Contentious Insolvency Solicitors

In your corner through all rounds of insolvency litigation

Contentious Insolvency can often be a complex legal space requiring technical expertise and a specialist level of skill. Our experienced and dedicated team will provide you with the support required to see any contentious matter through to the end, whether that be pursuing cases or defending cases, by bringing complex matters to a head or negotiating settlements. 


If, during an Insolvency Practitioner’s (“IP”) investigations into the events and circumstances of the company's insolvency it becomes apparent that the directors have, committed an offence, which is in contravention of the Companies Act 2006 or Insolvency Act 1986, it is incumbent on the IP to take steps to pursue the directors accordingly. 


The ramifications against directors of a company can be severe, but the know-how in bringing such actions is a must. Starting any action requires a thorough investigation and due diligence to identify traditional assets (such as cash, stocks and bank accounts) as well as digital assets (coins, tokens, NFTs, cryptocurrency, etc) before issuing legal proceedings. Our specialist team know to ask the right questions which will elicit information about digital assets, a pool of assets that could easily be concealed and not disclosed by the directors. Actions against directors often include bringing claims for: 

  • misfeasance, 
  • wrongful/fraudulent trading, 
  • preferential payments, 
  • transactions at an undervalue and/or unlawful payment of dividends. 

Once the Court has decided on the claim, the final stage is making a recovery with a view of making a distribution to creditors. We deal with enforcement actions regularly and have both local and international asset tracers to assist in the recovery of the assets, if necessary. We also work with specialist asset tracers that deal specifically with tracing digital assets.


We work with top insolvency firms in the UK and assist them in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency. We provide our clients with robust advice in order to assist them in making the requisite decisions in the interests of creditors.

What is Contentious Insolvency?

Contentious insolvency refers to legal disputes that arise during the insolvency process. These disputes can involve directors, creditors, debtors, insolvency practitioners, and other stakeholders.

  • Understanding the concept of contentious insolvency and its implications: Contentious insolvency often involves complex legal issues such as misfeasance, wrongful trading, and breach of fiduciary duty. Understanding these concepts is vital for protecting your interests.
  • The role of creditors in contentious insolvency: Creditors play a significant role in contentious insolvency cases, often seeking asset recovery or challenging the actions of insolvency practitioners.
  • An overview of the insolvency process and its impact on litigation: The insolvency process can be fraught with legal challenges. From winding up petitions to compulsory liquidation, understanding the process helps in navigating potential disputes.

Common Issues in Contentious Insolvency Disputes

Contentious insolvency disputes can encompass a wide range of issues. Here's an exploration of some common challenges:

  • Dealing with misfeasance allegations in contentious insolvency disputes: Misfeasance refers to wrongful conduct by office holders. Addressing these allegations requires specialised legal expertise.
  • Understanding the rights and responsibilities of creditors in insolvency litigation: Creditors must navigate complex insolvency regulations to protect their interests.
  • The role of insolvency practitioners in resolving contentious disputes: Insolvency practitioners play a crucial role in resolving disputes, often working closely with litigation funders and financial institutions.

How to Resolve Contentious Insolvency Disputes?

Resolving contentious insolvency disputes requires a multifaceted approach:

  1. Exploring dispute resolution methods in contentious insolvency cases: Methods such as arbitration and adjudication can be effective in resolving disputes.
  2. The importance of commercial litigation expertise in resolving disputes: Engaging a law firm with experience in contentious matters can be vital for a successful resolution.
  3. The role of insolvency lawyers in providing specialised advice and representation: Insolvency lawyers with technical insolvency expertise can guide you through complex legal landscapes.

Legal Considerations in Contentious Insolvency

Legal considerations play a central role in contentious insolvency:

  • An overview of the Insolvency Act and its implications for contentious cases: The Insolvency Act 1986 sets the legal framework for insolvency proceedings in England and Wales.
  • Navigating the insolvency process and its impact on litigation: Understanding the insolvency process, including aspects like fraudulent insolvency applications, is essential for successful litigation.
  • Working closely with experienced contentious insolvency lawyers: Collaborating with a law firm that has a track record in contentious insolvency issues can make a significant difference in your case.

