Law firm, Freeths has announced that it has recruited a  new Insolvency Director to lead ist restructuring team in Leeds. Helen Bates has more than 17 years’ experience covering all aspects of insolvency and restructuring, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. Her expertise includes advising on corporate insolvencies (including administrations, receiverships, liquidations and CVAs) and…

Retail sales fell for the third consecutive month in the year to July, marking the longest period of decline since 2011, according to the latest CBI monthly Distributive Trades Survey. The survey of 93 firms, of which 46 were retailers, showed that sales volumes fell in the year to July, albeit to a lesser extent…

County Court Judgments (CCJs) against businesses in England and Wales rose four percent in the first half of 2019, according to new figures released by Registry Trust. Year-on-year numbers have risen for the past three years and in the first half of 2019 are 56 percent higher than 2016’s record low, for a first half-year,…

The number of corporate business insolvencies in Scotland fell by 15% in April-June 2019 compared with the previous quarter (January-March 2019), and fell by 2% compared with the same quarter the previous year (April-June 2018)  according to latest Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) statistics. The number of Scottish registered companies becoming insolvent or entering receivership decreased…

The Insolvency Service has reported that it has returned £61.3 million to creditors, up from the £55.3 million last year according to the results as part of its annual report (2018 to 2019). Sarah Albon Chief Executive of the Insolvency Service said “I’m happy to report on another solid year of delivery by the Insolvency…

The number of permanent pub closures across England and Wales has halved in the first six months of 2019 compared to the previous half-year, analysis of government data has revealed. A total of 235 pubs closed in the UK in the six months to June, according to new analysis by Altus Group, an average of around forty pubs each…

In 2018, Global Working Capital Requirement (WCR) hit its worst level since 2012 (+1 day, 70 days). The evolution of WCR indicates which businesses have improved, or in this case, deteriorated, their capacity to maintain operating cash flow and internal funding for investment according to a new study by Euler Hermes. The report focuses on Working…

Latest figures released by Registry Trust show that the number of decrees against Scottish businesses dropped by 28 percent in the first six months of 2019 (compared to HY1 2018 figures) – totalling 1,140, the lowest of any first half-year on record. The total value of decrees against businesses in the first half of the…

The government has launched a call for evidence and is seeking views on the impact of the regulatory objectives introduced for the insolvency profession in 2015. Stakeholders are also being asked to assess whether there would be potential benefits in making changes to the current system, including establishing a single regulator for insolvency practitioners. Responses…

Eighteen companies including BT, British American Tobacco, and Centrica – have been suspended from the Prompt Payment Code for failing to pay suppliers on time, the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) has announced. Screwfix, Prudential, and various businesses of BAE Systems are also among those that have failed to honour their Code commitment to…