Summer Session 2017-18 lec > subject pages > insolvency

The course deals with personal insolvency (bankruptcy) and corporate insolvency (covering both liquidation and non-liquidation arrangements). Insolvency law aims to recover funds for unsecured creditors, protect the insolvent during the course of administration and enquire into the circumstances of the insolvency.

The objective of the course is for students to be able to apply insolvency law to problems similar to those in legal practice, and to be able to give clear, accurate, plain English written advice to a lay client upon insolvency matters. This involves four aspects:

  • Identification of issues
  • Knowledge of the relevant law
  • Application of the law to the facts
  • Organisation and expression
The corporate insolvency component of this course deals with both liquidation and non-liquidation arrangements that have been brought about in consequence of company insolvency. In relation to liquidation arrangements, particular emphasis will be placed upon:
  • the distinction between voluntary and compulsory winding up;
  • the grounds upon which a company can be wound up;
  • procedure to obtain a winding up order including the use of statutory demands;
  • provisional liquidation;
  • the effects of winding up;
  • liquidator’s powers and duties and the administration of the winding up;
  • assets available to the liquidator;
  • voidable transactions;
  • insolvent trading actions.
In relation to corporate insolvency resulting in non-liquidation arrangements being entered into, emphasis will be placed on the following:
  • schemes of arrangement;
  • receivership;
  • voluntary administration;
  • deeds of company arrangement.
The personal insolvency lectures include the following topics:
  • solvency;
  • acts of bankruptcy;
  • bankruptcy notices;
  • creditor’s petitions;
  • the effects of bankruptcy;
  • the doctrine of relation back;
  • exempt transactions;
  • transactions void against the trustee;
  • termination of bankruptcy;
  • voluntary personal insolvency ;
  • cross-border insolvency;
  • bankruptcy and family law.
Lecture and weekend school timetables, prescribed materials, and assignment information are in the Subject Guide. Assignments and Supplementary Materials (where applicable) can be accessed by current students from the Webcampus.








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