Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Changes to the court process in insolvency proceedings
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Changes to the court process in insolvency proceedings

The following Restructuring & Insolvency practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Changes to the court process in insolvency proceedings
  • Are the courts still open?
  • Judicial guidance
  • Insolvency and company work at the County Court at Central London
  • Business and Property Courts work
  • How are the courts approaching remote hearings in practice?
  • The Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction Supporting the Insolvency Practice Direction
  • Insolvency Practice Direction relating to the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020
  • Civil Procedure Rules Practice Direction 51Y
  • More...

The UK Government’s policy of social distancing in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted temporary new working rules in relation to the court process. This Practice Note focuses on the implications for restructuring and insolvency work.

For the implications for litigation generally, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution.

Are the courts still open?

England is subject to a third national lockdown from 5 January 2021. The courts are an essential public service and will remain operational.

The Supreme Court is continuing to hear cases, although hearings and judgments are being conducted virtually, via Webex video conferencing.

The Court of Appeal will continue to hear urgent cases (applications and hearings) and is increasingly dealing with routine work. The Court of Appeal building is open during the hours of 10 am to 4.30 pm (Monday to Friday) but the counter remains closed but email and telephone services are operating.

The RCJ remain open but are operating with a reduced staff. The RCJ fees office is open on an appointment only basis during the hours of 10 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)—see LNB News 30/11/2020 40. Fees can also be paid by telephone (0203 936 8957) between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm or by email (RCJfeespayments@justice.gov.uk)—see LNB News 01/03/2021 17.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has launched an

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