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High Court Enforcement: What are my Options – Debtor owns Plant and Machinery?


In the world of debt recovery, navigating the complexities of High Court Enforcement can be challenging, especially when the debtor possesses valuable assets such as plant and machinery. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s crucial to understand your options and the potential avenues available to recover your debt effectively. In this article, we will explore the various options that High Court Enforcement offers when the debtor owns plant and machinery.

Option 1: Seizing Assets

High Court Enforcement provides a powerful tool for debt recovery through the ability to seize and sell assets owned by the debtor. When plant and machinery are the debtor’s primary assets, they can be a valuable source for debt recovery. By obtaining a Writ of Control from the High Court, a High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) can visit the debtor’s premises and identify, seize, and secure the plant and machinery for later sale at auction. The proceeds from the sale can then be used to satisfy the debt.

Option 2: Controlled Goods Agreement

Another option to consider is entering into a Controlled Goods Agreement (CGA) with the debtor. This agreement allows the debtor to retain possession of their plant and machinery while granting the HCEO the authority to take control of the assets. The debtor is required to make regular payments towards the debt, and failure to comply can result in the HCEO returning to seize the assets for sale. CGAs provide a balance between debt recovery and allowing the debtor to continue their business operations.

Option 3: Third-Party Ownership Claims

In some instances, the debtor may claim that the plant and machinery are not owned by them but by a third party. In such cases, it is essential to conduct thorough due diligence to verify the ownership claims. High Court Enforcement Officers have the expertise to investigate and determine the validity of such claims. If the claims are proven false, the HCEO can proceed with seizing and selling the assets to recover the debt.

Option 4: Negotiated Repayment Plans

In certain situations, it may be mutually beneficial to explore negotiated repayment plans with the debtor. This option allows for the debtor to repay the debt in installments over an agreed period. While it may take longer to recover the full amount owed, it can provide a more sustainable solution for both parties, particularly if the debtor’s business relies heavily on the plant and machinery.


High Court Enforcement offers a range of options when attempting to recover debts from debtors who own plant and machinery. By working with a reputable High Court Enforcement company, such as Shergroup, you can ensure that your debt recovery efforts are handled professionally and efficiently. Shergroup’s experienced High Court Enforcement Officers are well-versed in dealing with various debtor scenarios, including those involving valuable assets like plant and machinery.

If you require assistance in recovering a debt where the debtor owns plant and machinery, visit Shergroup’s website at Their dedicated team can provide expert guidance and tailor a strategy to meet your specific needs. Don’t let outstanding debts hinder your business growth any longer – take action and leverage the power of High Court Enforcement to secure what is rightfully yours.

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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