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Resolving the Ms Fashions 'Paradox'

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Riz Mokal

South Square Chambers; University College London (UCL) - Faculty of Laws

Date Written: December 1998


In the context of the decision of the House of Lords in Re Bank of Credit and Commerce International S.A. (No. 8) [1998] AC 214, this short paper asks (i) whether the existence of a charge in one's favour over one's own indebtedness (a 'charge-back') destroys the mutuality necessary for insolvency set-off to operate, and (ii) whether the assets of the insolvent company are notionally collected before the set-off may operate. Both questions are answered in the negative. The paper concludes by suggesting that the reasons given by the courts in justifying the very existence of insolvency set-off also argue in favour of allowing it to operate in the appropriate case, even if there is a charge-back.

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Mokal, Riz, Resolving the Ms Fashions 'Paradox' (December 1998). Available at SSRN: or

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