Law firm wound-up for offering dubious personal COMI shift advice

Law firm wound-up for offering dubious personal COMI shift advice
A legal firm in Hull, Lovell Hill & Co LLP (LHC), was wound up by the High Court, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service. The investigation showed that Lovell Hill & Co had been offering relocation services to Germans seeking to take advantage of the shorter bankruptcy discharge periods in the UK. Parts of the services provided were unlawful in that they sought to give the false impression that the German citizen's COMI was in the UK, when in fact it was in Germany. 

What happened in the case?

LHC was wound-up on 20 January 2014, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.LHC had acted as bankruptcy relocation advisers to German nationals who wished to wrongly claim their COMI was in England and Wales for bankruptcy purposes.During its investigation into the conduct of LHC, the Insolvency Service found a number of things that gave rise to LHC's misconduct. LHC enabled bankrupts living outside the UK to mislead the bankruptcy court in England and Wales by claiming they were UK residents. The investigation found that:

  1. bankrupts had never occupied properties in Hull given

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