Following on from Walsh Taylor writing about the Carillion collapse and North East businesses struggling in the past couple of months, recent figures have shown that personal insolvency figures have increased.

According to statistics from the Insolvency Service, the first three months of 2018 saw 27,388 people become insolvent across England and Wales. This represents the highest quarterly number since the third quarter of 2012, which is almost six years ago.

The government agency stated that the sharp rise came partly as a result of an increase in individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs). These can be defined as a procedure whereby a scheme of arrangement of affairs or composition in satisfaction of debts is put forward to creditors.

Despite IVA levels soaring (and being the largest since they were first introduced in 1987), however, it must be noted that the amount of debt relief orders (DROs) and bankruptcies surged too. In total there were in 16,676 IVAs, 6,524 DROs and 4,188 bankruptcies.

One trigger of these issues has been identified as the growth in consumer credit, with Duncan Swift, Vice President of the insolvency and restructuring body R3, saying that the availability of cheap credit has not necessarily made it possible for everyone to service their debts.

In understanding the complexities of both personal and corporate insolvency, our Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford and Darlington-based teams are on hand to use our expertise to help formulate solutions for financial problems.

With decades of experience working with individuals, limited companies, sole traders, partnerships, charities and social enterprises, we appreciate the importance of clear and timely advice.

We therefore offer our first meeting completely free of charge. This can be arranged within one day of your call and at a location that is convenient for you.

Please feel free to contact us on 03300 244 660 for any more information.

Mary Taylor
Director

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.

Kate Ellis (neé Breese)
Insolvency Practitioner

Kate has worked in insolvency since 2001 starting out at a firm of solicitors in Leeds and latterly gaining positions within two national accountancy firms.

During this time Kate gained extensive experience in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency, for the first part of her career specializing in personal insolvency and latterly corporate.

Kate has been with Walsh Taylor since its incorporation in September 2008.

Kate is CPI and JIEB qualified, is experienced in a variety of industries and sectors and is the firm’s joint appointment taker.

Meg Heath
Director

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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