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Recovery of payments from directors

178 Recovery of payments from directors

(1) This section applies when the payment of an amount out of the Compensation Fund has been made as a consequence of the act or omission of a corporation (including the payment of any amount to an administrator of the affairs and property of the corporation).
(2) The Secretary may recover, jointly or severally, from any person who was a director or persons who were directors of the corporation at the time of the relevant act or omission, the amount of the payment as a debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(3) In any proceedings for the recovery of an amount under this section, judgment is not to be entered against a defendant who proves that the act or omission occurred without the defendant's express or implied authority or consent.
(4) Proceedings may be brought for the recovery of an amount under this section whether or not the person against whom the proceedings are brought, or any other person, has been convicted of an offence in respect of the act or omission as a consequence of which the amount was paid.
(5) When this section renders a person or persons liable to pay an amount as a consequence of an act or omission of a corporation, the payment by the person or either or any of those persons of the whole or any part of the amount does not render the corporation liable to the person concerned in respect of the amount so paid.

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