Increase in Court Fees to Issue a Winding Up Petition

What are the Court Fees / Costs to Issue a Winding-up Petition?

From 1 November 2022 the Petition Deposit will increase from £1600 to £2600. The creditor’s petition deposit last increased in July 2016 when it increased from £1350 to £1600 which is the current level. The deposit is intended to reflect a contribution to the costs associated with the Official Receiver of the Insolvency Service administering cases.

Where sufficient assets are available the costs of petitioning creditors, including the deposit paid on the petition, will be repaid in part or in full.

The fees to issue a petition are currently:

  • £302 – Court fee due on presentation of winding-up petition (more info)
  • £1,600 – Insolvency Service / Official Receiver’s petition deposit (refundable)
  • £1,500 to £3,000 plus VAT – Solicitor’s fees
  • £100 to £200 plus VAT – Process Server fee
  • £103.60 + VAT – London Gazette advertisement fee
  • £2 – Company House search fee (more info)
  • £12 to £45 – HMCTS Companies Court search fee (more info)

Normally these costs are recoverable. If wound up, the petitioning creditor can recover these fees from the company and can do so in preference over other creditors.

If the company is not wound up because it pays the debt then it can be forced to pay the above costs via an order of the Companies Court.

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Whilst, the Limitation Act 1980 does not impose a limitation period for winding up petitions founded upon judgment debts, the statute does set out strict statutory deadlines within which you must bring an action such as a litigation court claim. Your legal rights will become irreversibly time-barred if you fail to take legal action (or defend a claim on time). Therefore, you should seek specific legal advice about your legal dispute at the very first opportunity so that you understand the time you have left. Failure to take advice or delay in taking action can be fatal to your prospects of success.

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