Alan Bennett



Alan is a Partner in Restructuring & Insolvency with a specialism in cross-border insolvency.

Alan is a recognised leading figure in the insolvency field, his breadth of experience and practical approach makes him the first port of call for clients with cross border issues. He is ranked as a leading individual by Legal500 and a ranked lawyer UK wide for Personal Insolvency by Chambers and Partners.

Alan advises insolvency practitioners, directors, lenders and individuals on a range of insolvency issues including antecedent transactions, sale and purchase of insolvent businesses, advice on COMI including switching COMI, recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings, restructuring and advice to corporates facing financial difficulties.

Alan has "a legendary status among insolvency lawyers in the South West" - Legal 500 2022

Relevant experience

  • Commercial client: Acting for a technology group with significant high value IP in the UK, US and Asia. Acting for the Buyer on the pre-pack purchase of one part of the group and its subsidiaries.
  • Office holder: Acting for the Administrators of Scott Fowler LLP in respect of the sale of the business and appointment as Joint Solicitor Manager.
  • Office holder: Advising the Liquidator of a specialist fee paying school that provided support for children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
  • Office holder: Advising the Administrators of Hat & Mitre Plc on a possible going concern rescue and subsequent application to remove them from office on grounds of unfair harm and invalid appointment ([2020] EWHC 2855 (Ch)).
  • Office holder: Acting for the Liquidators in the reported decision of Toone v Ross ([2019]) EWHC 2649 (Ch)) successfully arguing payments via EBTs were unlawful dividends.
  • Commercial client: Acting for a US company on a successful application to put it into administration in England and Wales on the basis that its COMI was in the UK. Subsequently acting for the Administrators in a sale of the business and assets to a third party.
Alan Bennett is held in high regard for his expertise in both domestic and overseas insolvencies. He is experienced in advising individuals, trustees and creditors.

Chambers 2022