Compulsory Liquidation in UK Law

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Leading Cases
  • Re Gray's Inn Construction Company Ltd
    • Court of Appeal
    • 05 Dic 1979

    In considering whether to make a validating order the court must always, in my opinion, do its best to ensure that the interests of the unsecured creditors will not be prejudiced. The desirability of the company being enabled to carry on its business generally is likely to be more speculative and will be likely to depend on whether a sale of the business as a going concern will probably be more beneficial than a break-up realisation of the company's assets.

    Since the policy of the law is to procure so far as practicable rateable payments of the unsecured creditors' claims, it is, in my opinion, clear that the court should not validate any transaction or series of transactions which might result in one or more pre-liquidation creditors being paid in full at the expense of other creditors, who will only receive a dividend, in the absence of special circumstances making such a course desirable in the interests of the unsecured creditors as a body.

    But we have been referred to no casein which the court has validated payment in full of an unsecured pre-liquidation debt where there was no such special circumstance, and in my opinion it would not normally be right to do so, because such a payment would prefer the creditor whose debt is paid over the other creditors of equal degree.

  • Roberts Petroleum Ltd v Bernard Kenny Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 10 Feb 1983

  • AMP Enterprises Ltd v Hoffman
    • Chancery Division
    • 25 Jul 2002

    On the one hand the court expects any liquidator, whether in a compulsory winding up or a voluntary winding up, to be efficient and vigorous and unbiased in his conduct of the liquidation, and it should have no hesitation in removing a liquidator if satisfied that he has failed to live up to those standards at least unless it can be reasonably confident that he will live up to those requirements in the future.

  • Ayerst v C. & K. (Construction) Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 21 May 1975

    The "legal ownership" of the trust property is in the trustee, but he holds it not for his own benefit but for the benefit of the cestui que trustent or beneficiaries. Upon the creation of a trust in the strict sense as it was developed by equity the full ownership in the trust property was split into two constituent elements, which became vested in different persons: the "legal ownership" in the trustee, what came to be called the "beneficial ownership" in the cestui que trust.

  • Re R Williams Leisure Plc
    • Court of Appeal
    • 27 Abr 1994

    In a disqualification application, hearsay evidence untested by cross-examination of the informant may be insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof against opposing evidence. It will depend upon the facts and probabilities of each case. But that is no reason why their hearsay evidence obtained under section 447 should be inadmissible. Much of what they say may be uncontested, in which case it would have been a waste of time and money to insist that they swear affidavits.

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  • Understanding Compulsory Liquidation
    • Mondaq UK
    • 1 de Febrero de 2018
  • Administration To Compulsory Liquidation
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    • 24 de Marzo de 2010
  • Steel yourselves – troubles ahead?
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    • Crowell & Moring LLP
    • 22 de Mayo de 2019
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  • The deconstruction of Carillion
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    • Squire Patton Boggs
    • 15 de Enero de 2018
    On 15 January 2018, Carillion, the UK’s second-largest builder and one of the Government’s largest contractors, was placed into compulsory liquidation and the Official Receiver was appointed as liq...
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