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

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
  • Retail
  • Financial Services
  • Charities and other not for profit entities

He is a member of the association of business recovery professionals (R3), and is a regular speaker for their introductory programme, for graduates and new business recovery professionals. Away from the office he enjoys playing the guitar, is a fair weather golfer, and Leeds United supporter.

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.

Jeff Bolton

Jeff is our senior manager with many years of experience in business advisory, corporate restructuring and formal insolvency.

Having originally trained in accountancy in a mid-tier international firm, Jeff has specialised in business recovery and insolvency since 1991, and joined Lewis Business Recovery & Insolvency in early 2019.

He has had involvement across a broad spectrum of business sectors, working closely with directors, stakeholders and creditors of under-performing, distressed and insolvent businesses.

Away from work, Jeff has a keen interest in most sports particular involvement in football, rugby league, crown green bowls and golf.

Mark Barlow

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 from a mid-tier firm and is really enjoying his role with us.

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.

Liam Ryde

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 is a keen Leeds Rhinos fan and season ticket holder. He also enjoys gaming and is a bit of avid fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy.

Shri Ramaswamy

Shri joined the firm in September 2019 and now works as an Insolvency Executive at Lewis BRI.

Shri has completed her Level 3 AAT and is now working towards her Level 4 qualification.

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