Deanne Hamilton, Restructuring and Insolvency Senior Associate at HCR Law

Corporate Insolvency

When your business runs into trouble, it’s easy to lose your way. Our experience in corporate insolvency matters means we can help you find the path again and secure the most successful outcome, whether it’s through sale, administration or restructuring.

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Working to find the best options for all

We support businesses of all shapes and sizes. Whatever is needed in your particular situation, we’ll always work to protect your interests and put you in a better position with your creditors. Whether this involves selling your business or certain assets, or entering into administration, we’ll provide practical advice in a way that’s easy to follow at an already stressful time. In some cases, the difficulties might be entangled in a former director’s decisions. When you need to take action against, or defend yourself from, former directors and third parties, we’ll act robustly on your behalf.

We also act for accountants, from niche insolvency practices to the Big Four, and corporates and lenders looking to protect themselves from a third-party insolvency. Our experience in dealing with all sides of the corporate insolvency world gives us a valuable perspective we can use to help you secure the result you need to achieve.

Expert support when you need it most

We offer expert help and advice with all aspects of corporate insolvency, including:

  • Administrations
  • Administrative receiverships
  • Appointment advice
  • Bank enforcement action
  • Company Voluntary Arrangements
  • Company liquidation advice
  • Company restorations
  • Director disqualification
  • Group restructuring






  • Injunctions
  • Law of Property Act receiverships
  • Misfeasance
  • Retention of Title
  • Reviewable transactions – for and against IPs
  • Section 216/217
  • Security reviews
  • Wrongful/fraudulent trading.

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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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