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Insolvency

Prepare your business for Brexit, deal or no-deal

Irrespective of who becomes the UK’s next Prime Minister, it’s essential that business owners prepare for Brexit. Cynical business leaders may take advantage if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) without an exit deal on 31 October. It’s likely they will show no loyalty to European suppliers after the leave date. Consequently, don’t be…

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Blame bad management, not Brexit for insolvencies

Corporate insolvencies are on the rise, but why? Some ‘experts’ have been quick to associate Brexit with the collapse of manufacturer British Steel, fashion retailer Arcadia, and the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group – but I doubt these collapses have anything to do with our decision to leave the European Union. When business was booming in…

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New reforms are great, but who protects unsecured creditors?

Unsecured creditors

In a controversial speech to the  Insolvency Practitioner’s Association  earlier this year, Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Jackson (best-known for his 2010 report into civil litigation costs) made several recommendations, which Justice Secretary Michael Gove has already begun to implement. As a result, from 1 April 2016, unsuccessful defendants will no longer be held…

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Did Sir Philip Green asset-strip BHS and cause its collapse?

Sir Philip Green BHS

Giving evidence to a government inquiry recently, Sir Philip Green claimed to have worked diligently to avoid one of his best-known retail brands going into liquidation. Nevertheless, the Insolvency Service must establish if Sir Philip had asset-stripped BHS and caused its collapse. Last month, fashion tycoon Sir Philip appeared before the  Business, Innovation and Skills…

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Insolvency & Law Shortlisted for “Insolvency and Restructuring Firm of the Year 2016″ award

Insolvency and Restructuring Firm of the Year

London-based magazine Finance Monthly, which is distributed to more than 100,000 readers across the globe, recently shortlisted Insolvency & Law (I&L) in the category of British ‘Insolvency and Restructuring firm of the year, as part of the  eighth annual Finance Monthly Global Awards. To celebrate the nomination, below, I&L director Peter Murray shares his thoughts…

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Why winding up petitions are more efficient than county courts

Why winding up petitions are more efficient than county courts

We recently spoke with a client who for the previous three months had been chasing a customer with an outstanding invoice of just over £50,000. The client was considering litigation in the county court to retrieve the money and I suggested that a quicker and more cost-effective route might be to issue a winding-up petition.…

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