I’ve Received A Statutory Demand, What Should I Do?

In order to issue a Bankruptcy Petition against you, a creditor could serve you personally. This mean you could be receiving a Statutory Demand. If a Statutory Demand is threatened or brought against you, you are strongly advised to seek immediate legal advice.

It is crucial that you act quickly when you receive a Statutory Demand if you are to avoid the creditor bankrupting you. You have only 18 days to apply to the Court once you have received a Statutory Demand.

Success In Contesting A Statutory Demand For A Client

Following a statutory demand issued against our client, Altion Law was able to successfully apply to the court to set the statutory demand aside thus preventing any form of bankruptcy action being taken against our client. Through strong and concise representation, we were successfully able to convince the court that a statutory demand was not the appropriate method which the court agreed with. The Court  set aside the statutory demand with no further questions. We therefore completely removed all risk of bankruptcy from our client.


In today’s testing economic climate creditors are increasingly resorting to Statutory Demands more quickly than ever before.

Often the use of Statutory Demands are inappropriate and in many cases we can apply to the Court to set aside the Statutory Demand if you are able to show that there is a genuine dispute on substantial grounds and has a real prospect of a Defence.

Receiving a Statutory DemandAlternatively, if you can show that you have a counterclaim, cross-demand or set-off that is equal to or exceeds the debt, this will prevent a creditor from taking any formal insolvency process against you.

You should never ignore receiving a Statutory Demand, and you should always seek legal advice about how bankruptcy would affect you immediately. Creditors may sometimes threaten you with bankruptcy where it’s clearly inappropriate, for example, where you owe less than £5,000 or where sums due are disputed. This might be harassment and you can challenge it.

For a free enquiry, call us today on 01908 414990 or complete our Free Enquiry Form to request a confidential and no obligation discussion. Let one of our expert team discuss your situation and the options available to you.