Welcome to the second edition of the insolvency insight bulletin from the insolvency specialists at Quadrant Chambers. All cases link to the relevant judgments.
Author: Joseph England
Editors: Nicola Allsop and Emily Saunderson
- Melars Group Ltd v East-West Logistics LLP  EWHC 1523 (Ch) – Former Chief ICC Judge Baister decided that the registered address of the debtor in Malta was a letterbox arrangement and that its COMI was England for the purposes of the Recast Insolvency Regulation. However, Miles J reversed this finding, holding its COMI to be Malta. It held inter alia that the ICC Judge had not sufficiently distinguished between the place where the company's interests were administered (which was relevant to COMI) and the conduct of its operations (which was irrelevant for COMI). Although, post-Brexit, such cases about COMI may be less common.
- Manolete Partners plc v Hayward and Barrett
Holdings Ltd and others  EWHC 1481
(Ch) – The Court held that a fraudulent transaction claim
under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 should have issued
under CPR Part 7 and not by an insolvency application notice. It
held that s.423 claims were not an insolvency proceeding by
examining the relevant parts of the 1986 Act. Despite examples of
s.423 claims being brought by insolvency application notices,
practice could not override statute. The Court, however, allowed
the claim to continue upon payment of the (higher) Part 7 Court
- Re All Scheme Limited 
EWHC 1401 (Ch) – It can sometimes appear, from a glance at
the Lawtel Daily Updates, that all schemes of arrangement are
approved by the Court. Not here. A subprime lending group proposed
a scheme seeking to compromise consumer claims in relation to
questionable loans. The scheme had been approved by over 95% by
number and value of voting scheme creditors. However, only 10% or
less (by number and value) of scheme creditors had turned out to
vote. The FCA issued a letter of objection and opposed it at
sanction hearing. Miles J held that the scheme was not a fair one
that the Court could reasonably approve because the scheme
creditors had not been fully and fairly informed about the
- Nero Holdings v Young  EWHC 1453 (Ch) – The Court declined to strike out a creditor's challenge to a CVA, which was funded by a third party aspiring to take over the company. The Court could not be sure, at the interim stage, that the creditor did not have his own purposes for, and a legitimate interest in, challenging the CVA. The decision contains useful guidance on applications to challenge CVAs, which are becoming increasingly common.
- In June the Government announced that the restrictions, in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act in March 2020, on statutory demands and winding up petitions will remain for a further three months until 30 September 2021 to protect companies from creditor enforcement action where their debts relate to the pandemic.
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