Is your business insolvent?
We know what to do next.
Sewell & Kettle specialise in a challenging area of business and law. We guarantee our service and expertise to all clients.
The firm has a business mindset and are trusted advisers for accountants, business owners and directors, entrepreneurs, in-house lawyers and transactional lawyers.
Ben Sewell – Principal
we have talked with hundreds of business owners about the insolvency problems they face
our specialist advisory firm started in 2006
we have never had a professional conduct issue or negligence claim
Our customers said
Jeremy and Patricia Investors
We asked Ben to help us with a very difficult situation we found ourselves in 5 years ago. We had been defrauded by our ex-son-in-law to whom we had previously entrusted the management of a private pension and our savings. It was a painful experience, financially and emotionally.
Ben took on our case, gave good advice and worked professionally, meticulously and sympathetically on our behalf. Unfortunately, we were not able to recover the funds that had been stolen but we know that Ben and his team did their best, under very difficult circumstances, and their diligent approach resulted in the Supreme Court finding in our favour. We were impressed by Ben’s astute handling of the proceedings and have no hesitation in recommending Sewell & Kettle.
Andrew Childcare business owner
We employed the services of Sewell & Kettle to extricate ourselves from a web of private companies, shareholders, leases and properties. Ben Sewell was incredibly thorough, professional and his attention to detail was impressive. The firm has a deep understanding of what is required under the Corporations Act and they are comfortable to instigate and attend all matters before the Court. We would have no hesitation to use the firm again.
Martin Hospitality and entertainment
I had been in contact with a number of firms prior to contacting Ben at Sewell & Kettle. Besides receiving conflicting information, all of the firms were more interested in the payment than listening to my concerns. Ben took the time to listen to what the issues were and discussed my options with me. Ben was very knowledgeable and thorough and went through the process step by step until I had a complete understanding of what was available to me. All staff at Sewell & Kettle involved with my file are highly professional and easy to contact. All in all, I feel that I am getting the best advice in the market based on the many firms I spoke to.
Ben’s advice and recommendations
We advise and represent small-to-medium size of businesses facing an insolvency challenge. We explore all avenues to protect and recover value for the owners of the business.Find out more
There are a range of advisors, agents and representatives advertising their pre-insolvency services – not all of them are professionals.Find out more
We explain the common root causes behind the symptoms of company failure and provide suggestions for a turnaround.Find out more
When executing a turnaround, keep these 10 key things in mind to improve your chances of success.Find out more
How do we help?
The safe harbour is a carve-out to the duty of company directors to cease trading when a company is insolvent. It is a pro-business mechanism that helps companies stay afloat by giving directors protection from prosecution for insolvent trading while they work on a restructure. Read our guide to the safe harbour to find out more about this potential lifeline for insolvent companies.
A zombie company is a business that barely scrapes by and is always short of cash. The problem with zombie companies is that they can be easily tipped over the edge into insolvency when something goes wrong. Read our article to learn more about the signs, symptoms and consequences of zombie companies.
Upcoming educational seminars
9:45AM How to manage subcontractor insolvency During COVID-19 the Government has strongly signalled that SMEs may continue to trade whilst insolvent (and created supporting statute). The risk to builders and developers is that their subcontractors will fail once the COVID-19…