Russell Cooke Putney London 2

About Jonathan

I work with insolvency practitioners and individuals facing insolvency, helping to find solutions to problems that come with both personal and corporate insolvencies. I understand my clients' objectives and work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome for them.

Jonathan regularly acts for insolvency practitioners, company directors, creditors and individuals facing bankruptcy both pre and post-insolvency.

Jonathan primarily acts for insolvency practitioners in both personal and corporate insolvencies, in relation to issues arising in personal bankruptcies, company liquidations and administrations.

Jonathan’s work with insolvency practitioners makes him well suited to advise on and defend claims brought by office-holders. Accordingly, he often acts for directors, bankrupt individuals or individuals facing bankruptcy (and their families) to defend claims and resolve disputes, as well as looking to mitigate risks and head-off any issues before matters become contentious.

Jonathan also assists landlords and creditors of insolvent entities, advising on insolvency processes and mechanisms (including Individual and Company Voluntary Arrangements), tracing assets and recovering debts depending on the needs and objectives of his clients.

Jonathan joined Russell-Cooke in 2019 as a trainee, and qualified as an associate in 2021.


Insolvency practitioners:

  • acting for liquidators in actions against directors, including investigating and pursuing claims for misfeasance, wrongful trading and antecedent transaction claims
  • acting for various trustees in bankruptcy in cases involving the disputed ownership of assets
  • advising on restricted funds and trust arrangements
  • acting for trustees in bankruptcy and obtaining orders for possession and sale of properties owned by the bankrupt, and facilitating the sale of assets vesting in the trustee for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate
  • acting for the administrators of a classic car auctioneers, addressing competing claims to ownership of vehicles held, proprietary money claims and dealing with injunctions, third party disclosure obligations and various other issues arising
  • extending the period of administrations by application to court
  • appointing administrators of insolvent companies

Companies, directors and shareholders:

  • defending claims brought by liquidators in relation to: 
    • overdrawn loan accounts
    • misfeasance and breach of duty (known as section 212 claims)
    • transactions at an undervalue (section 238 claims)
    • preference claims (section 239 claims)
    • fraudulent trading (section 213 claims) and wrongful trading (section 214 claims)
  • advising businesses and charities on insolvency processes, restructuring options and personal risks and liabilities
  • negotiating settlement of disputed debts
  • acting for a company’s directors advising on, and defending claims brought by liquidators in respect of, phoenix company provisions in s.216 Insolvency Act 1986


  • assisting bankrupts with annulment applications, Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) and dealing with enquiries and claims by trustees in bankruptcy
  • resolving disputes about ownership of property, trusts and claims regarding transactions at an undervalue, preferences and transactions 


  • serving statutory demands for payment, winding up companies and petitioning for individuals’ bankruptcy
  • assisting creditors through the insolvency process and advising on issues as they arise
  • advising landlords in relation to: 
    • the impact of (and options available when) a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) is proposed by a tenant
    • tenant defaults on payments and appears to be insolvent
    • a tenant entering into administration and a new company takes up occupation of premises


  • Obtained a degree in law from the University of Durham
  • Obtained a master of laws with distinction in legal practice from the University of Northumbria
  • Trained at Russell-Cooke


  • Associate member of R3 (The Association of Business Recovery Professionals)
  • Member of the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • Member of R3’s New Professionals’ Committee for the London & South East Region

Jonathan's highlights



Insolvency legal news and updates—July 2023

Russell-Cooke’s restructuring and insolvency team present a round-up of recent insolvency news and updates, they look at how these will impact the insolvency...
Jonathan Gorman, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, restructuring and insolvency team. Nathan Weich, Trainee in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, restructuring and insolvency team.
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Architects and contractor insolvency: your guide to how it works and what to do if it happens - RIBA

Jonathan Gorman, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, restructuring and insolvency team.
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Recent case law - Doran & Anor v County Rentals

Jonathan Gorman, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, restructuring and insolvency team.
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