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John Kearns

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Mills Selig

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Commercial; corporate; insolvency and restructuring; licensing; partnerships.


John is managing director at Mills Selig as well as head of insolvency and restructuring and licensing. He has considerable experience in joint ventures, corporate finance, acquisitions and MBO/MBis as well as general corporate matters. John also has an extensive insolvency and restructuring practice acting for insolvency practitioners in company receiverships, liquidations, voluntary arrangements, administrations as well as individual insolvency. John has successfully advised purchasers in substantial insolvency transactions. Liquor licensing is a further area of expertise and Mills Selig act for the largest off licence client in Northern Ireland with over 130 licences. John lectures at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queens University on Insolvency Law and Company Law.


Commercial Lawyers’ Group Northern Ireland; member of R3 Insolvency Specialist Group.


Admitted as a solicitor in 1993; Mills Selig 1995.

Northern Ireland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Leading individuals

John Kearns - Mills Selig

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Mills Selig ’s ‘very knowledgeable’ insolvency practice provides ‘an excellent service with quick response times’. The ‘very practical’ team has notable strength in handling corporate and personal insolvency cases for high-net-worth individuals, distressed companies, and trustees in bankruptcy; recent instructions include administrations, individual voluntary arrangements, multimillion-pound liquidations, and corporate restructurings, particularly within the construction, professional services and energy sectors. Managing partner John Kearns leads the team; he is ‘very knowledgeable in the area of personal and corporate insolvency’, is ‘practical and pragmatic in his advice’, and has particular experience in enforcement procedures. Senior associate Richard Craig has ‘in-depth knowledge of insolvency law and is a shrewd tactician’ who ‘ensures no stone is left unturned and will go the extra mile for his clients’.

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