Legal experts specialising in insolvency law

Blake Morgan’s team of insolvency lawyers are recognised as experts nationwide in both personal and corporate insolvency, and advise insolvency practitioners, funders, debtors, creditors, business stakeholders and individuals on the management and recovery of debt and assets.

The technical expertise of our lawyers often speaks for itself, but coupled with that, our dedicated team provides commercially astute advice that is centred on effective solutions for our clients. We work in partnership with our clients, understanding their needs and priorities whilst assisting them in a straightforward way with a can-do attitude.

The lawyers in the team also provide expert advice in relation to fraud, proceeds of crime and criminal confiscation matters, whilst our bankruptcy experts also provide an advice line and a fully funded bespoke service to collect council tax and national non-domestic rates.

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Main Areas Of Practice


Our team of expert insolvency lawyers can assist in the following areas:

For Businesses

Our experts frequently provide advice on boardroom and directors' duties, business contingency and exit planning, distressed or accelerated M&A, group reorganisation and solvent schemes, to overseas businesses on UK insolvency law and procedure and debt and asset recovery advice including retention of title issues.

For Insolvency Practitioners

The team has significant experience in asset, business and property sales including those by auction, as well as undertaking litigation in relation to antecedent transactions and asset recovery options in the UK and abroad, and acting for office holders appointed as receivers under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

For Banks and lenders

We regularly provide security reviews coupled with rectification and enhancement advice where necessary, as well as identifying strategies for recovery options and enforcement, and are able to provide specialised advice about real estate restructuring including the appointment of Fixed Charge/LPA Receivers.

For others

We also advise landlords, tenants and guarantors affected by insolvency, undertake council tax and national non-domestic rates recovery work for local authorities, advise suppliers and other stakeholders including franchisors, defend director disqualification claims and provide advice to individuals based overseas on UK insolvency law and procedure.

Our Clients


The team has an impressive and varied client base that includes clearing banks, challenger banks, national, regional and local accountancy firms, niche insolvency practitioner firms, turnaround professionals, local authorities and city councils, large corporations, SMEs and individuals.

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"The best firm in the region for insolvency matters."
- The Legal 500 2019


"They know the law, are easy to chat to and help us reach a consensus view of what we are going to do and how to move forward."
- Chambers and Partners, 2020


"Blake Morgan know how to pick up our way of thinking quickly."
- Chambers and Partners 2019


Highlights


Defending a money claim in the Companies Court that also involved injunctions in New York and Rotterdam. There was an allegation of fraud (forged signature) that required the assimilation of substantial witness evidence. The claim was litigated during a six-day trial. 


Acting for the buyer of a business that built yachts from a company in administration with a purchase price of £8 million. There were a number of yachts being constructed with contractual terms that needed to be varied without the contracts being terminated or novated. There were significant ROT claims that needed to be addressed as well as issues with the Intellectual Property Rights. 


Advising the nominee of an individual voluntary arrangement as to whether a proof of debt for £33 million should be admitted to vote in full or in part and representing the Supervisor in successfully defending a challenge to that decision.


Our Experts


Paul
Caldicott
Partner

Cardiff

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James
Partner

Reading

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Simon
Hough
Legal Director

London

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Lucy
Edwards
Legal Director

London

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Dan
Geddes
Legal Director

Southampton

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Chris
Potts
Partner

Oxford

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