Isadore Goldman > Norwich, England > Firm Profile

Isadore Goldman

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Isadore Goldman is a specialist insolvency firm with a strong reputation in complex insolvency disputes across the UK. Its Norwich office is home to substantial expertise and years of experienced, thanks to recognised leaders in their field, Frank Brumby and Adam McCaw. They 'always go above and beyond to provide a pragmatic approach and reliable advice'. They lead a team of dedicated insolvency and dispute resolution specialists, though Brumby also handles non-contentious matters including the sale of assets and the interaction of stakeholders such as landlords and secured creditors. 'Approachable and commercially-driven' senior associate Sian Leonard assists IPs with the appointment process.

Practice head(s):

Frank Brumby; Adam McCaw

Other key lawyers:


‘Very clear and concise communication with both ourselves and clients who we are pursuing. Very patient when dealing with problematic creditors, particularly over the Covid period when a different tact was required due to national restrictions.’

‘Friendly and responsive, they explain things in a clear manner for anyone to understand. When a softer touch has been required over the last 12 months, Isadore Goldman has always been able to oblige whilst being firm when required to maximise any recovery.’

‘Very practical and commercial approach. Due to the fact they are specialists in their fields their knowledge levels are excellent.’

‘The firm has excellent knowledge levels and specialists in their fields.’

‘Frank Brumby and Sian Leonard are always approachable and commercially driven, offering commercial solutions to complex problems.’

‘Frank Brumby and Sian Leonard – always available and go above and beyond. Exceptional advice and a pragmatic approach.’

Key clients


McTear Williams & Wood Limited

Fleximize Limited

Larking Gowen


Begbies Traynor (formerly CVR Global LLP)


Parker Andrews


Price Bailey

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of directors of Le Bistro Pierre when the company’s trading was severely affected by the Covid-19 lockdown.

Real estate > Commercial property: Norwich Tier 2

According to clients, 'no matter the light or heavy matters at play, the service and attention to detail is unwavering' at Isadore Goldman. The firm is best known for handling the real estate aspects of insolvencies, but has expanded the scope of its work. Robert Pyke has almost 25 years' experience in real estate matters and has built up a large roster of residential and commercial property developer clients; he recently advised Norfolk Homes Limited on the site acquisition for a 70-home development. Associate Lauren Toynton joined from Howes Percival LLP in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pyke

Other key lawyers:


‘Robert Pyke has built up a very strong Commercial Property Team. They are always accessible, client focused and provide a depth of knowledge. Pricing is also very competitive which stands this team ahead of its peers for value for money.’

‘Robert Pyke is an exceptional property lawyer. He is always available and he never sits on the fence and instead he takes a proactive view on any decisions to be made or issues to be addressed. His work is always of the highest quality and he has built up a team of good people around him. Always available at the end of the phone to advise and discuss. He is also prepared to take a practical view whilst making sure his clients best interests are protected at all times. Quite simply he is an exceptional lawyer and the best at what he does in the local market place.’

‘Robert Pyke’s team just get it done! No matter the light or heavy matters at play, the service and attention to detail is unwavering.’

‘Robert Pyke listens, solves and acts. As simple as that! No matter the depth or breadth put to him. Exceptional value for money with a can-do attitude with no drama. As good as it gets.’

Key clients

Norfolk Homes Limited

Agile Property Partners Limited

Windmill 004 Limited

T Blanchflower Carpentry Limited

Handelsbanken Plc

Wallblock Projects LLP

J O Sims Holdings Limited

Purnells Insolvency Practitioners

DFB Project Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Norfolk Homes Limited on a residential site acquisition of a 70-plot development.
  • Advising Norfolk Homes Limited on a residential site acquisition of an 84-plot development together with subsequent sales.
  • Advising a local housebuilder on the set up of Phases 1 and 2 of a development site in Essex.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Insolvency and restructuring boutique Isadore Goldman is particularly highly reputed for insolvency disputes and litigation, including cases involving alleged fraud, personal insolvency, directors disqualification, property and construction; director Nick Oliver, who heads up the practice, has a track record in this space dating back more than 20 years. In 2020, he was the lead adviser to Spotcap Netherlands (as a lender creditor) on a contested winding-up petition. Reflective of the team's reputation, in addition to attract mandates regionally, it generates a strong flow of referral work nationally. Also notable is that the firm is often seen in litigation and fraud-related matters that have a cross-border dimension; recent mandates involved jurisdictions such as Belgium, Gibraltar, India and the US. On the non-contentious side, director Stephen Ryde-Weller is experienced in asset sales and reorganisations. Consultant David Oliver is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Nick Oliver


‘Nick Oliver demonstrates an extraordinary grasp of the law in complex matters, is diligent, hugely able, and compassionate. He has always made himself available to advise me and I cannot speak highly enough about the service he provides. His supporting team reflect his concern for a friendly, professional approach. I have no reservations in my satisfaction with his work.’

‘An original South Coast powerhouse. Very experienced at acting for insolvency practitioners and directors, covering all aspects of insolvency law.’

‘Nick Oliver is incredibly hard working and commercially focused with a huge knowledge of insolvency law.’

‘I have been, and remain, extremely impressed with Isadore Goldman. They are one of the few insolvency boutiques and are experts in both corporate and personal insolvency matters. In the insolvency sector, a lot of firms have small insolvency teams where the specialist knowledge is based. Isadore Goldman is strong across the board as they specialise in this area of law.’

‘Nick Oliver is an extremely experienced insolvency lawyer with an excellent technical understanding of insolvency law. He would be my first port of call on an insolvency matter.’

‘Isadore Goldman punches above its weight in terms of the type and value of insolvency matters that it deals with. It offers a small but talented team of lawyers at every level of qualification.’

‘Nick Oliver – fantastically knowledgeable, personable, and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘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’.’ 

Key clients

Investec Bank Plc / Investec Asset Finance Plc


Portland Business and Finance Solutions

McTear, Williams & Wood



Grant Thornton


Quantuma (Insolvency Practitioners


Purnells (Insolvency Practitioners

Hereford Capital


Pay 4



Work highlights

  • Acted for individual and company defending claims brought by a trustee in bankruptcy, including successful appeal to Court of Appeal. The case involved complex technical arguments regarding the interpretation of the Insolvency (England & Wales) Rules 2016.
  • Acted for administrators at longstanding client Quantuma in respect of the sale of the business of Pixipixel (in administration) to Merino Private Equity LLP, a complex transaction requiring advice on a range of legal issues including security held by third parties.
  • Advised liquidators at Portland Business and Finance Solutions in relation to the investigation of the use of tax schemes by a number of companies and the claims that arose as a result against the directors and third parties.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 3

Isadore Goldman joins the ranking this year having brought in a full-time partner to the Norwich office. Nathan Muskett's career has seen him work at large regional firms, developing a long track record in advising on the sell-side for family-owned and owner managed businesses. In 2020, he acted for Sage ISV Rockstar partner Roveel on its early investment rounds, and handled a number of multimillion-pound transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Muskett

Key clients

Hugh J Boswell

AT Promotions Limited t/a Listwood


Sutherlands of Portsoy

Lord and Lady Huggins

Tanner Brodin (t/a Savoy Catering)

Albies Taxies

Cladspray Solutions


Work highlights

  • Advising the Ntjortjis family on the sale of Savoy Catering.
  • Advised Southwold Holdings Limited on the sale of BHMA.

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
Mr Frank Brumby photo Mr 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