fWe are currently the only underwriters of Personal Guarantee Insurance in the UK. Several others have made interesting noises about entering the market but with current levels of uncertainty over Brexit they have so far been reluctant to dip their toe in the water.
Being the only insurer in the market makes for a greater sense of responsibility. For many company Directors this may be the first time they have been asked to provide a personal guarantee and they are reluctant to commit without insurance. For those that are married this may be the first time their spouse has had to obtain independent legal advice. As you can imagine, the knowledge that all of their personal assets are being exposed upon a single signature can also reduce their desire to commit to the finance they need to grow.
March 2019 sees a couple of fairly major events for me. First of all, I hit sixty, something I’m ill prepared for and to be honest I’m probably looking to come to some sort of a deal to remain at 59. Then just over a week later is the matter of a Brexit Exit. I’m not sure that Theresa May is having a better time here either. Over the last few months she’s learned to dance like me, wear bad suits and look increasingly old, we’ve a lot more in common that I first thought. Meanwhile I have no more knowledge of the full ramifications of the effects of a deal/no deal/no idea deal than I had when the word “Brexit” first appeared on my news feed a few years back.
There are an estimated 4.5 million Personal Guarantees signed by company Directors in the UK alone. Since the recession it’s rare to find a lender that doesn’t ask for a Personal Guarantee if they are extending facilities to a limited company. Most Directors are reluctant to sign Personal Guarantees for the simple reason that if everything were to go wrong the likelihood of losing their home is amongst their greatest fears.
Accompanying the Personal Guarantee is normally a request to seek independent legal advice as to the enforceability of the guarantee and to acknowledge the likely effect on personal assets should the Personal Guarantee be called in.
The FCA's July discussion paper invites us to share our opinion on the ‘duty of care’ we owe our clients. Its asks for interested parties to consider:
Isn’t that a comforting phrase? We often use it when we are in the midst of troubling times or perhaps to explain some news that wasn’t quite what we were hoping for. I have heard many students this week use the phrase, it seems to put disappointing exam results in a context that is somehow part of some bigger picture ...
It’s not just students who use this phrase to excuse ‘today’ as if whatever has just happened is an important part of some bigger plan. It’s used if we want to try and comfort someone trying to cope with a problem or to excuse a position we wish we hadn’t got ourselves into.
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