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Insolvency Law Made Clear: A Guide for Debtors

Insolvency Law Made Clear: A Guide for Debtors


Plain English, practical guidance for anyone facing demands over a debt they are struggling to pay.

About the book

Debt is a fact of life nowadays. Debt is used to help businesses grow and individuals secure their futures.

But sometimes things go awry - the financial upheaval of pandemic being a prime example - and a debtor is left facing bills they cannot pay. Their creditors may then start to take legal action to recover their money and, if they are still not paid, creditors may threaten to present a bankruptcy or a winding up petition. The law and procedures involved are complex and can seem overwhelming to someone with little legal knowledge.

Insolvency Law Made Clear: A Guide for Debtors aims to help such people. It is a clear, plain English guide to personal and corporate insolvency law and procedure that will help the debtor either challenge their creditors or enable them to come out the other side with the best outcome possible so they can move on to the next chapter in their life.

Daniel Kessler, a barrister who represents both debtors and creditors in the insolvency courts, answers all the key questions that the reader will need to answer such as:

  • Should a debtor go bankrupt? If not, what are the alternatives? Should the debtor resist?
  • What is a statutory demand and what is a bankruptcy petition?
  • What powers does a Trustee in Bankruptcy have? And can they be challenged?
  • What are the different types of corporate insolvency?
  • When will a director have to pay the debts of their company?
  • What happens after a company is wound up?

Crucially, he also provides invaluable tips, guidance and checklists on how to represent yourself in proceedings - sometimes, the only option where funds are tight- alongside a collection of precedent documents and forms that will help in that effort.

This comprehensive combination of guidance and precedents in Insolvency Law Made Clear: A Guide for Debtors makes it an essential reference for everyone facing a debt they cannot afford to repay, whether as an individual or a business.

Who would find the book useful?
  • Individuals worried about going bankrupt
  • Businesses facing cash flow problems and creditor demands
  • Debt advisors at law centres and other advice bureaux
  • Small business advisers and accountants
  • Business advisors unfamiliar with insolvency law
About the Author

Daniel Kessler is a barrister at 4 Stone Buildings specialising in insolvency and commercial litigation.

Prices and formats
  • £20.00 + £4 p&p
  • 1st edition published June 2021
  • Paperback and / or digital
  • 314 pages
  • ISBN 978-1-9163023-4-1
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 Outline Contents


  • Alternatives to bankruptcy
  • Effect of bankruptcy
  • Should a debtor go bankrupt?
  • Statutory demands and unsuccessful execution of judgments
  • Bankruptcy petitions
  • Investigations by the Trustee in Bankruptcy
  • Possession hearings
  • Bankruptcy offences
  • Challenges to the Trustee in Bankruptcy
  • The conclusion of bankruptcy: discharge and annulment
  • Death and Bankruptcy
  • Directors’ guarantees


  • Companies going insolvent
  • Compulsory liquidation
  • Directors’ disqualification hearings


    • The Appeals process


    • Costs in insolvency proceedings


    • Litigation tips for those with legal representation
    • Representing yourself


    • Annex 1: Model Documents
    • Annex 2: Checklists



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