143. Vacation of office: charges and liabilities

(1) This Section applies where a person ceases to be the administrator of a Company (whether because he vacates office by reason of resignation, death or otherwise, because he is removed from office or because his appointment ceases to have effect).
(2) In this Section —
(a) "the former administrator" means the person referred to in subsection (1); and
(b) "cessation" means the time when he ceases to be the Company's administrator.
(3) The former administrator's remuneration and expenses shall be —
(a) charged on and payable out of property of which he had custody or control immediately before cessation; and
(b) payable in priority to any security to which Section 99 (Charged property: floating charge) applies.
(4) A sum payable in respect of a debt or liability arising out of a contract entered into by the former administrator or a predecessor before cessation shall be —
(a) charged on and payable out of property of which the former administrator had custody or control immediately before cessation; and
(b) payable in priority to any charge arising under subsection (3).
(5) Subsection (4) shall apply to a liability arising under a contract of employment which was adopted by the former administrator or a predecessor before cessation; and for that purpose —
(a) action taken within the period of fourteen (14) days after an administrator's appointment shall not be taken to amount or contribute to the adoption of a contract;
(b) no account shall be taken of a liability which arises, or in so far as it arises, by reference to anything which is done or which occurs before the adoption of the contract of employment; and
(c) no account shall be taken of a liability to make a payment other than wages or salary.
(6) In subsection (5)(c) "wages or salary" includes —
(a) a sum payable in respect of a period of holiday (for which purpose the sum shall be treated as relating to the period by reference to which the entitlement to holiday accrued);
(b) a sum payable in respect of a period of absence through illness or other good cause; and
(c) a sum payable in lieu of holiday.