PROTOCOL FOR INSOLVENCY AND COMPANY WORK AT CENTRAL LONDON COUNTY COURT: APPLICABLE FROM TODAY
A Protocol for insolvency and company work at Central London applies from today. It is set out in full below. It sets out details for remote hearings of bulk and other work made necessary by the pandemic.
“PROTOCOL FOR INSOLVENCY AND COMPANY WORK AT CENTRAL LONDON
1. The protocol will apply from 7 September 2020 to insolvency and company work in the
County Court at Central London. It deals with the bulk lists and some other work heard
by Business & Property District Judges and replaces the protocol dated 24 March 2020.
2. Bankruptcy petitions will be listed for remote hearing. The current platforms are Skype
for Business and BT MeetMe. For petitions by HMRC, there will be 15-minute time slots
in each of which 2 petitions will be heard. For other petitions, there will be 30-minute
time slots and only one petition will be heard in each. The certificate of continuing debt
and of compliance with Rule 10.23 of the Insolvency Rules 2016 should be sent to
3. Other creditors intending to appear on the hearing of a petition must give notice in
accordance with r.7.14 of the Insolvency Rules 2016 and should make a request by email
to RCJBankCLCCDJHearings@justice.gov.uk to be joined to the remote hearing.
4. Claims for extension of time to register company charges will continue to be listed for the
purpose of the Judge considering the claim on paper. There will be no attendance. The
Court will order a hearing only where, on considering the claim on paper, it considers it
necessary to do so. The requirement to produce the original charge is waived in this
period and evidence of solvency will be accepted by email to
5. Claims for the restoration of companies to the register will be listed for the purpose of the
Judge considering the claim on paper. There will be no attendance. The Court will order a
hearing only where, on considering the claim on paper, it considers it necessary to do so.
6. Public examinations will be listed for a face to face hearing in a courtroom with Covid-19
7. Insolvency applications will be considered in the first instance on paper and standard
directions given where possible.
8. The most common company applications, being for rectification of the companies
register and to extend the term of an administration, will be listed for remote hearing. The
current platform is BT MeetMe.
9. HMRC will supply to other parties the link for Skype hearings of HMRC petitions. For
other remote hearings, parties will be requested in advance of the hearing to supply to the
Court their email or telephone number for the purposes of being linked to the remote
10. Before all remote hearings except for those in the bulk petition lists, the Court will also
request the filing of a bookmarked, paginated, searchable electronic pdf bundle. For the
remote hearing to be effective, it is imperative that this request is complied with.
HHJ DIGHT CBE
HHJ JOHNS QC
1 September 2020″