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 a fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

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  • Redhall Group – Advising management and subsequently the administrators of this UK AIM-listed defence, engineering and construction group, including achieving going concern sales of viable parts of the group, managing novations of contracts from unprofitable parts of the group and managing an orderly close down of unviable parts of the group.
  • Create Construction – Advising the employer and key joint venture partner in rescuing key parts of the construction management business out of administration to enable novation and completion of a major construction contract.
  • Project Genesis – Advising a major UK construction and engineering group on the restructuring of an unprofitable subsidiary, including managing all major stakeholders, advising on novation/change of ownership provisions in relation to key contracts and addressing TUPE issues that were likely to arise on the sale or wind down of the relevant subsidiary.
  • Leeds City RIF – Advising the revolving investment fund on the funding of various construction and engineering projects, including contingency and enforcement options in the event of failure of projects, restructuring and refinancing of projects and strategic advice in relation to structuring of initial investments.


  • 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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