I am a Senior Administrator within our business recovery and insolvency department and specialise in our emerging creditor services team and court department.
We have developed Smith Cooper creditor services by utilising our depth of technical knowledge and expertise in business recovery and insolvency. We provide advice to clients that have customers who are unable to pay their debt when it falls due or that have become insolvent and wish to maximise their recoveries.
What can I do for your organisation?
I can deliver advice and support to all businesses and professional advisers nationwide who are suffering as a consequence of customers, suppliers, clients or employees becoming insolvent.
The range of services provided includes:
- Assessing bad debts to understand and advise on potential debt collection techniques
- Assistance in issuing statutory demands and winding-up petitions if reasonable negotiations aren’t successful
- Advising on formal insolvency procedures that may be forthcoming and the subsequent consequences
- Completion of all proxy and proof-of-debt forms on your behalf to ensure all deadlines are complied with and any dividends are received in full
- Review and provide commentary on all insolvency reports and cyclical updates
- Representation at creditors’ meetings throughout the country
- Highlighting and raising any concerns of a director’s breach of fiduciary duties
- Review and pursuit of reservation-of-title claims and completion of questionnaires
- Reviewing and modifying proposals to ensure dividend distributions are maximised
However, the list is not exhaustive. Regardless of the situation, I am able to provide a précis of the options available and the potential consequences to you and your business.
Furthermore, any initial advice meetings to understand the position will be provided free of charge. A majority of our services can be provided without charge on a continual basis; should any charges arise, these would be fully disclosed before they are undertaken by our team, to allow you to decide whether it is commercially beneficial to go ahead.
Since joining the business recovery and insolvency department from university, I have been involved with a wide variety of restructuring and insolvency procedures, from the administration of an engineering business in Bristol and the liquidation of a recruitment firm in Manchester, to a property repossession of a bankrupt in Durham.
I have accumulated almost four years’ experience, and this exposure has allowed me to develop an in-depth understanding of personal and corporate insolvency scenarios and the respective effects on all stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, employees and employers.
Consequently, these skills allow me to provide succinct, clear advice to clients who have expressed a desire to tighten credit control or pursue bad debts, or who have customers facing insolvency procedures.
It may even be necessary to appoint our preferred insolvency practitioner to oversee the process, thereby ensuring that any negligent directors are reported to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and pursued personally for any wrongdoing, and that you have the best chance of securing a return on your losses.
I have a wealth of experience in drafting and administering reports and holding meetings in each insolvency process, meaning that as well as providing conclusive, succinct feedback and advice, I can review any correspondence and attend meetings on your behalf, which allows you to focus on your day-to-day business.
Furthermore, I have undertaken comprehensive investigations training and managed rights of action against directors who have been in breach of their fiduciary duties or undertaken purported fraudulent activities. Consequently, any concerns about a director’s conduct can be investigated thoroughly and expediently.
I am also studying to become a certified accountant and am midway through my ACCA qualification, allowing me to understand a business’s trade from a variety of perspectives.
Outside of the office, I enjoy a variety of sports, primarily playing rugby and visiting the gym during the weekends and evenings. I have been a member at Derby Rugby Club for 12 years.
More recently, I have begun getting my hands dirty and embarking on some property renovation, having recently restored my first house, which took a few months.
Socially, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, whether it be sat in the pub or rustling up a home-cooked meal.