Do some creditors rank higher than others in terms of distribution?

This is the general order of priority for payment of dividends (S435 CA):

  • Rates and taxes
  • Cost and expenses of winding up
  • Preferential debts e.g. wages/salaries, workmen’s compensation/leave entitlement
  • Floating charges e.g. debentures (secured charge)
  • Ordinary unsecured creditors e.g. judgment creditors, general body of creditors
  • Members/shareholders (only when creditors have been paid in full)

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