Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA)

A CVA can be used for insolvent limited companies and limited liability partnerships. It is a rescue procedure which offers a company to come to an Arrangement with its unsecured creditors to repay part or all of its historic debt over a specified period of time.

Apart from the obvious advantages, the other main benefits of a CVA are:

  • Company directors and shareholders remain in control of the business
  • Consolidates all unsecured debt into monthly payments
  • All creditors are bound by the Arrangement. Creditors who did not vote for the Arrangement are therefore unable to take any subsequent action, as long as the terms are adhered to.
  • Maintains a healthier business relationship with suppliers. Creditors are likely to receive a between 20% and 100% of their debt.
  • Improves cash-flow

To consider a CVA, the company will have to demonstrate that it has a realistic prospect of making profit or raise additional investments to repay what is proposed to creditors.



Directors will need to instruct a Licenced Insolvency Practitioner to assist with writing a Proposal. It is this Proposal that will be sent to the company’s shareholders and creditors to consider at a meeting. The Proposal will require at least 50% of the shareholders and 75% or more of the creditors (who vote) to agree to the Arrangement.



Once approved, all creditors, whether they voted for, against, or not at all, are bound by the terms of the Arrangement. The company must ensure that the terms of the Arrangement are adhered to. If contributions are subsequently missed or terms breached, the Arrangement may fail and the Supervisor may be asked to petition to the wind up the company.

Specialist Advisers

Get in touch with one of our specialist advisers to see how we can help your business.

The specialist sectors we can advise you on include,
but are not limited to the following:

  • Agriculture
  • Charities and Not for Profit
  • Company accounts
  • IT Contractors
  • Manufacturing and Technology
  • Owner Managed Businesses
  • Professional Practices
  • Property and Construction
  • SME Market
  • Timeshare Industry
  • Tourism and Leisure

We're here

Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you want to achieve. With more offices in the South West than any other firm, we’re always on hand to offer face-to-face advice, opening doorways to a whole world of specialisms and services which are available to all of our clients whenever they need them.

To find your nearest office or get in touch with one of our specialist advisers, please go to our ‘contact us’ page.

Related Insights

No Results found

No Results found

No Results found

Get in touch

Find your local office

How can we help you?

    This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. More info