Restructuring & Insolvency

We advise insolvency practitioners, directors and funders both locally and nationally on all aspects of corporate rescue, restructuring and insolvency.


We have a long established reputation in the Thames Valley for providing expert advice on restructuring, corporate refinancing and insolvency.

We give practical advice bearing in mind the financial constraints a business may be under and the objectives of the client.

We are regularly instructed by insolvency practitioners, funders, charge holders, company directors, debtors, individuals, partnerships and companies on a broad range of insolvency and restructuring issues.

The group, led by Ian Wood-Smith, consists of lawyers specialising not only in corporate recovery, restructuring and insolvency, but commercial property, employment and dispute resolution, to ensure that we provide advice which caters for all of our client’s needs.

Featured experience

Recent experience of the Restructuring & Insolvency team has been typically varied and has included advising directors on the enforceability of security valued at £16 million, resisting winding up proceedings threatened by HMRC, advising on the sale from administration of the business and assets of a golf club manufacturer and distributor and advising on, and instructing counsel on, a successful section 216 IA 1986 application.

We advised the administrators on a multimillion pound pre-pack sale of a global slipper manufacturer including drafting the necessary documentation required to transfer the assets and intellectual property of the Company.

In the world of intellectual property (“IP”) we have dealt with a dispute with Nike over alleged IP infringement and, in less contentious settings, have dealt with the recording and sale of IP by administrators. Keeping up with developments, we have been advising insolvency practitioners on the impact of GDPR on them when appointed as administrators.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is placing strain on businesses and individuals who are facing an unprecedented and unexpected event that in many cases now jeopardises their financial future.

With our links not only with insolvency practitioners but also with banks (and thereby understanding of the funding help available) we are well placed to assist clients in their efforts to analyse what action is needed to change and adapt to the current circumstances so that they can find a way to survive the stress and in some case real distress that they face in this extraordinary time.

We will be tracking future developments of the legislation to ensure we can provide updates as they become available, these can be found below and in our COVID-19 Information Hub. In the meantime, if you have any queries regarding how these changes may affect you or your business please do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly discuss them with you.

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