Insolvency Claims & Disputes Agreements

When a party becomes unable to meet their financial obligations when they fall due, the incidence of insolvency arises for consideration. A creditor may have commenced insolvency proceedings by way of a Winding Up Petition (in the case of a company) or a Bankruptcy Petition (in the case of an individual). When matters of insolvency and recovery arise, the barristers at Mercantile Barristers London are able to give strategic and tactical legal advice to administrators, liquidators, company directors, creditors and debtors alike on their essential next steps.

As a general rule, where a debt is owed by a company, a petition may be issued if the debt is due now; the creditor has demanded it and it remains unpaid; the debt is undisputed; and the debt is £750 or more. Where the debt is owed by an individual, the creditor can only serve a Statutory Demand or file a Bankruptcy Petition where the debt is for £5,000 or more.

The advertisement of a winding up petition can damage a company’s reputation within a very short period. The company will have 10 days from the date of the winding up petition to prevent the winding up being advertised.

Our barristers at Mercantile Barristers specialise in presenting and defending winding up petitions presented against companies for the non-payment of a demand or debt. Where necessary our barristers could bring their considerable skills to negotiate debt with both creditors and debtors to achieve a settlement.

If a negotiated settlement is not obtainable, our barristers are used to obtaining appropriate injunctions in the High Court to preserve the status quo, especially where the petitioning creditor refuses to refrain from presenting or advertising the winding up petition. Also, our barristers are able obtain Validation orders from the Court to allow directors to access funds or dispose of the company’s assets as appropriate if a winding up petition has been presented.

If either you or your company has been served with a bankruptcy petition or statutory demand; or if a bankruptcy order has already been made against you; or your Trustee or the Official Receiver is seeking a sale of your house or other property, our barristers can assist with advice and representation in court as necessary. It is recommended that you contact Mercantile Barristers for timely advice on your options going forward.

Company Voluntary Arrangements and Receivership – for companies, directors, banks/lenders, regulatory bodies, insolvency practitioners, creditors both before and after the commencement of the insolvency process; advising distressed companies; and all forms of insolvency litigation including antecedent transactions and directors’ claims.

Value Adding Approach

Our approach to legal practice is always to articulate creative and value-adding solutions for clients whilst delivering timely, efficient and affordable professional services. All clients conduct their affairs within a legal context and Mercantile Barristers’ role is to advise on the conduct of their transactions and affairs in ways that avoid conflict and disputes.


However, should a dispute become inevitable, then our prior engagement would have assured that all the necessary precautions have been taken and mitigating steps adopted. Thus, clients will begin any dispute resolution in a strong position to achieve their desired objectives.


Whether by adjudication, arbitration, litigation, members at Mercantile Barristers will adopt a firm, swift and decisive approach to achieve the best possible results for clients within the shortest possible time. We recognise that no two cases are the same, so we will adapt our style to suit the occasion.


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