Friday 24 May 2019

UK: England and Wales: fraudulent trading and directors' duties

Judgment was delivered by ICC Judge Mullen yesterday in Pantiles Investments Ltd & Anor v Winckler (Rev 1) [2019] EWHC 1298 (Ch). The case concerned claims brought by a liquidator against a company's former director under section 212 ("Summary remedy against delinquent directors, liquidators, etc.") and section 213 ("Fraudulent trading") of the Insolvency Act 1986 (and this involved consideration of the general duties of directors under the Companies Act 2006).

The judgment is noteworthy in providing examples of the breach of section 172 ("Duty to promote the success of company") of the 2006 Act as well as fraudulent trading. The trial judge also recognised, in the context of the fraudulent trading claim under section 213, that the test for dishonesty was as set out by the Supreme Court in Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd [2017] UKSC 67.

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