About Us

Who We Are

We are an independent, friendly and professional practice, adding value to directors, lenders, creditors, stakeholders, accountants and other advisers by providing proactive and pragmatic solutions to businesses or individuals in financial difficulty.  

Our ethos is to find the best solution for all parties, and promote continuity of business and employment, whilst offering an excellent service at a reasonable cost.

Key Personnel

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Gareth Lewis


Gareth is our managing director and licensed insolvency practitioner, with experience in all aspects of business recovery and formal insolvency, both corporate and personal. Having originally trained in the general practice of an independent firm of accountants, Gareth chose to specialise in business recovery and insolvency in 1999.

He has gained experience in most sectors over his career, with particular expertise in:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Property
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Financial Services
  • Charities and other not for profit entities

He is a member of the association of business recovery professionals (R3), and has previously been a regular speaker for their introductory training programmes, for graduates and new business recovery professionals. Away from the office he enjoys coaching football, DIY, playing the guitar, fair weather golf and spending time with his family.


Matthew Russell


Matt is a licenced Insolvency Practitioner and started his insolvency and restructuring career in 2006 upon completing a degree in accounting and finance. He has obtained both the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency and Corporate JIEB qualifications. He joined the firm in November 2022, having worked for a national practice for 16 years.

Matt has completed two successful 12 month secondments to two different UK clearing banks. Firstly, specialising in commercial real estate lending and restructuring, he helped advise and implement the managed exit of a number of customer connections in distress. His second secondment was within the bank’s business support unit, working with customers, their advisors and the bank on sustainable turnaround solutions for businesses across various sectors.

Matt has gained experience across a broad range of restructuring and formal insolvency assignments, dealing with Receiverships, Liquidations and Administrations, guiding directors and other stakeholders through the complexities and difficulties of these situations. He has particular expertise in:

  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Professional Services
  • Care Homes
  • Leisure and hospitality

Outside of work, Matt enjoys playing golf, going to the gym, holidays abroad with his family and is a keen supporter of Hull FC rugby league team.

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David Hodgson


David started his insolvency career in 1986. Prior to this David’s background was in credit management and commercial debt collection.

After five years of lecturing to students of the Institute of Credit Management, through a series of fortunate coincidences, David fell into the world of insolvency.

David trained in a top 10 firm before joining the insolvency department of an independent practice in 1992 at manager level.

In 2002, David was made partner and served in this capacity until the business was acquired in 2007.

Since then, David has been a director of national and independent practices, before joining Lewis Business Recovery and Insolvency as a director in 2013.


Mark Barlow

Senior Insolvency Executive

Mark started his insolvency career in 2006 at an independent insolvency practice, where he dealt with Creditor Voluntary Liquidations after initially providing general support to the insolvency team.

He joined our firm in April 2020 as a Senior Insolvency Executive.

Mark has experience of dealing with both corporate and personal insolvency, and currently has a portfolio containing Administrations, Creditors Voluntary Liquidations and Members Voluntary Liquidations. He has obtained his CPI insolvency qualification and is currently studying his AAT accountancy qualification with us.

Outside of work Mark has a young family which keeps him busy, and he is a big Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos fan.

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Liam Ryde

Insolvency Executive

Liam joined the firm in June 2017 from college, and now works as an Insolvency Executive at Lewis BRI. He has gained experience in both corporate and personal insolvency matters.

Outside of work Liam enjoys gaming, movies and is a fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy.


Shri Ramaswamy

Insolvency Executive

Shri joined the firm in September 2019 and now works as an Insolvency Executive, managing both corporate and personal matters. Shri has completed both her AAT and CPI qualifications.

Outside of work, Shri’s hobbies consist of Netball, Dance and socialising with her friends.


Lucy Parkinson

Insolvency Cashier

Lucy joined the firm in August 2021 and now works as our Insolvency Cashier.

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys live music, good food and a drink.