Company Rescue Services


Do you have concerns about your business?

Company Rescue services provide a variety of options for a business facing financial difficulties.  These range from less serious issues that, if addressed early enough, can lead to a successful return to profit and growth - to the other end of the spectrum when facing problems that just can’t be overcome which require advice on the options for ending a business - to all manner and range of circumstances in between.

Our approach to company rescue

At Francis Wilks and Jones our expert team of Company Rescue lawyers have many years of experience in Company Rescue services.  There won’t be a Company Rescue situation that we won’t have already seen and advised on during our time acting for companies and business owners.

Our team draw on our own experience as expert Company Rescue lawyers, and work with a range of additional experts, such as insolvency practitioners, banks, invoice financiers and others to provide a full range of Company Rescue Services.  We provide advice and assistance on the options available for bringing about business turnaround and company rescue, or on ways to bring about the safe termination of your company using a formal insolvency process.

Company rescue right for you?

If your business is facing solvency challenges right now, then our Company Rescue experts can help.  No matter what the issues, we can point you in the right direction to turn your business around or discuss with you options on formal insolvency process that suit your situation.  Whatever your concerns, the earlier you speak to us, the more options you will have not only for your company, but to protect your own position as a director and business owner.

We can provide expert advice in the following areas

Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA’s)

A company voluntary arrangement, or CVA, is a binding contract between a company and its creditors. It can be a very useful business recovery tool for a viable company that just needs some breathing space from pressing creditors.  It removes the threat of legal proceedings by reaching an agreement with the majority of creditors not to take legal action during the CVA.  All creditors at the time the CVA is signed are bound by it.

A CVA can be attractive to creditors because while they may not be repaid in full, often they are likely to achieve a better return than an alternative. 

If you think your company would benefit from a CVA and is in a financial position to meet the terms of a repayment agreement with creditors, then this could be the right Company Rescue option for you.  Contact us for more details.

Business Rescue

There are many methods of business rescue available.  Which is best for your business depends on your business and on the issues you are facing.  

For example:

  • If you have poor cash flow because you are not being paid on time, this can seriously affect business.  An effective debt recovery plan can be vital to business rescue.
  • You may not have the right level or number of people required to run your business successfully.  A review of staff at all levels and possible restructure might assist.
  • You may not have sufficient market share, but you may not adequate capital financing for the expansion needed to survive.  We can help you talk to alternative funders to get the right financing at the right level for you.
  • You may be under severe pressure from creditors and need breathing space to introduce an effective rescue strategy.  A company voluntary arrangement (CVA), or a trading administration might be the right option to give time for recovery without immediate creditor pressure.

These are just some of the options for successful business rescue.  Our team of Business Rescue experts at Francis Wilks & Jones are available to discuss the issues facing your business, and consider with you the best options for business rescue for your company.

Business Recovery

For a company experiencing prolonged financial difficulties, business recovery is the ultimate goal.  At Francis Wilks & Jones, our experience has shown that a business that seeks out and follows the advice of a business recovery expert at an early stage has a far greater chance of business recovery and survival than a business that tries to struggle on alone.   

An independent business recovery expert can objectively assess the needs of the business and devise a business recovery strategy tailored to the individual requirements of that business to return it to growth and profit. There are many options for business recovery available.  Using the right strategy for your business, at the right time, is vital.

At Francis Wilks & Jones, we can work with you to advise on your business and the tools that could be used to bring about full business recovery.  Where appropriate, we will work with our network of insolvency practitioners, valuation agents, banks, invoice financiers, and other business experts to ensure the most suitable strategy is found for your business to allow it to recover.

Failing companies

At Francis Wilks & Jones, we are frequently instructed by failing companies needing help. 

A company can fail for all sorts of reasons.  They may be suffering severe problems following major business interruption events such as the coronavirus pandemic, cash flow problems, employee or management issues, lack of funding, over expansion, or any number of problems relevant to their particular industry and sector.

What is important however, is what you do with that failing company.  Our team of experts at Francis Wilks and Jones work with our clients to review the problems and determine if there are options for business rescue for that company using one of the many business recovery strategies available.  Alternatively if the company has no reasonable prospect of turnaround, then we can go over the best way to bring the company to an end in the interests of the creditors and the business owners.

