Business restructuring and insolvency services

  • Overview

    Whatever the financial climate, there will always be businesses who need to restructure, whether through growth, to protect core interests or because of problems. Complex insolvency or business restructure issues, including changes to management, ownership or financing, involve many different aspects and require wide-ranging professional support.

    We provide a comprehensive UK-wide business restructuring advice service based on extensive experience and expertise, to help you make the best of any situation.

    Our business restructuring team includes restructuring and recovery specialists with expertise in areas such as company and insolvency law, tax, finance, property, banking, employment and dispute resolution, so we can advise you on the full range of options available to you. We’ll give you pragmatic and objective commercial advice to help you achieve the best results, whatever the circumstances, wherever your interests are in the UK.

    Our national business restructuring team is led by four core partners, supported by six other partners and over 20 more dedicated staff. We act for insolvency practitioners, stakeholders, corporate entities and directors, handling all aspects of corporate recovery work, and can advise on how to restructure a business to keep it trading, including restructuring the balance sheet, rescheduling debts and raising new funds.

    Where restructuring isn't possible or desirable, we can help maximise the value gained for a business through formal processes such as administration and liquidation.

    We also have extensive experience advising on solvent restructuring projects, ranging from demergers (whether to separate assets following a shareholder dispute, facilitate a sale or create separate and distinct companies or groups) to capital reductions to create distributable reserves or return surplus capital to shareholders and internal group reorganisations of assets or subsidiaries.

    By drawing on expertise across a range of disciplines from tax and corporate to property and employment we are able to ensure that any restructuring or internal reorganisation is carried out in an efficient manner, utilising the available tax reliefs and exemptions and helping to budget for, and manage, the costs of the project.     

    We work with a variety of organisations across many areas, including retail, higher and further education, local authorities, SMEs and blue-chip companies.

    News & insights

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    A multi-disciplinary legal team from Weightmans have advised on the pre-pack administration sale of Khaadi Fashion, which saw the core of the business…

    James Moore
    James Moore Partner

    Weightmans advises Smith & Williamson on pension sale

    National law firm Weightmans has advised financial and professional services group Smith & Williamson LLP

    James Moore
    James Moore Partner


    Weightmans insolvency team welcomes new hire as department grows into national offering

    The Weightmans Restructuring and Insolvency team has welcomed Partner and corporate insolvency expert James Moore as team achieves record growth.


    Retail Review - CVAs

    In the first article of our new Retail Review series, Partner Natasha Atkinson looks at CVAs and impact on the retail sector.


    New Practice Direction on Insolvency Proceedings

    The revised Practice Direction on Insolvency Proceedings (PDIP) updated the 2014 Practice Direction by making reference to the Insolvency Rules 2016.


    Weightmans advises Hentons on merger as part of multi-million pound expansion plan

    Multi-disciplinary team at Weightmans secures results for Leeds business

    Haroon Younis
    Haroon Younis Principal Associate

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