Sterling Ford - Insolvency & Bankruptcy Services

   Sterling Ford - Insolvency and Specialist Advisory Services - 27 years since 1990

Sterling Ford provides a comprehensive range of Insolvency & Specialist Advisory services including:

ImageSpecialist Advisory

Recovery/Turnaround                           Triage - Corporate Health Assessment
Directors' Services                                  Workouts/Informal Arrangements
Statutory Demands, Winding-up Petitions,
Winding-up Orders & Rescission Orders

Debt Negotiations - HMRC                     Insolvency Investigations/Litigation Support

Sterling Ford's insolvency solutions and specialist advisory services are provided at two different levels of service:


First, a bespoke service for larger clients and estates with more complex problems requiring a tailored solution

Negotiated Settlements with or without court proceedings Sterling Ford have advised on, negotiated and successfully implemented a number of complex and/or high value settlements for UK resident and non-UK resident companies and individuals, with the settlement sums paid varying from £25,000 to in excess of £15m.

Such settlements have included:

High profile cases where the indviduals, directors or investors concerned require a full and final settlement to be negotiated in confidence with creditors to avoid a formal insolvency procedure, which would otherwise have bought them unwanted adverse publicity.
Negotiations and settlements with HMRC - whether in the context of an insolvency proceeding or not - with HMRC Specialist Investigations/ SI Operations, HMRC Fraud Investigation Service, Non-Resident Recovery, Counter-avoidance etc. Such negotiations and settlements have included anything from negotiating or renegotiating a time to pay/payment by instalments arrangement whether bound by a Deed of Settlement with HMRC or not, persuading HMRC to reduce their claim significantly and even to £Nil.

Tax Avoidance Schemes - Sterling Ford provide a number of services to both companies and individuals in relation to Tax Avoidance Schemes, including Disguised Remuneration Avoidance Schemes - click here for further information.

Sterling Ford's Approach - Sterling Ford take a risk assessed approach to their negotiations in these matters to achieve settlements that both parties find acceptable.

Members' Voluntary Liquidations (MVLs) - for large and/or complex estates. Sterling Ford advise on and provide a members' voluntary liquidation service for large and/or complex estates. Sterling Ford are often consulted early on, usually by tax specialists to advise on the implementation of a particular scheme using the MVL procedure. For many such schemes, tax counsel have advised and pre-HMRC clearance for the proposed scheme has been received. Sterling Ford have provided this specialist MVL service:

  • for corporate members of LLPs - including professional firms: solicitors, architects, as well as for restaurant chains and property groups
  • in s110 Insolvency Act 1986 reorganisations
  • for larger estates, particularly in the reorganisation of property groups, both investment and trading - with estate values from £5m to £40m+
  • for estates requiring more complex in specie distributions - music publishing rights, large portfolios of regulated investments
  • in several specialist sectors including: marine insurance, oil and gas, risk management, derivatives, not for profit and many more

Secondly, a streamlined and cost effective standardised service for smaller solvent and insolvent companies and LLPs, tailored to meet the limited budgets of companies and directors, providing certainty as regards cost and reliability in terms of performance. For more information, please go to Liquidation Direct, CVA Direct and Petition Response.

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