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Archive for December 2010

Is Vince Cable Brave Enough to Take on the Insolvency Industry?

When we blogged about David Cameron’s u-turn on insolvency reform back in October, who would’ve imagined that Business Secretary Vince Cable would follow suit – certainly not us. In June, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) released a damning report calling for sweeping reforms of the insolvency industry. Cable was supposed to respond to the…

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We Pay the Price When HMRC Bends Rules for Football Clubs

Accusations of corporate tax avoidance have plagued Top Shop owner Sir Philip Green and telecommunication giants Vodaphone in recent weeks, but football clubs are often the worst offenders. Take Plymouth Argyle for instance. The League One club has managed to accrue a whopping £7 million of debt including an £800,000 liability from Her Majesty’s Revenue…

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Corporate Insolvency to Rise in 2011, Despite Xmas Boost

Research carried out by insolvency trade body R3 has found that nearly 50 per cent of UK businesses are currently experiencing falling profits. The new ‘Business Distress Index’ found that 750,000 businesses had seen a reduction in their sales volumes and 32 per cent had experienced a recent fall in market share. Last year, a…

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Insolvency Fees and Charges: Honda Dispute Highlights Need for Reform

A recent court ruling into the conduct of administrators at BDO and PKF highlights the need for an independent review into insolvency practitioners (IPs) and their regulations – something I’ve been blogging about for many months. The dispute centred on Formula One team Super Aguri whose directors appointed three joint administrators from PKF following the…

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