Walsh Taylor has experience of working with a broad range of Third Sector organisations. Charities, social enterprises, industrial provident societies and membership organisations who find themselves in difficult financial situation have many of the routes available to them that a limited company has. However Walsh Taylor believe a very different approach is required.


Through our management team, professional advisors and stakeholders we can offer:

  • Restructuring advice
  • Turnaround strategies
  • Informal payment arrangements
  • Debt management plans
  • Corporate finance advice
  • Guidance on the personal consequences of insolvency on directors and trustees


Administration allows a business to continue trading while offering protection from action brought by creditors.

It can mean the rescue of a business as efforts are made while it continues trading to sell the business and assets.The proceedings can be started by the company, its directors or a creditor. The holder of a qualifying floating charge can also make an application for an administration order at short notice.

A “pre-pack” procedure would see the sale of the business and assets immediately upon appointment of an administrator.


Receivership is now usually replaced by administration, but it is still available to holders of floating charges dated before 13th September 2003. They can, if security documents allow, appoint a Receiver.

Receivers can also be appointed under the Law of Property Act to deal specifically with property.

Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation (CVL)

This is an insolvent liquidation procedure started by the company directors or trustees.

and is usually carried out when there is little or no likelihood of the business being saved as a going concern.

It usually means an immediate halt of business and the sale of assets piecemeal.

Members Voluntary Liquidation (MVL)

Although not an insolvency procedure, MVL does require the services of a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

It is used when the directors of a solvent business opt to cease trading and requires a majority of directors or trustees  to swear a declaration that all creditors will be paid in full, along with statutory interest within a maximum of 12 months.

A Liquidator is appointed by shareholders to realise the company’s assets, and settle creditor claims before distributing any surplus assets to shareholders.

MVL can be a tax efficient way for owners to extract value from their companies.

Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA)

This is an agreement between the company and its creditors and shareholders.

A CVA ring-fences the company’s historic liabilities and allows it either to continue trading, paying a proportion of future profits to creditors, or to conduct an orderly realisation of its assets.For a CVA to be approved the proposals must receive 75% support (in value) of the creditors who choose to vote on it. Half of the shareholders must also be in agreement.

A CVA will allow the existing management to continue to run the business, and a Supervisor will oversee the implementation of the CVA.

The Walsh Taylor Third Sector Package

Third Sector organisations, the markets they serve, their sources of funding and stakeholders are often diverse and a bespoke approach is needed that truly takes into account the sensitivities and make up of each of these.

When working within this sector Walsh Taylor provide all clients with a package of support from the start to assist the trustees or directors in managing the process.  This includes:

  • assistance in providing effective communication/press releases to their stakeholders to ensure that their public is well informed and other organisations that may be interested in working with them, taking over services or providing funding are also reached.
  • attending meetings of members, directors or trustees to explain the options and process
  • approaching of their behalf our contacts within the sector to identify alternative partners

As with all types of organisations Walsh Taylor believe that a formal insolvency procedure resulting in closure should be the last option for any organisation in difficulty. With the majority of trustees and directors  acting as volunteers and with issues of sensitivity and reputation often prevalent, Walsh Taylor work hard to find a solution that enables the services that the organisation provides to continue.

Mary Taylor

Mary began working in insolvency for a national accountancy practice in Glasgow thirty years ago and worked in most divisions of the insolvency department.

She then moved to a smaller firm so she could advance her knowledge on a more hands on basis. She moved back to Leeds in 1987 and commenced working with a small firm of accountants and subsequently made partner.

She left in 1999 to set up her own practice, McCann Taylor.
McCann Taylor became involved with the consumer market both in England and Scotland.

Mary sold McCann Taylor in March 2007 and formed Walsh Taylor to concentrate on helping businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

Meg Heath

Meg has a background in supporting SMEs, including the raising of finance and advising on organisational change. She is a non-executive director of companies in the private and third sector, including Walsh Taylor.

Previously she was Deputy Fund Director of one of the largest CDFIs in the UK, and has experience of the social enterprise, charity and private sectors. Her experience of assisting companies to survive and thrive has been gained across a broad range of sectors and in companies of all sizes.

In addition to her work at Walsh Taylor she works for other private companies, including non-executive and trustee positions.

Emma Mifsud
Insolvency Practitioner

After graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons degree in Criminology, Emma worked for a regional law firm in both the property department and insolvency and banking department. Whilst doing so Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

Emma then joined a national accountancy firm in 2009 gaining experience in personal insolvency before moving to a Leeds based firm. At this firm Emma specialised in bankruptcies, IVA’s and negotiating informal agreements with creditors. In 2013 Emma gained her CPI qualification.

Since joining the firm in December 2013, Emma has taken on a portfolio of personal and corporate insolvency cases to extend her knowledge and expertise in all areas of insolvency.

In December 2017 Emma become a licensed appointment taker under the Insolvency Practitioners Association, she is JIEB qualified.

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