On the 8th of February 2023, the High Court handed down two very important decisions that provide guidance to insolvency practitioners, their advisors, and creditors of an insolvent company on the defences available when a liquidator claims a claw back on the basis of an alleged “unfair preference” payment.
We will provide more detailed case summaries in the near future, but for now a quick ‘heads up’ is as follows:
In this case the High Court finally “put to bed” the question of whether set-off under S553C is an available defence to unfair preference claims. The High Court held that it does not apply as a defence.
This decision dealt with the running account balance defence under S588FA (3) and upheld the decision of the Full Federal Court that the peak indebtedness rule does not apply.
Watch this space - a further, more detailed summary of the cases and their impact is to follow.
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Caroline Callegari is an Associate Principal and leads our Disputes & Litigation team. She has an advisory and advocacy practice in the following areas: Commercial Litigation, corporate and personal disputes, debt recovery and, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. Caroline can be contacted on (03) 8561 3324.