Supreme Court Enables Creditor’s Enforcement

    View Author July 2020

    In Marex Financial Ltd v Sevilleja [2020] UKSC 31, the UK Supreme Court has opened the way for a judgment creditor to sue a controller of companies who denuded the companies and placed them in liquidation to defeat the creditor’s enforcement of a US$5 million judgment. The Court of Appeal had ruled that the creditor was caught by the so-called “reflective principle” that prevents shareholders recovering losses suffered in common with the company. Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and other common law jurisdictions are almost certain to follow suit.