Corporate and business insolvency can be a complex and highly specialised area of the law. As such, it is vital that any stakeholder involved in the process receives reliable and authoritative advice from a trusted insolvency solicitor to help resolve the various practical, legal and financial issues.

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Defining insolvency

Under UK law, a company is deemed to be insolvent if it is unable to pay its debts. There are two tests to help determine this capability. They are as follows:

  • The cash-flow test - is the company unable to pay its debts now or in the future?
  • The balance sheet test - does the value of the company's assets amount to less that its liabilities?

A business can be considered insolvent if 1) a creditor is owed more than £750, 2) the company has been served with a formal demand for the debt, and 3) the debt has remained unpaid for three weeks.

Insolvency may also be deemed to be the case if a judgement or other court order has not been satisfied.

Types of insolvency process

In the UK there are six types of business insolvency. They are as follows:

  • Administration
  • Administrative Receivership
  • Compulsory Liquidation
  • Company Voluntary Arrangement
  • Creditors' Voluntary Liquidation
  • Members' Voluntary Liquidation

However, these six types of insolvency are different and each has distinct characteristics. For example, some will help a business stabilise and hopefully recover its financial viability, while others – for example, liquidation – are terminal and will end the trading life of a business.

Oratto's business insolvency solicitors

Skilful management of a business's cashflow and liabilities is crucial to its viability and success. Oratto's business insolvency solicitors provide confidence by offering clear and concise legal advice to help you meet your objectives.

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