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David Oliver


David deals with all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency, as well as business recovery and restructuring. He acts for individuals, company directors, businesses and insolvency practitioners.

David’s wide experience includes asset and debt recovery matters, construction related insolvency issues, Law of Property Act receivership issues and the resolution of insolvency disputes and litigation (including by ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’ and arbitration). He is a qualified Arbitrator and between 1993 and 2014 regularly sat as a Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit.

In addition, he regularly advises clients, including insolvency practitioners, on technical insolvency matters and the purchases and sales of insolvent businesses.

David is a members of the firm’s Director Advisory team and has acted for many company directors in connection with the defence of claims by insolvency practitioners and Company Directors Disqualification Act proceedings by the Insolvency Service.

In recent times he was responsible for running the successful defence, by the directors, of a wrongful trading claim in the Ralls Builders (2016) case and the successful defence of the liquidators to a removal application by a creditor in the case of Cash Generator v Fortune (2018). He also acted for a successful trustee in bankruptcy in Azuonye v Kent (2018) regarding income payment orders.

David is a member of the Law Society, a fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and a former member of the Institute of Arbitrators.

He has been regularly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners ‘Client’s guide to the UK legal profession’ as a specialist in this field. He is also currently ranked by Chambers and Partners as the only Senior Statesman for Restructuring/ Insolvency in the South of England.


“A pragmatic lawyer” who is “good in a difficult situation”


"David has a calm and helpful manner."


“The wisest insolvency head in the business” who is “supportive and focused on results”


Chambers and Legal 500


“Many thanks for your valuable advice and expertise in this matter, I will certainly recommend your services to contacts of mine that might need legal advice”

Individual subject to personal guarantee to his company’s bank

“It is such a relief to finally deal with someone that can actually explain exactly what my position is and how we can move forward”

Individual subject to personal guarantee to his company’s bank

“After putting my company into voluntary insolvency I received a letter threatening action from the liquidators solicitors claiming wrongful trading and basically blaming me. I was shocked to say the least"

David Oliver was personally recommended by another businessman.

"When it came to the claims made against me every detail was dealt with and answered- taking their case apart until we made them an offer to settle for less than 2 percent of what they asked!”

Sole director of a failed building company

“We have received confirmation that the charge against our property is being removed. We are both extremely grateful to you for all your help in this matter. After years of wasting a lot of moneyand no-one listening to me it was wonderful to find someone who was prepared to help.”

Director of company subject to claim by bank after his company was placed into liquidation

“Immensely experienced and trusted” and “the ‘go-to’ person on the South Coast”