Insolvency is a term used to describe a situation when a person or company is unable to pay its debts.

Insolvency can be a serious problem for individuals and businesses alike, and it can have long-lasting negative consequences. Therefore, it is important to seek professional help to get out of the situation as soon as possible. Whether you are initiating an insolvency claim, responding to a dispute, seeking new lawyers for an ongoing case or considering reopening an old case.

Whatever the circumstances, having an experiences insolvency dispute lawyer on your side can make a pivotal difference to your chances of success.

We provide legal advice and representation for companies and individuals facing insolvency, as well as guidance for those looking to restructure their business and avoid insolvency.

For more information about our insolvency services please call us on +44 (0)20 3475 6751 or email

Restructuring & Insolvency

Our restructuring and insolvency lawyers can support you with matters including:

• Restructuring
• Insolvency
• Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs)
• Receivership
• Liquidation
• Commercial recoveries

When a business is facing insolvency, a lawyer can help assess the company’s assets and liabilities and determine the best course of action. This may include negotiating with creditors or filing for bankruptcy. We can also help businesses develop a plan to recover from insolvency, such as exploring any potential restructuring or refinancing options.

Who Can Carter Bond Solicitors Help?

Insolvency practitioners and restructuring professionals
We can help practitioners with the appointment of insolvency office holders, sale of assets, dispute resolution and the discharge of their duties (both for corporate and personal insolvency matters).

Businesses and shareholders

Our lawyers work with businesses of all sizes – from owner managed businesses through to large corporates. We can also advise shareholders and other creditors of a financially distressed business.


We can advise you on the necessary legal and regulatory requirements if your business is insolvent or in financial distress. Our team can also act for you personally, if you’re facing litigation or disqualification following the failure of a company.

We understand that insolvency proceedings can be a stressful process. That’s why we offer our clients personalized advice and representation. Our team of lawyers will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your interests are protected. If you need help with insolvency proceedings, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.

Insolvency Disputes & Litigation

Litigation and disputes are a risk usually when companies or individuals cannot pay their debts. Our insolvency solicitors can help you make or defend against claims and efficiently resolve your disputes.
The insolvency procedure helps in resolving outstanding debts owed to creditors by individuals or businesses. However, once insolvency has begun, issues may still exist with stakeholders, shareholders, banks, and insolvency practitioners.

Who Can Carter Bond Solicitors help?

Our lawyers can advise on disputes involving:

  • Shareholders claiming against directors for causing a company to go insolvent
  • Liquidators claiming against directors or shareholders of insolvent companies
  • Debtors using insolvency processes to try and avoid paying debt
  • Companies facing winding-up petitions or individuals facing bankruptcy petitions
  • Claims against insolvency practitioners who have breached their duty to creditors
  • Insolvency practitioners recovering assets from individuals or companies.

How do I bankrupt someone who owes me money?

If you are owed money from an individual, and that individual is unable to pay the debt, you may consider presenting a bankruptcy petition to the court. Bankruptcy is an option where the Debtor owes you over £5,000.

The court will require evidence that the Debtor owes you the money. Before issuing bankruptcy proceedings therefore, it is important to follow a process that can include:

  • Sending demand letters to the Debtor, to demand payment of the debt; or
  • Issuing a statutory demand against the Debtor. This is a request for payment which gives the Debtor 21 days to either pay the debt or reach an agreement with you, the Creditor; or
  • If you have secured a County Court Judgment against the Debtor, you may be able to get a bailiff’s statement that shows the bailiff was unable to recover enough assets to satisfy the debt.

It is also important to search for other bankruptcy petitions presented against the Debtor. A Bankruptcy Search shows whether the Debtor has already been deemed bankrupt. If there are other creditors, this may affect your ability to recover the full amount of your debt.

After carrying out the above, complete with the evidence obtained that shows the Debtor is unable to pay its debts, you would file the bankruptcy petition with the court and wait for the hearing date to be set.

Proceeding with bankruptcy is not without its risks. You should obtain proper legal advice to advise you on the prospects of receiving full payment of the debt. At Carter Bond Solicitors, we can guide you through this process.

Why would I liquidate my company?

Liquidation does not just apply where a company is insolvent. It is also an option if you want to close your company, perhaps because you want to retire or change your career.

Liquidation is the process whereby the company’s assets are sold, the company ceases operation, and is eventually struck off the register at the Registrar of Companies. The funds raised by selling the assets are used to pay off any company debts, with the remainder of the capital going to the shareholders. Therefore, if you no longer wish to operate your company and wish to close it, this is a good option to ensure you receive all the capital in the company.

A business owes me a large sum of money, how can I get them to pay?

If you are chasing a business for payment of a debt they owe you, similarly to bankruptcy, you must show the court that the business cannot pay its debts as they fall due. A way of getting the evidence to prove this is by issuing demand letters and then a corporate statutory demand. A corporate statutory demand requires payment of the debt within 21 days. If the business has not paid the debt within this time frame, the court can infer that the business is unable to pay its debts.

After waiting for the statutory demand to expire, the next step is to issue a winding up petition against the company. The company must owe you £750 or more in order for you to petition for a winding up. This is essentially an application that will close down the company. If the court issues a winding up order, the company’s bank account will be frozen, and the Official Receiver at the Insolvency Service will sell its assets or property to repay you and other creditors.

How expensive is winding up a company and bankruptcy?

Both winding up a company and petitioning bankruptcy against a debtor can be expensive. Currently, the cost to present a winding up petition to the court is £302 for court fees, and £2,600 for the petition deposit. The deposit is used by the Insolvency Service to manage the winding up of the company, that is, if the court makes the winding up order. If the court does not make a winding up order, the petition deposit will be refunded to you.

For bankruptcy, the cost for the court fee is the same at £302. Bankruptcy is slightly cheaper, as the petition deposit is £1,500. The deposit is used by the Insolvency Service to manage the bankruptcy if the court makes the order. Otherwise, the deposit will be refunded to you.

In both cases, the court fee of £302 is non-refundable.


Reena Popat

Managing Partner

t: +44 020 3475 2724 
m: +44 07931 347 854

Arthur Fernandes

Consultant Solicitor, Corporate Commercial

t: +44 020 3 475 6751
m: +44 07912 464 108

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As the world changes, professionals in our society are realising that lifestyle is as vital to them as income. We are the lucky ones who have hand-picked lawyers who can provide the best quality advice but at outer City costs. Our offices are in North West London, which may not be in the City’s centre but at the same time this gives us two key advantages to set us apart:

  1. It allows us to charge our clients for what they pay for, our advice NOT our office space.


  2. Our staff save time and hassle on commutes which translates into a healthier working environment and more friendly and timely advice delivered to you.

ALL our lawyers have previously worked in large City-based law firms and continue to practise and offer the same high level of service  they provided to clients in the City, but without the pressure and demands often dictated by City law firms. This allows us to be competitive on our fees without compromising our service.

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