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The appointment of a receiver is a remedy for creditors and certain third parties to protect their interest in assets of a company. The creditor will typically be a chargeholder—that is, holder of security taken over property which must be registered to be effective.
This guide gives an introduction to the types of receiverships available and some of the effects of appointing a receiver. For links to the materials available in the Receivership subtopic, see: Receiverships—overview.
The following points are common to all forms of receivership:
a company need not be insolvent to be placed in receivership
the appointment of a receiver does not prevent other creditors from taking action against the company
the company’s ability to deal with the property subject to the receiver’s appointment will be restricted during the course of the receivership
following receivership, a company need not necessarily be liquidated (its affairs brought to an end). However, in practice, it often will be
Points specific to the various forms of receivership are set out below.
The Law of Property Act 1925 (LPA 1925) enables a mortgagee of a legal mortgage to appoint an LPA receiver:
when the mortgage moneys become due, and
after making a demand for payment under the terms of the mortgage
This right may alternatively (and more usually will) arise under the terms of
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