If you’re owed money by a company and are considering legal action, you may wish to investigate whether others, in a similar position, have already commenced the process.

In this article, we’ll show you how to find out if  winding up petition has been issued, and whether piggy-backing off it could save you legal costs.

The same process can be used if you are a director worried that your own company has been issued a petition, though it will have been sent to your registered place of business, if so.

Two Methods of Finding Out if a Petition Has Been Issued

(1) Search the London Gazette

The Gazette is the official journal of public record and all winding up petitions must be advertised here. You can see their full list of insolvency notices via this link.

It’s important to realise that the law only stipulates the petition must be advertised a minimum of 7 days before the hearing. It may actually have been issued quite sometime prior to that, so by the time it appears there is little time left to try and stop it.

(2) Visit the Companies Court (also known as the Insolvency and Companies List)

This specialist court, located within theChancery Division of the High Court of Justice is where all winding up petitions are heard. You can see their daily list of cases here, though of course that won’t help you if you’re trying to find out if the petition has just been issued.

Instead, you can visit the court yourself and use the public terminals to look through a complete list of winding up petition that have been issued.

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