Sometimes in an insolvency, we choose to litigate. In a number of cases, the threat of litigation is enough, but in others we will raise the action and pursue the relevant party. We might be cutting down a gratuitous alienation, raising an action for misfeasance or privately examining a debtor. And what happens if you are the subject of litigation at the instance of an aggrieved party?
In this course, we will consider how to prepare for litigation, and what to expect if you are running or defending litigation in the Scottish courts. We will look at your relationship with your solicitor and how to get the best outcome, wherever possible, from your litigation.
Anyone looking for a comprehensive introduction or overview of how to litigate in Scotland.
Half day course: £155 + VAT
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The technical framework for dealing with heritable property in sequestrations and protected trust deeds is pretty straightforward, but it is an increasingly difficult issue to resolve in practice. How best to get a return for creditors from a property, while treating the debtor and their family fairly? What rights does a secured lender have, and how do you work with them to achieve the best outcome for all? Just how much is ‘substantial equity’ and how should you treat it?More Information
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The noise around pre-packs continues. Used in the context of administration, a pre-packaged sale out of an insolvency often gives the best return to creditors. Not all creditors are convinced however, and the UK Government keeps a watching brief on pre-pack use and abuse.More Information
As insolvency practitioners, we are appointed to protect the creditors’ interests, and to recover as much as possible as by way of a dividend. We all know to check for and deal with physical assets, but where else in a company or an estate might value be hidden, and how can you realise it?More Information
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The revision to the Insolvency Rules has now fully bedded in within Scotland, heralding a modernisation of process and language, and radically altering the way that we communicate with creditors. As always with substantive new legislation, it’s only after it is in force for a while, that issues arise, or interpretations vary.More Information
This course has been designed specifically for lenders, and anyone looking for an introduction or refresher on UK corporate insolvency and restructuring law from the creditor perspective. In it we will examine the consequences of a formal insolvency appointment or restructuring process for the bank or lender. Ultimately this is about understanding a lender’s options, the rights that you hold as a result of your security package and improving your lending decisions.More Information