Isadore Goldman > Norwich, England > Firm Profile

Isadore Goldman

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

They’re commercially minded and focused on their clients’ aims. You’d much rather have them on your team than against you‘, says a client of specialist insolvency firm Isadore Goldman in Norwich. Licensed IPs Frank Brumby, who ‘combines technical ability with a commercial focus‘, and Adam McCaw, who has ‘first-rate legal ability and excellent attention to detail‘, are the lead partners. Associates Sian Leonard and Jenna Ansell are highly recommended by clients. Brumby acted as insolvency counsel alongside a London-based law firm on the administration and subsequent liquidation of Bet Index / Football Index, a highly publicised online betting platform that collapsed during lockdown due to the suspension of the Premier League.

Practice head(s):

Frank Brumby; Adam McCaw

Other key lawyers:


‘Isadore Goldman punch well above their weight in the insolvency and corporate recovery sector. As a result of their excellent technical ability and client focus, they have an outstanding reputation not just in East Anglia but right across London and the South and East of England. They’re commercially minded and focused on their clients’ aims. You’d much rather have them on your team than against you.’

‘Frank Brumby is excellent. He’s great with clients and it’s not hard to understand why they like him so much. As a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner as well as a solicitor, he combines technical ability with a commercial focus and is equally at home dealing with contentious or non-contentious aspects of insolvency and corporate recovery.’

‘Adam McCaw has first-rate legal ability and excellent attention to detail. Those qualities are perfectly complemented by skill at communicating clearly with clients, whether it be about the prospects of their case, the commercial reality of the proceedings or any other aspect of litigation. Sian Leonard and Jenna Ansell are also very impressive.’

‘I have worked with Frank Brumby and Sian Leonard, both of whom are exceptional. Frank has a wealth of experience, and meshes his technical expertise with pragmatic, ‘big picture’ strategising. Sian has a good grasp of the ins and outs of any case, and is a reassuring presence on a team of solicitors.’

‘The team is very responsive and their knowledge on insolvency issues is exceptional.’

‘Frank Brumby (Partner) is a great leader to his team and is very commercial in his approach. Sian Leonard (Associate) is very clever and manages litigation exceptionally well.’

‘Frank Brumby and Adam McCaw are very experienced in their field. They are extremely thorough and professional. I would engage them without question on an insolvency matter and have done so on more than one occasion in the last 12 months. They have exceptional knowledge in this area of law.’

‘Isadore Goldman specialise in insolvency and have a strong reputation in the market. Their advice is practical and commercial.’

Key clients


McTear Williams & Wood




BM Advisory LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP


Parker Andrews

SFP Restructuring

Price Bailey LLP

Quantuma Advisory LLP

Manolete Partners Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising, in collaboration with a London-based law firm, over 7,000 investor clients on the highly publicised collapse of Bet Index / Football Index, an online gambling platform, with losses estimated in excess of £90m.
  • Advising a real estate company on its purchase and restructuring of a distressed group of associated SPV companies involving construction contracts worth £100m+.
  • Advising Manolete Partners Plc on a c£1.55m claim against a director in relation to misfeasance, following assignment from the Insolvency Practitioner the firm had assisted with investigations. Obtained an injunction to prevent asset dissipation and have obtained judgment in default on the claims.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 3

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Isadore Goldman is a boutique insolvency and restructuring practice with expertise in undertaking complex insolvency disputes and litigation work. The team frequently handles personal insolvency, director disqualification claims and fraud matters. The firm is particularly well-versed in the property and banking sectors, acting for insolvency practitioners and purchasers of distressed businesses. Bankruptcy expert Nick Oliver leads the team with support from David Oliver who deals with business recovery and restructuring. Stephen Ryde-Weller handles non-contentious insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Oliver


‘Responsive, helpful and also realistic about the issues to be dealt with.’

‘Nick Oliver is excellent, attentive and timely.’

‘Technically strong and very commercial/ approachable.’

‘Isadore Goldman have a strong reputation for insolvency work which has gone from strength to strength.’

‘I have worked alongside both Nick Oliver & Adam Macaw on a complex insolvency matter with us each representing different parties. Their approach has been collaborative, sensible and commercially astute. Whilst maintaining a clear focus on their own clients they have consistently been open to a joint approach with us.’

‘A highly effective team which dominates the insolvency market in the area.’

‘Adam McCaw is an incredibly hard-working, meticulous and effective contentious insolvency specialist. Always on top of his work, he stays ahead of the game and maintains a highly developed understanding of this area of the law.’

‘The level of knowledge and expertise across all levels of seniority makes working with Isadore Goldman a real team effort. The team is able to competently handle a broad range of insolvency matters, no matter how legally or factually complex.’

