Compulsory liquidation: an overview

This practice note provides an overview of compulsory liquidation, or winding-up under the Insolvency Act 1986. It discusses situations in which a company can be placed into compulsory liquidation including the procedure for presenting a winding-up petition, and the effect of a winding-up order being made.

For further information on how to place a company into compulsory liquidation see Practice note, Creditor's winding up petition: procedure. This note does not cover voluntary liquidations, which are considered in Practice note, Voluntary liquidation: What is it and how do I place a company into voluntary liquidation?


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