What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Administration?

For a company in financial difficulty, going into administration represents a great opportunity to turn things around while protected from certain legal actions. This article assesses the advantages and disadvantages such a process may offer.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Company Administration

Advantages of Administration

The Best Deal for Creditors

When assessing the right course of action, an insolvency practitioner will always seek the maximum return for company creditors. If an administration is chosen, then he/she will have concluded that administration offers the possibility of greater financial return than liquidating the company.

Administration is a Ring Fence Against Legal Actions

For insolvent companies, one of the greatest stresses can be aggressive legal action from creditors. These can include County Court judgement letters, Winding up Petitions, and various other threatening letters. However,  when a company is placed into administration, a moratorium is placed on all legal action. As well as providing a tremendous relief for worried directors, this can allow the company time to regroup, and assist the best course of action so that it can continue trading.

Administration Allows for Company Restructuring 

Administrators are usually experienced practitioners who can offer real insight into turning a business around. Since one of the primary objectives of administration is to rescue the business as a going concern, the broad reaching powers of the administrator given the possibility to leave a company in a vastly improved position.

The Company Survives

For companies in administration, options are usually fairly few and far between. Administration offers the possibility for a company to survive and continue trading as opposed to the finality of being wound up.

Potential disadvantages

High Cost

Administration is rarely if ever a quick process. Some cases go on for many months and, in some instances, more than a year. One of the costs of this activity, including the sometimes significant fees paid to the administrator, can cost your company a lot of money. Although these fees are usually deducted from what would have been paid creditors, meaning that the directors themselves would not incur a direct cost, it can end up being more expensive procedure than either a pre-pack or a voluntary liquidation.
Company administrations also involve legal fees, which are a significant cost in their right.

Loss of Control

 in administration, the power of the direct running of the limited company seeds from the directors to an administrator. This administrator will have tremendous powers at his/her disposal, including disposing of company assets, corporate restructuring, and even to put the company liquidation if it is felt that this will provide a better return for creditors.

Trading may be Impacted by Negative Publicity 

Since any company going into administration will be advertised in the London Gazette, and possibly other media, the announcement may have implications regarding the company’s ability to continue trading with current suppliers. The company’s reputation may also suffer if customers lose confidence.

The investigation into the Conduct of Company Officers

Once a company has entered administration, tremendous scrutiny will be placed upon company affairs, including actions taken during the previous three years of trading.

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