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Critical steps to safeguarding recruitment business cash flow

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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...

Restructure to Recover

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How do estate agents in financial distress ensure their long term survival? Partner Tim Francis teams up with Ken Touhey, Director of IRL insolvency practitioners, to explain how a financial restructure can often be the best route to...

Furlough or forlorn? Employee issues post insolvency

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A great deal of uncertainty has been created in recent weeks as a result of the unprecedented measures employed to aid businesses in their response to the novel Coronavirus. Among the most notable is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS), which allows...

Companies House insolvency filings: easing the burden on insolvency practitioners

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In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Insolvency Service released a bulletin yesterday announcing temporary changes to delivery requirements for statutory insolvency forms. As a result of these amendments, practitioners will now be able to send such...

Disguised problems for businesses facing adjourned winding-up petitions?

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With much-needed emergency legislation and guidance still on the horizon, the High Court conducted its first remote hearings of the Companies Court Winding-up List yesterday. We heard last week that the judiciary had postponed list hearings by...

Government changes to insolvency law not as clear-cut as they seem

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Domestic business has already been severely impacted by the spread of the Coronavirus. With ministers announcing that restrictive ‘lockdown’ measures may well persist for up to six months, the government has been forced to consider...

Debenhams crisis: suppliers have options to consider

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Despite reassurances from Debenhams’ chairman and CEO, suppliers of the department store will be understandably concerned by the recent press coverage of its woes. After all, it is common for suppliers of large retailers to suffer when those retailers...

Why are fixed and floating charges necessary?

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Francis Wilks & Jones is regularly instructed to advise lenders in the alternative finance market. This includes Asset Based Lenders (ABLs), platform finance providers and private lenders. The most important thing to any lender is ensuring that risk is...

Can a charge-holder appoint an administrator after a company has been wound up?

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Ordinarily, once a company is wound up there is a ban on the appointment of an administrator. However, there is a rarely used exception in the Insolvency Act 1986, Paragraph 37 of Schedule B1, which allows a qualifying charge-holder to apply to the court...