The ability to collect in outstanding debts is vital to ensure that a business continues to run smoothly and grow. The importance of an effective credit control function is too easily overlooked and can result in cash-flow difficulties and on occasion, complete failure of the business itself
Fraud Claims and Asset Recovery Services
Francis Wilks & Jones boasts an expert team of lawyers able to advise clients on the many different legal and practical issues arising from allegations of fraud, loss of money or other assets. Our expertise in civil fraud claims is exceptional.
Shareholder and Director Advice
Directors’ duties and obligations, and shareholders rights, are very different. Quite often in companies the duties of directors and shareholders become blurred and are ignored until it is too late. At this point, to avoid any Shareholder Disputes (often resulting in shareholder deadlock) early advice is essential.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
The ability to offer the appropriate, tailored litigation solution to the problem in hand is almost as vital as the ability to then carry out that work. At FWJ, we understand that each client’s situation is unique and offering the right solution and implementing that without delay is essential in maximising your chances of success.
Business Recovery and Rescue
We have spent the last decade advising director and shareholders in a wide range of businesses facing trading difficulty. In many of these cases, we have successfully helped our clients to continue trading through their difficulties by identifying problems, finding solutions and avoiding formal insolvency. Even in the bleakest of situatons, there are always options available to businesses to help turn things around.
At Francis Wilks & Jones we understand the complexities of business and the support that a business needs to develop. We have supported our commercial clients (and the individuals behind those clients) for many years. Our “company focus” offers emphasis not just on the full range of legal and technical issues that arise for our clients, but also the practical considerations of running a business on a day-to-day basis.
Claims against Directors
Whilst it is true that Directors of conventional limited companies normally benefit from a limited liability status, there are circumstances where that protection can be removed and Directors may become subject to personal claims against them - either following the insolvency of a company or arising from general breaches of their duties. In such circumstances it is vitally important to take legal advice in order to protect your position. The law relating to personal claims against Directors can be complex, but with proper advice, many of those claims can be defeated. Failure to deal with such claims could result in proceedings being issued and Court orders being made against you personally, ultimately leading to a loss of your personal property and perhaps even bankruptcy.
Services to the Asset Based Lending Industry
The Firm has three principal teams designed to assist an ABL’s every need. The close interaction between these teams means that a client problem can be dealt with swiftly and effectively.
Services to Insolvency Practitioners
FWJ is able to provide a full range of services to Insolvency Practitioners in respect of both corporate and personal insolvency matters and in respect of all types of insolvency procedures including administrations, liquidations, voluntary arrangements and bankruptcies. We also offer a specialist service to LPA and Fixed Charge Receivers and have experience of advising on members’ voluntary liquidations.
Services to the Recruitment Industry
Francis Wilks & Jones is renowned for its provision of legal services to the recruitment sector. This expertise was recently recognised by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation which appointed FWJ to be one of its Business Partners and furthermore, the only specialist litigation and debt recovery firm it will recommend to its Members.
Services to the Freight Industry
Francis Wilks & Jones has a broad range of experience acting for freight companies. Our expertise in this industry sector is also as a result of our excellent links with industry and our associate membership of the British International Freight Association.
Whilst much of our property work flows from instructions into our insolvency department, we are also able to assist you with standalone commercial property matters and offer advice in relation to property issues that arise in transactions and deals our Business Law team is assisting with. We also provide a specialist service to Fixed Charge Receivers.