Jon Chesman is an 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 is involved with a number of educational programs in Leeds, including mentoring A-level and undergraduate students as well as running employability workshops as part of the Business in the Community scheme. 

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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 (and ultimately successfully strike out) a claim of circa £96 million, which if successful would have rendered the estate insolvent (Clutterbuck & Paton v William Cleghorn (as Judicial Factor to the Estate of Elliot Nichol Deceased) [2015] EWHC 2558 (Ch)).
  • 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 in order to enable him to refinance his substantial property assets.
  • Acting for liquidators in opposing a creditor’s appeal against the liquidators’ decision to reject the creditor’s proof of debt.


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


  • England and Wales, 2015
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