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There are many issues that can hinder the collection of book debts and insolvency (of either the creditor or the debtor) is usually the catalyst for most them. Following an insolvency, those attempting to collect book debts are often faced with a number of reasons as to why a debtor can’t or won’t pay, including the set-off / contra arrangements, product warranty concerns, defective or non-delivery of goods or services and last, but not least, retention of title (“RoT”) clauses. Continue Reading Retention of title – the unpaid seller v. the asset based lender

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In the recently reported case of Misra Ventures Ltd v LDX International Group LLP [2018] EWCA Civ 3030,  the UK Court of Appeal considered what constituted a genuine and serious cross-claim sufficient to justify an injunction restraining the presentation of a winding up petition. Continue Reading UK Court of Appeal considers what amounts to a genuine and serious cross-claim

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The number of times Mrs May’s Brexit deal is being put to the vote in the House of Commons may remind some of the film “Groundhog Day”.  At least in that film there was a happy ending – can the same be said when Brexit is finally done and dusted?

In the World Bank’s “Doing Business 2017“ Report, the UK was listed as the 7th best country in which to start a business. Will that remain the case once we leave the EU? The news that many financial services companies are relocating their headquarters to EU bases, Honda is preparing to close its plant in Swindon by 2021 with the loss of 3,500 jobs, the recent collapse of Interserve and the failure of a host of high street retailers over the past few months does not bode well. Some of these events may have occurred even if Brexit was not in play – but certainly, Brexit has had an impact. What, ultimately, could be the cost to UK business of Brexit, even if a deal is ultimately agreed?
Continue Reading Will Britain be open for business post-Brexit?

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In the recent case of BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA & others, the Court of Appeal considered (1) whether section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 could apply to the payment of a dividend and (2) when a director’s duty to consider the interests of creditors arises. The Court held that a dividend is capable of being a transaction at an undervalue within the meaning of section 423(1) of the Insolvency Act 1986 and commented that a director’s duty to creditors arises when directors know or should know that the company is or is likely (i.e. probable) to become insolvent.
Continue Reading When can a payment of a dividend be a transaction defrauding creditors?