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Francis Wilks & Jones is the country’s leading firm of Winding Up Order solicitors. If you have been served with a winding up petition, we can help you unfreeze your bank account, reverse the winding up order and continue trading, Whatever your situation, our friendly lawyers can assist.

“They were extremely responsive and their assistance proved invaluable in resolving these matters such that the risks we faced were removed entirely. Our company continues to trade having survived this as a result of FWJ’s input.

A client to whom we provided urgent insolvency assistance

Winding up removal – fast

If you have been served with a winding up order – the key is to take quick action to see if you can get the winding up order removed. The longer a winding up order remains on the court file – the more likely company creditors and the bank will find out about it. Once it becomes public – your company can quickly lose the ability to trade. Our brilliant team can help get winding up orders removed – and FAST.

Frozen bank account assistance

Has your company bank account been frozen? If so we can help you get access to your account to allow you to keep trading and stop your company going bust. We have helped save many businesses facing Frozen Bank Account situations. Our specialist team can help you TODAY.

Validation orders – help keep your company trading

A validation order is a specific type of court order made when a winding up petition has already been issued against a company. They allow a company to safely continue to trade and make payments from the company bank account even if the account has been frozen. These types of court orders also lower the risk of personal claims against directors even if the company later goes in to liquidation.

Our team has a BRILLIANT TRACK RECORD of success in these applications and helping companies succeed.

HMRC defence and assistance

We know that HMRC issues a lot of winding up orders. We have a specialist tax dispute team who can help deal with HMRC related claims, negotiate Time To Pay Arrangements and help your company through any problems. It is often a combined approach that helps save a business – and our tax dispute team is one of the best in the country. It is headed by Andy Lynch, who previously spent 18 years working for HMRC.

Stopping the winding up order being advertised in the London Gazette

Avoiding a winding up petition becoming public knowledge is very important. The key way this is done by a creditor is advertising it in the London Gazette. As soon as this happens – bank accounts get frozen, creditors cease supplying – and a business can fold very quickly. Our team can help STOP this happening.

Negotiating settlement or fighting winding up petitions

Sometimes a company just needs to the time and space to be able to pay the debt or negotiate settlement of the winding up order. If so – we can help you find that time so you can organise your affairs. If however the winding up order debt is disputed – we can help defend the claim completely. Either way – we have the team to help.

Business Funding

Often a business facing a winding up order needs finance and funding to see it through its problems. Our team has decades’ experience working with funders of all types – and we are happy to put you in touch with someone we think could help you.

Company rescue & restructuring assistance

A company facing a winding up order might need restructuring advice to help make it a viable business to continue trading. Our company rescue and restructuring team is headed up by Tim Francis – with over 25 years experience helping save businesses, often in conjunction with trusted insolvency & restructuring professionals. Tim would be more than happy to speak to you today.

Insolvency advice

If the worst happens and your company cannot be saved – then there might be options about what type of insolvency route you might take to best protect the business and lower your personal risk as directors. For example – you might want to consider going down the Administration route – saving the best parts of the business in the process. Our superb team is happy to help advice on your options

Advice on director duties and avoiding misconduct claims

Whatever route is taken – directors should always try to minimise the risk of personal claims against them should the business go in to insolvency. These can range from Director Disqualification, Compensation claims, Claims by HMRC, Claims by Liquidators including claims for wrongful trading, fraudulent trading, trading whilst insolvent and misfeasance. We can help minimise the risk of these to you – and also defend them should they later come to pass.

Bounce back loan defence

We are seeing a huge increase in Bounce Back Loan claims and lots of winding up orders as a result. Our specialist Bounce Back Loan team can help deal with any claim arising from claims for repayment of Bounce Back Loans.

Look at our fantastic range of free guides and FAQs

We don’t just say we know about the subject – we can prove it. Help yourself to our fantastic range of free guides, booklets and FAQs on winding up petitions and validation orders.

Happy clients, excellent case studies

We pride ourselves on our client feedback and our track record of success on the cases we act on. We are happy to share these with you.

Contact us today – let us help reverse the winding up order, reduce personal risk and keep you trading

Our brilliant team can get into court quickly and help your company keep trading with minimal risk. We have reversed many winding up orders since 2002 and helped unfreeze lots of bank accounts. But don’t delay. The longer you leave these applications, the higher the risk to your business and you personally.

Contact us now for your expert assistance. Or speak to partner Tim Francis or experts James Roberts or Sue Brumby now for immediate help.

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 Company director

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