Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 9: General update

In this ninth episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we give a brief update on developments relating to Brexit, and discuss some recent cases on factual witness and expert evidence. We also look at a recent Civil Justice Council report on compulsory ADR and finally we discuss an important Supreme Court decision … Read more

Part 26A restructuring plans – most significant change in 20 years

The court ruling yesterday in Re Virgin Active Holdings Limited [2021] EWHC 1246 has paved the way for restructuring plans under Part 26A to the Companies Act 2006 (“RPs”) to be used to compromise the rights of landlords, financial creditors and other unsecured creditors provided the company shows that those creditors are “out of the … Read more

High Court clarifies extent of directors’ and shareholder’s liability in relation to unlawful distribution

The High Court has held that the liability of directors and shareholders of a company in respect of a distribution exceeding the company’s distributable profits, as properly calculated, was limited to the amount of the excess: SSF Realisations Limited (In Liquidation) v Loch Fyne Oysters Limited [2020] EWHC 3521 (Ch). Previous authorities had suggested doubt … Read more

Impact of Brexit on applicable law in cross-border insolvencies

From 31 December 2020, the European Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings (the “EIR”) ceased to apply in the UK. As a result: The EIR provides the rules for when the law of the place in which the insolvency proceedings have been opened can be supplanted by another law, but only that of a member state. The … Read more

High Court refuses to strike out claim for relief under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 despite lack of connecting factors between the defendant and the jurisdiction

The High Court has dismissed a strike out application in respect of a claim brought under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (“IA 1986”) in respect of an alleged transaction defrauding creditors, holding that it is not necessary to prove a freestanding connection between the defendant and England, separate from the litigation itself, in … Read more