Tag Archives: insolvency

Quick Guide and On-Line Tool: Unlocking UK Businesses

Organisations need to understand how they can prepare ahead of the UK government preparing to bring the country out of lockdown, while not necessarily knowing the timescales or details of how restrictions will be lifted, or in what order. We have prepared a  quick guide  to help UK businesses start to think about some of … Continue Reading

Is Presenting A Winding Up Petition Too Much Of A Risk (UK)?

Further to our blog about measures announced by the Government to protect commercial tenants from “aggressive” rent collection strategies, the Government subsequently confirmed that the restrictions will apply (unless extended) from: 27 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 for presentation of winding-up petitions; and 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020 for statutory demands. However, … Continue Reading

UK Business Extremes of Covid-19

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the measures introduced by the UK government to halt the spread of the contagion have inflicted an unprecedented shock to the UK labour market. Social distancing and lockdown measures have resulted in many non-essential stores having to close temporarily and/or stop trading to minimise gatherings and the spread of the virus. The … Continue Reading

Bouncebackability – UK Government Unveils Latest Coronavirus Loan Scheme Variant For Smaller Businesses

In a statement to the House of Commons on 27 April 2020, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer announced another loan scheme designed to support business to ‘bridge’ the economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sitting alongside the CCFF, CLBILS and CBIL, the new scheme is targeted at the very smallest businesses that have … 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

Summary of European Governments’ Financial Support: updated to include the Middle East

On 7 April, we launched our Summary of European Governments Financial Support, to provide a quick and easy guide to what support is available to businesses. Please view our updated version of the guide, with additional content for a number of key Middle East countries. Throughout Europe and the Middle East, governments have sought to … Continue Reading

Directors’ Duties – a Guide for Polish Businesses

This quick guide summarises the duties that directors of  Polish 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 … Continue Reading

Directors’ Duties – a Guide for Belgium Businesses

This quick guide summarises the duties that directors of Belgium 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 … Continue Reading

Knowing your Focaccia from your Furlough – the UK Court serves up some clarification about furloughing employees where the company is in administration

The High Court has delivered the first decision on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Scheme”), in the context of the Carluccio’s administration. As we have previously discussed, despite further clarification from HMRC over recent days, there remain some unanswered questions regarding the detailed operation of the Scheme, given that the Scheme’s exact legal framework … Continue Reading

What do the statistics say about the impact of Covid-19 on UK businesses?

As the UK enters its fourth week in lockdown, the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has begun to materialise for many businesses. To support individuals and businesses moving forward and to assist them in producing contingency plans, the Office for National Statistics, one of UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics, has provided a … Continue Reading

Updated Guide: How to access European Governments’ financial support packages

Last week we launched our European Government Financial Support guide setting out what financial support businesses in different jurisdictions could access to help manage financial distress caused by Covid-19.  We have updated this with new details for Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovakia. To access the updated guide – click here.… Continue Reading

Q&A: How should UK Insolvency Practitioners deal with active cases during COVID-19?

COVID-19 and Government-imposed restrictions are placing an unprecedented strain on everyone and businesses and individuals may be facing extreme financial pressure. COVID-19 is impacting businesses throughout the supply chain in most, if not all, sectors. This may mean that clients and debtors are unable to meet their obligations and there may need to be changes … Continue Reading

COVID-19 (UK): Small mercies – HMRC clarify position on insolvency proceedings

In a move that will be greeted with a small sigh of relief by individuals, businesses and insolvency practitioners affected by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published new guidance on its approach to insolvency procedures. The guidance covers: Ongoing voluntary arrangements (VA), and HMRC’s enforcement activity… Continue Reading

Job Retention Scheme- Important Updates for UK Insolvency Practitioners

On Saturday 4 April, HMRC issued further guidance on the Job Retention Scheme (“JRS”). Given the unprecedented economic backdrop against which the JRS is being introduced, the exact workings of it are still being developed and clarified, with each announcement in turn giving rise to further questions for employers and employees. We have produced a … Continue Reading
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