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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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It can be argued that by restricting the filing of statutory demands and winding up petitions for Covid-19-realted debts, the Government has targeted all industry sectors with a blunt instrument. Covid-19 did not adversely affect every business in Britain. Indeed, many continued to operate throughout the lockdown period, and some of them thrived. We need…

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While the restricted use of statutory demands and winding-up petitions will provide a lifeline for many struggling companies, the move also forces creditors chasing overdue debts into an already overburdened court system. As it stands, the only remedy to enforce payment of a debt is through a High Court enforcement officer. You may send out…

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• Statutory demands and winding-up petitions have been temporarily suspended to help kick-start the economy

The Government’s decision to suspend the filing of Statutory Demands and Winding-up Petitions is a huge blow for creditors seeking to collect payment of outstanding debts. As a result of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, a creditor’s only debt enforcement remedies are through the county court via either a bailiff or a third-party debt…

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A Winding Up Petition (WUP) is the most serious action that can be taken against a company and usually is only issued if a creditor is determined to recover an undisputed debt or put the company out of business because the debtor company is believed to be insolvent. The creditor will issue a statutory demand,…

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