A Ghost from the Past with Lessons for the Future? Grounds for a debtor’s petition under s 272(1) of the Insolvency Act 1986 – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 24th, 2017 in bankruptcy, debts, domicile, news by sally

‘On 20 October 2017 Registrar Derrett handed down judgment in the case of Thomas v Haederle (unreported), in which she gave reasons for dismissing a bankruptcy petition presented by the debtor (T) in the County Court at Norwich on 4 December 2014, pursuant to s 272 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (IA86), as it then was.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd November 2017

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Interests of a bankrupt’s creditors remain of paramount importance (Pickard and another (Joint Trustees in Bankruptcy of Constable) v Constable) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, bankruptcy, evidence, news by sally

‘Lina Mattsson outlines the recent restructuring and insolvency case, Pickard and another (Joint Trustees in Bankruptcy of Constable) v Constable. She explains that this appeal reaffirms that even in situations with exceptional circumstances, the interests of a bankrupt’s creditors remain of paramount importance and that cogent evidence is crucial to support any application to suspend possession.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 14th November 2017

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The end for the Mawer v Bland order? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 5th, 2017 in bankruptcy, news, statutory interpretation, trustees in bankruptcy by sally

‘In an earlier edition of this publication I identified what appeared to be a growing trend for the making of a draconian form of order suspending the discharge of bankruptcies.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 26th June 2017

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Liability of trustees in bankruptcy: important new Court of Appeal case – 4 New Square

Posted June 9th, 2017 in bankruptcy, fiduciary duty, judgments, news, trustees in bankruptcy by sally

‘The liability of trustees in bankruptcy to bankrupts is a curiously under – developed area of law. There has been a lack of clarity the circumstances in which a trustee can be liable to a bankrupt personally (rather than liable for losses to the bankrupt’s estate). However, this issue came before the Court of Appeal last month (judgment handed down 25 May 2017).’

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4 New Square, 8th June 2017

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In re Amin Abdulla v Whelan and others – WLR Daily

Posted April 27th, 2017 in bankruptcy, landlord & tenant, law reports, leases, rent by sally

In re Amin; Abdulla v Whelan and others [2017] EWHC 605 (Ch)

‘At the time of a bankruptcy order made against him, the bankrupt held a property with another person under the terms of an underlease for a term expiring on 31 July 2018. The trustee in bankruptcy served a notice of disclaimer under section 315 of the Insolvency Act 1986 disclaiming all of its and the bankrupt’s interest in the leasehold property under the terms of the underlease. The trustee, supported by the landlords, contended that the notice of disclaimer did not end the legal estate in the underlease and that the bankrupt’s estate remained liable for the payment of the rent until the expiry of its term. A person claiming to be one of the bankrupt’s creditors contended that the notice of disclaimer disclaimed all of the bankrupt’s interest in the underlease and that the bankrupt’s estate was liable for no further rent after the disclaimer. Judgment was given in favour of the trustee and landlords.’

WLR Daily, 20th April 2017

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

DW and another v CG – WLR Daily

Posted April 27th, 2017 in bankruptcy, divorce, financial provision, matrimonial home, news by sally

DW and another v CG [2016] EWHC 2965 (Fam)

‘On the dissolution of their marriage a husband and wife had resolved their respective financial remedy claims by way of a final consent order made in 2009 (“the 2009 order”), which required the husband to make a significant lump sum payment to the wife in a series of instalments. The order further contained provision entitling the wife to sell a number of properties, held in the husband’s sole name, should the husband default on payment and a right for the wife to continue to reside in one of those properties (“the property”) until payment by the husband of the final lump sum instalment. The husband failed to pay the final instalment and, in 2010, the court made an order for sale of the property with the outstanding interim payment to be provided to the wife from the net proceeds of sale. That order was never implemented and in 2011 bankruptcy proceedings were commenced against the husband. The wife registered a restriction against the property before the husband was made bankrupt in 2012. Following an initial agreed period of inactivity in the family proceedings the husband and his new partner were both discharged from bankruptcy in 2013. In 2014 they both entered into a settlement agreement to purchase any interest their estates in bankruptcy “may” have had in respect of the properties and other assets and, between themselves, entered into a declaration of trust in relation to the property with the apparent effect of frustrating the wife’s claim. The wife recommenced her application for sale of the property and such an order was duly made with the requirement that the net proceeds of sale be paid in to court. The husband was then invited by the court to make representations as to why the wife should not receive the final instalment from the net proceeds of sale. He contended, inter alia, that the terms of the 2009 order had never created an equitable interest in the property in the wife’s favour and consequently there was no basis on which the court could go further and consider whether that interest fell outside of, or how it was effected by, his bankruptcy. The husband and his new partner appealed against the decision that the wife was entitled to receive her outstanding instalment payment from the net proceeds of sale.’

