Why choose Johnson Geddes?

We are a small team who are focussed on providing our clients with clear, uncomplicated IVA advice and support.

As a client of Johnson Geddes you will have dedicated staff dealing with your case that you will be able to get to know over the duration of your IVA.

We can promise that you won’t be dealt with in a call centre environment and that every effort will be made to make you feel at ease and to give you the confidence that we are there to help you.

Our staff have long experience in their individual roles and really do understand the IVA process and how to help clients get the best out of the procedure.

Many large IVA providers have a policy that you cannot speak to your insolvency practitioner, the individual who is ultimately responsible for your case. This is because the insolvency practitioners manage the affairs of thousands of IVA’s and simply do not have the time to talk to clients directly. That is not our policy and our clients are free to speak personally to Paul Johnson or Paul Keeley at any time regarding the progress of their case or any concerns that they may have.

The day to day business is managed by the two insolvency practitioners who are actively involved in each client’s case ensuring that the IVA proposal is properly suited to the client’s needs. We confirm all of our advice to you in writing and no fees are charged unless your IVA proposal is approved by creditors.

We have close connections with the specialist IVA departments of all the key lenders and so have a clear understanding of how each creditor will view a proposed IVA. For this reason our IVA approval rate in 2016 was over 95% which means that if we take your case on you can have a high degree of confidence that it will be accepted by your lenders.

Our Team


Insolvency Practitioner

Paul started his working life with Barclays Bank Plc before moving into insolvency in 1993.

He joined Levy Gee, where he met up with Neil Geddes, and worked in the Manchester office for 11 years. During this time, Paul completed his insolvency exams and qualified in 1995.

After a short spell with BDO Stoy Hayward, where he acted on several major retail insolvencies, he teamed up with Neil Geddes to head up a practise specialising in personal insolvency.

He has held a licence since 2006 and is a Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.


Insolvency Practitioner

Paul has had over 25 years experience in personal and corporate insolvency, and has spent the majority of his career with BDO Stoy Hayward and latterly Grant Thomton in Dublin and Belfast.

Paul passed his insolvency exams in 1995 and had worked with Paul Johnson at BDO Stoy Hayward for several years between 2004 and 2006, specialising in significant corporate insolvencies.

He has most recently assisted in the set-up of the processes and controls relating to personal insolvency in Ireland, following the change in legislation in 2013. The changes allowed the Irish access to alternative personal insolvency solutions akin to Individial Voluntary Arrangements available in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Paul joined Johnson Geddes in December 2014 and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.


Founding Member

Neil was one of the founder members of Johnson Geddes and sadly passed away in October 2014.

Neil began his insolvency career in London in 1979 with Price Waterhouse. Since then he developed a wide experience of all aspects of insolvency, both corporate and personal, and had held an insolvency licence since 1986.

He became a partner at Levy Gee in 1987 and moved north to Manchester in 1993 to help in the development of the practice. He had worked with Paul Johnson since 1994, mainly acting for banking clients on distressed corporate lending positions. Together with Paul they established the current niche practice, staffed by people who really know their job and where clients are treated with courtesy and respect. These traditions will continue to live on in the company.

Colin Burke BA (Hons), M.A

Senior Consultant

Colin is a former Insolvency Practitioner and leading advisor in the North West insolvency profession with a wealth of experience on all aspects of insolvency, both corporate and personal.

Colin provides consultancy services to Johnson Geddes and is an invaluable member of our team. We welcome his in depth knowledge and analysis, particularly on the more technical issues that crossover to corporate insolvency and Director responsibilities, to include Director’s personal liabilities.


Client Support
Caroline has worked in the Insolvency industry since 2006, joining Johnson Geddes in October 2012. She specialises in looking after our clients once their IVA has been approved and is happy to help whenever needed throughout their Arrangement. Her roles include completing the required Annual Reviews, reporting to creditors and assisting clients through any changes to their circumstances they may have. When Caroline is not working she is kept busy by her 6 month old puppy, going on long walks in the countryside.


Client Support
Emma joined Johnson Geddes in 2009 and has been working in the debt management and insolvency field for over 10 years. Her main role is processing client payments and direct liaison with the creditors themselves. When not working at Johnson Geddes, Emma enjoys travelling, watching football, photography and spending time with her wife and son.


IVA Advisor

Graeme has worked for Johnson Geddes since early 2012 and has been in the industry for approximately seven years, and now specialises in the pre-appointment side of IVAs, specifically in the process of drafting the proposals for clients.

Graeme previously taught Maths in secondary schools, but returned to the insolvency field. He has a keen interest in sports and teaches Taekwondo, and regularly takes part in tournaments.


Associate Director
Dave is a Director at Johnson Geddes and oversees our client welcome procedure and maintains contact with our business introducers. He has a strong background in financial services and has specialised in debt management and insolvency for over 15 years.


Client Support

Jo joined Johnson Geddes in 2013 and has worked in the personal insolvency arena since 2008.

Her role includes completing the clients annual reviews and assisting the clients with any change in their financial circumstances during the IVA.

She has a young son and in her spare time enjoys socialising, days out and the odd bottle of wine.


Finance and Administration

Ed joined Johnson Geddes in 2012 having secured a degree in accountancy from Newcastle Business School.

Ed’s main roles include the management and allocation of client monies and assisting in the monthly payments to creditors. He is currently studying towards an ACCA qualification.

He is a keen musician and plays the bass guitar in a local band. The band are currently recording their first album.


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