Can I liquidate my own company?

Company Insolvency

Can I liquidate my own company?Directors of Limited Companies cannot liquidate their own company in the UK, to place a company into liquidation you need to be a licensed insolvency practitioner.

Licensed insolvency practitioners are regulated by several governing bodies, as they are governed by professional standards, they must ensure that they have professional indemnity insurance and bonds to ensure that these standards are maintained.

How can I quickly get my company liquidated?

To ensure that your company is liquidated quickly directors need to ensure that the business is viable or not, this will decide what type of quick liquidation is needed for the company.

Here are the 5 steps you need complete to ensure you can speed up the process:

Step 1: Find a Liquidator, the first step is to find a liquidator that you can work with and instruct them to act on your behalf. As we have several insolvency practitioners across the UK, we are happy to have a chat about your company’s viability.

Step 2: If the business is no longer viable and a creditors voluntary liquidation is required then the Issuing of legal paperwork needs to take place, we will issue notices for signing by company directors and shareholders. These notices are legal documents that pass over responsibility of the company to a liquidator. The notices are also filed at Companies House to let the register know the company is liquidated and a notice is placed within the London Gazette. The also include an engagement letter which will clearly state the responsibilities of the insolvency practitioner and what you can and cannot expect from their services.                                                                                                                                         

Step 3: In the notices pack which you will receive is a creditors schedule, this is a list of creditors e.g., people who the business owes money to. The liquidator will need this list as they will need to write to the businesses or individuals and let them know that company is no longer viable and entering an insolvency process. When they write to your creditors will let them know there is to be a meeting of creditors to be held on a set date and time.

Step 4: The liquidator will hold a meeting of creditors and a director will be asked to chair the meeting, the liquidator will run the meeting. The creditors meetings are held online or via telephone as physical meetings are no longer mandatory. It is a legal requirement that a director attends this meeting. Dependent on the how many people opt to dial in or attend the meeting, the time required for the meeting can last from 15 minutes to several hours at this point the company is placed into liquidation.

Step 5:  Now the creditors meeting has been held all that is let is for the director or directors of the company is to ensure that they give the liquidator all the company’s information and books and records. This information will assist to comply reports for creditors annually if the case is left open. This is an important part of the process and will ensure that the directors are complying with the liquidator. At this point your legal duty of running the business ends.

Require further help

As you can see from the steps above there are a number of processes that are required to close a company.

This list is only a quick outline as it will give a brief guide of who to close a Limited Company should you feel the business is no longer viable and needs to be placed into liquidation.

Feel free to contact us to discuss your options regarding liquidating your own company today.  

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