Molly Ross discusses the introduction of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and its impact.

In 2020, after the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Government introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (‘The Act’) to try and combat the uncertainty around trading conditions and provide more options to companies facing difficulties.


The Act was designed to permanently increases restructuring options for business as well as temporary measures aimed at easing some of the most significant consequences of Covid-19. The temporary measures have now been suspended as it has been 3 years since the Pandemic.

The permanent measures include a new ‘Company Moratorium’ which provides a statutory breathing space where directors retain control of companies to allow them to consider restructuring options without any creditor pressure.


Whilst The Act was long awaited, 3 years after its introduction has seen the uptake of the options introduced by The Act modest, at best. The Interim Report from June 2022 suggests that there are still areas of improvement regarding restructuring options for companies facing financial difficulties.

It is however a step in the right direction, the core insolvency legislation is over 20 years old and the introduction of The Act, suggests a willingness of the Government and the Insolvency Service to develop insolvency legislation in line with the rapid and ever developing landscape.


It has generally been seen that The Act has been a positive introduction in Insolvency Law and Insolvency Practitioners have responded well to the increased options that it provides them and the companies they are advising. There does however remain some ambiguity over the effectiveness of some of the processes introduced by the Act and its overall impact remains inconclusive.

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October 2023


Molly Ross

Audley Chaucer Solicitors

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