Mann v Goldstein: ChD 1968

Ungoed-Thomas J said: ‘When the creditor’s debt is clearly established it seems to me to follow that this court would not, in general at any rate, interfere even through the company would appear to be solvent, for the creditor would as such be entitled to present a petition and the debtor would have his own remedy in paying the undisputed debt which he should pay. So, to persist in non-payment of the debt in such circumstances would itself either suggest inability to pay or that the application was an application that the court should give the debtor relief which it itself could provide, but would not provide, by paying the debt.’ and ‘For my part, I would prefer to rest the jurisdiction directly on the comparatively simple propositions that a creditor’s petition can only be presented by a creditor, that the winding up jurisdiction is not for the purpose of deciding a disputed debt (that is, disputed on substantial and not insubstantial grounds), since until a creditor is established as a creditor he is not entitled to present the petition and has no locus standi in the Companies Court; and that, therefore, to invoke the winding up jurisdiction when the debt is disputed (that is, on substantial grounds) or after it has become clear that it is so disputed is an abuse of the process of the court.’


Ungoed-Thomas J


[1968] 1 WLR 1091, [1968] 2 All ER 769


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedCornhill Insurance plc v Improvement Services Ltd 1986
Held: Where a company was under an undisputed obligation to pay a specific sum and failed to do so, it could be inferred that it was unable to do so; that accordingly, the defendants could properly swear to their belief in the plaintiff company’s . .
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Updated: 04 June 2022; Ref: scu.535114