Administration, Liquidation and Bankruptcy in Reading and Berkshire

Gore and Company Reading Office provides liquidation, administration, and turnaround services across the Reading, Thames Valley and Berkshire areas (acting as liquidator, administrator, or supervisor of a CVA). We work in both corporate insolvency, and business and personal insolvency leading to bankruptcy. Recent cases have included acting as a liquidator for a failing company in Newbury, acting as administrator for a digital reprographics business in Slough, advising on bankruptcy for clients in Windsor, acting as administrator for a office refurbishment company in Henley and Marlow, advising a furniture manufacturer and a software company based in  High Wycombe, acting for lawyers in Maidenhead on bankruptcy matters, assisting companies in turnaround (whilst avoiding a formal CVA or administration) in Wokingham, Bracknell, and Ascot, and advising clients on debt recovery in Basingstoke, Oxford, Wallingford, Didcot, and Abingdon.

We assist clients in both placing companies into liquidation, managing liquidations on behalf of creditors that are concerned about liquidations being managed for the benefit of creditors. Recent work with companies operating on the Slough Industrial Estate, in Reading centre and in the areas in and around the Thames Valley region mean that we have a good understating of local issues. 

We provide independent advice in the Thames Valley area on liquidating companies, administrations, turnaround, and also advise in relation to bankruptcies and personal insolvency. 

Practical advice in the Thames Valley Region

We provide sound and practical advice to company and business managers on financial difficulties (involving liquidation options or approaches to saving the company by using administration or CVA approaches and sometimes acting as trustee in bankruptcy). Often what is needed is a realistic assessment of the financial situation and no nonsense advice on a feasible approach to either turnaround or closure through liquidation. Often what is missing is a consideration of what we call the third option, that is, an informal arrangement with creditors which could be cheaper than a formal insolvency process. Although non-binding on creditors, it gives directors maximum flexibility in determining a course of action that avoids the stigma of a CVA, could also avoid liquidation and may be cheaper than an administration.      

Helping creditors owed money

We also assist creditors that are owed money If you are owed money by a company that is threatening liquidation, an independent review of its financial position can greatly assist your client to assess its options. Often desk based research can uncover important information that can help your client decide to on a course of action and potentially save the costs of asking the court for a winding up order. 

Creditors often feel frustrated that a debtor (be it an individual or a company) that owes them money can seemingly avoid payment even though there is strong suspicion that assets have simply been dissipated or transferred. The so called phoenix company syndrome means that creditors are left nursing losses while the directors of failed companies simply start again. Sometimes this can also apply to bankrupts who try and avoid their creditors by declaring themselves bankrupt and hope that a lax trustee in bankruptcy will not be able to trace hidden assets. 

We can assist in these situations since the insolvency legislation gives a liquidator great powers of investigation. He can require that anyone with information on assets and business dealings to deliver information to him and he can trace and recover assets for the benefit of creditors. 

We can also take appointment as trustee in bankruptcy on behalf of creditors.

Creditors and their rights

Creditors can make great progress in recovering at least some proportion of their money if they take full advantage of what the UK insolvency process has to offer them. The best way to achieve this is to appoint their own liquidator.

Insolvency legislation gives a liquidator many powers to trace and identify assets belonging to a company. Creditors often suspect or have good evidence that valuable assets have been put beyond the reach of creditors by directors or others but do not know what steps they can take to make sure that they are recovered into a liquidation. Gore and Company works with a team of solicitors, leading insolvency counsel and private investigators to trace assets, find evidence and recover funds for the benefit of creditors. The team works on a contingency basis and will be paid, with the agreement of creditors, from the amounts realised.

Our services include:

  • Acting as liquidator in both a compulsory or a voluntary winding up
  • Acting as administrator as part of a plan to save a company
  • Acting as supervisor of a CVA or corporate voluntary arrangement
  • Providing formal licenced insolvency advice and services to companies in need of assistance with turnaround plans
  • Acting as trustee in bankruptcy on behalf of creditors that are dissatisfied with an incumbent trustee. 

If you are looking for a liquidator in Reading, or an administrator in the Thames Valley region, we can assist.

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Please note that the above is provided for illustration purposes only and comprises a short view of extremely complex insolvency and other legislation. This is a complicated area and specific advice must be sought before undertaking any course of action or before refraining from any course of action. Gore and Company takes no responsibility for any loss incurred to or by any person who either acts or refrains from acting on the basis of the above or of any other item published on this website. The above note may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of Gore and Company.

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