Jon Chesman is a senior associate in the Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group based in our Leeds office. He provides contentious and non-contentious insolvency advice to insolvency practitioners, banks, companies and creditors. 

    In particular, Jon has gained extensive contentious insolvency experience including the pursuit of Insolvency Act claims, misfeasance and asset tracing.

    Jon was shortlisted in the “Rising Star” category of the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2018.

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    • Advising insolvency practitioners in relation to antecedent transactions, both as to the merits and commercial viability of pursuing such claims.
    • Acting on behalf of a Judicial Factor appointed over a £35 million estate to defend a claim of circa £96 million, which if successful would have rendered the estate insolvent. The case is now one of the key Court of Appeal authorities on the circumstances in which a claim can be struck out as an abuse of process (Clutterbuck & Anor v Cleghorn (as Judicial Factor to the Estate of Elliot Nichol) [2017] EWCA Civ 137.     
    • Advising the Trustee in Bankruptcy of Jim Moore, founder of IAPG, the largest provider of buy to let property in the UK prior to its collapse, and assisting in the recovery of the £15 million estate.
    • Acting for an ultra-high-net-worth individual in contesting a series of bankruptcy petitions presented in relation to debts stated to be over €100 million (which would have resulted in the second largest individual bankruptcy in UK history) in order to enable him to refinance his substantial property assets.  
    • Acting for the buyer of the majority of the business and assets of Hewden Stewart, a specialist plant hire group with turnover of approximately £80 million, from its administrators.
    • Acting for buyers or administrators on the sale of various businesses and assets, including a national kitchen retailer, a Yorkshire-based brewery, an AIM-listed manufacturing business and a North-East games retailer with a retail portfolio of more than 60 stores.


    • University of Leeds, 2011
    • BPP Law School, 2012


    • England and Wales, 2015

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