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Our expert team regularly defend public interest winding up petitions and can help get them dismissed from court. If a company has been wound up in the public interest, our team can help defend any director disqualification proceedings which will inevitably follow. Let our team help you avoid the worst consequences of a public interest petition.

The Companies Investigation unit of the Insolvency Service are constantly monitoring companies to check that they are not involved in scams. If they are – they might issue a public interest winding up petition.

As well as carrying out their own monitoring and investigations, they also rely on complaints about companies from creditors or members of the public. If they feel that the complaint warrants further investigation, then they may carried out formal detailed formal investigations, pursuant to section 447 of the Companies Act 1985.

  • the Insolvency Service and other regulatory bodies (including the Legal Ombudsman, Pensions Regulator and FCA), regularly publish updates or warning notices on their websites, to advise members of the public about possible fraudulent schemes which they have become aware of;
  • investors who are thinking of investing in a new or untried investment, may wish to check these websites before they invest to see if any concerns about these schemes have been raised by any of these bodies.

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Francis Wilks & Jones is the county’s leading firm of public interest winding up petition solicitors. We are genuine experts in what we do. If the Secretary of State has presented a public interest winding up petition against your company, we are the experts for you.

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