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The Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill (16 August 2023)
The Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 27 April 2023. The Bill is expected to come into force in Summer 2024. The Bill brings together a number of areas from the ongoing stakeholder review into the operation of existing statutory debt solutions and the recent review of diligence (Scotland’s formal debt recovery mechanisms).
A matter of statutory interpretation in the context of litigation funding (7 August 2023)
R (on the application of PACCAR Inc and others) (Appellants) v Competition Appeal Tribunal and others (Respondents) [2023] UKSC 28. On 26 July 2023 The Supreme Court handed down its decision in PACCAR Inc and others v Competition Appeal Tribunal and others [2023] UKSC 28. This appeal was concerned with a matter of statutory interpretation in the context of litigation funding. The Supreme Court allowed the appeal by a majority . Lord Sales gave the leading judgment, with which Lord Reed, Lord Leggatt and Lord Stephens agreed. Lady Rose gave a dissenting judgment.
The Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Act 2023 – Considerations for Insolvency Practitioners (7 July 2023)
The Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill (‘Bill’) was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 4 May 2023 and received Royal Assent on 13 June 2023. The Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Act 2023 (‘Act’) is expected to come into force next year. The Act will modernise the law of Scotland in relation to moveable transactions, in implementation of the Scottish Law Commission Report on Moveable Transactions published in December 2017. The Act deals with the law relating to ...
HMRC’s management of insolvency from a tax perspective: impeding the insolvency process to the detriment of creditors (6 July 2023)
We, as your trade association, are very aware of the frustrations and negative impact on insolvency professionals, resulting from historic and current service levels within HMRC. Many years ago, R3 set up a number of R3/HMRC working groups to deal with operational issues as they arise and to facilitate interaction between the profession and HMRC. These groups, and the regular meetings with R3’s HMRC liaison officer continue, and many projects are currently being worked by HMRC to improve systems and processes within the organisation.
Companies House - £'sterling only? (24 May 2023)
A member contacted the Technical Team after Companies House rejected LIQ01 'Declaration of Solvency' because the numerical data contained within was NOT in £'sterling.
Economic Crime Anti Money Laundering Levy Regulations 2022 (11 May 2023)
The Economic Crime (Anti-Money Laundering) Levy Regulations 2022 (‘Regulations’) came into force on 1 April 2022. The purpose of the Regulations is to fund Government action to tackle money laundering and help deliver the reforms committed to in the 2019 Economic Crime Plan. As a result, relevant entities will be charged a levy for the year 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023, with the first payment made in the year 2023/24. The levy applies to those entities who are supervised under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and whose UK Revenue is...
Changes to the Statement of Insolvency Practice 3.1 – Individual Voluntary Arrangements (13 January 2023)
The principal changes in the revised SIP 3.1 relate to the degree of emphasis on the IP’s responsibility to ensure that the debtor has received suitable advice prior to entering an IVA and during its implementation. This includes ensuring that the debtor is aware of all potential debt relief solutions available and that they are provided with adequate time to think about the consequences and the options available before instructing an IVA to be drawn up.
Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill 2022 (21 October 2022)
The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill will introduce long-awaited reforms to Companies House, alongside other measures which aim to strengthen the UK’s corporate governance framework.
Barclays Business Insolvency Team address for UK retail banking companies (25 August 2022)
Message from the Barclays Business Insolvency Team together with email address.
Register of Overseas Entities (3 August 2022)
On 1 August 2022 the Register of Overseas Entities came into force through the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 . Overseas entities that wish to buy, sell or transfer property or land in the UK are now required to register with Companies House and disclose information relating to their registrable beneficial owners or managing officers. Furthermore, overseas entities that already own or lease land or property in the UK are also now required to register with Companies House and disclose information relating to their registrable beneficial owners or managing officers by 31 January 2023.
A new obligation for IPs - The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land) Regulations 2021 (25 April 2022)
The Regulations provide a new obligation on IPs to notify the Keeper of Registers of Scotland if they are winding up or dissolving a ‘non-natural person’ that appears on the new Register of Persons holding a controlling interest in land as soon as reasonably practicable.
Recent developments in Ukraine and impact on members (4 March 2022)
An update to members on the developments in Ukraine and the ongoing imposition of further financial and trade sanctions on Russian and Belarusian officials and other named individuals and entities, by countries around the world, including the UK and US, as well as the EU.
Changes to HMRC’s insolvent liquidation process for Corporation Tax cases (22 February 2022)
In response to HMRC's published guidance about changes to its liquidation process for corporation tax as part of its work to reduce the administrative burden on IPs, R3's Tax Working Group has produced this technical alert on taxable income.
The importance of filing a HR1 Form (14 January 2022)
Insolvency law and employment law are similar to the ends of magnets. Both being north pole ends (or south, if you prefer) that are constantly repelling against one another. Whilst there is no sight of an attraction between both in the near future, Insolvency Practitioners need to be aware of the decision in the case of ‘ R v North Derbyshire Magistrates Courts and others’ as it confirms that they can be criminally liable for not notifying the Secretary of State about proposed collective redundancies.
SPG FORUM: ICAEW and IPA session ‘A Year of Challenge’ (2 December 2021)
The SPG Forum held on 2-4 November 2021 included an insightful and helpful session, ‘A Year of Challenge’ presented by Allison Broad, Senior Manager in ICAEW’s Quality Assurance Department and David Holland, Chief Inspector at the IPA. This proved to be a popular presentation with the presenters providing an insight into how they have been working during the pandemic, how that might change moving forwards, common issues identified on monitoring visits and hot topics. This alert summarises what they had to say.
HMRC – Guidance ‘Joint and several liability notices for repeated insolvency and non-payment cases’ (8 November 2021)
On 7 October 2021 HMRC published its guidance titled ' Joint and several liability notices for repeated insolvency and non-payment cases'. This alert flags two sections of the guidance for members to consider.
Special administration regime for energy licensees - The Energy Act 2004 (3 November 2021)
By virtue of The Energy Act 2011, The Energy Act 2004 introduced the ‘Special Administration Regime for Energy Licensees’ for companies that supply electricity and gas in England & Wales pursuant to specific supply licences granted by Ofgem. This technical alert provides an overview of the Special Administration Regime for Energy Licensees together with some helpful links.
The Insolvency (England and Wales) (No.2) (Amendment) Rules 2021 (13 October 2021)
From 1 October 2021 the Rules make extensive changes to the Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016 (‘IR16’) to incorporate the Part A1 moratorium (in a new Part 1A of the IR16). The rest of the changes are consequential and other minor textual modifications to the remaining rules in the IR16 to include references to moratorium where necessary. The Rules do not apply to any moratorium in force before 1 October 2021.
The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Amendment of Schedule 10) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 (29 September 2021)
The Regulations substitute the current Schedule 10 contained in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, which applies to E&W and Scotland. The new schedule/temporary measures will restrict winding up petitions from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
National Security and Investment Act 2021 – Part II (2 September 2021)
In R3’s Technical Alert on 17 May 2021, members were informed that the Act had received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021, albeit the operative provisions of the Act will only come into effect once the necessary implementing regulations have been adopted, expected this year. However, the Act will have retrospective effect with respect to any transactions completing from 12 November 2020. We can now confirm that the operative provisions of the Act will take effect on 4 January 2022.
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