Winding Up Petitions

If your business owes £750 or more to a creditor they can pursue you for the debt by issuing a winding-up petition. You only have 7 days from the date the petition is issued to take action. If you don’t take any action your company will most likely be at risk of liquidation.  This means your company immediately ceases trading and the assets are sold to pay creditors.

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Navigating the Critical 7 Days with GMD

In the intricate world of business finance, the issuance of a winding-up petition is a momentous event with profound consequences. When a business owes £750 or more to a creditor, they have the option to pursue the debt by issuing a winding-up petition. The clock starts ticking the moment the petition is issued, and you have just 7 days to take action. The stakes are high, as failure to act promptly places your company at significant risk of liquidation.

The Harsh Reality of Liquidation

Liquidation is a process that sends shockwaves through any business. It entails the immediate cessation of trading operations, and the company's assets are sold to repay creditors. When a winding-up petition is issued, the matter becomes public knowledge, as these petitions are advertised in the London Gazette. Additionally, the affected company's bank accounts are frozen without warning or further access.


Unless the winding-up petition is settled or successfully set aside through a court application, the company faces dissolution and falls under the jurisdiction of the Insolvency Service. During this tumultuous period, the appointed liquidator conducts a thorough investigation into the company's affairs, as well as the conduct of its directors, to ensure there is no fraudulent activity or wrongful trading. Transactions from the previous 2 to 5 years are scrutinized.

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GMD: Your Partner in Times of Crisis

Navigating a winding-up petition is an incredibly stressful and complex process. At GMD, we are experts in assisting you through these challenging times and finding solutions. Here's how we can help:

  • Immediate Action: We understand the urgency of the situation and can assist you in taking swift, strategic action to address the winding-up petition.
  • Negotiation and Settlement: Our team can engage with the petitioning creditor to explore negotiation and settlement options to avoid liquidation.
  • Legal Expertise: In cases requiring legal representation, we connect you with experienced legal professionals who specialize in insolvency and dispute resolution.
  • Support and Guidance: We provide emotional and strategic support throughout the process, helping you make informed decisions during this critical period.

Facing a winding-up petition is a harrowing experience, but with the right guidance and support, you can navigate it successfully. GMD is your trusted partner in these challenging times, committed to safeguarding your interests, exploring solutions, and guiding you toward a brighter financial future.

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