Law firm Shoosmiths has made an appointment to its corporate restructuring team in Leeds. Lizzy Wood has joined from DLA Piper as Restructuring Partner and will work with Partner Lemi McAuley to help Shoosmiths grow its national restructuring team, as well as establishing its profile in Leeds and beyond. Wood brings experience in big-ticket distressed…

Sir Philip Green’s Arcadio retail group is on the brink of collapse with around 15,000 jobs at risk. The Arcadia Group, which runs the Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Burton brands, is expected to appoint Deloitte as administrators within days. The group has more than 500 retail stores across the UK with the majority of these…

Nucleus Commercial Finance has revealed that a quarter (23%) of SMEs in the UK had little or no savings before the pandemic hit earlier this year, including 42% of sole traders, according to new research. The research showed that many UK SMEs are deeply concerned about the lasting effects of COVID-19 on their business, with…

The Institute of Directors (ioD) has welcomed the reinstatement of a key insolvency protection for company directors, the suspension of liability for so-called ‘wrongful trading’, through a statutory instrument laid before parliament. In June, the Government introduced emergency coronavirus legislation to facilitate a time-limited suspension of director liability for ‘wrongful trading’ applying from 1 March…

Late payments have escalated since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest UK Payment Practices Barometer by trade credit insurer Atradius.. The new report reveals that nearly half the value of Business to Business (B2B) bills are being paid late, while half of the businesses surveyed have been hit by revenue loss…

The repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global economy could have an impact on Business to Business (B2B) payment behaviour worldwide, and knowledge of country-specific practices and legislation regarding debt collections is necessary to increase recoveries and minimise write-offs. according to Atradius. The latest economic research by the company forecasts a 26% increase in…

Around one in seven UK companies say they were at risk of collapse, according to a new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The study saw 14% of UK companies say they have “low or no confidence” that they will survive the next three months. While 40% had moderate confidence that their business…

ICAEW’s Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) for Q4, has found that the proportion of companies struggling from a lack of demand had increased from more than a third in Q4 2019 to half this quarter. Late payments were a rising concern for a third of businesses, indicating financial distress in the market as customers were either…

The Government is being urged to delay new Insolvency rules to protect distressed SMEs as Small business owners face failure and also face increased risk of losing their home. according to Purbeck Insurance Services. This December, HMRC is set to become a preferred creditor in a business insolvency, putting thousands of owners and directors of…

One million UK freelancers have been pushed into debt since the pandemic hit, according to a report released by IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) and digital bank, Starling. The research, undertaken to assess the impact that COVID-19 has had on the UK’s self-employed, found that one in four (23%) freelancers have…

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