Jon Chesman is a senior associate in the Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group based in the Leeds office.

He has a broad restructuring and insolvency practice and provides contentious and non-contentious insolvency advice to insolvency practitioners, companies and creditors.

In particular, Jon has 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 and is ranked as an Associate to Watch in Chambers UK 2022. Commentators say Jon is “a very thorough and methodical lawyer” and “an individual that never ceases to impress”.

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  • Acting for the buyer of the majority of the business and assets of Hewden Stewart, a specialist plant hire group with a 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 national £100 million-turnover glazing manufacturer and distributor, a national fleet services and rentals business, a Yorkshire-based brewery, an AIM-listed manufacturing business and a North East games retailer with a retail portfolio of more than 60 stores.
  • Advising in relation to failed domestic energy suppliers, including guiding those companies through Ofgem’s “Supplier of Last Resort” process, advising the administrators of those businesses and acting for energy companies in acquiring customer and debtor ledgers, either inside or outside of an insolvency or a SOLR process.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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


  • England and Wales, 2015

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