Is it legal for a shop chain to refuse to take vouchers when they are facing going into administration?

I know that HMV are now accepting vouchers, but reading this made me wonder about the legality of shops refusing to take them, just because the chain is going through a hard time.

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3 Responses to “Is it legal for a shop chain to refuse to take vouchers when they are facing going into administration?”

  1. Christopher says:

    A company cannot refuse to take its own gift vouchers – but once it goes into administration it is actually the administrators who are running the shops, not the company, and they are not bound by the same rules. They have the choice of whether to accept the vouchers or not – some do, some don’t.

  2. Jo W says:

    Once they are in administration, perfectly legal (but not prior to that).

  3. Who says:

    going into administration is not "a hard time"

    it means that they cant pay their bills. (i.e its bankrupt)

    It only goes into, and stays in, administration if the administrators think they can find a buyer for the whole company (or bits of it), or until they can sell off the companies assets (or whats left of them after they have sold off the bits that people want to buy.)

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