How to make the most of creditors’ meetings

Being proactive and uniting with other creditors will help you achieve a better dividend and assert greater control in a statutory insolvency procedure

Most creditors assume they’ve lost all their money when a customer enters a formal insolvency procedure. That’s because few creditors understand how much they can influence an insolvency procedure by actively engaging at Creditors’ Meetings.

Creditors’ Meetings usually take place between 1 and 10 weeks after a company declares insolvency. At this meeting, creditors are:

  • Told why the company collapsed
  • Asked to appoint an insolvency practitioner (IP)

To maximise their leverage, it’s imperative that creditors attend or send a proxy to the first Creditors’ Meeting so they can unite with other creditors and develop a strategy.

Creditors must be proactive and work together

Individual creditors are disenfranchised and powerless. They only become formidable by amalgamating into a group with 1 powerful voice.

Insolvency & Law can take instructions on your behalf and represent your interests at Creditors’ Meetings. We galvanise creditors and tell them the real story about what’s going on with the insolvency.

Our primary objective is to empower creditors so they become proactive, and ensure their interests are being served.

There are basically 2 types of creditor. The first avoids Creditors’ Meetings because they don’t understand:

  • The insolvency procedure
  • What they can achieve
  • The power they have

Few creditors realise they can achieve a much better dividend, and assert greater control in the procedure simply by:

  • Engaging in the insolvency process
  • Establishing a Creditors’ Committee (Committee of Creditors)
  • Appointing their own insolvency practitioner (IP)

Creditor-appointed insolvency practitioners

We encourage creditors to appoint their own IP because creditor-appointed IPs tend to:

  • Pay higher dividends
  • Make insolvencies more transparent 
  • Investigate company directors more thoroughly

The second type of creditor avoids Creditors’ Meetings because they think they’re unlikely to get much back. For example, a creditor who estimates their dividend is £1,000 may say:

“There’s no point in getting involved with this insolvency because I’ll have to wait 1 year to collect my money. I may as well spend that time focusing on my business, which can earn me a lot more than £1,000.”

But what if there are 99 other creditors in that insolvency, and they’re all saying the same thing? If all 100 creditors are owed £1,000, the total amount due to them is £100,000.

That’s a lot of money. If all 100 creditors relinquish their dividends, their monies will probably get swallowed up in the IP’s fees. Surely, it would be better to donate that cash to a more worthwhile charity or cause?

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