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Compulsory Liquidation

What is compulsory liquidation?

This is where the company is forced into liquidation by an unpaid creditor and the Court decides to wind the company up and appoint a Liquidator. Quite often the creditor pushing you down this route is HM Revenue and Customs.

It is good for;

  • The other side pays the costs of liquidation.
  • If you do not have any assets or anything left to save.
  • And you don’t want any control of the process such as being able to buy the assets back.

It is not good for;

  • Speed – as it can take three months or more to get into liquidation.
  • There is a fixed £6,000 fee plus 15% on assets realised.
  • Directors often find it intimidating being interviewed and questioned by the Official Receiver.



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