021; Ref: scu.228300