Laura Hartley-Williams, Business Recovery Solicitor at Napthens

Laura Hartley-Williams

Role: Associate Solicitor
Dept: Business Recovery
Location: Preston
Direct Dial: 01772904312

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Laura is an associate solicitor with our business recovery team.  A key part of her role is acting for Insolvency Practitioners, providing advice and assistance focused on realising assets and pursuing claims for the insolvent estate. She prepares security reviews for Insolvency Practitioners and advises on the validity of appointment of LPA Receivers.  Laura advises commercial landlords where tenants propose to enter into Company Voluntary Arrangements and also advises individuals facing insolvency and other creditors.


As a specialist in business recovery Laura acts for Insolvency Practitioners, assisting in pursuing antecedent claims to include preference claims, transactions at an undervalue, misfeasance claims and void dispositions.  She acts for Trustees in Bankruptcy on various matters including against both individuals and companies and applications for possession and sale where there are disputes over the size of the Trustee’s beneficial interest.

Laura has acted throughout all stages of bankruptcy petitions including where they are disputed and has acted for debtors in pursuing applications to set aside a statutory demand where they are disputed on substantial grounds. She has also defended applications to set aside a statutory demand where the arguments raised are fanciful.


Laura joined Napthens in 2021.   Originally from North Wales originally, Laura studied law at the University of Liverpool and moved to Manchester in 2011 to pursue her career in law.  She qualified as a solicitor in 2016.

Memberships and Awards

Laura is a member of R3

More about Laura Hartley-Williams

What is your favourite film? 

Love, Actually - it always reminds me of being home with the family at Christmastime in Wales

What is your proudest achievement?

I trained for and participated in a pink-collar boxing fight for charity and won. It was terrifying being in the ring at the time but I felt awesome after.

What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?

Insolvency and restructuring is varied and I get to act for a range of professional clients as well as individuals. Helping a client realise that the insolvency processes are available for a reason and guiding them through an often stressful and upsetting period of their life is extremely satisfying.