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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Section 127: Extension of administrator’s term of office

733.Administration is an insolvency proceeding where the affairs, business and property of the company are managed by an administrator. The primary aim of an administration is to ensure the company’s survival as a going concern, and failing that to achieve a better result for the company’s creditors than would be likely if the company was wound up. An administrator may be appointed by the company, directors or a qualifying floating charge holder by giving notice and filing prescribed documents at court. Alternatively, an administrator may be appointed by the court on application by the company, directors or creditors.

734.This section amends paragraph 76 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 and like that Schedule applies to England and Wales and Scotland. The amendment extends the maximum time period creditors may consent to an extension of an administration to a specified period not exceeding one year.

735.Administration automatically ends after one year, a feature designed to emphasise that the administrator should progress matters expeditiously to allow for the swift resolution of the administration. Administration may already be extended by the court or with the consent of creditors. Currently paragraph 76(2)(b) of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 provides that an administration may be extended with the consent of creditors for a specified period not exceeding six months.

736.This section will come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which the Bill becomes an Act.

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