Directors of insolvent companies are naturally concerned about the potential for disqualification and often ask about the criteria and what the impact will be. The answer is never straightforward and as shown below there are no hard and fast rules as to the grounds on which an Order will be sought or made.

Recent changes have introduced the concept of compensation, in addition to a period of disqualification, which is a step closer to knitting together the asset recovery and public interest roles that have previously been quite separate. It is not clear what impact, if any, this will have on the number of prosecutions, but it might result in an increase in the number of undertakings where there is a tangible financial consequence and will be something directors need to seriously consider.

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We have all been told how the UK economy is growing and doing better than other economies including Germany.

The collapse of Commodity Prices has had a direct effect on SMEs with a slowing down of national economies and these conditions are expected to worsen not improve.

Some Western economies are contracting which in English is recession. Look how panicked everyone is at China’s growth model. It is time to take strategic action to soften the effects of a sharp dip and recession proof your business.

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…a little classic rock reference there for all our listeners at Radio PCR!

It’s that time of year and the “Stattos” of the Insolvency Service have just published their latest data on company and individual insolvency for the period April to June 2015. Of course, with stats, the devil is in the detail but it will come as no surprise that there continues to be a decline in the number of corporate and individual insolvencies. Company insolvencies have been on a decreasing trend since 2013 and were at the lowest level since Q4 2007 which was just before the start of the 2008 recession.

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Is this just an inflammatory headline or does it reveal a long standing issue that has been predominantly ignored to date.

This was the headline that was published by EN for Business on 10 August 2015 following a survey conducted by Tungsten Corporation which found that of 1,000 companies surveyed, 23% claimed that late payments had put them at risk of closure. At present our milk producers are fighting the supermarket chains to attempt to achieve a price for milk above the cost of production, I can’t see a situation arising where the farmers have chosen to accept a below cost price without significant commercial pressure being applied.

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Following delivery of George Osbourne’s new budget, there has been widespread concern regarding the fact that HMRC is to be furnished with new powers to seize debts directly from our bank accounts.

Many have gone so far as to say that the policy is tyrannical and deprives us of our right to dispute unpaid tax claims set out on the Magna Carta. However, whether these powers pose a serious threat the solvency of individuals and businesses seems somewhat unclear.

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