Peter Godfrey-Evans - Restructuring & Insolvency Partner
Peter Godfrey-Evans delivers all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency work. When working with an ailing company, his first consideration is always options for restructuring and business turnaround.
Peter and his team aim to work closely with directors and bankrupts alike with a view to achieving co-operation and thereby minimising the pain caused by formal insolvency procedures, however, where necessary they will use the investigative powers afforded to them by the insolvency legislation.
Peter will advise directors on the most appropriate way to deal with their responsibilities by placing their company into administration or liquidation. Peter acts for directors facing either disqualification proceedings or claims against them by insolvency practitioners. He will advise on the defences available to them and assist in negotiating settlements where appropriate.
Peter has been appointed to act as administrator to enable profitable elements of businesses to be sold on thereby saving jobs and maximising returns to creditors. He has also been involved with many solvent liquidations, either as part of tax efficient reconstructions or simply dealing with companies that have come to the end of their useful life.
Peter has been instructed in a large number of personal matters. He has been appointed as a trustee in bankruptcy to individuals at the request of aggrieved creditors, with a view to investigating the activities of the bankrupt prior to the bankruptcy order. Peter has been involved in a number of complex bankruptcies where his investigations have led to the tracing and recover of assets previously disposed of by the bankrupt. He has also been involved advising debtors on avoiding bankruptcy, through the use of either individual voluntary arrangements, or informal agreements with creditors.
Peter became a partner with Mercer & Hole in 1990, having joined the firm in 1988. Prior to this he worked in London with MacIntyre Hudson and PD Leake & Co. Peter obtained his Insolvency Practitioners’ Licence in 1997. Periodically he writes articles for local business papers and contributes to the firm’s insolvency blogs.
Married with three children, Peter is a keen tennis player and an occasional golfer in his leisure time. He also enjoys watching cricket and rugby when time permits.