In re PGL Realisations plc and other companies; Laverty and others v British Gas Trading Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted August 6th, 2014 in administrators, debts, energy, insolvency, law reports by sally

In re PGL Realisations plc and other companies; Laverty and others v British Gas Trading Ltd [2014] EWHC 2721 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 364

‘Charges arising under deemed contracts for supplies of gas and electricity to retail premises after the companies had entered into administration and after the premises had been vacated by the companies were provable debts within rule 13(12(1)(b) of the Insolvency Rules 1986.’

WLR Daily, 31st July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Fruit machines and Blue Monkeys: can administrators be personally liable for converting ROT goods? – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted June 26th, 2014 in administrators, gambling, insolvency, news, title to goods by sally

‘Administrators are often faced with a large number of retention of title (“ROT”) claims from suppliers who demand a quick adjudication of their claim, frequently on the back of incomplete evidence, and in the days immediately following an appointment when administrators’ resources are stretched. The recent decision Blue Monkey Gaming Ltd v Hudson & others [2014] EWHC (Ch)provides some useful guidance for both administrators and ROT claimants.’

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11 Stone Buildings, June 2014

Source: www.11sb.com

Buying businesses and assets from an administrator ~ Guidelines for the unwary – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted May 12th, 2014 in administrators, employment, insolvency, news, sale of goods by sally

‘Purchasing businesses and assets from an administrator can be tempting at an attractive price but there are lots of traps for the unwary. In this Insider, Tom Shepherd focuses on three key areas to consider when there is a sale of a business out of administration. First, he lists the types of sale that an administrator is likely to be involved in, including the much talked about pre-pack. Then he outlines the different types of due diligence a purchaser might want to think about when he is buying assets from an administrator. Last but not least, he considers the position of employees in that situation.’

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11 Stone Buildings, May 2014

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“Game, set but not quite match” following the C of A decision re rents in administration – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted March 10th, 2014 in administrators, expenses, insolvency, leases, news, rent by sally

‘Many commercial landlords will be delighted with the Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision in Jervis v Pillar Denton Limited (Game Station) and Others [2014] EWCA Civ 180, overruling the decisions in Goldacre and Luminar. The Court of Appeal held that, applying the Lundy Granite principle, the question of whether quarterly rent due under a lease was an administration expense or a provable debt depended not on whether the rent fell due during the period of the administration, but whether the property had been used for the benefit of the administration. Sarah Clarke gives the background to these cases, sets out the Game appeal decision and highlights its consequences as well as the real concerns for officeholders.’

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11 Stone Buildings, February 2014

Source: www.11sb.com

Jervis and others v Pillar Denton Ltd (Game Station) and others – WLR Daily

Posted February 28th, 2014 in administrators, expenses, insolvency, law reports, rent by sally

Jervis and others v Pillar Denton Ltd (Game Station) and others [2014] EWCA Civ 180 ; [2014] WLR (D) 94

‘In the context of insolvency, where rent was payable in advance the office holder should make payments at the rate of the rent for the duration of any period during which he retained possession of the demised property for the benefit of the winding up or administration. The rent would be treated as accruing from day to day. Those payments were payable as expenses of the winding up or administration. The duration of the period was a question of fact and was not determined merely by reference to which rent days occurred before, during or after that period.’

WLR Daily, 24th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Stafford Hospital: Hunt to decide whether to dissolve NHS Trust – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2014 in administrators, hospitals, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, standards by tracey

‘Managers at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital are waiting to hear whether Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will dissolve the trust that runs it. Administrators want Mr Hunt to scrap the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust and move services to other hospitals. Local people are planning a legal challenge if that decision is taken.’

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BBC News, 26th February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Insolvency practitioners to be prevented from charging by the hour under new proposals – OUT-LAW.com

‘Administrators and other insolvency practitioners (IPs) could be prevented from charging an hourly rate for their services and could instead have to base their fees on a percentage of property dealt with under plans put forward for consultation by the Government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th February 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

Kavanagh and others v Crystal Palace FC Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Kavanagh and others v Crystal Palace FC Ltd and another [2013] EWCA Civ 1410; [2013] WLR (D) 436

“Where, because of the unique features pertaining to the financial affairs of a failing football club, there were even stronger reasons than usual for averting liquidation, an administrator who needed to reduce the wage bill in order to continue running the business and to avoid liquidation had a permissible economic reason for dismissing employees where the ultimate objective remained the early sale of the club.”

WLR Daily, 13th November 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Regina (Lewisham London Borough Council) v Secretary of State for Health and another; Regina (Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign Ltd) v Same and another – WLR Daily

Regina (Lewisham London Borough Council) v Secretary of State for Health and another;  Regina (Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign Ltd) v Same and another: [2013] EWCA   [2013] WLR (D)  430

“The words ‘in relation to … the trust’ in sections 65(F)(1), 65I(1), 65K(1) of the National Health Service Act 2006, as amended and inserted, meant the failing trust to which the trust special administrator had been appointed under Chapter 5A of the 2006 Act, and no other trust. It followed that the administrator appointed to a neighbouring trust had no power to make recommendations in relation to any other trust, and the Secretary of State had no power to make a decision based on such recommendations.”

