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Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 - Registered email addresses (11 June 2024)
Clarification on updating a company's registered email address at Companies House by an office-holder.
The Register of Overseas Entities (26 April 2024)
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. R3 members had expressed concern about when a disposition is made by an ‘insolvency practitioner in specified circumstances’ , as there are no supporting regulations and as a result R3 sought clarification from the Department for Business and Trade.
Energy accounts of companies in liquidation (24 April 2024)
R3 letter to the Energy Ombudsman.
Corporation Tax and accounting periods (25 March 2024)
R3 is aware that penalties have been issued to companies in administration for accounting periods that do not exist as HMRC’s computer system appears to assume the company’s accounting period post-appointment should now be the anniversary of appointment.
FCA Guidance Consultation - GC24/1: Proposed amendments to FG21/4 (Guidance for insolvency practitioners on how to approach regulated firms) (19 March 2024)
The FCA has published a consultation on proposed amendments FG21/4 - Guidance for insolvency practitioners on how to approach regulated firms (the Guidance). The proposed amendments reflect legal, regulatory and economic changes since the Guidance was first published and also seek to improve clarity and provide further information on certain aspects.
R3 Creditor microsite (8 February 2024)
The R3 Creditor microsite at has been compromised.
HMRC - Cessation of tax clearance in Members’ Voluntary Liquidations (11 December 2023)
On 6 December 2023 HMRC published a bulletin about its decision to cease providing tax clearance in a Members’ Voluntary Liquidation. In response to this action by HMRC, the R3 Tax Working Group has produced this note for members. (It should be noted that this is guidance only, it is not a substitute for taking specific advice on the facts of the specific case.)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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