In an earlier piece, we explained what an account freezing order is and how to respond effectively to an account freezing order. In this article, we will talk about Freezing Order discharge grounds.
An Interim Freezing Order can be discharged on a number of grounds, and they may include:
Failure to establish the risk of the assets being dissipated
The purpose of Freezing Order is to prevent the dissipation of assets. For example, the fact that the defendant has acted wrongfully on the merits can be taken into account as evidence that the defendant is likely to attempt to dissipate assets. Therefore, if the applicant has not established the risk of the assets being dissipated, a Freezing Order may be discharged.
Failure to disclose all relevant facts to the court
As Freezing Orders are generally sought by claimants on ex parte (without the other party present), the applicant is under a duty to make full and frank disclosure. This means that the applicant must accurately and fully disclose all material facts to the court determining the application for the freezing order, including any facts that may adversely affect the applicant’s case. If an applicant does not comply with the duty of full and frank disclosure, or misrepresented the situation, the injunction is likely to be set aside.
Failure to ensure that the correct legal procedures and forms are used
A failure to disclose any legal principle or issue may also be considered a breach of the duty to give full and frank disclosure. This breach could also provide grounds for the order to be discharged.
Payment into Court
The respondent can pay the amount that is frozen into court and discharge the freezing injunction on that basis.
How Gherson can assist
Gherson litigation team has considerable experience conducting your arbitration, litigation, and freezing orders. We can advise you on whether there are grounds to apply to discharge or vary the terms of a freezing order. If you have a potential claim, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or alternatively, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.
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