Welcome to Francis Wilks & Jones, the country’s leading firm of validation order solicitors. If you have been served with a winding up petition we can help you continue to trade, unfreeze your bank account and reverse the winding up order. Whatever your situation, please contact one of our friendly lawyers for your expert consultation.

Validation Orders

1. Validation order

A validation order is a specific type of court order made in circumstances where a winding up petition has been issued against a company or limited liability partnership. Validation orders are very important as they provide court sanction to continue trading legally despite a winding up petition having been issued against the company. The failure to obtain a validation order can lead to personal claims against directors in the event the company is later wound up.
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2. Unfreeze company bank account

Unfreeze company bank account” is something we are often asked to look at. Company bank accounts can be frozen following service of a winding up petition on a company. It can have huge consequences on a business and can stop it from being able to trade. We are experts at unfreezing assets and company bank accounts. Contact Francis Wilks & Jones now for your expert team to help unfreeze your bank account.
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3. Continue to trade

Are you worried about your ability to continue to trade? This is often the case if a winding up petition has been issued against your company. It can often arise following a bank account being frozen or other assets frozen. At Francis Wilks & Jones we have the expert team who can help you continue to trade despite a winding up order being issued against you.
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4. Frozen bank account

Are you suffering from a frozen bank account? We are often phoned regarding “frozen bank account” enquiries – often as a result of a winding up petition being served against a company. At Francis Wilks & Jones we have a team of frozen bank account experts who can help unfreeze company bank accounts and enable you to continue to trade. Contact one of our frozen bank account experts now who can help you.
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5. Unfreeze assets

Are you looking to unfreeze assets following service of a winding up petition? If so, we have the expert team to help you continue trading following a winding up order and unfreeze limited company bank accounts. Please contact us and speak to one of our expert legal advisers and we can help you.
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6. Company frozen bank account

Are you suffering from a company frozen bank account? This is often what happens after the service of a winding up order on a company. Unless it is dealt with quickly, a company frozen bank account can end up with disastrous consequences for a company. However, at Francis Wilks & Jones we have the team here to help you. We are company frozen bank account specialists and can help get the winding up order reversed.
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7. Winding up order reversed

Do you need a winding up order reversed? If you do then we are the specialist winding up order firm to help you. Our team of specialist legal advisers can help on all aspects of winding up petitions including getting them reversed and seeking a validation order in the meantime. Contact one of our legal advisers now.
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8. Continue trading winding up order

“Continue trading winding up order” is a phrase we often hear from our clients. Commonly, if a winding up order is issued against a company, “continue trading winding up order” is a key search term by which they contact us for urgent assistance. We can help you continue trading with a winding up order issued against you. Our legal team of experts can assist in all aspects of winding up orders and validation orders.
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9. Limited company bank account frozen

Are you facing a limited company bank account frozen situation? If so, it is probably as a result of a winding up petition being issued against your company. If a bank finds out about this, it can lead to a frozen bank account. This can have drastic consequences for a business but the good news is that our team of legal experts at Francis Wilks & Jones can help you through this difficult situation.
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10. What is a validation order?

We are commonly asked “what is a validation order”? The answer is that it is a type of formal court order which allows a company to continue trading despite having been served with a winding up petition. Validation orders help avoid the worst consequences of a winding up petition and allow you crucially to continue trading your company without fear of personal liability should the company later be wound up.
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11. Validation Orders

Validation orders are types of court orders which enable a company to deal with issues arising from the service of a winding up order on it. These issues include resolving problems such as a frozen bank account, unfreezing assets and having a winding up order reversed. Francis Wilks & Jones are the country’s leading experts on validation orders. If you find yourself suffering from the effects of a winding up petition, contact the validation order and winding up order experts now. Our friendly validation orders team will look after you.
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12. Freeze bank account

The subject “freeze bank account” is something which arises very often when a winding up petition is served against a company. The company’s bank will often quickly find out about a winding up petition and then operate a “bank account frozen” policy. This can have a drastic affect on a company and stop it from being able to pay suppliers and staff. If the freeze bank account situation remains undealt with, the company will fail and go into liquidation. At Francis Wilks & Jones we can deal with freeze bank account situations and ensure that your company can continue to trade and we can also help have the winding up order reversed. Contact us now. We are here to help.
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13. How long can a company bank account be frozen?

If a winding up petition has been served on your company, the question “how long can a bank account be frozen” depends very much on the action you take after you are aware of the winding up order. Validation order applications can be made quickly to unfreeze assets and unfreeze company bank accounts. The validation order team at Francis Wilks & Jones specialise in these types of urgent applications. It is important to understand that if the bank has frozen the account and you do not make an application, the bank account is likely to remain frozen until such time as the winding up petition is dismissed or the company wound up. Either of those scenarios create risk for a company and it is far better dealt with by a quick validation order application.
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14. Validation Order Section 127

If you have a frozen bank account, one option for you is to apply for a Validation Order Section 127 Application. That way, you can help unfreeze your bank account and pay vital suppliers, staff and creditors free from risk. At Francis Wilks & Jones we deal with many Validation Order Section 127 Applications and are the validation orders experts with a great track record of success. Don’t delay, contact the validation order experts now.
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15. Validation order application

