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Alexandra Withers

Work 0191 2320283
Short Richardson & Forth

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Insolvency & Litigation


Associate - Insolvency & Litigation.


I trained at Short Richardson & Forth LLP and qualified in 2013.  I work within the insolvency and commercial litigation teams.

Within the insolvency team, I deal mainly with liquidations.  I also work on administration cases and some personal insolvency.  My main work is the investigation and pursuit of claims against former directors of insolvent companies.  Almost all of this work is done on a contingency basis, which is ideal for insolvency practitioners looking to establish whether or not any claims within an insolvency situation exist.  I am also experienced in dealing with injunctions, petitions and statutory demands, and frequently represent clients at hearings of these.

Within the commercial litigation team, I deal mainly with defences and counterclaims, but also issue proceedings.  I deal with a wide range of cases, including construction, partnership/shareholder, and property/landlord and tenant, telecommunications, and some intellectual property disputes. I am also responsible for the running of money claims from our debt recovery team.  Once claims that we have issued on behalf of clients become defended by debtors, it is my responsibility to run the case through to trial.  Our success rates are high.

I appear in both County Courts and High Courts across the country, dealing with cases from pre-issue through to conclusion: whether that be a full trial or a settlement through mediation or other means.

I spent the majority of my first year of training in the firm's employment department, meaning that I now work closely with the employment team in relation to claims for breach of restrictive covenant and negligent references.

More recently I have been instructed on a number of High Court restrictive covenant cases, where former employees/directors have exited a business and there is a dispute over whether they have taken confidential information/clients/other staff with them.  These cases are extremely fast paced and put through the court system swiftly in order to minimise any loss.

I am a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and R3.

I am a trustee and director of North East Law Centre Limited.


I speak basic Spanish.


I am a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and R3.


I studied LLB (Exempting) Solicitors Route at Northumbria University.  I graduated in 2011 with first class honours.  Before that I studied at Prior Pursglove College, obtaining A levels in law, film, general studies, and mathematics and mechanics (2007).  I also have an AS level in physics (2006).


Alex is an avid gym goer and also enjoys cycling and playing badminton.  Alex set up the firm's badminton club in 2012.  Alex also enjoys travel and is currently taking Spanish lessons in preparation for a future trip to South and Central America.

North: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Working in conjunction with the firm’s dispute resolution and insolvency practices, Short Richardson & Forth acts for firms of solicitors, recruitment agencies, construction hire and supply companies alongside letting agencies, private landlords and SMEs and predominately handles claimant instructions. In recent work, team head Tim Berg represented a law firm in pursuing outstanding invoices; he also advises on insolvency law matters. Associate Alexandra Withers  is another key member of the team.

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