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Partner, Corporate & Commercial
0118 952 3569

Corporate & Commercial

Barry advises clients on acquisitions and disposals, MBO’s and MBI’s, corporate finance, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, buy back of shares, reduction of capital, company reorganisations and general company law issues.

“The team work very well together and share a similar ethos of a focus on client service as well as commercially-driven legal advice. They work exceptionally well with other professional advisers to provide a joined-up approach to client advice”. “‘I work primarily with Barry Niven who always delivers proactive and timely service for clients. Barry always makes his advice relevant to the commercial objectives of his clients and thinks proactively about potential issues so they can be addressed early on in the process. He is supported by Joel Molloy, who also shares Barry’s attention to client service”. Legal 500 - 2022

"Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors provide a 'practical, solution-focused and efficient' service to SMEs and owner-managed businesses in commercial transactions, shareholder agreements, corporate structures and restructuring work. Practice head Barry Niven's recent mandates include advising shareholders in disposal of shares, sales and acquisitions and management buy-outs and buy-ins". Legal 500 - 2020 Edition

“Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors' practice is headed by Barry Niven, ‘who is developing a team of knowledgeable and responsive lawyers who seek to understand client needs and tailor their approach and advice to those requirements’. Solicitor Joel Molloy 'is easy and straightforward to deal with and responds efficiently and very effectively’, with Niven and Molloy ‘both offering a responsiveness you expect from a City law firm with the commercial understanding of how to apply their advice in practice to a range of situations’. The team undertakes a broad range of corporate and commercial work, including transaction management, bank security arrangements and work for professional practices such as chartered surveyors, IFAs and estate agents”. Legal 500 - 2018/19 Edition

“Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors has a ‘strong presence in the local market’, particularly among owner-managed businesses; the team adopts ‘a commercial approach on fees without compromising on service and quality’. The ‘pragmatic’ Barry Niven acted on the management buyout of a healthcare agency. Retail, manufacturing and financial companies also instructed the practice.” Legal 500 – 2017 Edition

“Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors stands out for its ‘thorough responses, good value for money’, and for its ‘attentiveness’. Barry Niven is an ‘expert problem-solver with extensive knowledge’”. Legal 500 – 2016 Edition

“Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors offers ‘good industry knowledge, quick response times and practical solutions’. Barry Niven ‘provides clients with clear advice grounded in commerciality’” Legal 500 – 2015 Edition

Corporate Recovery and Insolvency

Barry has more than 10 years’ experience in advising on all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency including corporate re-structuring and re-financing, bringing and defending winding up petitions, retention of title claims, bring and defending preference/undervalue/wrongful trading claims, advising on the validity and enforceability of security,  annulment of bankruptcy orders and applications for individual voluntary arrangements.

He also acts for creditors, companies and individuals on a wide range of insolvency scenarios from buying the business/assets of an insolvent company, restructuring to advising on use of prohibited names under section 216 of the Insolvency Act.

"Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors  regularly advises on all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency. The team, which is headed by Barry Niven, contains specialists in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency law and advises on all aspects of insolvency-based work ranging from administrations to receiverships and liquidations, through to voluntary arrangements and bankruptcies.The majority of instructions come directly from insolvency practitioners or the directors of insolvent companies". Legal 500 - 2020 Edition

“Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors' two-partner insolvency team covers both contentious and non-contentious matters for insolvency practitioners based in the Thames Valley. Team lead Barry Niven advises on administration and bankruptcy appointments and business and asset transactions, as well as corporate restructuring, refinancing, retention-of-title claims, winding-up petitions and security validation and enforcement". Legal 500 - 2018/19 Edition

“The insolvency team at Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors undertakes both corporate and personal insolvency matters. Reading-based Barry Niven’s practice spans business transactions, asset recovery for practitioners, restructuring and refinancing, winding-up petitions, individual voluntary arrangements and claims that fall under wrongful trading, misfeasance, retention of title, security and undervalue transactions. In the past year, the team advised companies and their representatives on their administrations and liquidations as well as reorganisations and disputes involving property”.  Legal 500 – 2017 Edition

Read Barry’s article on Director’s Duties here.

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Barry works from both Clifton Ingram’s Reading and Wokingham offices.






Wokingham Office

22-24 Broad Street
Berkshire RG40 1BA
United Kingdom


0118 978 0099

Reading Office

One Valpy, 20 Valpy Street
Berkshire RG1 1AR
United Kingdom


0118 957 3425

Farnham Office

Gostrey House,
Union Road,
Farnham GU9 7PT
United Kingdom


01252 733733


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