Insolvency Disputes: Our Network of Solicitors



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Insolvency disputes arise when individuals or businesses are unable to meet their financial obligations. This can often lead to complex legal and financial challenges.

These disputes can involve creditors seeking repayment, debtors attempting to manage or discharge their debts, and various stakeholders navigating the intricacies of insolvency law.

Solicitors play a crucial role in assisting parties involved in insolvency disputes. They provide legal advice, representation, and strategic guidance to resolve conflicts and achieve the best possible outcomes.

ARC Costs have a network of law firms on hand to assist with contentious insolvency disputes. Moreover, we can assist with the recovery and negotiation of insolvency costs upon conclusion of these types of disagreements.

Understanding insolvency disputes

Insolvency occurs when an individual or organisation cannot pay its debts as they fall due. It can also occur when liabilities exceed assets. Common causes of financial distress include poor financial management, economic downturns, market competition, and unexpected expenses.

Insolvency disputes typically involve disagreements over the repayment of debts, the distribution of assets, and the prioritisation of creditors.

Types of Insolvency

  • Personal Insolvency: This affects individuals and can lead to bankruptcy or other debt relief measures.
  • Corporate Insolvency: This affects businesses and can result in liquidation, administration, or restructuring processes.

Key Stakeholders in Insolvency Disputes

  • Debtors: Individuals or businesses that owe money.
  • Creditors: Entities or individuals to whom money is owed.
  • Insolvency Practitioners: Professionals appointed to manage the insolvency process.
  • Courts: Legal bodies that adjudicate disputes and oversee insolvency proceedings.

Common types of insolvency disputes

Disputes over debt repayment

Creditors may seek repayment through various legal avenues, leading to disputes over the validity, amount, and priority of debts. Debtors might challenge these claims, resulting in legal battles.

Asset distribution

Insolvency often involves the sale or redistribution of assets. Disputes can arise over asset valuation, the order of priority among creditors, and the handling of secured versus unsecured debts.

Insolvency proceedings

The initiation and conduct of insolvency proceedings can be contentious. Disputes may involve challenges to the appointment of insolvency practitioners, the conduct of administration or liquidation, and compliance with legal requirements.

Fraudulent trading and misconduct allegations

In some cases, insolvency disputes involve allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, or other misconduct by debtors, directors, or third parties. These allegations can complicate proceedings and require thorough investigation.

The role of the Insolvency Act

The Insolvency Act 1986 is the primary legislation governing insolvency in England and Wales. It provides the legal framework for various insolvency procedures. It also defines the roles and responsibilities of those involved in insolvency processes. Key aspects of the Act include:


The Insolvency Act sets out the procedures for personal bankruptcy, detailing the grounds for filing, the process of asset liquidation, and the discharge of debts. It also outlines the roles of trustees and the rights of creditors in bankruptcy cases.

Corporate Insolvency

For businesses, the Act covers liquidation, administration, and company voluntary arrangements (CVAs). It provides the legal basis for appointing administrators and liquidators, defines their duties, and establishes the processes for restructuring or winding up companies.

Insolvency Practitioners

The Act specifies the qualifications, duties, and powers of insolvency practitioners. It also includes provisions for their regulation and oversight.

Fraud and Misconduct

The Act addresses fraudulent trading, wrongful trading, and other forms of misconduct by company directors. It allows for the investigation and prosecution of such activities, providing mechanisms to recover assets and hold directors accountable.

The role of solicitors in insolvency disputes

Legal advice and representation

Insolvency lawyers provide essential legal advice to both debtors and creditors. They help clients understand their rights, obligations, and the implications of insolvency laws. This guidance is crucial in making informed decisions and avoiding potential pitfalls.

For debtors:

Solicitors assist in evaluating the options available. These may include negotiating with creditors, proposing repayment plans, or considering formal insolvency procedures like winding up petitions or bankruptcy.

For creditors:

Solicitors help in assessing the viability of pursuing claims, enforcing security interests, and participating in insolvency proceedings to maximise recoveries.

