Rachael Markham

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Energy Prices Decrease as Interest Rates Increase – where does this leave UK Businesses?

Following the UK government announcing that UK businesses will benefit from a reduction in energy costs to help combat rising energy costs, details of the proposed scheme have now been released. Under the scheme, a discount will be automatically applied to the bills of those businesses that are eligible to receive it, namely businesses that … Continue Reading

Support for businesses following the UK government’s announcement about help with energy costs

Last week, the new Prime Minster announced a 6 month scheme to help businesses with rising energy costs.  Although further details are awaited, the scheme is likely to reflect the support being provided to consumers, by offering a guarantee that discounts the unit costs for gas and electricity.  Recognising that businesses have not benefitted from … Continue Reading

(UK) Court Crams Down HMRC in the latest SME Restructuring Plan

There has been very little to indicate how HM Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) might approach a restructuring plan (RP), following HMRC’s preferential status being restored in 2020.     The reinstatement of HMRC as a preferential creditor potentially makes company voluntary arrangements non-viable if HMRC do not support, but what about RPs?   RPs introduced for the first … Continue Reading

(UK) Insolvency litigation and funding—can the court limit relief to the amount required to place the company ‘on the cusp’ of solvency?

In PGD (in liquidation) Manolete Partners plc v Hope Mr Justice Zacaroli considered whether it was possible and/or appropriate to limit the quantum of relief granted in insolvency litigation to the amount required to pay the liquidation debts, costs and expenses where the claim had been assigned to a third-party litigation funder. Zacaroli J held … Continue Reading

Recent data reveals how much it might cost to enter a moratorium

Although there have not been many moratoriums since they were introduced, there have been a few, and according to data collected for this recent interim report, the costs of appointing a monitor and entering into a moratorium appear to be fairly reasonable.  This will provide comfort to both corporates and practitioners who (understandably) might be … Continue Reading

(UK) To Whom Should Insolvency Claims Be Assigned? 

It is often the case, that insolvency claims are pursued against former directors of the insolvent company or persons connected to them.  It is also often the case, that such claims are assigned to a litigation funding company given lack of funds in the insolvent estate to pursue them.  This is what happened in Lock … Continue Reading

The Effect of Sanctions on Supply Contracts

The impact of Russia Sanctions has, as we have seen in the US with the first Chapter 11 filing (see our previous blog) started to have an adverse impact on businesses that have connections with Russia.  The impact on supply chains, and the consequences for business remain at the forefront of discussions and in our … Continue Reading

What is the Impact of Recent Policy Changes on a Lender’s Appetite to Lend and UK Business Recovery?

As part of our business recovery and resilience series, our fourth video from Aysha Fernandes (Commercial Finance Director at UK Finance), answers this question as well as commenting on what trends UK Finance have been seeing as we start to come through the pandemic.  To listen to Aysha’s answer click here. Our previous video answering … Continue Reading

Business Recovery: How Should UK Companies Approach HMRC for Support?

As part of our business recovery and resilience series, our third video from Rob O’Hare (PSL in our Tax  team), responds to the question: How should companies approach HMRC for support and what support might they expect?  To listen to Rob’s answer click here. We will also shortly be releasing an alert explaining the situations … Continue Reading

(UK) New Look Appeal Settled – What Does This Mean For CVAs?

Last year we saw two pivotal judgments handed down, Regis and New Look.  These both concerned challenges brought by landlords, as to the manner in which landlord claims were treated in Regis’ and New Looks’, company voluntary arrangements (CVA).  In the New Look case, landlords sought to attack the company’s CVA from all angles, with … Continue Reading

Managing Your European Business in Light of Sanctions imposed on Russia

The huge and devastating impact of COVID-19 on people, economies and business was unforeseen, and although (in the UK, at least, with all restrictions now lifted) the pressures created by COVID-19 are hopefully a thing of the past, businesses are seeing new challenges impacting recovery, trade and growth. It is saddening to watch the developments … Continue Reading

Does your UK businesses have a Plan A, when Plan B ends?

With the end of all Plan B restrictions in sight, 2022 should (fingers crossed) be a better year for UK businesses who have faced a long and tough challenge managing issues such as Brexit, supply chain, the sustainability agenda, ESG, regulatory change and cash flow alongside the unpredictability of COVID. Throughout the pandemic we have … Continue Reading

New UK Rules Governing Unpaid Commercial Rent

Landlords and tenants have both had their own struggles with paying or recovering rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rent arrears accrued during 2020 as sectors, such as retail and hospitality, remained closed for a large part of the year and in an effort to support businesses get back on their feet, landlords were prohibited from … Continue Reading

Temporary insolvency practice direction provides certainty about administration appointments

Throughout the pandemic we have seen a succession of temporary practice directions, enabling practitioners to deal with the swearing of notices of intention (NOI) and notices of appointment (NOA) of administrators remotely, as well as answering a question which the judiciary had grappled with several times – when does a notice of intention or notice … Continue Reading

UK Court Sanctions First “Mid-tier” Company Restructuring Plan

Opening the door for the SME market, Sir Alistair Norris has sanctioned the first ever restructuring plan for a “mid-market” company.  The plan sanctioned in Amicus Finance PLC (in administration) is also the first restructuring plan proposed by insolvency practitioners and the first to cram down a secured creditor. The sanction judgment is short, but … Continue Reading

Settling Tax Debts: How Much Support Will HMRC Provide To Your UK business?

Following the UK business secretary offering assurance that HMRC will take a ‘cautious approach’ to recovering tax debts (see our previous blog), HMRC has now published guidance outlining its approach. This guidance also explains how HMRC might respond where a business has taken advantage of one of the government backed lending schemes (such as a … Continue Reading
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