If your company bank account has been frozen because of a winding up petition – we can help. A validation order application is normally the best way to proceed, allowing use of the bank account and to continue trading - plus avoiding the risk of personal liability as well. We have been helping businesses since 2002. Let our team of experts help you too.

The validation order process normally follows a similar pattern:

  • we will sign you up as a client and then review all relevant documentation, background about your company, details of the winding up petition and why it is you need to make the various payments from the company bank account and have court validation for these.
  • we will then put together a draft witness statement setting out these facts for the benefit of the court. You will then agree this and sign it off and then we will then issue a formal application to the court for a validation order hearing.
  • the papers will then be served on the relevant interested parties.
  • there will then be the validation order hearing at court. At that validation order application, the court will listen to the barrister instructed on your behalf to understand why, despite a winding up order being in place, various payments should be allowed to be made – eg to creditors suppliers or employees.
  • if the court decides to grant the order, it will make a validation order there and then and then that can be served on the relevant parties. The company will then be entitled to make the payments sanctioned by the court.

There can be nuances and variations within this validation order process but ultimately, the expert validation orders team at Francis Wilks & Jones has experience in a wide range of validation order applications meaning that it is highly unlikely to be surprised by anything which comes its way.

We have brilliant success rates in dealing with frozen bank account scenarios, helping companies unfreeze company bank accounts, unfreeze assets, have winding up orders reversed and allow a company to continue trading despite a winding up order being in place. we are the experts who can help your business through this difficult period.


Francis Wilks & Jones is the county’s leading firm of winding up petition and validation order solicitors. We are the leading experts in what we do and regularly make validation order applications on behalf of our clients. We can also help have the winding up petition removed.

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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