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Can a Trustee in Bankruptcy be liable to the bankrupt for loss caused by breach of duty?

Earlier this year the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the case of Oraki and another v Bramston and another. The case involved the Court considering the liability of the Trustee in Bankruptcy for an alleged breach of duty to the bankrupts in the conduct of their respective bankruptcies, in particular it was alleged that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Notices of Intention to Appoint – What is the intention?

The Court of Appeal, in JCAM Commercial Real Estate Property XV Limited v Davis Haulage [2017] EWCA Civ 267, has recently had to look at what intention a Director who files a ‘Notice of Intention to Appoint an Administrator” has to have when filing it at Court. The wording of the Notice seems to be… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)


Last month saw the new Insolvency Rules come into effect as of 6 April 2017. One of the key changes made relates to the holding of creditor meetings. These changes will impact on commercial contracts governed by English law. Many commercial contracts and leases contain an insolvency provision which defines “Insolvency” to include the holding… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Are Court Fees preventing you from issuing a claim?

The Law Society Gazette this week published an article stating that the number of county court judgments against businesses has fallen according to the official year-on-year figures. It was reported that this fall was fuelling speculation that higher court fees were preventing businesses from going to court to recover the monies owed to them. The… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Rogue Directors Beware

In October 2016 the sentencing council launched a consultation entitled “Breach Offences Guideline Consultation”. The consultation was published on 25 October 2016 and will end 25 January 2017. The Sentencing Council is an independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the Courts to use when passing a sentence. Currently there are no guidelines available… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Partnerships and Phoenixing

In business and in the media reference is often made to company’s phoenixing. Essentially a company ceases trading one day and then starts up the next, using the same staff, premises, directors or name (sometimes there is a little bit of invention with a subtle change in the name). In previous blogs the issue of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Is my Company Insolvent?

One of the most difficult and important questions for a Director of a company to answer honestly is whether their company is insolvent. For a Director of a family run company there is the additional burden of pride, the company may have been handed down through the generations and nobody wants to be in charge… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Filing Bankruptcy Petitions in the High Court

As a general rule a bankruptcy petition should be presented to the appropriate court closest to the debtor’s home or place of business. In the event that the debtor is subject to an individual voluntary arrangement the petition should be presented in the court which has conduct of the individual voluntary arrangement. Prior to April… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Insolvency goes back to School – An Update

This article is an update to the article dated 19 September 2016 entitled Insolvency Goes Back to School. At that stage the government had launched a consultation regarding the development of an insolvency regime for further education. The government set out its proposals in a consultation published 6 July 2016 which ran until 5 August. … Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Special Administration Regime for Insolvent Housing Associations

In the normal course of events when a company becomes insolvent it will be placed into an insolvency regime where the office holder will look to realise its assets and make a distribution to creditors, usually the highest bidder wins. In relation to a Housing Association they will normally own property which if sold to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)