Drafting and reviewing documentation

Insolvency disputes involve extensive documentation, including contracts, repayment agreements, and court submissions. Solicitors play a critical role in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating these documents to ensure accuracy, compliance, and protection of their clients’ interests.

Representation in Court

Insolvency disputes often require court intervention. Solicitors represent clients in court hearings, presenting arguments, submitting evidence, and advocating for their clients’ positions. Their expertise in litigation ensures that the legal process is conducted effectively.

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Not all insolvency disputes need to be resolved in court. Solicitors can facilitate mediation and other ADR methods, helping parties reach mutually acceptable solutions without the need for prolonged litigation. This approach can save time, reduce costs, and preserve business relationships.

Investigating fraud and misconduct

When insolvency disputes involve allegations of fraud or misconduct, solicitors conduct thorough investigations to gather evidence. They identify wrongdoing, and pursue legal actions against culpable parties. This can include tracing assets, examining financial records, and collaborating with forensic accountants.

Advising on Insolvency Procedures

Solicitors guide clients through formal insolvency procedures, such as bankruptcy, administration, and liquidation. They ensure compliance with legal requirements. They also advise on the implications of each procedure, and assist in managing interactions with insolvency practitioners.

Case Studies and Practical Examples

Case Study 1: Corporate Insolvency

A medium-sized manufacturing company faced financial difficulties due to declining sales and increasing competition. Creditors initiated insolvency proceedings, seeking repayment of outstanding debts. The company’s solicitors advised on the administration process, negotiating with creditors to develop a repayment plan while allowing the business to continue operating. Effective representation and strategic advice, allowed the company to restructure its operations, repay a significant portion of its debts, and eventually return to profitability.

Case Study 2: Personal Bankruptcy

An individual faced overwhelming personal debts after a failed business venture. Creditors pursued aggressive collection actions, leading to the threat of bankruptcy.

The individual’s solicitor provided comprehensive advice on debt relief options. They negotiated with creditors to reduce debt amounts, and represented the client in bankruptcy proceedings. The solicitor’s efforts resulted in a manageable repayment plan, allowing the individual to discharge remaining debts and rebuild their financial stability.

The benefits of using insolvency solicitors

Expertise and experience

Solicitors possess specialised knowledge of insolvency law and extensive experience in handling disputes. Their expertise ensures that clients receive informed advice and effective representation, improving the likelihood of favourable outcomes.

Strategic guidance

Insolvency disputes are complex and require careful navigation. Solicitors provide strategic guidance, helping clients make informed decisions, anticipate challenges, and develop effective solutions.

Reduced stress and uncertainty

Insolvency disputes can be stressful and emotionally draining. Solicitors alleviate this burden by managing legal processes, communicating with opposing parties, and providing clear, reassuring advice.

Cost-effective solutions

While engaging a solicitor involves costs, their ability to negotiate settlements, resolve disputes efficiently. They can help to avoid costly litigation, which can result in overall cost savings for clients.

How can ARC Costs assist?

Obtaining the right legal advice and representation is crucial in insolvency disputes. Whilst ARC Costs can assist with the legal costs arising from insolvency litigation, we also maintain a network of specialist solicitors who would be happy to assist in your case.

ARC Costs are highly experienced in advising and assisting with costs issues and disputes in different areas of law. As Costs Draftsman and Costs Lawyers, we can assist in your costs issues.

If a costs award has been made, allowing you to recover costs from your opponent, we can assist with preparing a Bill of Costs on your behalf to ensure maximum recoverability. We can also assist in Costs Negotiations and represent you at detailed assessment proceedings. This can determine the amount of costs you may be able to recover.

If you have been ordered to pay costs to your opponent, we can assist in disputing costs which you may deem to be excessive and unreasonable. We can do this by way of preparation of  Points of Dispute and also through negotiations to ensure you will only pay for costs which are reasonably incurred and not exaggerated.

Should you wish to discuss your costs query with us, please contact us on 01204 397302 or via email at Alternatively, you can complete our online query form and we will contact you to discuss your query further. We can provide expert legal advice on costs in our free, no obligation initial consultation.

We may receive payments from third party solicitors on our panel to whom we may refer your claim. We will never charge you for any referrals made to our panel of third parties.


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