Life after Nortel

Life after Nortel

Eleanor Stephens spoke to Raquel Agnello QC of Erskine Chambers who believes the Pensions Regulator can breathe a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court’s decision in Nortel.

Original news

Re Nortel GMBH (in administration) and other companies Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) and other companies [2013] UKSC 52, [2013] All ER (D) 283 (Jul)

The Supreme Court considered whether the liability that would arise on a financial support direction (FSD) being served by the Pensions Regulator pursuant to the Pensions Act 2004 (PA 2004) on a company in administration ranked as an expense of the administration or a provable debt. The Supreme Court decided the company’s liability under the FSD regime, arising pursuant to a FSD issued after the company had gone into administration, ranked as a provable debt of the company and not an expense of the administration.

What did the Supreme Court decide?

The Supreme Court has ruled that sums claimed under an FSD

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About the author:
Eleanor qualified in 1998 into the insolvency team at ASB law. She became a partner in 2005, and went on to head up the Recovery & Insolvency team. Whilst traditionally specialising mainly in contentious corporate insolvency matters, in recent years she has moved into the non contentious arena, in particular specialising in company administrations.