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Author: Robin Tarling

Robin Tarling

Robin Tarling is Managing Director at Bridgewood and plays a leading role in advising clients in insolvency situations.

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Bounce Back Loans & Director Drawings

The use, or misuse, of bounce back loans has been a hot topic of late with vastly different positions being taken by directors.  Some have been overly cautious about taking out any bounce back loan monies as personal income, whilst others have withdrawn large sums for personal benefit without any thought for the consequences. If …

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Could my Company Benefit from an Independent Business Review?

Introduction Independent Business Reviews (IBRs) are often requested by a lending bank when a company looks to be in some form of financial difficulty.  They can be viewed by directors as a painful, expensive exercise enforced by the Bank and which can lead to further financial problems.   However, there can be a benefit in …

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What is the cost of an Administration?

Administration is a formal insolvency process which places a company under the control of an Insolvency Practitioner and the protection of the court.  A ‘Notice of Intention to Appoint’ or ‘Notice of Appointment’ can be filed at court by the Director(s), qualifying floating charge holder, a company, or creditor to commence the process of Administration.  …

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Is my Company Insolvent?

Directors have a legal duty to ensure that their company is not trading whilst insolvent.  But what does “trading insolvent” really mean, and how can it be correctly identified?  In this article we provide an overview of the insolvency tests that can be applied to help company directors make an appropriate assessment of the situation. …

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What is the Cost of Liquidating my Company?

If a company is insolvent and needs to be closed then typically the directors and shareholders will decide to take the company into a creditors voluntary liquidation (CVL). Otherwise known simply as “voluntary liquidation” this is where a licenced insolvency practitioner will be appointed as Liquidator (following resolutions passed firstly by shareholders and then by creditors) over the company.

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Can I Start a New Company after Liquidation?

Directors often ask if they are allowed to start another company having previously had a business which entered into liquidation, or another insolvency procedure.  This article explores the options and potential pitfalls in such a situation. In general terms there is nothing to stop a director from becoming, or continuing to be, a director of …

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Can I Re-use a Company Name after Liquidation?

Directors of a limited company which has gone into liquidation are prohibited from being involved with companies which use the same, or similar, name in the future unless specific procedures are followed.  This is covered under Section 216 of the Insolvency Act and a director needs to carefully consider these before proceeding. What is Section …

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Company Insolvency Statistics for July 2020 show a continued Decline

Introduction Since the start of the Coronavirus crisis, the Insolvency Service has been issuing monthly statistics in addition to the usual quarterly reports in order to provide more timely indicators of the impact that COVID-19 is having on insolvencies.  Company Insolvencies in July In July 2020 there were 955 company insolvencies in England & Wales, …

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