Restructuring and Insolvency

Whether you’re a business, a lender or an individual, whatever financial problems you’re experiencing, we’ll help you to find the best way forward. Our market-leading team works swiftly and effectively, helping you to secure the best possible outcome.

Restructuring and Insolvency lawyer

Key contact

Sam Payne

I act for lenders, companies, directors and insolvency practitioners (administrators and liquidators), trying to make sure businesses survive, keep job losses to a minimum and ensure creditors get as much money back as possible. As a member of the Institute For Turnaround (IFT) I uphold their principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, due skill and courtesy. So, if you need someone to help you turn your business situation around, I’m here to help.

A team you can trust

Our 29-strong restructuring and insolvency team is led by seven market-leading partners. Our size means we can always act with speed and agility, engaging with all key stakeholders at the appropriate time. 

Our clients tell us we’re effective, pragmatic, strategic and commercially astute, always ready to move at short notice to deliver a great outcome.

You’ll also have the reassurance of our continual partner-led focus, which ensures your matter will always be overseen by our most experienced people.

By your side in every situation

We work across the full spectrum of restructuring and insolvency issues, so whatever support or advice you need, we’re here to help. 

We’re supported in this by our strong links to the insolvency practitioner community, the turnaround world and interim directors, the lender community and private equity investment houses. 

Together with our strong relationships with our Corporate and Banking and Finance teams, we’re perfectly equipped to help you navigate the situation and negotiate the optimum result.

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Hear what our clients say about us

I have worked with Sam now on many turnaround assignments over the last 15 years. I have always found him to be extremely focused and user-friendly with an innate ability to engage successfully with all key stakeholders. I have worked particularly closely with Sam on mid-market manufacturing and retail assignments, as well as large national charities. I would always recommend Sam to directors who need expert legal assistance in navigating difficult times and support with engagement with all stakeholders as they drive towards a successful turnaround.

Dr Mark Taylor Bluesky Associates Turnaround & Transformation Advisory LLP

Sam is great at building relationships, has a strong knowledge of the marketplace and will make introductions to relevant third parties. He is proactive and very commercial, coming up with suggestions and solutions that we hadn’t thought of. Sam doesn’t just focus on the legal documentation, but also uses his mind to find ways forward. He is very down to earth and is never difficult to get hold of. Sam offers a genuine, partner-led approach.

Jo Power FRP (previously ExWorks)

This is the best news, thank you so much. Deanne, you have been wonderful throughout and especially helping me with my serious upset and frantic feelings, you have gone above and beyond anything expected.

I am so grateful for all your kindness throughout this whole process.

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They are ready to move at short notice to deliver a great outcome.


Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

The team headed by Sam Payne is well rounded, pragmatic and cost effective, covering all types of corporate insolvency assignments.

Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

The team can call on a wide variety of talent. There is plenty of diversity amongst the team and they are solution driven.

Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

I find the team’s approach to be fast, effective and agile.

Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

Sam’s excellent understanding of all intricacies of both the financial and insolvency aspects to this administration, and his great team, are why we continue to instruct them.

Damian Webb RSM

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