Stein v Blake - Case Note
Stein v Blake  1AC 243 (Let me Google that for you) is a key case on insolvency set-off, affirming as it does 1972’s epochal National Westminster Bank Ltd v Halesowen as good law notwithstanding the arrival in the mean time of the Insolvency Act 1986 It has been treated as an authoritative statement of English law since 1972 that you cannot contract out of insolvency set-off. The insolvency set-off rules (currently made (British) flesh by the Insolvency Act 1986) operate automatically and are mandatory upon the commencement of winding-up.
The administrator must take account of all dealings between the creditor and the bankrupt (including future and contingent obligations and unliquidated sums owing). Sums due from one must be set off against the sums due from the other, except that sums due from the bankrupt cannot be included if, when the bankrupt debtor incurred them, the creditor knew of existing formal bankruptcy steps against that debtor:
- a resolution or petition to wind-up (if a company);
- an application for an administration order or of notice of intention to appoint an administrator (if a company); or
- a pending bankruptcy petition (if a natural person).
- Judgment transcript of Stein v Blake
- Insolvency set-off
- Insolvency Act 1986
- National Westminster Bank Ltd v Halesowen - Case Note