A lease had been forfeited for non payment of rent. The lessor then took proceedings for possession. The tenant claimed that the action was invalid because a receiving order had been made against him in the meantime. Held: The Court rejected the tenant’s contention on the ground that the claim for possession was not a … Continue reading Ezekiel v Orakpo: CA 1977
The court considered how earlier cases were to be considered given that the 1986 Act was intended to be a complete and self contained code: ‘Those authorities show that, in approaching the language of the 1986 Act, one must pay particular attention to the purposes and policies of its own provisions and be wary of … Continue reading In re a Debtor (No 784 of 1991): 1992
The court noted the differences in bankruptcy law between England and Jersey: ‘The word ‘bankruptcy’ in section 122, if indeed it refers at all to process of bankruptcy, must, in my judgment, be construed in a wide sense, for the section is designed to produce co-operation between courts acting under different systems of law, and … Continue reading Re A Debtor (Order in Aid No 1 of 1979) ex parte Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey: 1981
An insolvent building society had, outside its powers, run a banking business. The House considered the competing claims of the unadvanced shareholders of the building society’s intra vires business, members of the society who had not been granted mortgages, and the depositors of its ultra vires banking business. The claims of all other creditors had, … Continue reading Sinclair v Brougham: HL 1914
A firm of live-stock salesmen, agents, auctioneers, appraisers, and land-surveyors, agreed with their manager that he should be entitled, with their consent, to accept any appointment as factor, or trustee on, or other office involving the management of any estate, the fees so earned by him to be pooled with any fees or commissions earned … Continue reading The Farmers’ Mart Ltd v Milne: HL 16 Jul 1914
The trustee in bankruptcy had taken a charge on the property in 1992 to support the bankruptcy in 1988. He sought to enforce it in 2005. The chargor appealed an order which denied he was protected by limitation. Held: The appeal succeeded. Charges under the 1986 Act were unusual in that they were not preceded … Continue reading Doodes v Gotham, Perry: ChD 17 Nov 2005
In the course of the insolvent administration of the bank, substantial additional sums were received. Parties appealed against some orders made on the application to court for directions as to what was to be done with the surplus. Held: The Court considered the so called waterfall of distributions made on liquidation which proved to be … Continue reading LB Holdings Intermediate 2 Ltd, The Joint Administrators of v Lehman Brothers International (Europe), The Joint Administrators of and Others: SC 17 May 2017
If a lease is determined or treated as determined in a winding up or in a bankruptcy, the landlord is entitled to prove in principle for all the rent and other payments which he would have been entitled to recover from the tenant for the residue of . .
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Section 30 of the 1914 Act provided that ‘demands in the nature of unliquidated damages … shall not be provable in bankruptcy’. Tort claims were therefore excluded as provable debts by the express wording of the Act. Judges: Harman J Citations:  1 WLR 14,  3 All ER 218,  BCLC 215,  Com … Continue reading In re Islington Metal and Plating Works Ltd: ChD 1983
Vinelott J considered the position where tort damages became liquidated by judgment or agreement during the winding-up. He held that in those circumstances the bankruptcy rules imported by section 317 required modification to fit into the scheme of the winding-up of an insolvent company and did not preclude the admission of the claim for the … Continue reading In Re Berkeley Securities (Property) Ltd: ChD 1980
The parties to the action had given cross undertakings to support the grant of an interim injunction. A third party subsequently applied to be joined, and now sought to take advantage of the cross undertakings to claim the losses incurred through the giving of the ‘wrongful undertakings’ Held: The joined party, who had not itself … Continue reading Smithkline Beecham Plc Glaxosmithkline UK Ltd and Another v Apotex Europe Ltd and others (No 2): CA 23 May 2006
PC (Cayman Islands) The claimant complained of an order of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands, requiring him to comply with a letter of request from the Grand Court of the Bahamas. Held: In earlier times, Acts of the English parliament were readily held to apply throughout the Empire. Over time two other … Continue reading Al Sabah and Al Sabah v Grupo Torras SA Culmer as trustee of the property of Sheikh Fahad Mohammed Al Sabah, bankrupt: PC 11 Jan 2005
A loan had been made, secure by a deposit by a third party. The company was said to have repaid the secured overdraft to secure the release of the deposit and its release from the hands of the general creditors. The court was asked whether the person providing the security had acted as a ‘surety … Continue reading In Re Conley: CA 1938
On the divorce, the wife applied for a property transfer order in relation to the jointly owned matrimonial home. A creditor of her husband then obtained a charging order on H’s interest. She sought its varation. The creditor said that there was little point in this since any transfer in her favour would be void … Continue reading Harman v Glencross: 1986
