The rule against reflective loss – Henderson Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in company directors, news, shareholders, winding up by sally

‘Imagine a company has been dishonestly asset-stripped by one of its directors. The assets have gone into his own pocket. The company is wound up. The shareholders and creditors have little hope of recovering much from it. The obvious next step is to pursue the director. But the shareholders cannot recover the loss in value of their shareholding against him; that claim is barred by the rule against reflective loss. Is a claim by an unsecured creditor who is not a shareholder similarly barred? In Garcia v Marex Financial Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1468, the Court of Appeal held that it was.’

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Henderson Chambers, 6th December 2018


Firm terminated retainer “without notice or good reason” – Litigation Futures

Posted October 31st, 2018 in fees, indemnities, insurance, law firms, news, notification, winding up by sally

‘A law firm’s decision to terminate its retainer without notice to the client – because it was closing down – was unreasonable and it could not claim the fees due before then, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st October 2018


Grove v S&T cited as court dismisses winding up petition (Chancery Division) – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in contracts, debts, news, winding up by tracey

‘In Victory House General Partner Ltd, Re A Company [2018] EWHC 1143 (Ch), the court dismissed a party’s winding-up petition as the employer’s cross-claim was bona fide and the debt was disputed on substantial grounds.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 22nd June 2018


Injury lawyers slam plans to delete company records – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 5th, 2016 in news, personal injuries, winding up by tracey

‘Proposals to delete millions of public records of dissolved companies could deny injured victims access to vital information, lawyers have warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th August 2016


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


Wrongful trading: A tale of Robin Hood directors – New Square Chambers

Posted December 9th, 2015 in company directors, contribution, insolvency, news, winding up by sally

‘Applications for wrongful trading under s 214 of the Insolvency Act 1986 are notoriously difficult. In Brooks v Armstrong [2015] EWHC 2289 (Ch), Registrar Jones ordered the former directors of Robin Hood Centre plc (the “Directors”) (the “Company”) to make a contribution to the Company’s assets under s 214. But the relatively small award serves as a cautionary reminder of the risks of s 214 applications for liquidators and directors alike.’

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New Square Chambers, 1st December 2015


Resolving the rules of insolvency – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, consent, costs, cross-claims, insolvency, liquidators, news, winding up by sally

‘Restructuring & Insolvency analysis: In what ways has Re Kingstons Investments Ltd shed light on longstanding ambiguities in the Insolvency Rules 1986? Jamie Riley, commercial litigator at 11 Stone Buildings, explores the case and explains why the final decision will be so important for insolvency lawyers.’

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11 Stone Buildings, June 2015


Just like that! – New Square Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in company law, duty of care, insolvency, news, winding up by sally

‘The recent decision of Mr Justice Edis in DavisonSebry v Companies House and the Registrar of Companies [2015] EWHC 115 (QB) has highlighted how, in the interconnected age of the internet, the careless click of a mouse button can have incredibly far-reaching consequences and abruptly destroy the business of a successful company. The unusual facts would suggest that further cases against the Registrar (against whom judgment was entered) would be unlikely, not least because the reporting procedures are bound to be tightened up.’

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New Square Chambers, February 2015


Important judgment on liquidators’ ability to obtain documents – RPC Commercial Disputes Blog

Posted March 13th, 2015 in disclosure, documents, Hong Kong, liquidators, news, winding up by sally

‘In an important judgment handed down recently by the Court of First Instance in Hong Kong, the companies judge has ruled on the ambit of the power to order a person to produce documents to a provisional liquidator pursuant to section 221(3) of the Companies (Winding-Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance.(1) For now and pending any appeal, the judgment confirms that the scope of documents “relating to the company” that have to be produced to a liquidator (pursuant to section 221(3) of the Ordinance) is narrower than the matters in respect of which a person can be examined on oath concerning the “affairs of the company” (sections 221(1) and (2)). In so doing, the judgment gives a more literal interpretation of the power to order production pursuant to section 221(3) without reference to section 221(1).’

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RPC Commercial Disputes Blog,


Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v PLT Anti-Marketing Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted February 18th, 2015 in consumer protection, law reports, unfair commercial practices, winding up by sally

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v PLT Anti-Marketing Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 76; [2015] WLR (D) 63

‘Where a court was considering whether a commercial practice amounted to a misleading omission by the omission of material information for the purposes of regulation 6 of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, the court had to consider, particularly where the information omitted concerned alternative products, whether the average consumer could be said to have needed to obtain that information from the trader rather than from elsewhere.’