Key clients

Investec Bank Plc

Investec Asset Finance Plc


Portland Business and Finance Solutions

McTear, Williams & Wood



Grant Thornton




Hereford Capital


Pay 4


Begbies Traynor


Work highlights

  • Acted for insolvency practitioners at Grant Thornton as Trustees in bankruptcy of a high profile individual.
  • Acted for a number of banks and lenders including Investec to assist them with insolvency and restructuring issues including winding-up petitions.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

A specialist bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring practice with offices in London and across the regions, Isadore Goldman is gaining particular acclaim from clients for its ability to handle sizeable contentious insolvency matters where it punches above its weight.

The firm: Isadore Goldman is a specialist, boutique insolvency and restructuring practice. It is one of the leading UK law firms in this sector. The firm’s model is about a true hands-on, high-quality service led by experienced senior lawyers, rather than the traditional large firm offering where most work is delegated down to juniors.

With offices based in London, Norwich and Portsmouth the firm caters to a clientele across the UK and around the world.

Our insolvency and restructuring lawyers are considered experts in their field and are consistently recognised in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. They have built up many years of experience in advising a wide range of clients in relation to all forms of insolvency and restructuring procedures and related disputes. Our lawyers are expected and encouraged to be creative problem solvers and to work in a manner that maintains a hard-won reputation as an exceptional, outcome-focused law firm.

Principal areas of work
Businesses and individuals in need of assistance: Isadore Goldman has extensive experience in advising on and arranging rescue options for companies and individuals in financial distress. This work includes restructuring, administration, company voluntary arrangements and individual voluntary arrangements. The firm’s wealth of knowledge in this area has seen it advise on some of the largest and most complex administrations and voluntary arrangements in the UK.

Bankruptcy and personal insolvency: Isadore Goldman are specialists with a very long pedigree of providing bankruptcy and personal insolvency advice, including to a number of high-profile clients. The firm is well versed on the duties and restrictions relating to bankruptcy, alternatives to bankruptcy, the issues affecting partners and spouses of bankrupts and on related issues such as annulment.

Lender and creditor services: Isadore Goldman acts for a number of lenders and financial institutions, as well a range of corporate clients, assisting them with insolvency issues affecting their customers and clients. The firm provides a bespoke service including preparation and review of security documents and liaising with insolvency practitioners. The firm is also regularly instructed to advise on and execute debt and asset recovery strategies that are commercially and financially tailored to the needs of the client.

Insolvency practitioners: Isadore Goldman has a long standing and strong reputation for its work with insolvency practitioners, the firm acts for accountants and insolvency practitioner firms across the UK, from ‘big 4’ firms though to sole practitioners. Working with insolvency practitioners is a core part of Isadore Goldman’s business. Therefore, when instructing Isadore Goldman, you will work with genuine insolvency specialists. The firm is synonymous with the view that “if it is difficult, novel or innovative, give it to Isadore Goldman.”

Insolvency disputes and litigation: Isadore Goldman has a real expertise in, and a national reputation for, undertaking insolvency disputes and litigation work, including bankruptcy, claims against directors, property, construction, complex fraud claims and technical court applications under the Insolvency Act. The firm’s reputation in this area is well illustrated by regular referrals from other firms of solicitors without insolvency/restructuring expertise, and from insolvency practitioners. Isadore Goldman regularly represents both claimants and defendants throughout the UK.

Director disqualification: The firm has decades of experience in this area and the team handling this work includes a formal panel member of the Government’s Insolvency Service. The firm’s understanding of the director disqualification process and strategies adopted by the Insolvency Service enables it to provide the highest quality advice in this area.

Claims against directors: As part of the firm’s insolvency disputes and litigation work, it handles the defence of a variety of claims against directors, typically brought by liquidators or lenders. The firm provides comprehensive strategic advice and can handle all aspects of such claims. Team members have been involved in a number of high-profile successful defences including claims for breaches of duty and wrongful trading.

Cross border and international: Isadore Goldman are well versed in assisting and advising clients in other jurisdictions on the intricate challenges of multi-jurisdictional insolvencies posed by today’s global economy. The firm has vast experience in assisting creditors, shareholders, lender, and insolvency practitioners in other jurisdictions with UK based corporate insolvencies. The firm is also also used to UK based clients where there is a foreign insolvency element, often through it’s INSOL International contacts.


  • Banks and financial institutions
  • National and multi-national companies
  • Company directors
  • Individuals
  • Insolvency practitioners
Insolvency & Restructuring Frank Brumbyfbrumby@isadoregoldman.com0160 361 1370
Insolvency & Restructuring Nick Olivernoliver@isadoregoldman.com0207 353 1000 / 02392 292533
Insolvency & Restructuring Kevin Mitchellkmitchell@isadoregoldman.com0207 353 1000
Frank Brumby photoMr Frank BrumbyDirector & Solicitor
Sian Leonard photo Sian LeonardAssociate
Adam McCaw photo Adam McCawDirector
Directors : 8
Other lawyers : 10
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
The Insolvency Lawyers Association