The Court of Appeal has allowed companies around the country to breathe a solvent sigh of relief, as it has held that the so-called "balance sheet" test of insolvency in s123(2) Insolvency Act 1996 is intended to apply where a company has reached a "point of no return" rather than being used as a "mechanistic, even artificial, reason for permitting a creditor to present a petition to wind up a company".