Firm Profile > Isadore Goldman > Norwich, England

Isadore Goldman

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Isadore Goldman is a specialist insolvency boutique with offices in East Anglia, London and Portsmouth. Working with leading Insolvency Practitioners, the firm handles high-value contentious matters and advises on critical issues facing insolvent companies including the sale of assets. Adam McCaw and Frank Brumby are the lead practitioners in Norwich. Robert Pyke handles the property aspects of insolvency. Associates Jenna Ansell and Sian Leonard are also recommended.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Specialist insolvency firm Isadore Goldman has a proven track record in advising insolvency practitioners, company directors, and creditors on insolvency issues, providing them with technical advice and where necessary acting for them in litigation. The team has a particular specialism in working with directors, defending individuals from disqualification and claims from insolvency practitioners and HMRC, as well as advising boards on rescue plans. With 25 years experience in this area, practice head Nick Oliver handles all areas of insolvency and has advised on a number of particularly high profile personal bankruptcies.

Practice head(s):


‘Nick Oliver is an excellent litigation lawyer with a very good brain and a very good tactical instinct. He is aggressive but not overly so and has fine attention to detail. His drafting is excellent. If I had my own insolvency litigation issue he would be at or near the top of lawyers I want to represent me.

‘Sarah Phillips is more junior but she is very conscientious, thorough and enthusiastic. Like Nick she is robust and fights hard in the interests of her clients.’

‘The team led by Nick Oliver was very dynamic and efficient with our case. It felt as a client that they were really prioritising our work and made us feel heard and were very dynamic to situations changing.’

‘Nick Oliver was a very calm individual and had no ego. He was extremely open to new ideas and did not mind entertaining our ideas as some of them ended up becoming pivotal in our case. I have seen other solicitors stifle clients’ creative solutions and needs, to protect their ego/right to charge fees. Nick and the team at Isadore Goldman had no ego and were committed to getting the result by any means.’

‘Isadore Goldman has an extremely strong national reputation in insolvency and corporate recovery. Indeed, it is one of the very few remaining specialist players in the area. The recent addition of a south coast team (led by Nick Oliver and the former Verisona team) adds to the firm’s expertise. The south coast team act for insolvency practitioners and defendants across the whole of the south of England and have bags of experience in high-profile insolvency liquidation. They combine real insolvency expertise with excellent regional connections and the support of a large, specialist insolvency firm.’

‘All the team members are knowledgeable, passionate and focused on delivering the right outcomes to clients. The team is led by Nick Oliver, who is a specialist insolvency lawyer and well-known in the field. Nick has a deep technical understanding of insolvency law and combines that with a pragmatic approach to litigation, with a focus on getting to the right result as efficiently and effectively as possible.’

Key clients

Investec Bank/Investec Asset Finance


Portland Business and Finance Solutions

McTear, Williams & Wood



Grant Thornton





Hereford Capital


Pay 4


Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Isadore Goldman is a specialist boutique commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. It undertakes litigation in relation to contract claims, fraud and breach of trust, banking litigation, property and construction. Contractual disputes specialist Michelle Mollaghan, contentious insolvency experts Jane Cary and Andy Taylor, and Portsmouth-based Nick Oliver, are the key directors.


The team specialises in insolvency litigation and know that area of the law inside out. Very thorough and pay attention to detail without losing sight of the bigger picture and overall objective.

Nick Oliver is outstanding. He is extremely knowledgeable, quick to grasp the issues and drives cases forward relentlessly.

The practice has a very clear specialism in insolvency. They have plenty of experience in bringing claims on behalf of insolvency practitioners.

They are a pleasure to spend time with, which helps in building a working relationship.

Isadore Goldman have a long history of giving good, commercial and pragmatic advice.

The small commercial litigation team at Isadore Goldman is largely though far from exclusively focused on disputes with an insolvency aspect, in respect of which it has vast experience and an ability to provide exceptional service to its clients.

Michelle Mollaghan has decades of experience at Isadore Goldman rising through the ranks from para-legal/clerk to partner. Michelle is extremely good with clients, empathetic to their legal difficulties and focused on providing commercially viable solutions.

A small but experienced firm with partner involvement in the cases which brings skill and knowledge to cases.

Michelle Mollaghan – experienced, particularly in banking and credit work, and prepared to be robust.

Michelle Mollaghan – truly excellent lawyer; diligent, intelligent, commercially astute and lovely to work with.

Michelle Mollaghan is well known and well respected and her great expertise also embraces insolvency and banking work.

Michelle Mollaghan has wonderful client skills and great commercial instincts with a brilliant balance between an eye for detail and an ability to see the bigger picture.

Key clients





Leonard Curtis



Mfw Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

McTear Williams and Wood


BM Advisory

Compass Financial Recovery & Insolvency

RBS Natwest


Fleximize Capital Limited

CVR Global LLP

Investec Bank Plc

Investec Asset Finance Plc

Portland Business and Finance Solutions

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.

The firm’s 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. All the firm’s 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: The firm has a 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.

Insolvency practitioners: With 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.

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.

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 Disqualification Unit. The firm’s understanding of the director disqualification process and strategies adopted by the prosecution 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 is able to provide comprehensive strategic advice and 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.


  • Banks & financial institutions
  • National and multi-national companies
  • Company directors
  • Individuals
  • Insolvency Practitioners

Cross border and international: Isadore Goldman is used to assisting clients in other jurisdictions deal with insolvency and restructuring issues in the UK. The firm also regularly handles UK assignments with cross-border elements and has access to a network of insolvency & restructuring firms worldwide.

Department Name Email Telephone
Insolvency & Restructuring Frank Brumby 0160 361 1370
Insolvency & Restructuring Nick Oliver 0207 353 1000 / 02392 292533
Insolvency & Restructuring Kevin Mitchell 0207 353 1000
Photo Name Position Profile
 Frank Brumby photo Frank Brumby Director & solicitor
 Sian  Leonard  photo Sian  Leonard Associate 
 Adam McCaw photo Adam McCaw Director
Directors : 8
Other lawyers : 10
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
The Insolvency Lawyers Association