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A bankrupt cannot avoid an Income Payments Order by simply declaring himself bankrupt again

Although the decision has been overturned by the Court of Appeal, it is reassuring that the view remains that a bankrupt cannot avoid an IPO by simply declaring himself bankrupt for a second time.

The Court took a sensible view that the provisions for discharged and undischarged bankrupts should mirror each other. Further, if a bankrupt falsely declares himself bankrupt in order to avoid certain debts, the Court is likely to annul the bankruptcy or may also make other appropriate orders.

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