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 operating normally?
  • Judicial guidance
  • Insolvency and company work at the County Court at Central London
  • Business and Property Courts work
  • How have the courts approached remote hearings in practice?
  • The Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction Supporting the Insolvency Practice Direction
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020
  • Civil Procedure Rules Practice Direction 51Y
  • Statutory demands and winding-up petitions
  • More...

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

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 operating normally?

The Supreme Court continues to hear cases with hearings and judgments being conducted virtually.

The Court of Appeal is hearing 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). The counter remains closed but email and telephone services are operating.

The RCJ remain open. 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 between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm or by email (RCJfeespayments@justice.gov.uk)—see LNB News 01/03/2021 17. The appointment based system is available to book by calling 0203 936 8957. The fees office has now relocated to the West Green Building.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has launched an online court and tribunal finder to assist court

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