Companies Act 1993

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Company unable to pay its debts

287 Meaning of inability to pay debts

Unless the contrary is proved, and subject to section 288, a company is presumed to be unable to pay its debts if—


the company has failed to comply with a statutory demand; or


execution issued against the company in respect of a judgment debt has been returned unsatisfied in whole or in part; or


a person entitled to a charge over all or substantially all of the property of the company has appointed a receiver under the instrument creating the charge; or


a compromise between a company and its creditors has been put to a vote in accordance with Part 14 but has not been approved.