Nick Keitley > Lester Aldridge LLP > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Lester Aldridge LLP
SO15 2EU

Work Department

Restructuring and insolvency.


Nick is an experienced restructuring and insolvency partner who has been recognised as a leader in his field for many years.

Nick regularly acts for insolvency practitioners and for creditors and directors of insolvent companies. He has considerable experience of advising banks, invoice discounters and other asset based lenders on insolvency related issues. He also acts for sellers and buyers of distressed businesses and assets.

Nick is often involved in business restructurings and turnarounds and solvent liquidations.

Nick has worked in various sectors including retail, hospitality and leisure, real estate, manufacturing, energy, education, charities and transport and infrastructure.


1983-1985: articled clerk at Stoneham, Langton & Passmore; 1985-1988: solicitor at Durrant Piesse; 1988-1993: solicitor at Lovell White Durrant; 1993-1995: senior solicitor at Hammond Suddards; 1995 to 1996: senior solicitor at Blake Lapthorn; 1996 to 2009: partner at Blake Lapthorn; 2009 to 2013: partner at Bond Pearce; 2013 to 31 January 2015: partner at Bond Dickinson; 1 February 2015 to date: partner at Lester Aldridge.


Member of Insol; Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3).


Leeds University LLB Law.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Based in Southampton, Lester Aldridge LLP is known for advising insolvency practitioners on non-contentious matters, including the appointment of administrators, procedural applications to court, and transactions related to insolvency.  The team also frequently collaborates with the wider firm’s real estate practice on insolvencies involving property. Practice head Nick Keitley works closely with many major insolvency practitioners, as well as advising boards of directors on restructurings and insolvencies. He is valued by clients for his ‘sensible commercial approach’. Melia Hirst leads on many advisory and transactional matters, and also works with corporate and disputes colleagues on insolvency-related issues.