H had transferred his interest in the jointly owned matrimonial home to W for her promise to have sole liability for the mortgage debt. Nearly a year later her divorce claim for capital provision was dismissed by consent on the basis that H had already transferred his interests to W. H was bankrupted, and his … Continue reading Re Kumar (A Bankrupt), ex parte Lewis v Kumar: 1993
Vinelott J said: ‘decisions on the Act of 1883 and on the Act of 1914 are . . of direct authority on the construction’ of the equivalent provisions for disclaimer by the liquidators of companies. Judges: Vinelott J Citations:  1 WLR 200 Statutes: Bankruptcy Act 1883 Cited by: Cited – Park Air Services Plc; … Continue reading Re A E Realisations Ltd: 1988
W divorced H, and under a property adjustment order made by consent, the jointly owned matrimonial home was transferred to her outright. H was made bankrupt less than two years later, and the trustee sought a declaration that the consent order or its implementation was void under section 42 which protected only a settlement made … Continue reading In re Abbott: ChD 1983
A bankruptcy order was made in 1984. Under the 1914 Act the trustee in bankruptcy got title to all the assets of the bankrupt as of the date of the act of bankruptcy. So, the trustee owned the partnership assets. The wife drew andpound;11,700 out of those assets and invested in potato futures. By November … Continue reading Trustee of the Property of F C Jones and Sons (A Firm) v Jones: CA 13 May 1996
The applicants were suspected of terrorist associations. Their bank accounts and similar had been frozen. They challenged the Order in Council under which the orders had been made without an opportunity for parliamentary challenge or approval. Held: The Orders must be set aside. ‘It is I think obvious that this procedure does not begin to … Continue reading A, K, M, Q and G v HM Treasury: Admn 24 Apr 2008
The claimants sought damages from the defendant. He had been employed to manage their horse-racing activities, and it was alleged that he had made secret profits. The defendant denied any dishonesty, saying all matters were known to the deceased principal of the claimants. Held: The defendant had withheld disclosure of his possible personal interests in … Continue reading Newgate Stud Company, Newgate Stud Farm Llc v Penfold, Penfold Bloodstock Limited: ChD 21 Dec 2004
An ancillary relief order was made in December 1978, following a compromise agreement. It provided for the sale of the former matrimonial home and the payment to the wife from the proceeds of sale of andpound;18,000. The husband was adjudicated bankrupt in May 1980. The trustee applied for an order declaring that the order was … Continue reading Re Abbot (A Bankrupt), ex parte Trustee Of The Property Of The Bankrupt v Abbot: QBD 1983
Decisions are often made not for a single reason but for a number. The phrase ‘with a view of’ a fraudulent preference was given to one creditor over others, it required it to be established what the person’s dominant intention was.Lord Evershed MR said: ‘If a debtor, knowing himself to be insolvent and knowing also … Continue reading In re Cutts (a bankrupt); Ex parte Bognor Mutual Building Society: CA 1956
A property developer using monies which he held on trust to carry out a development instead had mixed those monies with his own in his bank account, and subsequently used those mixed monies to pay premiums on a life assurance policy on his own life, vested in trustees for his children. After his death, the … Continue reading Foskett v McKeown and Others: HL 18 May 2000
The bank had been put into administrative receivership, and the court was now asked as to how distributions were to be made, and in particular as to the application of the equitable rule in Cherry v Boultbee in the rule against double proof as it applies in situations involving guarantees and other sureties. Held: The … Continue reading In re Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Ltd: SC 19 Oct 2011
Property was held in joint names. The husband failed to comply with a statutory demand, and so committed an act of bankruptcy. The wife later died, and the husband was then made bankrupt a month later.
Held: An act of bankruptcy did not . .
A joint tenancy was severed (under the former law) on the event of an act of bankruptcy, and not only by the later actual adjudication of bankruptcy. The vesting of the debtor’s property in the trustee which occurred on adjudication was automatic; . .
The court does not have power to order the payment of a liquidator’s costs which had not been properly incurred. The costs of unsuccessful litigation were not recoverable in priority to a secured creditor in priority to the charge. As to rule . .
B died having made a will leaving a fund to pay income to A who owed her money but had been made bankrupt before the death. The debt to B remained unpaid.
Held: The liability to pay the debt and the right to receive the legacy had never tested . .
The phrase ‘with a view of’ in the context of an assertion of making a faudulent preference required it to be established what the person’s dominant intention was to make such. In order to determine what, on the probabilities, was the ‘dominant, . .
A flat was sold, but before the purchasers registered the transfer, the seller was sequestrated, and his trustee registered his own interest as trustee. The buyer complained that the trustee was unjustly enriched.
Held: The Act defined the . .
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