About Neil

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


Machins 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 500
Neil O'Callaghan has 'excellent communication skills' and 'a great wealth of experience to draw upon'.
Legal 500

Latest news by Neil O’Callaghan

Insolvency measures extended to support struggling businesses

The Government has extended its temporary insolvency measures to support businesses struggling during the pandemic. The measures were introduced in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act in March 2020, including protecting businesses from aggressive creditor enforcement and removing personal liability on company directors.  They are being extended till the end of June 2021. The extension

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