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Law Services for Businesses Restructuring & Insolvency

We advise clients on the often complex issues that can arise in relation to all formal and informal corporate recovery procedures.

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At the forefront of insolvency law in Scotland

MacRoberts has been at the forefront of insolvency law in Scotland for more than 30 years, and the standard Scottish textbook on liquidation is a MacRoberts publication.

We advise Insolvency Practitioners, directors, banks and other financial institutions on the often complex issues that can arise in relation to all formal and informal corporate recovery procedures, including company voluntary arrangements, insolvent liquidation, receivership, turnaround and restructuring.

Our team’s technical, legal and commercial expertise can help struggling businesses to identify potential issues before they become too serious to resolve. Our positive and practical approach to problem solving ensures that the best outcome can be achieved for clients in even the most difficult of situations.

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Insolvency litigation

We represent the interests of insolvency practitioners, funders and creditors pre- and post-insolvency, regularly advising clients in relation to unfair preference and gratuitous alienations, wrongful trading, retention of title and directors’ duties and disqualification. We also advise trustees in sequestration on recovering assets and the many contentious issues which arise with debtors who refuse to cooperate with the trustee.

Going to court

We regularly deal with insolvency cases in the Sheriff Courts and Court of Session, and act for clients in presenting routine applications in liquidation, administration and sequestration proceedings, including notes for extension of administrations, fixing of insolvency practitioners’ remuneration, sanction to raise court proceedings by and against companies in a formal insolvency process and actions to recover possession of heritable assets.

Related Services

  • Debt Recovery

    The focus for any debt recovery process is to move quickly to maximise the chances of recovery in the most economical way – our experienced team provides an efficient and cost-effective service, taking a proactive and practical approach appropriate to each individual case.

    Debt Recovery
  • Personal Insolvency

    Our team advises individuals facing personal insolvency or who have been made bankrupt, helping to protect their assets, such as the family home. We work closely with insolvency practitioners to recover assets for the benefit of creditors, including carrying out substantial investigations and tracing assets around the world.

Our Awards & Accreditations

  • In 2016, we were one of the first law firms in Scotland to become accredited Living Wage employers.

  • Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

  • In 2019, MacRoberts achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification, a UK Government entry-level information security standard.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, the most widely recognised quality management system standard in the world.

  • Iso 14001 2015 Environmental Management

    MacRoberts holds the ISO14001:2015 certification for Environmental Management, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental awareness.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO27001:2013 certification for Information Security, an internationally recognised security gold standard.

  • Business continuity is a critical element of the Business Management System at MacRoberts and we hold full accreditation with the ISO 22301:2019.

  • MacRoberts is a member of IP Inclusive, a network of intellectual property professionals working to make our community more equal, diverse and inclusive.

  • We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.

  • MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

  • We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.

  • We are a member of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), a UK-based not-for-profit organisation which helps employers build and maintain diverse teams and inclusive cultures through our membership, training, and consultancy services.

  • MacRoberts was awarded enei's Silver TIDEMark for 2023. TIDE is enei's self-assessment evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures an organisation's overall approach and progress on diversity and inclusion.

  • MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.

  • MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.

  • In 2022, MacRoberts received a Bronze Award in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the workplace.

  • MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.

  • MacRoberts is an Associate Member of SELECT, Scotland's largest construction trade association.

MFMac: Morton Fraser MacRoberts
MacRoberts and Morton Fraser have now merged.

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