*Birdi v Price and another

Bankruptcy – Bankrupt's estate. A former bankrupt's claim against the first defendant former trustee in bankruptcy (the first trustee) and the second defendant, his successor, failed. The claims concerned the first trustee's seizure and sale of equipment which the claimant, a motor technician, alleged did not form part of the bankruptcy estate, but fell within the exception in s 283(2) of the Insolvency Act 1986, as being necessary for his personal use in his employment, business or vocation. In dismissing the claims for conversion and for an account, the Chancery Division considered, among other things, the proper approach to be applied in respect of the s 283(2) exception, and the effect of s 299(5) of the Act, in particular, whether the discharge of a trustee in bankruptcy operated as an absolute bar to liability.

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