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Directors Disqualification

If you or any of your board of directors is facing disqualification, our experienced team can provide the specialised legal experience and advice you need to navigate the process, understand your options and minimise the fallout.

Every aspect of directors disqualification covered

We act for any person who is a director of a limited company (or limited liability partnership) from small SMEs to large PPLCs.

Our restructuring and insolvency solicitors will be by your side every step of the way from advising you at the outset of any investigation to defending disqualification proceedings.

At what is often a difficult time for individuals and their businesses, our approachable manner and goal-oriented focus is a valuable asset in helping you manage the situation.

Supporting you throughout

Our support includes advising and liaising with the insolvency service from the outset of an investigation, assisting directors who are in receipt of a notice pursuant to section 16 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, defending against claims for compensation orders and advising on the breach of a disqualification order or undertaking.

We also prepare applications for permission to remain director, defend and negotiate on disqualification or compensation orders and advise on the reusing of a company name after liquidation, along with advising on the effects of breaching a disqualification order undertaking

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Hear what our clients say about us

I have worked with Sam now on many turnaround assignments over the last 15 years. I have always found him to be extremely focused and user-friendly with an innate ability to engage successfully with all key stakeholders. I have worked particularly closely with Sam on mid-market manufacturing and retail assignments, as well as large national charities. I would always recommend Sam to directors who need expert legal assistance in navigating difficult times and support with engagement with all stakeholders as they drive towards a successful turnaround.

Dr Mark Taylor Bluesky Associates Turnaround & Transformation Advisory LLP

Sam is great at building relationships, has a strong knowledge of the marketplace and will make introductions to relevant third parties. He is proactive and very commercial, coming up with suggestions and solutions that we hadn’t thought of. Sam doesn’t just focus on the legal documentation, but also uses his mind to find ways forward. He is very down to earth and is never difficult to get hold of. Sam offers a genuine, partner-led approach.

Jo Power FRP (previously ExWorks)

This is the best news, thank you so much. Deanne, you have been wonderful throughout and especially helping me with my serious upset and frantic feelings, you have gone above and beyond anything expected.

I am so grateful for all your kindness throughout this whole process.

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They are ready to move at short notice to deliver a great outcome.


Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

The team headed by Sam Payne is well rounded, pragmatic and cost effective, covering all types of corporate insolvency assignments.

Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

The team can call on a wide variety of talent. There is plenty of diversity amongst the team and they are solution driven.

Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

I find the team’s approach to be fast, effective and agile.

Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

Sam’s excellent understanding of all intricacies of both the financial and insolvency aspects to this administration, and his great team, are why we continue to instruct them.

Damian Webb RSM

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