By Mr Bankruptcy
29th September 2021
When company directors set up a limited company, in part this decision is driven by the desire to limit personal liabilities if the business gets into financial difficulty, but are they fully protected from all liability?
What is a financial liability?
Liabilities are monies or debts owed by a company and when a business is incorporated as a limited company it becomes its own legal entity. This means that if the business runs into financial difficulty, the company directors aren’t usually held personally responsible for the company’s debts. However, there may be occasions when company directors are held liable for debts.
When are company directors liable?
There are specific instances when a company director could find themselves being held responsible for paying company debts. These include:
These reasons for liability illustrate the importance of understanding the responsibilities of being a company director because any suspicion of mismanagement can change your situation in terms of your liability and, subsequently, your personal financial position.
How to avoid unnecessary financial liability
When dealing with business debt, it’s vital for company directors to acts responsibly and, if a company has become insolvent, to fulfil their statutory duty to act in the best interests of the company’s creditors to ensure repayment of debts from company resources.
If continuing to trade worsens the company’s finances or directors fail to meet their duty to act in the interest of their creditors, they could be accused of wrongful trading and be made personally liable for company debts, risking disqualification from acting as a company director in the future.
To avoid the risk of personal liability, it’s important to seek advice if your company enters financial difficulty. Depending upon the scale of the debt and the director’s personal financial situation, various debt management options are available. Seeking advice early on ensures that you’re not just diligently fulfilling a director’s statutory duties, but also minimising the wider potential impact on your personal situation because of the company’s problems.
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