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Nick Oliver


Nick has become particularly known for dealing with complex insolvency disputes and litigation, insolvency investigations (particularly in a fraud context) and technical insolvency and restructuring advice.

In addition to acting for individuals and company directors (including defending insolvency related claims and disqualification proceedings), he has provided technical advice on insolvency-related matters to clients including insolvency practitioners, banks and finance companies, local authorities, HM Revenue & Customs, landlords and trade creditors. Nick also has considerable experience in advising businesses in relation to complex asset and debt recovery issues.

Nick is a member of Isadore Goldman’s Director Advisory team. Within the team, Nick’s particular specialism is in advising directors subject to claims by liquidators. He has successfully represented directors in relation to a variety of claims including claims for wrongful and fraudulent trading, breaches of duty and claims related to tax issues. He has advised in numerous insolvency situations where tax schemes have been utilised, including Employee Benefit Schemes (EBTs), Employer Financed Retirement Benefit Schemes (EFRBS) and ‘Loan Note’ schemes. He has advised both liquidators and directors/employees on the issues and claims that can arise in such situations, including the direct claims by HMRC against directors/employees.

Nick has dealt with a number of high profile bankruptcy and insolvency cases including acting for Michael Barrymore in relation to his bankruptcy, and advising the trustee in bankruptcy of Asil Nadir.

He has been ranked by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners ‘Client’s guide to the UK legal profession’ as a leader in his field for a number of years.

Nick is a fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3), to whom he has also lectured, and was elected to R3’s Southern Region Committee in December 2013. He is also a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association.


“A well-deserved reputation for contentious insolvency work”


“One of the most technically adept insolvency solicitors with an impressive network across industries and the ability to offer innovative solutions to complex issues.”


"Nick is a thorough, determined litigator with a brilliant grasp of the law. He is able to communicate issues in extremely complex cases."


"Nicholas Oliver is a very energetic litigator."


Nick Oliver is excellent, attentive, and timely.’


"He is extremely approachable and caring about the work undertaken"


"Nick is well-known figure in the insolvency industry with an excellent reputation for combining specialist knowledge with exceptional client service"


"Nick has got an encyclopaedic knowledge of insolvency. He works very hard and he is the best insolvency lawyer I have come across"


Chambers and Legal 500


“I would like to take this opportunity of saying a huge thank you to you for your truly expert help and guidance throughout the last few years. It’s been a rollercoaster experience I never want to go through again but thankfully, with your valued help and generosity, we have now got to a better place where my wife and I can start to rebuild our future. Thanks so much.”


Company director subject to freezing order and substantial claim by liquidator

“Several years ago I had the good fortune to meet Nick and I have been working with him ever since. Nick has assisted and advised me on both contentious and non-contentious cases and his advice has always been invaluable. Nick's technical knowledge of the law and supporting case law is second to none, and he has an ability to look at any matter from several angles to find the best solution. Nick also has the ability to formulate a strategy so that he is always several steps ahead of the other side. Nick is a pleasure to work with due to his easy going manner and team approach. I would not hesitate to recommend him."


Insolvency Practitioner

"I have worked with Nick Oliver for a number of years. He is a high calibre insolvency specialist, with excellent client skills and his ability to think out of the box is second to none. If I was asked to summarise him in one word it would be ‘outstanding’."


Insolvency Practitioner

"I would have no hesitation in recommending Nick to anyone needing insolvency litigation advice. He is thoroughly versed in the relevant law and in the commercial realities, with years of experience as to how insolvency professionals operate. He also has a terrific sense of empathy, coupled with a strong client care ethos."


Retired insolvency law firm partner, London - June 2023