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Personal liability for PAYE, and all that Hoey (UK)

The Court of Appeal recently handed down its judgment in the Hoey case. The case is noteworthy because it helps illustrate the extent of HMRC’s powers to collect tax by shifting compliance obligations from one person to another. As can be readily appreciated, this could be particularly of note for directors of companies that have … Continue Reading

(UK) In What Circumstances Can Directors be Personally Liable for Company Taxes?

A lot is said about directors’ duties – ensuring that they are complied with to avoid potential claims resulting in personal liability – and that remains the case. However, as officers of a limited liability company, directors should also be aware of the circumstances in which they could be personally liable for the company’s tax … Continue Reading

Directors of Dissolved Companies and COVID Fraud

On 12 May 2021, The Rating (Coronavirus) and Director Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill passed through the Commons stages unaltered and recently passed the Committee stage at the House of Lords on 10 November 2021. The Report stage will be taking place on 1 December 2021.… Continue Reading

Examination and Prosecution Risks Will Increase for Australian Directors and Third Parties Amid the Economic Uncertainty

For the past year, many Australian businesses, ranging from very significant publicly listed corporations, to much smaller family businesses, have benefited from public and private relief measures intended to soften the impact of COVID-19. Although those measures were introduced as a direct result of pandemic-related concerns, the economic reality in many sectors was already uncertain … Continue Reading

Pensions Schemes Act – Why should UK insolvency practitioners be concerned?

The Pensions Schemes Act received Royal Assent yesterday (11 February). For those involved in restructuring it is important to be aware that the Act introduces new offences, carrying hefty fines and the possibility of imprisonment that apply to “any person”.  Given the wide scope of the drafting the new offences could capture directors, insolvency practitioners, … Continue Reading

Have UK Insolvency Practitioners Lost the Protection of Release Clauses?

In the third (and final) of our blog series on recent CVA cases, in Rhino Enterprises Properties Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 2370 (Ch), the High Court gave permission for misfeasance proceedings to be brought against two former joint administrators. This was despite an approved Company Voluntary Arrangement (“CVA”) containing a clause releasing the joint … Continue Reading

Further suspension of UK wrongful trading laws introduced

On 26 November 2020, The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Liability for Wrongful Trading and Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2020 (the “Regulations”) came into force. The Regulations have exactly the same impact as the suspension of liability for wrongful trading that was brought into force by the Corporate Insolvency … Continue Reading

Quick Guide to Directors’ Duties across Europe

Different countries frame the exact description of the role of directors of a company in different terms. One feature is common to all – the obligation not to continue trading if a company is insolvent. Again, the detailed implications of doing so vary from one jurisdiction to another. We have produced a consolidated guide to … Continue Reading

Preparing for the “New” Normal: Key Points for Australian Businesses to Consider

Our quick guide, “Preparing for the “New Normal” – Key Points for Australian Businesses to Consider” focuses on key issues for Australian businesses to consider in determining their viability as Australia continues to “unlock”.  This guide considers a range of issues, including: Cash flow and financing Supply and demand Employee considerations Operational costs Directors’ duties … Continue Reading

Walking the Tightrope of Wrongful Trading: Temporary “Suspension” of Liability in the UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

On 20 May 2020, the UK Government introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the “Bill”)  to the House of Commons. The aim of the Bill was temporarily to amend corporate insolvency laws to give companies the best possible chance of weathering the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the significant measures can be … Continue Reading

Quick Guide to Directors’ Duties across Europe

Different countries frame the exact description of the role of directors of a company in different terms. One feature is common to all – the obligation not to continue trading if a company is insolvent. Again, the detailed implications of doing so vary from one jurisdiction to another. We have produced a consolidated guide setting … Continue Reading

Directors’ Duties – A Guide for Italian Businesses

This quick guide summarises the duties that directors of Italian companies are subject to and how those duties change when the company is insolvent or at risk of being insolvent. It also gives an overview of the personal risk to directors when the company is in financial difficulty and suggests some practical tips to help mitigate … Continue Reading
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