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Mike Pavitt

Partner - Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency; Commercial Disputes

Mike Pavitt

Partner - Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency; Commercial Disputes

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My experience

I am a specialist insolvency solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in:

  • insolvency legal advice;
  • insolvency litigation;
  • transactions in an insolvency context.

I head up Paris Smith’s Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency team – a firm wide grouping of solicitors across a range of specialist disciplines which are often needed where insolvency issues arise.

I advise companies, individuals, creditors, debtors, lenders, borrowers, other insolvency stakeholders and professionals and insolvency practitioner accountants on all matters covered by insolvency legislation and relevant parts of company law.

I am a Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and a Member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association.

By training I am a commercial litigator and I support Paris Smith’s wider Dispute Resolution department and the firm as a whole on issues such as:

  • corporate governance;
  • director duties and disqualification;
  • contractual interpretation; and
  • issues with and enforcement of legal security.

I help clients to minimise their exposure to insolvency risk and situations through planning and risk management, and by resolving issues as they arise, including through examination of evidence and court proceedings.

I also help clients to find ways whereby profitable businesses, jobs, homes and/or livelihoods can be preserved notwithstanding the insolvency of one or more related businesses and/or individuals.

I am a past Chairman of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)’s Southern Committee, an on-line thought leader on topical insolvency issues, a frequent speaker at conferences and events, a former school governor, and wherever I can I take steps to advance and protect the theatrical arts in Hampshire.

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Directors' duties

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How I’ve helped our clients

A source says "Mike's knowledge and expertise are second to none and he is a pleasure to work with;" whilst another says "Mike has a wealth of experience and technical knowledge. He can be relied on to provide comprehensive advice on all matters, without losing sight of commercial issues;" whilst a third adds "He has got an encyclopedic knowledge of insolvency and recovery."

Chambers Legal Directory 2024

Referees say "Mike Pavitt is a gentle giant whose kind nature belies his strength of character. With his formidable breadth of knowledge and understanding, he tailors his approach to the circumstances of each case, to get the right results" and "Mike Pavitt is widely regarded as a leading figure in the insolvency industry, with excellent technical knowledge, commercial and efficient application of that knowledge, and brilliant client care."

Legal 500 2024 Edition

Mike Pavitt and Lucy Andrews are very easy to work with, as well as being highly professional and good company.

Neil Stewart, Associate Director
Manolete Partners

Referees say "Mike is extremely thorough. He is a good leader with a very loyal team. He is kind, but can be tough when required;" "Mike is very knowledgeable on European law" and "Mike is highly experienced and will always properly analyse the situation before providing detailed advice."

Chambers & Partners 2023 - Referee Comments

Sources says "Mike Pavitt is one of the leading insolvency lawyers on the South Coast. His knowledge of the area is detailed and vast, far exceeding many of his local competitors. Applied with practicality and care he achieves results others can only hope for"; "Mike Pavitt is a great person to have on your side. He has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of insolvency law and is completely reliable and trustworthy" and "Mike Pavitt is an exemplary solicitor who demonstrates very strong and thorough ethical and technical prowess with a sense of fun and genuine warmth in his dealings with clients."

Legal 500 2023 - Referee Comments

The depth of Mike’s technical knowledge and his ready understanding of his clients’ broader aims make it easy to give him instructions.

David Green - RSM

Thank you for your most excellent and diligent work on behalf of our son. Without your support and advice, we both feel the situation could have become much worse. Your experience and correctness showed through many times throughout the drawn out process. We would certainly seek your advice should we ever need further help in litigation. With very grateful thanks.

Mr and Mrs E, West Sussex

On a purely personal level, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the honest and knowledgeable support you provided in a very human way when I was frightened and unsure of a direction, I cannot overstate how your approach and manner helped in a time of horrible uncertainty.

Mr N, a client from Poole

Thank you Mike for being such a reassuring and effective support system to us through a very rocky time. We are pleased that life has moved on since then and that we are re-building our lives. A long road yet to recover losses/regain similar, but each day is a step in the right direction.

Mr and Mrs R, Chichester

It has been a pleasure working with Steve Adams and Mike Pavitt on this matter and we are also very grateful for the effort you put into getting the great result for us also with the lockdown situation making it difficult to meet up in person.

Mr B, New Forest

I was at a very low point when I first approached you for help and I really couldn’t have got through it without the advice and legal expertise from you and your colleagues at Paris Smith at every step of the process.

Mrs C, Basingstoke

One sources says "Mike Pavitt has worked in insolvency for years and should be treated as a leading insolvency lawyer and not just in the south. He is, without doubt, one of the best insolvency lawyers in the south. His practice covers corporate and individual insolvency. He puts his heart and soul into a case, without losing sight of the commercial needs of a client. He goes the extra mile". Another source says "Mike Pavitt provides detailed knowledge and foresight of potential consequences of actions. Always confirms own instructions, provides fullest information and clear recommendations". Yet another source says "Mike Pavitt's knowledge of both the law and of the way in which the insolvency profession operates is second to none. He is an able practitioner who is nevertheless willing to listen to alternative views".

Legal 500 - 2022 Edition

Sources say "Mike is always proactive and prompt in his responses. He has a strong knowledge of the law, and his creativity allows him to explore every possible solution to resolve the case;" and "Mike is exceptionally genuine and pleasant to deal with. He is very personable, works hard and knows his stuff."

Chambers and Partners Legal Directory 2022

One client stated "The team is ably led by the very personable Mike Pavitt who is both a highly skilled lawyer and commercial in his approach. He sets the standard and his team follows." Another said "Mike Pavitt will provide detailed advice yet deliver the message in a practical manner that give confidence to any course of action."

Legal 500 - 2021 Edition

Mike Pavitt has a diverse insolvency practice, regularly acting on both contentious and non-contentious mandates. His clients include administrators, trustees and bankrupts, whom he represents in matters such as annulment proceedings and recoveries. "He is very knowledgeable, authoritative, professional and approachable, with an ability to anticipate situations and opposing positions."

Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2021