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Our team at Francis Wilks & Jones has been defending directors since we first set up business in 2002. Our team boasts some of the leading lawyers in the country, not only offering their legal expertise, but other skills sets too such as tax and accounting.

Absolutely excellent advice, service, professionalism and most importantly RESULTS! A sensitive case regarding disqualification was bought by the Secretary of State. After failed attempts with previous solicitor, Douglas literally saved the day and was able to secure a win for us. Highly recommended

A client facing a director disqualification

Alev Tonks provided us with a comprehensive and sound service, representing us perfectly. She was hugely informative from the outset, realistically setting our expectations and explaining possible scenarios. In the end Alev managed to secure us a successful outcome far beyond our expectations. We recommend FWJ to anyone needing to understand specialist legal advice around the world of directorships.

A company director for whom we achieved a successful outcome

Douglas was amazing in helping me get an outcome beyond what I expected with a director disqualification case brought against me by the Insolvency Service. Douglas helped me put together a good defense. Throughout the journey, he was very supportive and helped me understand legal terms, implications and was honest about the various possible outcomes. I am beyond grateful that the case against me has now been dismissed and I couldn’t have done this without his help. I would highly recommend FWJ’s services to anyone facing a similar situation as mine. Thank you for all your help.

A company director dealing with disqualification by the Insolvency Service

Had a very extreme experience of other directors stealing substantial funds from my own company and threatening me with it. Came to FWJ and spoke to Lefteris who correctly identified all the pros and cons of my situation, and very professionally outlined a plan to execute taking multiple factors into account between personal and company matters along with all the potential variables that could happen along the way. It was a highly complex and delicate situation, but Lefteris really handled it very well putting a plan in place and is a credit to FWJ, I would not hesitate to return in future. Thanks a lot FWJ and Lefteris!

Company director dealing with an internal dispute

Francis Wilks & Jones were helpful in providing assistance with a very difficult director dispute. Their advice was practical and commercial and it was always provided promptly. They advised on and prepared a successful application to appoint an interim director. This was dealt with thoroughly and swiftly taking into account the urgency of the situation.

Mark Keeley, Partner & Joint Head of Private Client Services Division and Platinum Connect Services at Freeths

Over the ten years we have worked together, FWJ continue to achieve exceptional results year on year. Andy Wilks and the team have been a pleasure to work with and have always provided pragmatic, commercial and accurate advice on a wide range of matters. FWJ have become an integral part of our business and we cannot recommend them highly enough.

A longstanding client whom we have advised on various matters

If there was ever a star rating for law firms, Francis Wilks & Jones would score five stars plus. Professional and pro-active, they were able to understand my problem quickly, provide expert advice, outline a solution and put it into place with a successful outcome. I should have gone to them sooner.

A client we successfully defended in director disqualification and insolvency related proceedings

I approached Francis Wilks & Jones facing the prospect of prosecution by the Registrar of Companies and a very real prospect of disqualification as a Director by the Court. I found Francis Wilks & Jones very experienced in dealing with this type of prosecution, they were able to review the evidence, advise and deal with matters such that they exceeded my expectations by not only avoiding an order for my disqualification as a Director, but they also negotiated a complete withdrawal of the prosecution. This has been such a relief and weight off my mind after many years and I am very grateful to FWJ. I strongly recommend instructing them at the very earliest opportunity to help guide you in the best possible way to hopefully avoiding proceedings or at least to taking the best steps at the right time to minimise the potential severity, impact and overall costs of any proceedings. Timely advice, realistic expectations, prioritisation and logical legal presentation were key.

A company director we successfully defended

One of the most astute appointments I have ever made.

A company director we successfully defended against disqualification

FWJ exceeded my expectations by not only avoiding an order for my disqualification as a director but also negotiating a complete withdrawal of the prosecution. This has been such a relief and weight off my mind after many years and I am very grateful to them. I strongly recommend instructing them at the very earliest opportunity. Timely advice, realistic expectations, prioritisation and logical legal presentation were key.

A company director we successfully defended against a director disqualification claim by the Registrar of Companies

I was impressed with the quality of the service provided and with how easily accessible and approachable the team was. FWJ’s help meant that I was able to safeguard the jobs of my staff and ensure that my customers had uninterrupted access to services in what was an incredibly difficult time for me. I wish I had instructed them earlier. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

The director of a company that had gone into administration to whom we provided insolvency and restructuring advice

FWJ were very hands-on, getting involved from an early stage in seeking to avert an expensive set of litigation proceedings. I am more than happy to recommend their services, particularly when it comes to considering complicated issues or complex proceedings.

A client who was facing a liquidator claim for the improper withdrawal of sums from a company. We had the claim dismissed

Francis Wilks & Jones dealt with all negotiations through to settlement for a sum which I was able to afford. This was a magnificent result and their fees paid for themselves as a result of the settlement which otherwise may have led to bankruptcy proceedings against me. I am very fortunate that I instructed this firm and would have no hesitation in recommending them to any director in similar circumstances.

A client who was facing claims by a liquidator for the improper withdrawal of sums from an insolvent company. We negotiated a settlement

Francis Wilks & Jones acted with great professionalism, responding quickly to my requirements, leading to an eventual withdrawal of the claim against me and my son. I am extremely grateful.

A client who approached us just two weeks before the trial of a large director disqualification claim against him and his son

I would strongly recommend using FWJ for director disqualification matters. Tactically and commercially they played it just right and I am now able to get on with my business life without the worry of disqualification hanging over me.

A director we defended against a disqualification claim

I was greatly impressed with FWJ. Their commercial approach combined with specialist knowledge and tactical expertise was pivotal in the claim being dropped and costs recovered in full.

A director we defended in disqualification proceedings

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

I was delighted by the work done by the team at FWJ and cannot recommend them highly enough. Their legal and tactical knowledge was spot on. I can now continue to grow my business free from the worry of my original disqualification.

A director we defended against a disqualification claim

We are extremely happy with the service provided to us by FWJ (Stephen Downie).

They assisted and lead us through a very lengthy and involved process involving a director disqualification and obtaining leave to be a director. This culminated in a substantially reduced disqualification period whilst simultaneously FWJ conducted an application for leave to be granted to continue act as a director of our family business, despite the disqualification.

We would strongly recommend FWJ to anyone in our situation

A company director we assisted in a disqualification claim

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