David Oliver


David Oliver

T: 023 9231 2073

David joined Verisona Law in 2010 as a consultant dealing with insolvency and business recovery work. David deals with all aspects of insolvency including purchases and sales of insolvent businesses, as well as the technical aspects of non-contentious insolvency.  His experience also includes asset and debt recovery matters, as well as insolvency disputes (particularly ADR and arbitration)

In addition to acting for individuals and company directors (including acting for numerous directors in connection with defence of proceedings brought against them under the Company Directors Disqualification Act), David has provided technical advice on insolvency-related matters to clients including insolvency practitioners, landlords and trade creditors.  He also has considerable experience in advising individuals and businesses in relation to asset and recovery issues.

David has over 20 years’ experience of Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution work.

He qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in April 1993 (the same year as he was appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a Deputy District Judge (Civil)) and since then has been appointed by various professional bodies to act as arbitrator.  His appointments have included partnership disputes, property disputes and contract disputes.

David has also acted for parties involved in the arbitration process, particularly in relation to construction law.  He acted for the successful party in the reported case of Sinclair v Woods of Winchester Ltd (2005) EWCH 1631 (QB).

David has been ranked by Chambers and Partners “Client’s Guide to UK Legal Profession” as a specialist in this field for a number of years. Chambers Guide for 2015 referred to him as being highly regarded as "a very experienced insolvency lawyer". They also stated he is recognised as a "well-known and respected"  figure in the region.

He is a fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3), a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers.

He is a qualified Arbitrator and until recently, sat as a Deputy District Judge.

Appointed Deputy Coroner for the City of Portsmouth in 1979 and continued in this role until 1982.  In 1985 left and set up Oliver & Co which merged with Sherwins, another Portsmouth firm in 1989 becoming Sherwin Oliver, where he was one of the senior partners.  Sherwin Oliver merged with Blake Lapthorn of Portsmouth in 2002 and David became Head of Insolvency and Business Recovery leading the firm’s Southampton, London and Oxford teams.  He retired as a partner in 2009 but worked as a consultant until 2010, when he left to join Verisona Law. 


  • Financial and money advice
  • Enquiries and claims by trustees in bankruptcy, the Official Receiver, the Insolvency Service and liquidators (including possession action in relation to residential properties)
  • Personal guarantees, statutory demands, bankruptcy petitions and individual voluntary agreements

 Company directors:

  • Enquiries and claims by the Official Receiver/liquidators
  • Directors duties
  • Actions under the Directors Disqualification Act


  • Advice regarding rescue and refinancing options
  • Statutory demands and winding-up petitions
  • Insolvency related disputes and technical issues

 Insolvency Practitioners:

  • Technical insolvency advice
  • Insolvency related litigation and disputes
  • Applications to court under the provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 and Insolvency Rules 1986



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