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County Court Judgments (CCJs) registered against businesses England and Wales fell by nearly 30 percent in the first half of 2020 (H2 2020), compared to the same period in 2019, according to figures released by Registry Trust.

The number of CCJs against businesses fell from 65,724 in HY1 2019 to 46,117 in HY1 2020. This was the lowest number of business judgments registered in a half year since 2017. The total value of business judgments fell less, by 18.5 percent, from £202 million to just under £165 million.

The average value of business judgments rose from £3,077 to £3,574, an increase of 16 percent compared to HY1 2019. The median value saw a bigger rise from £1,012 to £1,225, up 21 percent over the period.

CCJs against smaller unincorporated businesses fell by 32 percent, from 16,532 to 11,218. The total value of CCJ debt owed by small businesses in the half year fell by nearly one third from nearly £49 million to just over £33 million.

The value of judgments against larger incorporated businesses fell by 14 percent from over £153 million to under £132 million, while the number fell by 29 percent from 49,192 to 34,899. The average value rose by 21 percent from £3,120 to £3,775.

High Court Judgments against businesses rose by 579 percent from 24 to 163. But, the total value of High Court judgments against businesses grew by 768 percent from £18 million to over £155 million. As a result, the average value of High Court judgments rose by 28 percent. This suggests there was a number of very large judgments taken out in the half year.

Mick McAteer, chairman of Registry Trust said: “Government interventions are shielding businesses against the worst economic impacts of Covid19. But, the damage to business finances could show up later this year”.

Half Year 2019 Half Year 2020 Change (compared with 2019)
CCJs against all businesses
volume 65,724 46,117 -29.83%
total value £202,206,307 £164,831,099 -18.48%
average* value £3,077 £3,574 16.17%
median £1,012 £1,225 21.05%
CCJs against incorporated businesses
volume 49,192 34,899 -29.06%
total value £153,468,659 £131,732,547 -14.16%
average* value £3,120 £3,775 20.99%
median £902 £1,228 36.14%
CCJs against unincorporated businesses
volume 16,532 11,218 -32.14%
total value £48,737,648 £33,098,552 -32.09%
average* value £2,948 £2,950 0.08%
median £1,259 £1,217 -3.34%
High Court judgments against all businesses
volume 24 163 579.71%
total value £17,821,564 £154,610,297 767.55%
average* value £742,565 £948,529 27.74%
median £68,797 £65,000 -5.52%
Satisfactions registered by all businesses
volume 6,949 6,005 -13.58%
total value £19,587,440 £17,832,301 -8.96%
average* value £2,819 £2,970 5.36%
median £1,224 £1,260 2.94%

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Notes for editors

Registry Trust is the Registrar for Judgments, Orders and Fines in England and Wales on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. The Register includes county court judgments, high court judgments, CSA liability orders, fine defaults and tribunal awards for England and Wales.

CCJs are removed from the register if paid in full within one calendar month of the judgment date, but will otherwise remain registered for six years. If fully paid outside the one calendar month, defendants can apply to have the judgment marked as ‘satisfied’ which will improve their credit rating.

Anyone may search for entries against a named person or business at a stated address or a corporate body in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland by visiting Registry Trust’s website or by writing to Registry Trust, 153-157 Cleveland Street, London W1T 6QW.