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Category Archives: News

Block adjournment of winding-up petitions

25 March 2020: On 23 March 2020, an Insolvency and Companies Court Judge set out the Court’s emergency response to managing winding-up hearings during the current lockdown. It was decided that the general winding-up list cannot presently be conducted remotely and that existing winding-up petitions should be adjourned to ensure the safety of all....
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Not so fast…

19 March 2020:  There were of course a raft of changes announced in the new Budget on 11 March but one of the more significant in our line of work was that the partial return of Crown preference will be delayed to 1 December 2020.  This had been expected to come in to force for...
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Buy Cheap, Buy Twice?

12 March 2020: Contact was made with our Milton Keynes office by the director of a Company who had been placed into solvent liquidation more than two years prior. For those not in the know, a solvent liquidation is known as a Members’ Voluntary Liquidation (“MVL”) and, here at BRI, we generally aim to...
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BRI Northampton Annual Quiz

9 March 2020: A great evening was had by all at BRI’s annual quiz, which was held at the Marriott hotel in Northampton on Thursday 5 March 2020. We had yet another amazing turn-out with 36 teams of 4 taking part. After an hour or so of testing questions, a music round, a couple of picture...
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Directors’ duties cease on insolvency – or do they?

4 March 2020: In the recent matter of System Building Services Group Limited (in liquidation) the Court confirmed that a director’s fiduciary duties continued after the appointment of an administrator or liquidator and the subsequent purchase by the sole director/shareholder of a company asset from the office holder was held to be in breach...
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Trust me, I’m an Insolvency Practitioner

19 February 2020:  With Members Voluntary Liquidations (“MVL”) (solvent liquidations), making up a significant proportion of the formal appointments currently being taken across the 6 BRI offices,  we often find ourselves pitching against low fee quotes found on the Internet. A recent e-mail received from a competitor by a referring accountant was forwarded to us. We...
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Location, Location, Location

14 February 2020: A company with a long trading history in the Milton Keynes area was recently referred to us due to mounting cash flow issues. During an initial meeting with us it became apparent that a liquidation process was, unfortunately, the most suitable way forward for them. So, what were the lessons to be...
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An early Valentine’s Day poem

4 February 2020: Roses are red, grass is green, after 11th of March, Entrepreneurs’ Relief may no longer be seen. The next Budget will be held on 11 March 2020 and it is expected that the Government will deliver on its manifesto commitment to review and reform Entrepreneurs’ Relief. This could result in shareholders’ distributions in...
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Another blow for the retail sector

30 January 2020:  According to retail sector analysts, in the UK there have already been almost 10,000 retail job losses in 2020. It is forecasted that job losses in the retail sector this year are expected to rapidly increase. The retail sector, which employees around 3 million people, reported that 143,100 jobs were lost during 2019....
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Flybe or Fly-not-to-be – should taxpayers bail out private firms?

23 January 2020:  The Government’s stance on assisting private firms in financial difficulty remains steadfast: they don’t.  Flybe is one of the most recent possible failures in the news right now. The Government’s most recent election manifesto was to help the UK stay connected, especially outside of London.  As Flybe operates a largely regional service on...
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Have you considered the IP? (being Intellectual Property of course)

15 January 2020: Intellectual property rights can be amongst the most valuable assets owned by a business. This class of asset is extremely sensitive to the threat of insolvency and presents an insolvency practitioner with a number of complex challenges when attempting to preserve the integrity of the asset. Often the associated monetary value is not...
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