570. General rule as to priority of bankruptcy expenses.

The expenses of the bankruptcy are payable out of the bankrupt's estate in the following order of priority:


    (1)     expenses or costs which: (a) are properly chargeable or incurred by the official receiver or the trustee in preserving, realising or getting in any of the assets of the bankrupt or otherwise relating to the conduct of any legal proceedings which the official receiver or the trustee has power to bring (whether the claim on which the proceedings are based forms part of the bankrupt's estate or otherwise) or defend; (b) relate to the employment of a shorthand writer, if