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Local Authorities and Liability Orders...

Many people are unaware that local authorities enforce liabilities for council tax and non-domestic business rates via an application to the local Magistrates’ Court for a Liability Order. These Orders are granted by Magistrates exercising their civil jurisdiction and are then enforceable in the same was as a County Court Judgment in the civil Courts […]

A History of Insolvency – part two...

Ancient Greece According to the Constitution of the Athenians by Aristotle which describes the constitution of ancient Athens over a number of centuries, debtors who were unable to pay were required to surrender their land to their creditors and to become slaves to cultivate the surrendered land for their creditors’ benefit, although only a sixth […]

A History of Insolvency – part one...

Ancient Societies and Early Roman Law Whilst no definition of the word “society” depends solely on the existence of trade between individuals, it is difficult to perceive of any society capable of flourishing without the development of commerce of one sort or another. Trade, if it is to be efficient and successful, leads to credit, […]