WLR Daily, 8th November 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Closegate Hotel Development (Durham) Ltd and another v McLean and others – WLR Daily

Posted October 30th, 2013 in administrators, insolvency, law reports by sally

Closegate Hotel Development (Durham) Ltd and another v McLean and others [2013] EWHC 3237 (Ch); [2013] WLR (D) 409

“The prohibition on an officer of a company in administration exercising a management power absent the consent of the administrators contained in paragraph 64 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986, as inserted, did not deprive the directors of a company of the authority to cause the company to challenge the validity of the appointment of the administrators, nor was the exercise of such authority dependent upon the provision by the directors of an indemnity for costs.”

WLR Daily, 25th October 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

In re MF Global UK Ltd (No 4) (in special administration); Heis and others v Attestor Value Master Fund LP and another – WLR Daily

Posted September 2nd, 2013 in administrators, breach of trust, contracts, insolvency, law reports by sally

In re MF Global UK Ltd (No 4) (in special administration); Heis and others v Attestor Value Master Fund LP and another [2013] EWHC 2556 (Ch); [2013] WLR (D) 339

“For the purposes of the client money rules and the client money distribution rules contained in the Client Assets Sourcebook, CASS 7 and 7A a client’s contractual claim and the amount for which it might prove in respect of such claim fell to be reduced by the amount of any actual or anticipated distribution from the client money pool. The client could not prove for both a claim resulting from a shortfall in the client money trust and the balance of its contractual claim where the shortfall claim did not exceed the contractual claim. However, the rule against double proof did not prevent a claim by a client in respect of a shortfall in payment of its client money entitlement to the extent that it exceeded its contractual claim or in a case where the client had no contractual claim.”

WLR Daily, 16th August 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Regina (Nash) v Barnet London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Regina (Nash) v Barnet London Borough Council [2013] EWCA Civ 1004; [2013] WLR (D) 335

“A local authority’s duty to consult under section 3(2) of the Local Government Act 1999 arose at a formative stage of the relevant process when the authority made arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the way in which its functions were exercised within section 3(1) of the Act. For the purposes of CPR r 54.5, a judicial review claim challenging the authority’s lack of consultation had to be brought within three months of the date when the grounds to make the claim had first arisen. That was the date the defendant authority had taken the decision to enter the procurement process for outsourcing, and since the claim had not been issued until the decision to enter into the contracts had been taken, it was out of time.”

WLR Daily, 2nd August 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

High Court rejects challenge to maximum expenditure policy on adult care – Local Government Lawyer

“A High Court judge has rejected claims that a council unlawfully decided to introduce a ‘maximum expenditure policy’ on funding for adult care packages where people choose to live in the community.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th August 2013

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

High Court ruling establishes certainty for members of underfunded pension schemes on company insolvency, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 5th, 2013 in administrators, debts, insolvency, news, pensions by sally

“It would be ‘unprincipled’ to allow administrators of an insolvent company to use money ring-fenced for the purposes of its underfunded pension scheme to settle their debt to the scheme’s trustees, the High Court has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd August 2013

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Nortel / Lehman Supreme Court decision: guidance on insolvency expenses and provable claims – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted July 31st, 2013 in administrators, debts, expenses, insolvency, news, pensions by sally

“The Supreme Court ruled today that sums claimed under a Financial Support Direction of the Pensions
Regulator that is issued after a company’s entry to insolvency will rank as provable debts. It disagreed with both the High Court and a unanimous Court of Appeal, which had held that sums claimed under such a FSD were payable as insolvency expenses. The Supreme Court also rejected an argument that such a claim ranked below ordinary creditors as a non-provable liability.”

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11 Stone Buildings, 24th July 2013

Source: www.11sb.com

Council loses Supreme Court appeal over disclosure of equal pay data – Local Government Lawyer

“The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a council against disclosure of information on equal pay.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th July 2013

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

In the matter of the Nortel Companies; In the matter of the Lehman Companies; In the matter of the Lehman Companies No 2 – Supreme Court

Posted July 29th, 2013 in administrators, contribution, debts, expenses, insolvency, law reports, pensions by sally

In the matter of the Nortel Companies; In the matter of the Lehman Companies; In the matter of the Lehman Companies No 2 [2013] UKSC 52 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 24th July 2013

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

R (on the application of Modaresi) (FC) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Health (Respondent) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Modaresi) (FC) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Health (Respondent) [2013] UKSC 53 | UKSC 2012/0069 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 24th July 2013

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

Regina (Government Actuary’s Department) v Pensions Ombudsman – WLR Daily

Regina (Government Actuary’s Department) v Pensions Ombudsman: [2013] EWCA Civ 901; [2013] WLR (D) 298

“The Government Actuary’s Department performed an important proactive role, by producing and from time to time revising the actuarial tables, which was central to the administration and proper operation of the firefighters’ public sector pension scheme, and as such was ‘concerned with the … administration of … the scheme’, within the meaning of section 146(4)(b) of the Pension Schemes Act 1993, as substituted.”

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Game “rent on administration” case to be fast-tracked to the Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 3rd, 2013 in administrators, appeals, expenses, insolvency, landlord & tenant, news, rent by sally

“Landlords pursuing the administrators of Game for millions of pounds in rent that went unpaid while the retailer was insolvent will have their case fast-tracked to the Court of Appeal, according to press reports.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd July 2013

Source: www.out-law.com