Winding Up Petitions

We are experts in Debt and Bankruptcy advice. We assist clients in defending bankruptcy petitions and annulling (cancelling) bankruptcy orders. We also defend claims brought by trustees in bankruptcy, particularly against the family home.

Free Initial Discussion

For a free, no obligation, initial discussion about your circumstances, please call us on 0207 889 0100 or email us on and we’ll call you back.

We can help you with:

  • Presenting Winding Up Petitions
  • Defending Winding Up Petitions
  • Advertisement of Winding Up Petitions
  • Understanding the Effect of Winding Up Petitions

Presenting Winding Up Petitions

If a company owes you more than £750 and refuses to pay you, you can petition or threaten to petition to wind up the company. The Court fee involved to petition is £1,880. However, if there is a risk of a genuine dispute where the company then shows good grounds to defend the claim, then this may result in the petition being dismissed with costs as the Court would expect you to obtain a judgment against a company in the first instance before instituting winding up proceedings. This may be recommended to be the first step to flush out the company forcing it to put forward details of the defence and made a payment for the undisputed sum on the account.

We are able to offer you a fixed fee to embark on this process.

Advertisement of a Winding Up Petition

The advertisement of a winding up petition can damage a company. A company only has 10 days from the date of the winding up petition to prevent the winding up being advertised. We can assist in delaying the advertisement of the petition to allow time to enter into negotiations with creditors as banks will trawl the legal press and freeze any company’s bank accounts having winding up petitions presented against them. The banks also call in overdrafts; as a result, damaging a company’s financial position even further.

We can assist in obtaining a Validation order from the Court to allow directors to access funds or dispose of the company’s assets, in the event a company winding up petition is presented.

We can obtain an injunction in the High Court where the petitioning creditor refuses to refrain from presenting or advertising the winding up petition.

Defending Winding Up Petitions

We specialise in defending winding up petitions presented against companies for the non-payment of demand or debt. We negotiate debt with creditors for our corporate clients.

A winding up petition is a very serious matter and can lead to your company being placed into liquidation if it owes more than £750.

It is possible to reverse a winding up order within 7 days on the ground that the Court did not have all the relevant facts or a shareholder or creditor can apply to stay (freeze) the liquidation procedure following the making of a winding up order.

Understanding the Effect of a Winding Up Petition on a Company

Once a winding up petition has been presented to the Court, directors will be unable to sell the company or any of the company’s assets. In the event any assets are transferred or disposed of, the Court can subsequently set aside any such transactions. The ultimate ownership, also known as “beneficial ownership” of the assets within a company is not always clear. We ensure that directors or shareholders can retain any assets which may belong to them personally. We also establish whether third parties have rights over company assets as they may have paid towards their purchase.

Funding and Costs

We are able to talk you through the best options for you which include:

  • Fixed Costs Consultations
  • Fixed Fees
  • Staged Engagements (where the scope of engagement is defined)
  • No-Win No-Fee Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA)
  • Funding Options – Litigation Finance and Funding
  • Adverse Costs Insurance – ATE Funding
  • Debt Based Agreements (DBA) – contingency style arrangements

How to make contact

To find out more about how we can help and to discuss your case, please call us on 0207 889 0100 or email us on

We can assist wherever you are based, and we also have offices in London.

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