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Fraud for Thought - Are major banks already abandoning the voluntary code designed to protect consumers from fraud after just 18 months?

Kieran Cummins
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As transferring money has become easier than ever, an increasing number of people have fallen victim to authorised push payment (“APP”) scams. On an annual basis, APP scams are totalling more than £400 million per year in the UK alone, and,...

Don't forget! Major changes to the workings of VAT for the construction industry coming into effect on Monday 1 March 2021

Chris Willison
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This coming Monday, 1 March 2021, the ‘Domestic Reverse Charge’ (“DRC”) is finally coming into effect. Under the new rules, businesses providing services caught by the Construction Industry Scheme (“CIS”) to other...

Executing asset based lending documents electronically

Chris Willison
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In a blog posted on 10 September 2019, ' E-signatures in commercial contracts: More clarity please ', we explained how simple contracts and deeds could be executed using electronic signatures, but recommended that lenders still ensure the current...

The Debt Respite Scheme Regulations 2020

Shona  Houghton
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From 4 May 2021 individual debtors facing debt problems will be granted some legal protection from creditor actions under The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (the...

Non-crystallisation of floating charges over eligible companies

Sally Bradshaw
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Secured creditors will be very familiar with the concept that the floating charge contained in their security can be “crystallised”. Crystallisation of a floating charge, when the company’s ability to deal with certain of its assets freely...

HMRC as a secondary preferential creditor: implications for asset based lenders - part 2

Chris Willison
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In our blog posted on 16 September 2019 , we warned that the government was introducing legislation to make HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvency proceedings for certain tax debts paid by employees and customers (“Crown...

Critical steps to safeguarding recruitment business cash flow

Tim Francis
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  In a recent global survey, 77% of businesses said that their hiring plans were impacted by COVID-19. On the surface, not great news for those in the recruitment sector. But it’s not all doom and gloom and there are steps recruitment...

Commercial tenants' rights during COVID-19

Barry McGouran
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The government's  Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic  (the "Code") is designed to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses suffering...

Reverse charge for construction now delayed until 1 March 2021

Chris Willison
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HMRC recently announced that it was delaying the Domestic Reverse Charge for Building and Construction Services until 1 March 2021. The charge, which was due to be introduced on 1 October 2019 but was subsequently postponed until 1 October 2020, is aimed at...

More evidence that the courts will penalise COVID-19 opportunists

Shona  Houghton
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In the recent case of Stanley v London Borough of Tower Hamlets [2020] EWHC 1622 (QB) , the judge, Mr Justice Julian Knowles, determined that it was unreasonable for Stanley’s solicitor to have served their claim by post during lockdown. The...

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