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Our dedicated team of specialists have a wealth of commitment, experience and knowledge in advising on all aspects of restructuring and insolvency.

What can our insolvency solicitors help with?

The team advises on transactions, strategic planning and viability reviews as well as carrying out claims work and other litigation arising on both corporate and personal insolvency matters. They offer responsive, practical, commercial and technical advice to their clients, often in a time-critical manner.

With a primary focus in working with licensed insolvency practitioners, the team advise on strategy and process for their appointments. They provide guidance to ensure full compliance by office holders of their statutory and regulatory duties with a view to maximising recoveries to the insolvency estate for the benefit of creditors. This in turn means that they are well placed to advise those that are owed monies by insolvent entities within the UK as to how to maximise their recovery and the options and strategy for enforcement.

Providing assistance to directors, members and boards as to their duties and responsibilities when their entity becomes distressed, the team provides sensitive and discreet guidance on the options for rescuing the business where feasible or winding up in an orderly manner. Where a company is ceasing to trade but is solvent, the team advises on solvent liquidations and group reorganisations and related transactions.

Our team of insolvency solicitors always apply technical knowledge to ensure the best possible outcome for clients in a cost-efficient manner, taking into account the commercial reality of the situation.

The team frequently draw on the expertise of others within the wider firm to provide tailored advice in connection with issues relating to property, healthcare, employment, education, charities and shipping and marine.

Through our separate creditor-led practice Litigation & Recoveries, our specialists can assist with the process for initiating the formal insolvency of entities and individuals that owe money.

Who do our insolvency lawyers help?

  • Insolvency Practitioners
  • Creditors owed monies by an insolvent party
  • Banks, other lenders and financiers
  • Suppliers to an insolvent party
  • Landlords of insolvent tenants
  • Directors and boards
  • Shareholders

The team is solely dedicated to restructuring and insolvency work and is known for its breadth and depth of experience in this area.

With a technical focus and reputation for dealing with more complex matters arising out of insolvency and business distress, the team has been recognised for their skill and problem-solving capabilities.

With time being of the essence in most situations involving a distressed or insolvent entity, the team understand the need for urgency and pride themselves on their responsiveness and efficiency.

Our team of insolvency lawyers is focused on working collaboratively with their clients to achieve the required outcome in the timeframe needed and seek to maintain commerciality at all times.

Restructuring & Insolvency

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Nick Keitley and his colleagues are the leading Restructuring & Insolvency team on the South Coast. Astute, Jargon-free, Personable, Responsive and Value-for-Money are words that best describe their approach. They are my regular team of choice.Close quote
Corporate Advisory Services Partner & Head of Food Advisory Group
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For many years now we have worked alongside Nick and Melia on a range of formal and informal restructuring assignments which have varied from quite technical and bespoke matters to working together on large complex restructurings of national businesses. Both Nick and Melia are very well respected and held in high esteem amongst their peers. We place great value and trust in their technically strong and commercially astute advice.Close quote
RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP
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The team clearly have a wealth of experience in dealing with companies and organisations in distress. This experience covers a number of business sectors and also insight from their work with other professionals such as IPs and accountancy firms.Close quote
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Nick Keitley is a quality solicitor. His knowledge is second to none and he is hugely approachable. We have also been pleased with the quality of work from Melia Hirst, who is an excellent lawyer, approachable and friendly.Close quote
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Nick Keitley and Melia Hirst offer a one stop insolvency law service, particularly on the transactional side of things.Close quote
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Lester Aldridge LLP now houses three specialist restructuring and insolvency partners in Southampton, with Rebecca Walker having joined the firm from Irwin Mitchell in 2020. Practice head Nick Keitley and Melia Hirst are the other key partners in the group, which is best known for its involvement in non-contentious work, including administrator and liquidator appointments, insolvency and LPA receivership appointments involving property assets, and solvent restructurings. It is notably active in the charities, hospitality and leisure, marine and healthcare sectors. Keitley is leading a cross-practice team which is acting for RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP on the administration of Food & Fuel Limited.Close quote
South East: Insolvency & Business Recovery
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Dedicated South Coast insolvency team known for its expertise in non-contentious matters. Assists insolvency practitioners with a full range of matters including administrations and liquidations. Also known for its work on restructurings and turnarounds for lenders and corporate groups. Able to draw on the strengths of its corporate, property and healthcare teams.
A client notes: "They are always happy to chat through the circumstances of the matter and assist with strategy. They move the case on swiftly and keep you regularly updated."
One source adds: "The team are knowledgeable, efficient and very pleasant to deal with."
An interviewee says: "They're a good, technical team and know their insolvency law very well."Close quote
Restructuring/Insolvency - The South