The Role of Insolvency Lawyer in Contentious Insolvency Disputes

Insolvency solicitors play a vital role in contentious insolvency disputes:

  1. Providing expert advice and representation in contentious insolvency matters: From cross-border insolvency to asset tracing, insolvency solicitors offer invaluable guidance.
  2. Exploring the benefits of technical insolvency expertise in complex cases: Technical expertise enables us to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively.
  3. Building a strong case with the help of an experienced insolvency solicitor: A strong legal team can go the extra mile to protect your interests in contentious insolvency.

5 Reasons to Choose KaurMaxwell as Your Contentious Insolvency Solicitors:

KaurMaxwell is a well-established law firm that specialises in contentious insolvency cases. When selecting a solicitor for contentious insolvency matters, it's crucial to choose a firm with a strong track record and the expertise needed to navigate complex legal issues. Here are five reasons why you might consider choosing KaurMaxwell as your contentious insolvency solicitors:

1. Expertise and Experience:

KaurMaxwell has a team of experienced solicitors who specialise in contentious insolvency cases. Their expertise in this niche area of law allows them to provide you with tailored legal advice and representation. They are well-versed in the intricacies of insolvency law, and their experience can be a significant asset when dealing with complex and challenging cases.

2. Proven Track Record:

KaurMaxwell has a history of successfully representing clients in contentious insolvency matters. They can provide you with references and case studies that demonstrate their ability to achieve favourable outcomes for their clients. This track record can give you confidence in their ability to handle your case effectively.

3. Tailored Solutions:

Contentious insolvency cases can vary widely in complexity and nature. KaurMaxwell takes a personalised approach to each case, tailoring their strategies and solutions to your specific needs and circumstances. This ensures that you receive the most bespoke, relevant and effective legal advice and representation.

4. Strong Communication:

Effective communication is crucial when dealing with contentious insolvency matters. KaurMaxwell places a strong emphasis on communication, keeping you informed throughout the legal process. They will explain complex legal concepts in a clear and understandable manner, allowing you to make informed decisions about your case.

5. Client-Centric Approach:

KaurMaxwell prioritises client satisfaction and aims to provide a positive experience during a challenging time. They are dedicated to understanding your goals and objectives, and they work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Their client-centric approach means that you will receive the attention and support you deserve throughout your case.

Ultimately, choosing KaurMaxwell as your insolvency solicitors can provide you with the expertise, experience, and personalised service you need to navigate the complexities of insolvency law successfully. Their track record and commitment to providing an excellent service make them a strong choice for those facing insolvency disputes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between contentious and non-contentious insolvency? 

Contentious insolvency involves legal disputes within the insolvency process, while non-contentious insolvency refers to procedural transactions in the normal course of insolvency.

How does KaurMaxwell handle complex domestic and cross-border contentious insolvency? 

KaurMaxwell has extensive experience in handling both domestic and cross-border contentious insolvency cases, working with clients to co-ordinate restructuring plans across major jurisdictions.

Can KaurMaxwell assist with both corporate and personal insolvency? 

Yes, KaurMaxwell offers a full range of legal services for both corporate and personal insolvency, including litigation, bankruptcy, asset recovery, and restructuring advice.

What are the legal requirements for contentious insolvency procedures? 

Contentious insolvency procedures must comply with the Insolvency Act 1986 and other relevant insolvency regulations. Engaging an experienced insolvency solicitor ensures compliance with all legal requirements.

What are the ways to avoid insolvency? 

Strategies to avoid insolvency include cash flow management, debt restructuring, and seeking professional advice from insolvency practitioners or solicitors.

How can I find the best contentious insolvency lawyer?

Finding the best contentious insolvency lawyer involves researching their experience, track record, and areas of expertise. KaurMaxwell's insolvency lawyers act with diligence and dedication to provide top-tier legal services.