Darren Stone


21 Sussex Innovation Centre
University of Sussex
Science Park Square
Falmer, Brighton,


01273 284 055

Practice Areas

Consultant Solicitor

Darren Stone qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has over 16 years experience in acting for Insolvency Practitioners, Directors, Companies and Individuals in advising on a full range of issues arising out of insolvency.

Darren is based in Brighton, Sussex and has been recognised in Chambers Legal Directory for his work as an insolvency solicitor and has lead two firm’s departments in achieving recognition in Legal 500. His experience includes successfully bringing and defending winding up and bankruptcy petitions, acting in matrimonial home claims in bankruptcy, defending statutory demands, advising on office holder claims, defending director disqualification proceedings, obtaining the Court’s permission for disqualified directors to be allowed to be a director as well as permission for directors to re-use a prohibited name. He is regularly instructed by Insolvency Practitioners to advise on technical issues as well as recovery of assets for the benefit creditors.

In the past Darren has prepared and delivered seminars to Local Authorities in Sussex, Accountants, Insolvency Practitioners  and in-house legal teams on insolvency issues relevant to them and their clients. He is a full member of R3, the profession body for those working in the insolvency industry, as well as being a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association.

He has specialised in advising clients on insolvency related matters for over 16 years, whether those matters are contentious or non-contentious. His aim is to always offer pragmatic and commercial advice to my clients in a timely manner.

Darren conducts the majority of his own advocacy wherever possible, however he has good relationships with various Barrister Chambers which has built up over the years which allow him to ensure that the clients needs are met whatever the circumstances and resources available to them.

Darren regularly advises on:

  • Unlawful dividend claims
  • Personal liability of directors
  • Re-use of company names
  • Director Disqualification Proceedings
  • Applications to court for leave to act as a director after being disqualified
  • Bringing and Defending claims made by officeholders
  • Matrimonial home issues in bankruptcy
  • Annulment of bankruptcy orders
  • Stay of bankruptcy proceedings
  • Rescue procedures
  • Appropriate insolvency procedures available
  • Advice on appointment of Office Holders
  • Issues relating to validity of appointment
  • Security Reviews
  • Statutory demands
  • Presenting and defending petitions
  • Appointment of office holders
  • Block transfer of cases for Insolvency Practitioners
  • IVA interim Orders
  • Validation Orders

Relevant articles

Becoming a Consultant Solicitor - An interview with Darren Stone

Re-use of a prohibited name - A warning to for Directors 

Directors cannot re-write history

What happens when your company does not bounce back after receiving the Bounce Back Loan?

Winding up Petitions - The new provisions

Extensions of the Coronavirus Corporate Insolvency Provisions

Court of Appeal confirms test to be applied when looking to set aside transactions defrauding creditors

Is there no limit?

A landlord's guide to dealing with an insolvent tenant - Part two: Where a tenant is an individual

A landlord’s guide to dealing with an insolvent tenant – Part one: Where a tenant is a company

A quick guide to Dividend Payments for Directors/Shareholders

It just got personal

How should a Director deal with a Statutory Demand served on their company?

What is a prohibited name?

Disqualification of Directors

Insolvency rise in the retail sector

Why I joined Cognitive Law

"Personal, knowledgeable and effective advice. A pleasure to deal with you."

David, S

Darren Stone of Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP has experience advising on a broad range of insolvency-related matters, with notable expertise in personal insolvency. He assists both trustees in bankruptcy and bankrupt individuals and represents directors of companies facing financial difficulties. Clients comment that "not only is Darren knowledgeable, he takes a pragmatic approach to dealing with problems and is clear with his advice."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

"I worked with Darren on a number of occasions over a period of 6 to 7 years whilst at his previous firm. I was always impressed with his thoughtful approach to the problem in hand and his willingness to examine the issue in detail. He would not hesitate to give unpopular advice where warranted. On that basis I would recommend him."

Phillip Wood, Accounting Professional

"Darren attended Which? Legal Service to offer training on personal and business insolvency. He totally understood the brief and the training was excellent, as were the notes provided."

Joanne Lezemore, Solicitor at J L Lezemore Solicitors

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