WLR Daily, November 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Finance and Divorce Update April 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during March 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 20th April 2017

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Relief from Sanctions: Simon Patterson (The Trustee in Bankruptcy of George Spencer) v George Spencer and Others [2017] EWCA Civ 140 – Zenith PI Blog

Posted March 24th, 2017 in appeals, bankruptcy, judgments, news, sanctions, striking out, time limits by sally

‘The Appellant (the sixth Defendant in proceedings regarding the bankruptcy of her father) sought relief from sanctions after her application for permission to appeal was struck out for failure to provide a transcript of the judgment.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 21st March 2017

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Disciplinary round-up: fine for firm which failed to make client’s visa application and then lost his passport – Legal Futures

‘A north London law firm has been rebuked for misleading its client into thinking that it had made a visa application on his behalf.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2017

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Law firm investigating VW emissions scandal hired to examine BHS – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2016 in administrators, bankruptcy, insolvency, law firms, news, pensions by sally

‘The US law firm investigating the diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen is to examine the conduct of BHS directors in the run-up to the retailer’s collapse.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2016

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Supreme Court: money owed by insolvent agent to its principal not held on constructive trust – OUT-LAW.com

‘Money which an agent personally owed to its principal at the point the former became insolvent is not held on “constructive trust” for the principal, instead forming part of the assets of the insolvent business to be divided up between all creditors in a proportionate way, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th July 2016

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Hawk Recovery Ltd v (1) Nicholas John Hall (2) Susan Hall (3) Brunswick Wealth LLP (2016) [2016] EWHC 1307 (Ch) – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 26th, 2016 in appeals, bankruptcy, costs, harassment, news by sally

‘Litigation is often personal. Parties will often know one another prior to commencing proceedings. But, it is rarely the case, that litigation – let alone a raft of separate proceedings – will arise, purely it might seem, as a personal vendetta. ‘Vendetta’ is the word that Mr Justice Males used in his judgment in Bluebird Productions Ltd v Eustace [2014] EWHC 1095 (QB) [27] (“Bluebird”).’

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No. 5 Chambers, 14th June 2016

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Refusnik rev: the vicar ​whose council tax protest could put him in jail – The Guardian

‘Retired clergyman Paul Nicolson, who is refusing to pay council tax in solidarity with those hit by benefit cuts, explains why he’s happy to take the consequences.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2016

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Dentist jailed for extracting £1m out of patients and friends in six-year property investment con – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2016 in bankruptcy, dentists, elderly, fraud, news, proceeds of crime, sentencing by tracey

‘A dentist who extracted more than £1 million from patients and friends in property investment con has been jailed for six years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2016

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Direct access barrister ‘no substitute’ for solicitor – judge – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Direct access barristers are no substitute for experienced solicitors, a judge has told a court, ruling that a woman was not advised on the proper process for appealing her council tax liability. ‘

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th April 2016

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Judge concerned at council tax enforcement and Valuation Tribunal appeals uncertainty – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 20th, 2016 in bankruptcy, council tax, enforcement, news, tribunals, valuation by sally

‘A High Court judge has expressed concern at “the substantial degree of uncertainty that exists” in relation to how the courts, both magistrates and the bankruptcy county court, should deal with the enforcement of domestic council tax liability orders in the context of the availability of the remedy by way of appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th April 2016

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Just and Equitable Winding – Up & Bankruptcy Trustees – New Square Chambers

‘In a recent decision the Companies Court has held that trustees in bankruptcy do not need to satisfy the actual registration requirements set out in s.124(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (“IA”) before presenting a just and equitable winding-up petition. For the first time, the decision in Stratford Edward Hamilton & James Ashley Dowers (Trustees in Bankruptcy of Charles Newell Brown) v Maureen Frances Brown & C&MB Holdings Ltd [2016] EWHC 191 (Ch)puts bankruptcy trustees in the same position as they are in with respect to unfair prejudice petitions and means that they do not have to wait a minimum of six months following their appointment to have the necessary locus to present a just and equitable winding up petition.’

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New Square Chambers, 11th April 2016

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Finance & Divorce Update, April 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during March 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 8th April 2016

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High Court Confirms that the Insolvency Rules Can Waive Defects in Service of a Bankruptcy Petition – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 24th, 2016 in bankruptcy, news, regulations, service by sally

‘The detailed procedural requirements of the Insolvency Rules 1986 make inadvertent breach a perpetual possibility. Debtors often try to take steps to frustrate the process, and may rely on such breaches to do so. A common tactic is to evade personal service. The Court is therefore faced with a need to balance the protections these procedural requirements establish against the possibility of their exploitation by unscrupulous debtors.’

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Littleton Chambers, 5th February 2016

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Possession claims by trustee in bankruptcy – Nearly Legal

‘This was an appeal arising from a claim for possession against three properties by the trustee in bankruptcy of a bankrupt landlord. The Lawtel note rather confusingly refers to it as “accelerated possession proceedings for an order for sale”, which it can’t possibly have been.’

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Nearly Legal, 22nd November 2015

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