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Is your business insolvent?


We know what to do next.

We help businesses move forward by protecting their rights and solving their complex legal problems.

We specialise in advising clients with a commercial litigation or insolvency challenge. We represent clients in court, arbitration and mediation forums.

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We explore all avenues (both formal and informal) to protect and recover value.

We provide consulting services to clients faced with an insolvency challenge. We deliver pre-pack insolvency arrangements and act as restructuring advisers for our clients.

Business in trouble?

We share risk with our clients and take responsibility for debt recovery.

We identify the root causes behind non-payment and use the full force of the law to efficiently recover debts and assets. We give our clients comfort and certainty.

Chasing debts?
Ben Sewell

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

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we have talked with hundreds of business owners about the insolvency problems they face

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our specialist advisory firm started in 2006

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we have never had a professional conduct issue or negligence claim


Our customers said

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.

X and Y Investors

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.

Andrew Childcare business owner

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.

Martin Hospitality and entertainment

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Responding to liquidation

Ultimate Guide to Liquidation Part 3: Responding to liquidation

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Sometimes, no matter what a director has done to try and avoid a liquidation, it will loom on the horizon as the only option when a business is no longer viable. There is nothing left to do but to get out of the building before it sinks into an oozing puddle. But in that situation, directors still need to know: what things should they take on the way out or avoid doing?

Preparing for Liquidation

The Ultimate Guide to Liquidation Part 2: Preparing for Liquidation

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The terms ‘liquidation’ and ‘winding up’, just like the terms ‘bankruptcy’, ‘tax office’ and ‘new season of Married at First Sight’, carry a degree of anxiety. But they shouldn’t. Liquidation, or the ‘winding up’ of a company, can happen for many different reasons: it does not necessarily mean that the business is broken beyond repair.

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Upcoming educational seminars

The new small business restructuring process: How will this affect insolvencies in 2021?

The Law Society of New South Wales, Level 3, 170 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000 10 March 2021

The government undertook massive fiscal outlays and implemented extraordinary law to forestall business small business insolvency in 2020. Insolvency law expert Ben Sewell takes a critical look at the usefulness of the new small business restructuring process and streamlined liquidation…