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The Insolvent Partnerships Order 1994

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Definition of inability to pay debts: Section 123-corporate member Section 268 individual member

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(a).Section 123 is modified so as to read as follows—

123.(1) A corporate member or former member is deemed unable to pay its debts if there is a creditor, by assignment or otherwise, to whom the partnership is indebted in a sum exceeding £750 then due for which the member or former member is liable and—

(a)the creditor has served on that member or former member and the partnership, in the manner specified in subsection (2) below, a written demand in Form 4 in Schedule 9 to the Insolvent Partnerships Order 1994 requiring that member or former member and the partnership to pay the sum so due, and

(b)the corporate member or former member and the partnership have for 3 weeks after the service of the demands, or the service of the last of them if served at different times neglected to pay the sum or to secure or compound for it to the creditor’s satisfaction

(2) Service of the demand referred to in subsection (1)(a) shall be effected, in th case of the corporate member or former corporate member, by leaving it at its registere office, and, in the case of the partnership—

(a)by leaving it at a principal place of business of the partnership in England and Wales, or

(b)by leaving it at a place of business of the partnership in England and Wales at which business is carried on in the course of which the debt (or part of the debt) referred to in subsection (1) arose, or

(c)by delivering it to an officer of the partnership, or

(d)by otherwise serving it in such manner as the court may approve or direct.

(3) The money sum for the time being specified in subsection (1) is subject to increase or reduction by order under section 416 in Part XV..

(b).Section 268 is modified so as to read as follows—

268.(1) For the purposes of section 267(2)(c), an individual member or former individual member appears to be unable to pay a joint debt for which he is liable if the debt is payable immediately and the petitioning creditor to whom the insolvent partnership owes the joint debt has served—

(a)on the individual member or former individual member in accordance with the rules a demand (known as “the statutory demand”), in Form 4 in Schedule 9 to the Insolvent Partnerships Order 1994, and

(b)on the partnership in the manner specified in subsection (2) below a demand (known as “the written demand”) in the same form,

requiring the member or former member and the partnership to pay the debt or to secure or compound for it to the creditor’s satisfaction, and at least 3 weeks have elapsed since the service of the demands, or the service of the last of them if served at different times, and neither demand has been complied with nor the demand against the member set aside in accordance with the rules.

(2) Service of the demand referred to in subsection (1)(b) shall be effected—

(a)by leaving it at a principal place of business of the partnership in England and Wales, or

(b)by leaving it at a place of business of the partnership in England and Wales at which business is carried on in the course of which the debt (or part of the debt) referred to in subsection (1) arose, or

(c)by delivering it to an officer of the partnership, or

(d)by otherwise serving it in such manner as the court may approve or direct..

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