Company Restructuring & turnaround solutions

If your business is facing financial difficulties and you are worried about the future, things may not be as bad as you think.

It’s often difficult as a business owner to see the wood for the trees.  Some are unrealistically optimistic about their business, and others think their business problems are terminal, when in reality there are many ways of company rescue, using tried and tested company restructuring and turnaround solutions.

Either way, it is vital to take independent expert business turnaround advice as soon as possible.  The earlier a problem is addressed, the less likely it is to turn into a problem that can no longer be solved.

At Francis Wilks & Jones we have many years of experience working with businesses, acting on turnaround solutions for their successful business recovery.  We might look at your cash flow problem and may suggest a new debt recovery strategy.  We might look at your management or staff structure and suggest changes for more efficiency.  We will look at how you are currently financed, whether this is sufficient for your business, and suggest beneficial changes.  We can take a look at the business as a whole to consider whether non profit-making aspects can be sold or whether targeted asset sales can ease a cashflow situation. 

There are so many options for a business experiencing problems.  Contact our team of company rescue experts to talk over the options for your business now.


Administration is formal insolvency process brought by a company or its creditors.  A court makes an administration order over the company, and from that point on, an administrator is appointed who acts for the company during the administration. A company administration can last up to a year, or longer if the court agrees it is necessary.

The main purpose of administration is to rescue the business as a going concern, or to provide an overall better result for the company’s creditors than if the company were wound up.

One major benefit of putting a company into administration is that the company enjoys protection from its creditors due to a ban on legal proceedings being brought against the company while in administration.  This gives valuable breathing space to rescue a company, giving it time to recover, or time to negotiate a sale of some or all of the business or assets, which in turn can save jobs and provide a better return to creditors.

The administration procedure is only suitable for businesses that remain viable at least in part, and needs some breathing room in which to trade and consider options for the business. 

If you are thinking of administration for your business, our team of experienced company rescue lawyers at Francis Wilks & Jones can talk you through the options for your business.


There are three types of liquidation process available to businesses.  Two for insolvent companies and one for solvent.

1.   Members Voluntary Liquidation (MVL):

This is a solution used by a solvent company to bring about an orderly end to the company.  A liquidator is appointed over the company who will collect in and liquidate assets.  The proceeds will be distributed to outstanding creditors and the surplus will go back to the shareholders.  This process is best if a simple application to come off the Companies Register is not appropriate.

2.   Creditors Voluntary liquidation (or winding up):

This is a process brought by the company itself when it is insolvent and there is no real prospect of recovery.  Although it almost always means the end of trading for a company, it can have the benefit of allowing all involved to move on, following the orderly winding up of the company.  A liquidator is appointed to collect in and liquidate assets, which will then be distributed for the benefit of the creditors, before the company is dissolved. 

3.   Compulsory liquidation:

This is a process usually brought by a creditor of the company without the consent of the company.  It is often used as a last resort by a creditor owed money but ignored by the company.  Once the hearing is advertised following the application to court, the negative publicity for the company can have devastating consequences, including your bank freezing your account, so a winding up application should never be ignored.

If the company is wound up by the court, an Official Receiver is appointed, and they, or a liquidator appointed by them, will collect in the assets and distribute them, and eventually dissolve the company.

For directors in either type of insolvent liquidation, the liquidator must report on any unfit conduct.

If you think any of these options might be suitable for your business, or you are facing a winding up petition, or if you are owed money by a company, speak to your team of liquidation experts at Francis Wilks & Jones who can talk you through the processes  and your options in detail.

What are the first steps to take?

Knowing what is the right thing to do when you have a business facing difficulties can seem like an impossible task.  Potential personal liability can be a huge concern for directors, and the wrong move can sometimes make matters worse. 

Our team of company rescue and insolvency experts at Francis Wilks & Jones have seen every type of business situation over our many years of experience.  We are available to offer guidance and advice to anyone wondering where to start.

Expert advice from our team is recommended at the earliest sign of financial difficulty to help identify whether company rescue is an option open to you, and to help guide you through the insolvency processes available and answer questions on your own personal liability.