As one of the leading Insolvency Law practices in the Midlands, we have the expertise to advise on winding up, administration and receivership.

Insolvency can be a complicated process.

Trust us to act in your best interest.

You can rest assured that we have dealt with incredibly complex situations. You are working with trusted advisors with extensive legal expertise in employment, tax, property, family and more.

Employment Law

Our insolvency legal advice for businesses covers:

  • Winding up including advice on winding up petitions, Statutory Demands and applications for Injunctions to prevent a winding up application.
  • Administration and Liquidation
    • In court and out of court applications
    • Sale and purchase agreements
    • Enforcement Action against Directors and third parties
    • Defending actions by administrators
    • Collection of book debts
    • Applications under the Insolvency Act
    • Sale and purchase agreements
    • ‘Pre-packs’
  • Receivership
    • Collection of outstanding rent
    • Dealing with the property
    • Enforcement of leasehold covenants

Our insolvency legal advice for individuals covers:

  • Bankruptcy
    • Statutory demand and applications to set aside statutory demand
    • Bankruptcy petition
    • Defending bankruptcy petitions
    • Property Issues
    • Applications under the Insolvency Act
  • Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA) – an agreement with your creditors to pay all or part of your debts, which we can negotiate on your behalf.

There is nothing we haven’t had experience of dealing with and you can rest assured,  you are working with trusted advisors who have your business and personal interests at the heart of the work they are undertaking on your behalf.

Gareth Ruddock

Working With Our Services Team

Our professional and proactive team will advise and support you throughout the debt recovery or insolvency process, we will carry out the necessary steps to ensure efficiency and aim to quickly minimise the impact on your operations.

- Gareth Ruddock

If you have an enquiry in relation to Debt Recovery or Insolvency or want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Legal 500 2024: The Insolvency Team were recognised as a leading team in the West Midlands.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, a team that is ‘easy to work with’, is able to address the full spectrum of insolvency issues, including corporate group restructurings, asset sales, formal appointments and litigation. It also handles directors' disqualification actions and associated business advice under the leadership of Gareth Ruddock, who acts for businesses, institutions, and private individuals; Senior Associate Claire Bentick handles the litigation aspects of insolvency.

  • "The team at FBC have an excellent breadth of knowledge and experience."
  • "They are well priced and provide a top-level service."
  • "They use technology well to manage documents and e-mails, so things are easily accessible."
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Legal 500 Leading Firm 2024

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Meet Your Lawyers

Brian Aikman


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Claire Bentick

Senior Associate

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Emma Northall

Debt Recovery Manager

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Gareth Ruddock


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Laura Vernon


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What Our Clients Say

Your dedication and commitment has been of the highest possible standards. At times it has been nightmarish, but your persistence won the day. Thank you. I have to say how very grateful I have been to know that I was in such capable hands and that you looked after my interest so well. In passing I must add that your professionalism and expertise has been deeply appreciated as you guided me through this minefield. You are obviously a great ambassador for not only your firm, but also the legal profession as a whole. Once again my renewed thanks for your very much appreciated efforts on my behalf.

Guy Birkett

Tractor Spares Limited


Great service from staff, clearly understood the brief on time and within budget provided from the outset. Will recommend!

Gareth Ruddock

Mr C


We used Olivia Jones in June 2020 to resolve a dispute with a dishonest commercial landlord, Olivia was fantastic I cannot recommend her enough excellent!!! 100%.

Olivia Jones

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Angie Manley was professional to the hilt. Sympathetic, empathetic and totally understanding of the need for legal understanding to advise on a truly devastating personal experience. I felt supported and understood in what I was experiencing. I have no qualms in recommending Angie Manley and her team.

Angie Manley

Ms C