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The court confirms that landlords have the right to forfeit a lease if its tenant enters a CVA. What practical impact does this have on landlord claims?

Can a CVA bind a landlord in respect of future rents? Is the landlord a creditor in respect of future rent? What about the right to forfeit; can a CVA modify that right? Is compromising rent under a CVA automatically unfair to landlords when other trade creditors are paid in full? These were some of … Continue Reading

What caused the collapse of Thomas Cook?

Thomas Cook is the latest holiday company and high street retailer to hit the headlines with its collapse into liquidation. It comes at a huge cost to the Government and Civil Aviation Authority who bear the cost of repatriating an estimated 150,000 holidaymakers. In addition, over 22,000 worldwide jobs are now at risk and there … Continue Reading

Cryptocurrencies: practical considerations in insolvencies

In a recent report by INSOL International, only 5% of insolvency practitioners (“IPs”) said that they had a “comprehensive or practical/working or understanding” of crypto-currency. So with over 4,000 types of cryptocurrency now available and as payment technology continues to develop, we look at some issues facing IPs, including How to identify cryptocurrency How to … Continue Reading

The Government fails to listen to lenders as it presses on with reforms which may stifle UK enterprise

  We reported last week that the Government intends to proceed with its proposal to reinstate HMRC as a preferential creditor on insolvency, which could spell disaster for UK businesses, lenders and the UK economy. The Government has failed to listen to lenders and others who responded to the Government’s consultation about the impact of … Continue Reading

Draft Finance Bill published: HMRC preferential status on insolvency confirmed

Today the Government published draft provisions for inclusion in the Finance Bill which will amend the Insolvency Act 1986 and grant HMRC preferential status on insolvency. A status that was removed in 2003 but which will be re-instated (in part) from 6 April 2020. Despite huge concern from the lending market, voiced in responses to the … Continue Reading

Clean Air: is your business ready?

There in an increasing focus on emissions and pollution through various regulations and initiatives. You may have seen coverage of, or taken part in activities for “Clean Air Day” on 20 June 2019, a campaign to grow awareness about air pollution. Clean Air legislation has of course been around for a number of decades, with … Continue Reading

When do the Hong Kong Courts have jurisdiction to make a bankruptcy order against a foreign debtor?

Hong Kong is known to be an international business hub, and also serves as a gateway to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which has over 65 countries participating in developing infrastructure and investment initiatives between East Asia and Europe. High value transactions are commonplace and one way to protect the interests of Hong Kong businesses … Continue Reading

Back to the future? The return of Crown preference

The proposal to reinstate Crown preference in insolvency has met resistance from all angles; the insolvency profession, turnaround experts, accountants, lawyers and funders. But despite HMRC’s bold statement in its consultation paper that the re-introduction of Crown preference will have little impact on funders, it is clear following a discussion with lenders that it may … Continue Reading

HMRC, preferential treatment and insolvency – uncertain times for funders

This morning Squire Patton Boggs in conjunction with R3 hosted representatives from across the business community to discuss the proposed return of Crown preference in insolvency. Following the Government announcing in last Autumn’s Budget that HMRC’s preferential status will be restored in part in April 2020, Squire Patton Boggs together with R3 and representatives from … Continue Reading

Can directors file an out of hours administration appointment?

With the introduction of electronic filing which allows parties to file documents at court 24/7 we consider the recent case of Wright v HMV Ecommerce Limited (2019) in which the court was asked to confirm whether administrators were validly appointed following the directors filing a notice of appointment after the court office was closed.… Continue Reading

Relief from forfeiture – in the balance

The demise of high street retail and the insolvency of household names, including Woolworths, BHS, and more recently Debenhams and Monsoon has been a real headache for property owners. The moratorium created by administration ties the hands of landlords, preventing them from forfeiting leases without first having obtained the consent of the administrator or the … Continue Reading

Careful Consideration Can Pay Dividends

Following our 2016 article, the Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the High Court that dividends are liable to challenge as transactions defrauding creditors under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (the “IA”). The case of BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana S.A. & Others [2019] EWCA Civ 112 should serve as a … Continue Reading

Beware SoLR Power in Energy Administrations

With the gradual opening of energy supply markets allowing new energy providers to challenge the established providers and bring increased competition to the market, the last two decades have seen an increase in smaller energy providers entering the market and sharing a growing customer base. But what happens to the customers when an energy provider … Continue Reading

Landlord’s Rights: Enforcement options in insolvency

When dealing with a debtor or a tenant that has fallen behind with its payment obligations, one of the most cost effective ways of a creditor/landlord reducing its exposure against that entity will be to take advantage of a “self-help” remedy, such as taking possession of the entity’s assets and selling them in repayment of … Continue Reading
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