Corporate Insolvency

Forbes Solicitors' corporate insolvency solicitors have a wealth of experience in advising both large and small companies on all aspects of insolvency law.

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Whether you are facing financial difficulties and need advice on restructuring or you are a creditor looking to recover debts, our team can provide clear and practical advice. Our insolvency solicitors understand the complexities of insolvency law and work to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

What is Corporate Insolvency

What is Corporate Insolvency

Corporate insolvency is a situation where a business is unable to pay its debts and liabilities as they become due and/or when the value of the company's assets are less than the amount of its liabilities. It may be caused by a variety of factors such as poor management, mismanagement of funds, economic downturn, or competition. When a company is insolvent, it is no longer able to meet its financial obligations.

The Corporate team work with companies (including directors and shareholders), Accountants and other third parties when focusing on a company's turnaround, restructure or refinance. We provide tailored commercial advice guiding the business and its directors through appropriate restructure or formal insolvency procedures.

We are specialists in assisting buyers, sellers, directors, shareholders and insolvency practitioners in transactions of an insolvent nature. Including the transfer of assets, TUPE considerations, the transfer of novation of contracts and the assumption of liabilities and the negotiation of warranties.

We also have a significant amount of experience in members voluntary liquidations (including Section 110 reconstructions), de-mergers, capital reductions and prepack administrations.

Our Insolvent Restructuring services include:

  • Restructuring

  • Refinancing

  • Insolvency appointments

  • Sale and acquisition of distressed businesses

  • Acquisitions from Administrators

Why choose our corporate insolvency solicitors?

Why choose our corporate insolvency solicitors?

Here at Forbes Solicitors we have a team of corporate insolvency solicitors that are dedicated to providing expert legal advice and support to businesses facing financial difficulties. With years of experience in this complex area of law, we have a proven track record of helping clients navigate the insolvency process and achieve the best possible outcome. Our team is committed to providing a personalised service tailored to your specific needs, and we pride ourselves on our clear, concise communication and transparent pricing. Choose us for reliable, effective legal representation during this challenging time. Who do our corporate insolvency solicitors help? Our corporate insolvency solicitors help businesses, directors, creditors, and insolvency practitioners with legal advice and representation in matters related to insolvency, restructuring, and recovery.

How can our corporate insolvency lawyers help?

How can our corporate insolvency lawyers help?

Our corporate insolvency lawyers can help by providing expert advice and guidance on all aspects of insolvency law, including restructuring, liquidation, receivership, and bankruptcy. We can assist with negotiating with creditors, preparing and filing legal documents, and representing clients in court proceedings. Our goal is to help our clients navigate the complex and often stressful process of corporate insolvency, and to achieve the best possible outcome for their business and stakeholders.

Our team at Forbes Solicitors possesses extensive expertise in providing legal services and aiding clients dealing with Corporate Structure and Insolvency matters throughout the UK. Contact us now to connect with our professionals.

Additional Information

What happens if a company goes into insolvency?

If a company goes into insolvency it means that it is unable to pay its debts as they fall due. The company may enter into administration, where an administrator takes control of the company to try and save it, or it may enter into liquidation, where its assets are sold to pay off its debts. In some cases, the company may be able to enter into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) with its creditors to restructure its debts and continue trading.

Why is corporate structure important for businesses?

Corporate structure is important for businesses as it determines the legal and financial responsibilities of the company and its owners. It also affects the way the company is managed and how decisions are made. companies must have a legal structure, such as a limited company or partnership, to operate and comply with legal requirements. The structure also impacts taxation, liability, and ownership of the business.

What are the different types of corporate structures?

The different types of corporate structures include sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership (LLP), private limited company (Ltd), public limited company (PLC), and community interest company (CIC). Each structure has its own legal requirements and benefits, such as limited liability protection for shareholders in a Ltd or PLC, and social or environmental objectives for a CIC.

What are the signs of corporate insolvency?

The signs of corporate insolvency include inability to pay debts as they fall due, outstanding debts that exceed assets, legal action taken by creditors, and a decrease in cash flow. Other signs may include a decline in sales, loss of key customers, and inability to secure financing. It is important for directors to seek professional advice if they suspect their company may be insolvent.

What are the tests which indicate whether or not a company is facing insolvency?

Under UK law, there are several tests to determine if a company is facing insolvency, including the cash flow test, balance sheet test, and the inability to pay debts test. The cash flow test examines whether the company can pay its debts as they fall due, while the balance sheet test looks at whether the company's liabilities exceed its assets. The inability to pay debts test considers whether the company can pay its debts in full within a reasonable timeframe.

What should directors do if their company is facing financial difficulties?

Directors should seek professional advice from a licenced insolvency practitioner and act in the best interests of the company and its creditors. They should also ensure that they are not trading while insolvent and consider options such as restructuring, refinancing, or entering into a formal insolvency process such as administration or liquidation. Failure to act appropriately could result in personal liability for the directors.

What happens if appropriate insolvency actions are not taken and how could this affect the directors?

If appropriate insolvency actions are not taken, the directors may be held personally liable for any debts incurred by the company during the period of insolvency. This could result in the directors being disqualified from acting as directors in the future, facing legal action, and potentially losing personal assets to pay off the company's debts.

What are the legal obligations of directors in the event of corporate insolvency?

Directors have a legal obligation to act in the best interests of the company and its creditors in the event of corporate insolvency. They must take steps to minimise losses to creditors, including ceasing trading if necessary, and must not continue to trade if the company is insolvent. Directors may also be held personally liable for any wrongful or fraudulent trading that occurs during insolvency.

What is the role of a corporate insolvency solicitor?

A corporate insolvency solicitor provides legal advice and representation to companies facing financial difficulties and insolvency. They assist with restructuring and turnaround plans, negotiate with creditors, and advise on the legal implications of insolvency proceedings such as administration, liquidation, and voluntary arrangements. They also represent clients in court and provide guidance on directors' duties and liabilities.

What are the options for restructuring a company in financial difficulty?

The options for restructuring a company in financial difficulty include administration, company voluntary arrangement (CVA), and liquidation. Administration involves appointing an administrator to manage the company's affairs and explore options for restructuring or selling the business. A CVA is a legally binding agreement between the company and its creditors to repay debts over a period of time. Liquidation involves selling the company's assets to pay off creditors and winding up the business.

What is the process for entering into administration?

The process for entering into administration involves appointing an insolvency practitioner to act as the administrator. The administrator will then take control of the company and assess its financial situation. They will work to develop a plan to rescue the company or, if that is not possible, to achieve the best possible outcome for creditors. The process can be initiated by the company, its directors, or a creditor.

What is the process for liquidating a company?

The process for liquidating a company involves appointing a licenced insolvency practitioner to act as the liquidator. The liquidator will then sell the company's assets, pay off any outstanding debts, and distribute any remaining funds to shareholders. The company will then be dissolved and removed from the Companies House register. There are two types of liquidation: voluntary liquidation, initiated by the company's directors or shareholders, and compulsory liquidation, initiated by a court order.

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Partner and Head of Department, Insolvency

Chris Bowers


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Partner, Head of Department, Corporate

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