Being faced with a frozen bank account and a winding up petition against your company is a scary thing even for the most experienced of company directors. However, it can be dealt with quickly by way of a validation order application which helps the company to make payments from its company account and keep trading. This is a particular type of court application pursuant to the Insolvency Act. With these validation order applications, the court will give sanction for certain payments to be made enabling the continued trading of a company. It also gives you the breathing space to deal with the winding up order and get back on your feet. Expert legal advice is required to be successful in validation order applications and the team at Francis Wilks & Jones have a brilliant track record of success.
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16. Validation order winding up petition

We are often asked to comment on this subject of a validation order winding up petition. It is actually a mixture of two different things. A winding up petition is a type of court issued document that can lead to the need for a validation order (which is another type of court order). A winding up petition is often issued by a creditor of a company who wants to be repaid it and can have dramatic consequences for the company including a frozen bank account situation. The way to deal with a frozen bank account and enable payments to be made is by making a validation order application to court (to allow payments out of the frozen bank account). At Francis Wilks & Jones we deal regularly with validation order winding up petition situations and we are the experts in this area of the law.
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17. Validation order court fee

Like any court application, there is a court fee involved in issuing the validation order application. However, the validation order court fee is not significant and currently the validation order court fee is £95. Other work is also required to get the order you require and the validation order experts at Francis Wilks & Jones can help you.
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18. Validation hearing

In order to deal with a frozen bank account situation and the drastic affects of a winding up order being issued against your company, you are most likely to need to issue a validation order application. This is a type of court application which allows a company to continue making payments. However, it can only be dealt with at a formal court validation hearing and therefore, proper preparation and attendance at that hearing is required to maximise the chances of success.
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19. Validation order Insolvency Act

Validation Order Insolvency Act is essentially the part of the Insolvency Act dealing with this type of application made to the court. Section 127 of the Insolvency Act 1986 deals with validation orders. At Francis Wilks & Jones we are experts in dealing with validation orders and know all of the relevant aspects of the Insolvency Act inside out. Good legal and practical knowledge is vital to maximise your success rate of making a validation order application. The validation orders team have that in abundance at Francis Wilks & Jones.
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20. Validation order costs

In order to successfully apply for a validation order, there will be some legal costs incurred. These costs comprise of our own time costs dealing with the preparation of the validation order application together with disbursements such as a court fee and the barrister’s costs of attending the validation order hearing. However, the team at FWJ have many years’ experience in validation orders and as such, we avoid any duplication and every minute spent is done towards maximising a successful validation order outcome. Contact the validation orders team now.
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21. Validation order process

There is a “set” validation order process when making Section 127 validation order applications. At Francis Wilks & Jones we have this down to a fine art having dealt with numerous validation order applications. Our expertise, experience and access to third parties such as barristers means that we are finely tuned in this area which can be hugely beneficial for clients needing an urgent application. No time is wasted in getting you the result you want.
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22. How to obtain a validation order

We are often asked how to obtain a validation order. Whilst the process is relatively straightforward in terms of validation order procedure, it is vital that you obtain proper expert assistance in the preparatory stage to ensure that the evidence put forward before the court in support of the validation order is correct and sufficient. At Francis Wilks & Jones we have a team of validation order experts able to help you in this process.
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23. Can HMRC freeze bank accounts?

We are often asked can HMRC freeze bank accounts? The answer is they can’t directly, but often, as a result of issuing an HMRC winding up petition on a company, the company’s bank then finds out about the winding up order and then freezes the bank account. Therefore, inadvertently, HMRC actions of issuing a winding up order can freeze bank accounts although technically it is the bank itself that puts the actual freeze on the account.
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24. Court order to unfreeze bank account

If you are suffering in your business with a company bank account situation, we can help you obtain a validation court order to unfreeze it. Frozen bank account issues can be drastic for a business and the quicker you make the validation order application to court, the better chance your business has of avoiding the worst effects of a limited company bank account frozen situation. At Francis Wilks & Jones we have the team of experts a specialist validation orders department able to assist you with these types of enquiries.
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25. How to unfreeze a business bank account

We are often asked how to unfreeze a business bank account. This question usually arises following the service on the company of a winding up petition or winding up order in respect of a debt recovery matter. If that happens, the company’s bank can undertake a winding up petition search which will highlight the existence of a winding up petition. Following this, a bank account can be frozen. It is then vital for the business to try and unfreeze the bank account for it to keep on trading. We can help achieve this.
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26. How do I get a validation order?

We are often asked how do I get a validation order? There is a set procedure to follow pursuant to Section 127 of the Insolvency Act 1986. However, we would strongly recommend you use our expert team of validation order lawyers at Francis Wilks & Jones as it is very easy to fail in the application if you are unfamiliar with either the court process or the requirements of the Insolvency Act. Our team at Francis Wilks & Jones will take out the stress of a validation order application and help you deal with either a frozen bank account or a winding up petition. Contact our team now.
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27. How to apply for a validation order

Applying for a validation order is relatively straightforward although legal assistance is strongly recommended to avoid common pitfalls. Essentially, a validation order application needs to be filed at court and supported by a witness statement normally made by a director or officer of a company. Francis Wilks & Jones’ validation orders team can help you through this process and maximise your chances of success.
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28. What is a validation order in insolvency?

