John Alderton is the managing partner of our Leeds office. His particular expertise covers restructuring, reorganisation and business support, lender security reviews and enhancement, as well as contentious and non-contentious insolvency and cross-border issues.

    John advises banks and other financiers, insolvency practitioners and other insolvency professionals, directors and management teams, as well as creditors, on all issues arising in stressed and distressed scenarios both within the UK and cross-border.

    Chambers UK describes John as “practical and pragmatic”.  Commentators say he “focuses on the end result”. The Legal 500 UK says John is “Amongst the most commercial insolvency lawyers in Leeds”.

    John is listed in the 2013 edition of Chambers UK as a leading individual for restructuring and insolvency.

    John is a fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

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    • Barratts Priceless Shoes – advising the Lloyds Banking Group and subsequently advising the administrators, Deloitte, in relation to this high profile administration and sale of this national shoe retailer. A substantial portion of the business, which originally comprised circa 200 stores and 200 concessions, was salvaged through a going concern sale to a management backed newco saving 1,000 jobs.
    • Past Times Limited – advising the company’s management, its private equity funder and KPMG as administrators in relation to this distressed national high street retailer of historic memorabilia. Through an administration we secured the preservation of the brand and the online business, and managed an orderly stock realisation.
    • Glebe Mines – acting on behalf of key client Ineos and then subsequently Deloitte as administrators, in relation to the sale of the UK’s largest fluorspar mining company. The work included a hostile application by Ineos to appoint administrators and then the sale of the mine as a going concern to a major Italian fluorspar group.

    Reported Cases

    • Modelboard v Outerbox [1992] BCC 945 – retention of title.
    • Re ISA Daisytek & Others [2003] BCC 562 – Centre of Main Interest under the EC Insolvency Regulations.
    • Re Ci4Net [2005] BCC 277 – Centre of Main Interest under the EC Insolvency Regulations.
    • Re Trident Fashions [2007] ALL ER 437 – administrators liability for rates as an expense of administration.
    • OBG v Allan & Stephenson [2008] 1 AC1 – economic torts.


    • JIEB Examinations, 1997
    • College of Law, Chester, 1987
    • University of Leeds, LL.B., 1986
    • University of Leeds, B.A., 1986


    • England and Wales, 1989
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Restructuring/Insolvency, Yorkshire
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Insolvency and corporate recovery
    • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Insolvency and corporate recovery
    • 1997 JIEB Examinations – received Insolvency Lawyers Association prize for highest marks achieved by a lawyer sitting the exams
    • Endless LLP St Nick Turnaround Awards 2009 and 2010 – Lawyer of the Year
    • Yorkshire Lawyer Awards 2010 and 2012 – Corporate Recovery Team of the Year

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