The professional services sector is in the midst of one of the most challenging and uncertain periods in its history. Increasingly cost conscious clients, reduction in spend from key government providers and a trend towards outsourcing and market consolidation, are severely testing many firms’ traditional remuneration structure. This has led many firms to actively undertake cost reduction in order to survive.
In many firms, there is now a real disconnect between the financial objectives of the partners and the financial solvency of the business. Many partners are saddled with onerous personal guarantees and are profoundly affected by any downturn in business, which has major implications for their own personal financial survival. A restructuring of the practice will often also entail significant changes to a partner’s personal circumstances.
In these situations, radical solutions are required to get the business back on track while retaining and motivating key individuals.
Any insolvency options need to be carefully considered in view not only of the corporate structure and underlying direct affect on the principals, but also the likely attitude of the regulatory and professional bodies. There is no ‘one size fits all’ and having to balance a complex regulatory framework and managing key client relationships in order to prevent client loss is a challenge. There are numerous options available and we will tailor a solution that is a better fit for the practice itself and the creditors.
Working Capital and Liquidity
The lack of physical assets makes it, at best, decidedly challenging for professional services businesses to secure bank funding. But cash is key to the survival of any business. We have experience in seeking out the best possible deals and negotiating with lenders on behalf of professionals, alongside assisting with debt collection and conversion of work in progress to ensure a healthy cash flow.
Aside from assisting distressed professional practices we have a strong relationship with many of the UK’s leading law firms. Our forensic experts provide law firms with litigation support services such as e-discovery, asset tracking and due diligence to help unravel complex business crime and build a strong case for their clients. In the realm of corporate investigations where detecting, investigating and preventing multimillion pound crimes requires speed and flexibility, we are able to deploy a team of experts almost immediately.
In situations where either greed or financial pressures have created a breeding ground for fraudulent activity, we assist lenders and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in identifying practitioners who have played a role in facilitating fraudulent activities, and in recovering losses.
Our advice includes:
- Planning and forecasts
- Restructuring and formal insolvency solutions
- Lending negotiations and cash flow optimisation
- Mergers and acquisition advice
- Fraud investigations and asset recoveries
- Strategic business reviews
- Debt collection
- Litigation support
For further information about our professional practices expertise please Contact Us.