What is the legal position regarding who can take a child abroad? If you already have a Court Order in place setting out the arrangements for the school holidays, ensure these are followed to ensure both parents and the children know where they stand. Whilst the agreement of the other parent is not needed if
TestimonialsMachins Solicitors LLP handles a range of contentious matters, including partnership and property disputes, insolvency litigation, and disputes arising from breach of fiduciary duty. Neil O'Callaghan heads the team, which recently acted for the defendant in a multi-party High Court bankruptcy claim. Other recent work includes acting in a High Court claim for damages in excess of £1.6m relating to faulty products connected to the oil industry, and successfully defending a client against claims for damages arising from allegations of harassment.Legal 500Neil O'Callaghan has 'excellent communication skills' and 'a great wealth of experience to draw upon'.Legal 500Neil O'Callaghan leads a very strong team of commercial litigators who punch above their weight. Always a pleasure to deal with and great with clients for whom they go above and beyond in securing good commercial resolutions to disputes.Legal 500 2022I take this opportunity to thank you and Janice for the sterling work your team has carried out on our behalf and achieved excellent results.I'd like to thank you for your excellent services and the professional manner in which you handled this matter.Assistant Manager, Haines WattsExemplary professionalismWe have just finished using Neil and team at Machins Solicitors for a business related legal matter - we found them to be extremely efficient, thorough and helpful. We would definitely recommend their services.Google 5* Review
Neil heads up the Dispute Resolution team and has substantial experience as a litigator dealing with a vast array of commercial disputes. He has a broad commercial practice covering contractual disputes, director and shareholder disputes, joint venture and partnership disputes, professional negligence, corporate and personal insolvency, and aviation disputes.
Neil is commended by clients for being “user-friendly, down-to-earth and commercial”. His stellar reputation as a seasoned litigator has resulted in frequent instructions from numerous insolvency practitioners, accountancy firms, and other law firms.
Neil regularly deals with cases in the County Court, different divisions of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Over the years, Neil has built up a vast amount of experience in many different areas of law which he now uses for his clients’ benefit to gain early and commercial settlements where appropriate. He provides pragmatic, commercially sensible advice to provide added value to clients
Specialist practice areas
- Commercial litigation and mediation
- Professional negligence
- Corporate and personal insolvency litigation
- Aviation litigation
- Shareholder disputes
Latest news by Neil O’Callaghan
Changes to divorce law will come into effect from 6 April. The government is also introducing a new online service to help couples adapt to the changes. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 reforms the legal requirements and process for divorce. The act aims to reduce the potential for conflict amongst divorcing couples by
The first quarter of this year was the busiest for corporate insolvencies since 2012, according to the latest figures. It’s feared there may be worse to come because of rising inflation, increased fuel costs, and reduced consumer spending. The increase in interest rates is also likely to have an adverse effect on business viability. Data
The late payment problem is getting worse and is now threatening to destroy thousands of small businesses, according to a survey carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The study of more than 1,200 business owners found that one in three businesses (30%) have seen late payment of invoices increase over the last
A rise in the number of creditors taking court action to recover debts has led to fears of a surge in insolvencies in the New Year. There were 21,764 County Court Judgments lodged against companies in the three months to the end of September – a rise of 51% on the previous quarter. Between July
More than 1,400 firms ceased trading in September as insolvency figures reached their highest level since March 2020. Finance experts fear there is worse to come as the furlough scheme and other government support for businesses come to an end. Some of the smaller energy suppliers were among the 1,446 companies to go bust in
The number of company insolvencies has risen to the highest level since the first Covid lockdown more than a year ago. The latest figures from the Insolvency Service show that in August, corporate insolvencies had increased by 71.1% compared to August 2020’s figure of 788. There was also a large monthly increase of 22.9% to
A jewellery designer who had built up a strong brand reputation has won a passing off claim against a new business using a similar name. The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court heard that Alyssa Smith started out as a sole trader in 2009, using the trading signs Alyssa Smith Jewellery, Alyssa Jewellery and @alyssajewellery. She attracted