Under the plans, the UK’s Insolvency Framework will add new restructuring tools including:
The proposals will include key safeguards for creditors and suppliers to ensure they are paid while a solution is sought.
The government will also temporarily suspend the wrongful trading provisions to give company directors greater confidence to use their best endeavours to continue to trade during this pandemic emergency, without the threat of personal liability should the company ultimately fall into insolvency.
Existing laws for fraudulent trading and the threat of director disqualification will continue to act as an effective deterrent against director misconduct.
In February 2021 the government confirmed that it intends to extend the power (granted through the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act 2020) to make temporary amendments to modify the effects of corporate insolvency and governance legislation for an additional year.
The government laid the regulations on 11 February 2021 in Parliament ahead of the power expiring on 30 April 2021.
Further details can be found in the BEIS press release
Updated January 2021