Businesses and individuals sometimes get into financial difficulties. When that happens, expert legal advice for debtors, creditors, spouses and other stakeholders can be crucial.

Advice should be sought quickly – often before any insolvency procedure begins.

Ashtons Legal has one of the leading Corporate Recovery and Insolvency teams in the East of England. We have a highly experienced team of solicitors specialising in insolvency law and practice and who are supported by a large and highly experienced multi-disciplinary team covering disputes, employment, corporate restructuring, property and personal debt.

Members of the team are recognised in the legal directories as experts in this area. Our clients include insolvency practitioners, banks, accountants, directors, businesses of all sizes, partnerships, owner-managed and family businesses, and individuals.

Ashtons Legal is also a member of R3, The Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

Contact Our Corporate Recovery & Insolvency Solicitors in East Anglia

For practical advice on Corporate Recovery and Insolvency matters, get in touch with your local Ashtons Legal team in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich or Norwich.

To set up an initial consultation:

Our Corporate Recovery & Insolvency Expertise

Our team of experts in insolvency law and practice regularly advise on matters including:

Advice to Companies in financial difficulties

  • Administrations
  • Application to strike-off company from the Register of Companies at Companies House
  • Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs)
  • Defending winding-up petitions, applying for injunctions to restrict creditor from presenting or advertising a winding-up petition
  • Liquidations
  • Negotiations with creditors
  • Restructuring.

Advice to Company Directors and Shareholders

  • Defending misfeasance proceedings
  • Defending proceedings for preference transactions
  • Defending proceedings for transactions at an undervalue
  • Defending wrongful and fraudulent trading proceedings
  • Directors’ disqualification
  • Permission to act as director (whilst disqualified)
  • Permission to re-use company name (section 216 Insolvency Act 1986)
  • Personal guarantees
  • Restoration of a company to the Register of Companies at Companies House.

Advice to Bankrupts and other Individuals (including sole traders and partnerships) in financial difficulties

  • Bankruptcy annulments
  • Bankrupt’s duties
  • Bankruptcy restrictions orders and undertakings
  • Dealing with a trustee in bankruptcy
  • Disputing/applying to set aside a statutory demand
  • Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs)
  • Negotiations with creditors.

Advice to Bankrupts’ Spouses/Family Members

  • Administration of an insolvent deceased’s estate
  • Protecting interest in property jointly owned with a bankrupt

Advice to Creditors

  • Appointment of fixed charge or LPA receivers
  • Bankruptcy petitions
  • Pursuing debts by way of statutory demands
  • Winding up petitions.

Advice to Office-Holders/Insolvency Practitioners

  • Adjustment of prior transactions
  • Applications for sale and possession of property
  • Appointment of administrators
  • Appointment of liquidators
  • Asset recovery
  • Asset sales
  • Misfeasance proceedings
  • Private examinations
  • Public examinations
  • Remuneration applications
  • Suspensions from discharge
  • Validation orders
  • Wrongful and fraudulent trading.


‘I have had the pleasure of working alongside Fiona Stuart, Partner for Insolvency and Restructuring, on multiple occasions. Fiona has a strong work ethic and she is able to combine both her excellent knowledge in the field of insolvency along with a commercial and pragmatic approach to various contentious matters.’Legal 500

‘Every member of the Ashtons team that I have dealt with ensures that there is a real focus on providing an excellent service both in respect of legal advice but also client care. From the initial discussion stage, it is clear that the team are highly competent and able to provide clear and concise advice across a broad range of specialisms.’Legal 500

‘Where funds are limited in the case, Fiona Stuart has provided flexibility to enable the matter to progress, ultimately enabling us to pursue certain actions and thereby providing the best results for creditors and other stakeholders as a whole. Fiona is friendly, approachable and a pleasure to work with. I could not recommend her more highly – she is an asset to the profession.’Legal 500

Contact Our Corporate Recovery & Insolvency Solicitors in East Anglia

If you need support with any matters related to corporate insolvency, we are here to help. We can advise you in person, via email, over the phone or through videoconferencing for your convenience.

Get in touch with your local Ashtons Legal team in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich or Norwich. To set up an initial consultation:


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