Companies Act 2014


Enforcement in State of insolvency judgments

1422. (1) In this section—

“Brussels 1 Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) No. 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters;

“insolvency judgment” means a judgment referred to in Article 25 of the Insolvency Regulation;

“Master” means the Master of the High Court.

(2) Except where the context otherwise requires, references in this section to numbered Articles without qualification are references to Articles so numbered of the Brussels 1 Regulation.

(3) Having regard to Article 68, references in Article 25 of the Insolvency Regulation to enforcement of insolvency judgments in accordance with certain Articles of the Brussels Convention are to be read as references to enforcement of those judgments in accordance with Articles 38 to 58.

(4) An application under the Brussels 1 Regulation for the enforcement in the State of an insolvency judgment shall be made to the Master.

(5) The Master shall determine the application by order in accordance with the Brussels 1 Regulation.

(6) The Master shall declare the insolvency judgment enforceable immediately on completion of the formalities provided for in Article 53 without any review under Articles 34 and 35 and shall make an enforcement order in relation to the judgment.

(7) An order under subsection (5) may provide for the enforcement of part only of the insolvency judgment concerned.

(8) An application to the Master under Article 39 for an enforcement order in respect of an insolvency judgment may include an application for any preservation measures the High Court has power to grant in proceedings that, apart from the provisions of this Chapter, are within its jurisdiction.

(9) Where an enforcement order is made, the Master shall grant any such preservation measures so applied for.

(10) For the purposes of this Chapter, references in Articles 42, 43, 45, 47, 48, 52, 53 and 57 to a declaration of enforceability are to be treated as references to an enforcement order under this section.

(11) Subject to the restrictions on enforcement contained in Article 47(3), if an enforcement order has been made respecting an insolvency judgment, the judgment—

(a) shall, to the extent to which its enforcement is authorised by the enforcement order, be of the same force and effect as a judgment of the High Court; and

(b) may be enforced by the High Court, and proceedings taken on it, as if it were a judgment of that Court.