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1. Yes, you can wind up your company in England and the claim for injury to the thumb is then merely another unsecured claim in the liquidation. So, it is perfectly possible to simply wind up your company to defeat the claim. The claim would continue but any award given would merely be an unsecured claim in the liquidation. The claim need not be defended as recoveries would only be an unsecured claim, provided your company was insolvent when liquidated.
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3. There is no point in going into liquidation if it is going to be a solvent liquidation as then you will have to pay the full value of the claim. That would be a stupid move, if the company is solvent. You need to think of a different approach as that is just a clown's move, if the company is solvent.
4. My own view is that you are worrying unduly. Not every claimant wins in court in Ireland. I would advise you to simply fight it out and take the verdict when it comes. Awards are small to drunk Plaintiffs, if they win. Once there are high jinks involved, they generally lose. The more you give this Plaintiff hope, by offering money, the money you will get ridden for as much as your worth. You will then be perceived as being the outsider with money! You can speak to the public liability insurers about offering money, but again, you will lose out, as you don't really have a liability for a two year old chair. You are only showing you are a soft touch. There is a lack of any backbone in your approach to things.