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The latest COVID-19 contingency arrangements for the restructuring and insolvency profession. 

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The Insolvency Service - Reinstatement of Insolvency Service account cheque payment production (September 2020)
The Insolvency Service are now reopening their offices and with immediate effect will be accepting requests for cheque payments.
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Protocol for Insolvency and Company work at Central London (1 September 2020)
The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published a new protocol, which applies from 7 September 2020 and replaces the previous protocol dated 24 March 2020.
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The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 5) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020
Possession proceedings and enforcement proceedings by way of writ and warrant for possession are stayed until 23rd August 2020. This amendment extends the stay imposed by this temporary rule until 20th September 2020.
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Companies House - Resuming compulsory strike-off (non-compliant route)
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HM Land Registry - Electronic signatures
HM Land Registry has confirmed that it will now start accepting electronic signatures – paving the way for the entire conveyancing process to be conducted electronically.
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HMRC - The introduction of the Job Retention Bonus.
The Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees.
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Loan Market Association - Note on Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) and Intercreditor Considerations
"This Note provides an overview of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme ("CLBILS") launched on 20 April 2020 and outlines for consideration some potential intercreditor issues where a loan provided under the CLBILS forms part of the financing structure. Certain changes were made to the scheme with effect from 26 May 2020, including increasing the maximum amount available to prospective borrowers from £50 million to £200 million."
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SCOTLAND - Route Map - Resumption of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff officer Services
Phase two of a Sheriff Officer Route Map has been published. The route map shows the resumption of additional services that includes serving charges for payment and for removing at domestic premises.
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HMRC - Insolvency Bulletin. Voluntary Arrangements
This note explains HMRC’s approach to variations and new proposals in respect of Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs), Partnership Voluntary Arrangements (PVAs) and Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) from 1 July 2020 until 30 November 2020.
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HMRC - Deferral of VAT payments
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HMRC - Employer Bulletin, issue 84
The Employer Bulletin (June 2020, Issue 84) includes all of the latest Covid-19 updates to help you continue to meet your payroll obligations to HMRC and to claim any relevant grants and rebates during this challenging time. In addition, the bulletin includes the latest update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, along with updates on the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and a reminder for reporting Expenses and Benefits for the tax year ending 5 April 2020.
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The Insolvency Service - Advice on staying secure during COVID-19
Guidance from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure for businesses and insolvency office holders on managing security risks during the pandemic.
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HMRC - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Important dates to note.
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Guidance - Furlough and redundancy
The guidance has been updated for those individuals who were furloughed using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, then made redundant because their employer is now subject to a insolvency process.
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Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing: From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week. The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June.
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Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) Protocol guidance
The Insolvency Service have provided clarification on the guidance published to support the IVA Protocol in view of the COVID-19 pandemic on 20 April 2020. "The guidance is a tool for supervisors to use if the terms of the IVA require further flexibility in the current circumstances. The guidance does not form part of the IVA terms and has not been legally incorporated into existing IVAs."
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The Law Society - a protocol for virtual statutory declarations relevant for insolvency proceedings (inc MVLs)
With the support of Lexis Nexis, the Law Society have now placed on their website a protocol for virtual statutory declarations relevant for insolvency proceedings. "COVID-19 created uncertainty over whether statutory declarations in insolvency proceedings could still safely be made and administered in person and whether, as an alternative, the process could validly be completely remotely using real-time video conference technology such as Zoom or Skype. This protocol addresses that issue."
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Changes to notifying an option to tax land and buildings during coronavirus
" We have temporarily extended the time limit to 90 days from the date the decision to opt was made."
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SCOTLAND - Response from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (29 April 2020)
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New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure
"Statutory demands and winding up petitions issued to commercial tenants to be temporarily voided and changes to be made to the use of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery, building on measures already introduced in the Coronavirus Act"
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