Bankruptcy Act 1988

Avoidance of certain transactions.



58.(1) F51[If within F52[3 years]] before he is adjudicated bankrupt a debtor commits an act of bankruptcy and thereafter either sells any of his property at a price which, in the opinion of the Court, is substantially below its market value or enters into or is a party to any other transaction which, in the opinion of the Court, has the effect of substantially reducing the sum available for distribution to the creditors, such transaction shall be void as against the Official Assignee, unless the transaction was bona fide entered into and the other party had not at the time of the transaction notice of any prior act of bankruptcy committed by the bankrupt.

(2) Subsection (1) shall not affect the rights of any person making title in good faith and for valuable consideration through or under a person (other than the bankrupt) who is party to a transaction mentioned therein.

(3) Subsection (1) shall not apply to any transaction mentioned in section 57(1) or 59.




Substituted (2.08.2011) by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (23/2011), s. 30(d), commenced on enactment.


Substituted (3.12.2013) by Personal Insolvency Act 2012 (44/2012), s. 153, S.I. No. 462 of 2013.

Modifications (not altering text):


Application of section restricted (1.09.2008) by Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (7/2008), s. 40(3)(a), S.I. No. 338 of 2008.

Bankruptcy of defendant, etc.

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(3) Where a person is adjudicated bankrupt and has directly or indirectly made a gift—

(a) no decision as to whether the gift is void shall be made under section 57, 58 or 59 of the said Act of 1988 in respect of the making of the gift at any time when property of the person to whom the gift was made is subject to a freezing co-operation order, and

(b) any decision as to whether it is void made under any of those sections after the discharge of the freezing co-operation order shall take into account any realisation under this Act of property held by the person to whom the gift was made.