Prepare for the zombie company storm

Zombie companies harm other businesses because they trade while insolvent

Directors and business owners should expect to see the beginning of the pandemic fallout during the second half of 2022. Currently, Britain’s economy is operating with a dangerously high number of zombies, insolvent companies that: Earn just enough money to continue trading Are unable to pay off their debt This miserable and worrisome situation is…

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Increase in IVAs and personal insolvencies

Bankruptcies fall, but individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) and personal insolvency procedures increase in the first quarter of 2022

Personal insolvencies increased dramatically in the first quarter of 2022, according to the latest Government figures. Between January and March, the Insolvency Service reported 32,305 personal insolvencies, 14% more than during the first quarter of 2021. Clearly, the effects of the Covid-19 lockdowns are in full swing. Serious financial downfalls are to be expected as…

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Solutions for profitable but insolvent companies

If you’re the director of an insolvent but profitable company, now is the perfect time to consider your options. Why? Because the Government recently lifted restrictions placed on the insolvency regime to combat the economic fallout from Covid-19. Over the past two years, a lot of companies used these restrictions to stay profitable by avoiding…

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End of temporary insolvency measures

Creditors are now free to present a winding-up petition on a debtor company that owes over £750 following the lifting of the government's temporary CIGA 2020 insolvency measures

Last week, the Government withdrew the temporary insolvency measures introduced two years earlier to support businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Creditors could obtain winding-up petitions under the temporary legislation (enacted as part of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020). However, the debt threshold for winding-up petitions increased to £10,000 and creditors were compelled to:…

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How to challenge a statutory demand

Company directors, business owners, and individuals can expect to receive more statutory demands in 2022 compared to previous years. Why? Covid-19 has forced many people and companies to give more credit than usual, and making a statutory demand is the first thing they’ll do when attempting to recover overdue debts. A statutory demand is a…

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Creditors vulnerable without winding-up petitions

Creditors are vulnerable without statutory demands and winding-up petitions

The UK Government’s decision to extend the temporary restrictions on statutory demands and winding-up petitions for Covid-19 related debts until 31 December 2020 offers some reprieve for hundreds of thousands SMEs. However, statutory demands and winding-up petitions are essential to debt enforcement and insolvency proceedings. Consequently, it’s difficult to fathom how prohibiting creditors from engaging…

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