WLR Daily, 10th February 2015


Abbey Forwarding Ltd (in liquidation) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Posted February 11th, 2015 in damages, injunctions, law reports, liquidators, winding up by sally

Abbey Forwarding Ltd (in liquidation) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2015] EWHC 225 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 53

‘The undertaking in damages given on the appointment of a provisional liquidator did not automatically terminate on the making of a winding up order so as to deprive the court of jurisdiction to enforce the undertaking by ordering an inquiry as to damages.’

WLR Daily, 6th February 2015


When a duty of care does arise in tort – suing Companies House – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 9th, 2015 in bankruptcy, company law, compensation, duty of care, mistake, news, winding up by sally

‘Cases about whether someone owes a duty of care in tort can be surprisingly difficult to decide. Kate Beattie has just posted on the Michael case here, where no duty was held to arise, despite (it appears) the police control room being told by the doomed Ms Michael that her ex-boyfriend had just told her that he was just about to “fucking kill you”. He was as good as his word, within 20 minutes, and the family now sues the police. How much more direct can you be than that? And yet the family lost 5-2 in the Supreme Court.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th February 2015


Government in £9 million payout after single letter blunder causes business to collapse – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2015 in costs, damages, mistake, negligence, news, winding up by tracey

‘A High Court judge has found Companies House liable for the demise of Taylor & Sons Ltd, after they mistakenly recorded that it had been wound up.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2015


Modified Universalism – Privy to Singular Clarification – RPC Commercial Disputes Blog

Posted January 27th, 2015 in Hong Kong, insolvency, liquidators, news, privacy, winding up by sally

‘While most jurisdictions provide liquidators with wide investigative powers to locate and realise assets locally, the exercise of such powers becomes more complicated when the assets are situated overseas. As more and more businesses expand globally and corporate structures become equally more complex, the liquidators’ task becomes more problematic in winding up such companies.’

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RPC Commercial Disputes Blog,


Lostprophets’ paedophile Ian Watkins will not get £150k pay-out – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2015 in news, prisons, remuneration, winding up by sally

‘Paedophile Ian Watkins will not receive a £150,000 pay-out after a Lostprophets’ management company was dissolved, the BBC understands.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2015


Salford Estates (No 2) Ltd v Altomart Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted December 12th, 2014 in arbitration, debts, insolvency, law reports, stay of proceedings, winding up by sally

Salford Estates (No 2) Ltd v Altomart Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 157; [2014] WLR (D) 527

‘The stay provisions in section 9(1) of the Arbitration Act 1996 did not apply to a winding up petition where the ground of the petition was that the company was unable to pay its debts and what was in dispute was that issue generally or, more specifically, whether there was outstanding and due a particular debt mentioned in the petition.’

WLR Daily, 8th December 2014


High Court ruling will create new market for pensions debts, says expert –

Posted December 5th, 2014 in debts, insolvency, news, pensions, trusts, winding up by sally

‘A new market for trading the pension debts of insolvent companies will be created as a result of a recent High Court ruling. The ruling will also result in more efficient, earlier winding up of pension schemes when companies go out of business.’

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PricewaterhouseCoopers v Saad Investments Co Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted November 12th, 2014 in foreign jurisdictions, insolvency, law reports, Supreme Court, winding up by tracey

PricewaterhouseCoopers v Saad Investments Co Ltd: [2014] UKPC 35; [2014] WLR (D) 475

‘A court would not normally entertain submissions from strangers to a winding up to the effect that a winding up order should not have been made, but general rule should not be elevated into an immutable principle, applicable in every case irrespective of its facts.’

WLR Daily, 10th November 2014


Singularis Holdings Ltd v PricewaterhouseCoopers – WLR Daily

Posted November 12th, 2014 in evidence, foreign jurisdictions, insolvency, law reports, Supreme Court, winding up by tracey

Singularis Holdings Ltd v PricewaterhouseCoopers: [2014] UKPC 36; [2014] WLR (D) 476

‘There was a power at common law to assist a foreign court of insolvency jurisdiction by ordering the production of information in oral or documentary form which was necessary for the administration of a foreign winding up. However, that power was not exercisable where an equivalent order could not have been made by the court in which the foreign liquidation was proceeding.’

WLR Daily, 20th November 2014


Parkwell Investments Ltd and another v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in insolvency, law reports, tribunals, VAT, winding up by sally

Parkwell Investments Ltd and another v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2014] EWHC 3381 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 432

‘The High Court had jurisdiction to appoint a provisional liquidator notwithstanding the fact that appeals by the company in respect of disputed VAT assessments were pending in the First-tier Tax Tribunal.’

WLR Daily, 16th October 2014