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Our team at Francis Wilks & Jones is renowned for providing high quality advice to directors and business owners. Running a business always has its challenges, irrespective of its size, nature and make-up. Whatever situation or issue you face, our team will have the experience to assist. Don't settle for second best. Call the experts today.

“One of the most astute appointments I have ever made.”

A company director we successfully defended against disqualification

Director disputes

Our team regularly advises directors on many types of claims. Claims from sources across the commercial spectrum.

Disqualification proceedings

Our team is the country’s leading set of legal advisers when it comes to director disqualification proceedings.

These can be against any person who was (or is alleged to have been) a director by:

  • the Secretary of State (acting via the Insolvency Service) following a company insolvency
  • the court for certain types of Companies House filing contravention, criminal conduct generally and for competition infringements

Director disqualification proceedings can, in certain circumstances, also lead to compensation orders, requiring that the director repay the loss suffered as a result of the misconduct.

Other general claims against directors

We deal with other general claims against directors. These can include personal common law claims by individuals trading with the company (where the corporate veil may be pierced). Frequently, particularly following insolvency, a director can be faced by both claims from the appointed liquidator or administrator and enquiries by the Insolvency Service with a view to seeking an order that a director be disqualified. In a perfect world it would be wise for any director to plan against such eventualities. 

However, it is not a perfect world and our commercial law team at Francis Wilks & Jones is here to help. We fully understand that the law often does not acknowledge the stress of business (particularly small businesses) and the inability for a director to make the perfect decision in every circumstance.

Whether it is simply putting your mind at rest that there is nothing to be concerned about; or dealing with an actual or threatened claim.

Director dispute solicitors

Should you require any assistance, please contact a member of our director services team and we can help you today. Whatever your situation, we have almost certainly seen it before and our experience can help you find the solution you need.

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

Key contacts

Maria Koureas-Jones

Maria Koureas-Jones

Partner

Carly Moore-Martin

Carly Moore-Martin

Senior Associate

Stephen Downie

Stephen Downie

Partner

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