0800 644 6080
Call FREE from Landline and Mobile
Est. 1989

Winding Up Order Against Swindon Town FC Kept Alive

Written by: Keith Tully

Published: 26th February 2015


A winding up order issued against Swindon Town Football Club (FC) has been kept alive despite its debts owed to HM Revenue & Customs having been settled in recent days.

The business that owns the football club has been under severe financial pressure of late and has been in court to resolve the relevant issues.

It was thought that a winding up order brought by HMRC would be dismissed but the law firm St John Law is now demanding payment of fees it claims to be owed by the football club.

Amounts owed to HMRC were not disclosed but a petition to have Swindon Town Football Company Limited (STFCL) wound up was issued earlier this year. That order looked to be on the verge of being dismissed in court this week until representatives of St John Law pushed to keep it alive.

Swindon Town representatives will now face further questions and court proceedings in relation to amounts said to be owed to St John Law by the company that owns the club. The amounts owed are believed to relate to legal fees due in relation to last year’s transfer of ownership of the football club.

“This is based on debt incurred through invoices for solicitors’ fees. The administrator has been trying to contact the debtor since October last year and had very little response,” Emma Knight, a representative of the law firm, is quoted as saying by the Swindon Advertiser.

“Outside court I was told there was a dispute over the liability, but this was the first time I was made aware of this particular dispute,” she is reported to have said.

It is understood that STFCL does not accept liability for the fees claimed to be owed to the law firm and a company spokesperson expressed surprise at seeing the winding up order kept alive despite debts with HMRC having been settled. Lawyers for STFCL apparently view the debts owed to St John Law as being the personal liabilities of Swindon Town FC owner Lee Power.

The case to decide the various issues is now scheduled to be heard in court on 9th March. 

Keith Tully

Keith Tully

Join Keith Tully on Linked In Follow Keith Tully on Twitter

Keith has been involved in Business Rescue since 1992, during which time he’s worked for both independent and national firms. His specialties include company restructuring matters and negotiating with HMRC on his clients behalf.

Meet our Team of Experts
Director Support - Business suffering from Cash-Flow Problems?
If your company is financially distressed, we also offer the below services:
Business debt recovery

  • Recover Unpaid Invoices of £5k+
  • Expert Credit Control Services
  • Stop Late Payers & Bad Debts
Visit Site
Time to pay experts

  • Get Breathing Space with HMRC
  • Support with Business Tax Arrears
  • 35 Years HMRC Negotiation
Visit Site
UK Business Finance

  • Rejected for a CBILS Loan?
  • Get Emergency Business Funding
  • Supporting 1000+ UK Companies
Visit Site
Who we help
  • Company Directors
  • Finance Directors
  • Sole Traders
  • Accountants
  • Small Businesses
  • Large Businesses
  • Partnerships
Contact our team
Jonathan Munnery
Gillian Sayburn
Julie Palmer
or Find your Nearest Office

Here at Real Business Rescue we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to contact you with regards to your enquiry. We will not use your information for marketing purposes. See PRIVACY POLICY

Business Rescue Advice for Directors
Free Guide for Limited Company Directors
Business Rescue Advice for Directors
  • How to manage company cash flow problems
  • Advice on dealing with HMRC
  • Understanding rescue and closure options
  • And much more...
Free Guide Download
Desling with your Insolvent Clients
Business Rescue Guide for Accountants
Dealing with your Insolvent Clients
  • Helping you advise insolvent clients
  • Spotting signs of client distress
  • Exploring business rescue options
  • And much more...
Free Guide Download
Our numbers speak for themselves
Number of UK Offices
Directors Helped
Licensed Insolvency Practitioners