Section 372: Petitions
650.Section 367 gives the Authority power to ask the courts to wind up companies or partnerships doing financial services business. The section also confers a power in respect of sole traders doing financial services business. The Authority will be able to petition for the bankruptcy of such persons, or in Scotland, for the sequestration of their estate, if they are or appear unable to pay their debts to consumers. It should be noted, however, that here, as in insolvency law generally, inability to pay debts is the only ground on which a sole trader can be made bankrupt - there is no equivalent to the provision covering companies and partnerships that these may be wound up because the court feels it is “just and equitable” to do so. This is because sole traders’ business affairs are not legally distinct from their personal finances.