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Trading whilst insolvent is a common allegation used to try and obtain a disqualification order against someone. But these claims can be defended and we have helped many directors in the past 20+ years. Call for a free consultation today.

We have been defending directors from trading whilst insolvent claims for over 20 years. We have the genuine expertise you need to help defeat these claims.

Before instructing a lawyer – make sure you call us today. You wont be disappointed.

Our team includes

  • Stephen Downie is a partner and heads up our director disqualification team. Stephen is dual qualified as both a solicitor (with higher rights) and is a qualified accountant with expertise in complex tax and insolvency matters. What differentiates Francis Wilks & Jones from other solicitors is that Stephen was previously an Insolvency Examiner within the Insolvency Service, an accountant working within Insolvency Practitioner firms investigating directors’ conduct and – following qualification as a solicitor in 2006 – Stephen spent 5 years as solicitor for the Secretary of State and Official Receivers, managing director disqualification claims.  For the last 10-15 years since joining Francis Wilks & Jones, Stephen has advised and assisted Directors in defending director disqualification claims and getting them permission to continue acting as a director despite disqualification.  Stephen is also an expert in defending liquidator claims as well.
  • Andy Lynch is an expert on any HMRC issues and is able to assist on any complex tax related matters. Before joining FWJ, Andy spent 18 years at HMRC in the special investigations team. He regularly defends directors in a variety of claims including trading whilst insolvent.
  • Doug McEvoy is an associate at FWJ with a wide range of disqualification expertise, most recently defending many directors from Bounce Back Loan and Covid related claims. Doug also helps defend directors from associated liquidator claims for repayment of company money.

I was greatly impressed with the commercial, tactical and technical ability of the team at FWJ. They quickly got to grips with a complex set of facts and, through their hard work, had the proceedings against me dropped and a significant proportion of my legal fees repaid. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

A director we defended against a disqualification claim and other claims brought by a liquidator

Director disqualifications for trading whilst insolvent

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Anamitra Mukhopadhyay

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Douglas McEvoy

Douglas McEvoy


Stephen Downie

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