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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Section 134: Time limit for challenging IVAs

761.This section amends section 262(3) of the Insolvency Act 1986 so that a challenge to the outcome of a process whereby creditors consider an individual voluntary arrangement, where there was no previous interim order, must be made within 28 days of the date of the decision. Like section 262, this section extends only to England and Wales.

762.Interested parties such as creditors may challenge the outcome of a process where an individual voluntary arrangement is considered, on the grounds either that there is an unfair prejudice of interests, or that there has been some kind of material irregularity.

763.In cases where the court has made an interim order protecting the debtor from action prior to consideration of the proposal, the time limit for this challenge is 28 days from the date on which the report of the decision is filed with the court

764.However in most other situations there is no equivalent time limit prescribed where the court has not made an interim order. The amendment seeks to provide a time limit of 28 days for those situations.

765.This section will come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which the Bill becomes an Act.

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