If you are unable to reach an agreement with your creditor then the bankruptcy petition will proceed to a court hearing.
Most bankruptcy hearings take place before a bankruptcy registrar, who is a judge specialising in bankruptcy matters. It is usually advisable for you to be present at any hearing to show the Court that you are taking the matter seriously. However, we understand that attending Court can be a daunting process and as such we are able to instruct a barrister to attend on your behalf, without you having to attend in person, especially if you have work or other professional commitments or are abroad.
It is possible to obtain an adjournment of the first hearing to allow additional time to take specialist advice or to seek to raise funds to pay your creditors.
The most common orders the Court may make at the bankruptcy hearing are as follows:
- To make a bankruptcy order against you;
- To dismiss the petition;
- To adjourn the hearing to a later date;
- If the petition is contested, to give directions for the parties to file evidence, i.e. set a timetable.
Whatever stage you are at in the Court process, we are able to assist you to protect your position, including seeking permission to defend the petition out of time, if necessary. We work with tried and tested specialist bankruptcy barristers to ensure that we obtain the very best outcomes for you.