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How to liquidate a company with no money

Posted on: Tuesday 19th September, 2017

How to liquidate a company with no money

If your company has reached the stage where it must be liquidated but there is no money available to repay creditors, or fund the necessary professional fees, you may feel that there’s no way out.

Company dissolution and Members’ Voluntary Liquidation (MVL) aren’t options because the business needs to be solvent. You could wait until a creditor forces your company into liquidation, but this presents its own problems in the form of close scrutiny of your actions pre-liquidation by the Insolvency Service.

So what are the options remaining? A key factor in any corporate insolvency is placing the interests of creditors first, and you can do this via a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation process, or CVL.

Liquidating a company with no assets and no money

Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation gives you a degree of control over the process. You can initiate the liquidation of your company online, and the office-holder’s investigations are likely to be less invasive as you’ve recognised that creditors’ interests are paramount.

But a CVL offers even more benefits when you’re trying to liquidate a company with no money, because you may be able to claim redundancy pay as a director. The average claim for director redundancy is £12,000 – a significant sum that could cover the costs of a CVL, and even clear some or all of the company’s debts.

How long does voluntary liquidation take?

It can take up to a year to liquidate a company using CVL, but this timescale varies according to the complexity of each case - for companies with few or no assets, it’s likely to take less time.

New regulations mean that you can start the process quickly as a director. There’s no longer a requirement to hold a creditors’ meeting in person, and modern communication methods make the procedure more efficient.

How much does it cost to liquidate your company in this way?

For small businesses with no assets, the professional fees for Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation are generally £4,000-£5,000 plus VAT. Voluntary liquidation costs can increase significantly for larger companies with assets, however.

This is due to the increased complexity and additional work involved in valuing and realising assets, and dealing with employee and contractual issues that often arise in larger organisations.

If you’re a company employee as well as a director, it’s worthwhile making a claim for redundancy pay whatever the size of your business.

How much redundancy pay are you entitled to when you liquidate?

Redundancy pay is calculated using your age, length of service, and wage. Statutory redundancy rules give you the right to claim on the same basis as your staff members, which means you may also be entitled to receive arrears of wages, unpaid holiday, and other payments.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you could receive a sum sufficient to liquidate your company and move on without fear of misconduct allegations. Although waiting for a creditor to force your company into liquidation means you won’t have to pay the liquidator’s fees, you could face serious accusations if you’re in any way to blame for the insolvency. The chances of this are reduced when you opt for a CVL because you’ve placed the interests of your creditors first.

With over 40 years’ experience of insolvency, our expert team at Redundancy Claim can provide the reliable advice you need if you’re considering liquidation. We’ll let you know if you’re eligible to claim director redundancy, and offer a free initial consultation.

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