What We Do

Our business insolvency solicitors act for Insolvency Practitioners, lenders, companies and their directors. The team has extensive experience in:

  • Administrations
  • Administrative Receiverships
  • Company Voluntary Arrangements
  • Company liquidation advice
  • Law of Property Act Receiverships
  • Advising creditors in dealing with all aspects of insolvency    
  • Individual Voluntary Arrangements
  • Bankruptcy cases

Our insolvency lawyers have a focus on bank-led work and sits on a number of bank panels including HSBC, Santander, RBS/NatWest, Bank of Ireland and the Co-operative Bank. The department also works closely with a number of accountants including Baker Tilly, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Deloitte and RSM Tenon.

The team has an ability to provide practical commercial advice in complex areas of pension and re-structuring due to extensive expertise in this area.

Irwin Mitchell's company insolvency solicitors have a national presence, covering Leeds, Sheffield, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Recent Business Insolvency Deals 

  • Dealing with the administration of One Leisure Group - a chain of bars and hotels in Newcastle and Barrow-in-Furness. This involved a complex application to Court for which there appeared to be no precedent to make an Order enabling the administration to be terminated but ensuring that creditors' claims and expenses were properly met
  • Advised on the administration of a pre-prepared foods supplier to a number of national supermarkets. The business was successfully traded on in administration and then sold
  • Acted in the sale of Godfreys Automotive Parts out of administration. This involved dealing with seven sites across Yorkshire and completing the sale to an independent party within 48 hours
  • Successful appeal of the refusal by the nominee of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) to allow Wolseley UK Limited to vote to reject a CVA proposal at the Creditor's meeting. This was a decision of precedent setting nature
  • Dealing with the appointment of Administrators of a Scottish Company involved in the manufacture of log cabins. This was a complex case due to the requirement to understand how Scottish Insolvency rules interact with English Insolvency rules


A client says: "The firm has a personal yet professional approach," adding that "they are a shoulder to lean on." - Chambers & Partners, 2019

"Great technical knowledge paired with a good dose of commercial reality." - Legal 500, 2019

"Irwin Mitchell is praised for its 'speedy turnaround times', which it applies on lender-side transactional insolvencies and high-value, complex restructuring work." - Legal 500, 2016

"The 'excellent' Doug Robertson is noted for his work with secured lenders." - Chambers & Partners, 2016

"Stephen George has significant experience advising on restructuring and insolvency issues pertaining to the ABL market." - Legal 500, 2015

"The team is commercial and willing to go the extra mile" - Chambers & Partners, 2014

"Stephen George is thorough and commercial, comes up with innovative solutions and is praised by clients for his considered bedside manner" - Chambers & Partners, 2014

"Irwin Mitchell has a strong insolvency offering, particularly when taken in conjunction with its litigation and property practices" - Legal 500, 2013

Stephen George is praised for being "tenacious, with a real willingness to take responsibility in resolving complex cases" - Chambers & Partners, 2013

Andrew Walker provides clients with an experienced sounding board and is valued for "presenting an argument that takes into account both sides" - Chambers and Partners, 2012

"The service is excellent" and the team has "a commercial, client-focused approach" - Legal 500, 2011

Andrew Walker is "very precise, erudite and easy to work with" - Legal 500, 2011

"First-class player" - Legal 500, 2010

Contact Us

Our specialist insolvency solicitors can provide practical commercial advice even in complex areas of insolvency. Give our team a call on 0808 291 6784 or get in touch online.

Testimonials & Client Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Chambers & Partners UK Top Ranked Firm 2022

"Irwin Mitchell are true insolvency specialists. They are practical, commercial and very hard-working."

Chambers & Partners, 2022
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"They know their stuff from a pragmatic and legal point of view. They are extremely strong on client service and have a fantastic reputation within the asset-based lending market."

Chambers & Partners, 2020
Legal 500 UK Leading Firm 2022

“Great technical ability throughout the firm. Competitive fees. Contactable and efficient.”

Legal 500, 2022

Awards & Accreditations

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

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We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.