We are often asked what is a validation order in insolvency? The answer is that it is a type of order pursuant to the Insolvency Act 1986 whereby a court gives permission for payments to be made out of a company bank account despite the existence of a winding up petition or winding up order. The idea behind the provisions in section 127 of the Insolvency Act is to enable a company to make certain payments if the overall effect is to benefit the company and enable it to keep trading.
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29. How long does a validation order take?

We are commonly asked how long does a validation order take. To an extent it depends on the level of cooperation from the company directors facing the winding up petition. But on the basis that requests for information by us are answered quickly, we can get into court within a matter of days and often within 48 hours of instruction. This can make a huge difference to a company’s prospects of survival and the expert validation orders team at FWJ can get the order that you need very quickly indeed.
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30. How might HMRC respond to a validation order?

We are often asked how might HMRC respond to a validation order? To an extent it depends on the circumstances of the case and whether HMRC themselves have issued the winding up petition against the company. Whatever the circumstances, we have an expert validation orders team at FWJ and good contact with HMRC. This can always help when making a validation order application.
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31. How long does a creditor have to respond to a validation letter?

We have often been asked how long does a creditor have to respond to a validation letter. There is no set time limit although obviously, if you are a creditor then it is important that you set out your position in respect of the validation order application. It can make a difference to the outcome of the hearing.
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32. How long does a creditor have to respond to a debt validation letter?

We have been asked in the past how long does a creditor have to respond to a debt validation letter. That very much depends on the creditor’s viewpoint but ultimately, if you do want to respond you are better doing it sooner rather than later so that any correspondence is exhibited in the actual validation order hearing.
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33. Validation order bankruptcy

That is a mixture of two separate issues. A validation order is a court order limiting certain payments to be made to creditors or other company debtors where the company has been served with a winding up petition. Bankruptcy is a term normally applied to personal insolvency but is often commonly used when describing company insolvency too. In summary, when a company faces a winding up order it often needs a validation order to allow it to continue to trade and avoid bankruptcy.
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34. Validation order form

In order to succeed in a validation order application, we are often asked whether there is a validation order form. There isn’t a specific form although the rules do set out how to apply for a validation order pursuant to Section 127 of the Insolvency Act 1986. However, unless you are experienced in this area of the law, we would not recommend that you try making the application yourself. Let one of our validation order experts help you and we can get the order you need.
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35. Validation order insolvency

Validation order insolvency is a term which applies to a company facing a winding up petition or winding up order which has often then lead to a frozen company bank account. In order to avoid insolvency, the company needs permission to make the payments from the frozen bank account and this is done by what is called a validation order from the court. The team at Francis Wilks & Jones have many years’ experience obtaining validation orders and we are the team for you.
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36. Who can apply for a validation order?

It is important to understand who can apply for a validation order after service of a winding up petition. There are only limited parties who can apply for a validation order and it is key to understand this in order to be successful in any validation order application.
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37. How do you apply for a validation order?

It is important to understand that if you need a validation order, you go through the right processes to make an application. It is the type of application a court will look at very closely and therefore, you need validation order experts to guide you through this process. At Francis Wilks & Jones we have the team of validation order experts to help you through this issue whilst you deal with the winding up petition.
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38. Where do you apply for a validation order?

It is important that if you are considering applying for a validation order because of a winding up petition, that you make any application in the right court. At Francis Wilks & Jones we have a team of expert validation lawyers who can help ensure that you do not make any procedural errors which could endanger the application and inadvertently lead to the winding up of your company.
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39. How is a validation order application served?

There are strict service provisions relating to service of a validation order both in terms of time periods and the parties upon whom a validation order needs to be served. Unless this is done properly it could render the application ineffective. That in turn could lead to a winding up order against your company. In order to avoid this happening, contact us know and speak to one of our validation order experts.
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40. When should you apply for a validation order?

If you have been served with a winding up petition then it is critical to understand when you should apply for a validation order to allow you to continue to trade the company. Not only do you need to have expert guidance on how to make an application, it is also important to understand when you should make an application for a validation order. Contact one of our expert validation order solicitors at Francis Wilks & Jones and we can help you through this important part of the winding up order process.
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41. What are the effects of a validation order?

We are often asked “what are the effects of a validation order?” It is a very important question because if you do properly obtain a validation order it can have a dramatic difference on your ability to trade and also relieve you from any possible personal liabilities as well. Speak to one of our expert validation order solicitors now and we can take you through the validation order process.
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42. Who pays the costs of a validation order?

An important part of the validation order process is working out who pays the costs of a validation order. It is an important question to resolve before making the validation order application and at Francis Wilks & Jones, we have the leading team of experts who can help you in the validation order process and answer any questions relating to the cost of the validation order and how these are paid. It is a critically important matter to get clarified at the outset of the process.
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