Insolvency and Restructuring

Our team of specialist insolvency and bankruptcy solicitors assists individuals and businesses with bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings.

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David Hitchcock
Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution

Our Insolvency and Restructuring team has extensive experience in the full range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency work. We act for insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, companies, directors, shareholders, creditors and debtors. Our work has included the following:

  • Pre-insolvency security and business review, advising lenders on key legal issues to assist in determining whether insolvency or a workout is preferred;
  • Negotiated restructurings, involving debt; renegotiations, pre-pack sales, debt and equity swaps and recapitalisations, incentivising new management, managed disposals programmes and balancing of stakeholder interests with a view to preserving the core business;
  • Advising directors on pre insolvency duties;
  • Formal insolvency – receivership, administration, liquidation (solvent and insolvent), CVAs and bankruptcies including:
    • Advising on property, employment and pensions issues as well as sale of the business and/or property;
    • Appointing and acting for receivers, administrators and liquidators;
    • Acting for buyers from insolvency, demonstrating practical understanding of relevant insolvency issues, “no go” areas and how to achieve a deal in both sides’ interests in often difficult circumstances;
    • Fraud and asset tracing
    • Litigation and recovery actions;
    • Injunctions to protect or deliver up assets
      enforcing or resisting the enforcement of security;
    • Advising former directions of insolvent companies on claims brought by liquidators
      advising administrators, liquidators and creditors on Retention of Title claims;
    • Directors disqualification proceedings;
    • Guarantor claims;
    • Commercial rent arrears recovery, forfeiture and disclaimer of leases;
    • Advising in bankruptcy proceedings including annulment and exiting via Individual Voluntary Arrangement;
    • Advising co-owners and defending possession and sale proceedings;
    • Corporate and shareholder/partnership disputes.

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