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For business litigation and restructuring
We help clients to use the Small Business Restructuring Process to restructure their company debts.
A Small Business Restructure may save an insolvent company from a liquidation through a creditor-approved restructuring plan. We are registered Restructuring Practitioners through ASIC.Need a Restructuring Practitioner?
We are a multi-disciplinary professional firm that specialises in both insolvency law and corporate reconstruction accounting
We help clients to forecast future cash flow, deal with compliance issues related to statutory lodgements and evaluate their current financial position.Need accounting help?
Sewell & Kettle specialise in a challenging area of business and law. We guarantee our service and expertise to all clients.
The firm has a business mindset and are trusted advisers for accountants, business owners and directors, entrepreneurs, in-house lawyers and transactional lawyers.
Ben Sewell – Principal
we have talked with hundreds of business owners about the insolvency problems they face
our specialist advisory firm started in 2006
we have never had a professional conduct issue or negligence claim
Our clients said
Sewell & Kettle were referred from an associate to assist in sorting out complex court proceedings. really appreciated the thorough
understanding of insolvency law and practice which was combined with a willingness to ensure that I completely understood the process. The results were outstanding. Little did I know this would be the beginning of a relationship that transformed our business. Over the past seven years the team at Sewell & Kettle became a trusted partner that played a pivotal role in court proceedings, contract negotiations, asset protection, company restructure, negotiating with accountants and lawyers and representation in the sale of the business. I highly respect Ben Sewell and his team and would not hesitate to recommend their services.
X and Y Investors
We asked Ben to help us with a very difficult situation we found ourselves in 5 years ago. We had been defrauded by our ex-son-in-law to whom we had previously entrusted the management of a private pension and our savings. It was a painful experience, financially and emotionally.
Ben took on our case, gave good advice and worked professionally, meticulously and sympathetically on our behalf. Unfortunately, we were not able to recover the funds that had been stolen but we know that Ben and his team did their best, under very difficult circumstances, and their diligent approach resulted in the Supreme Court finding in our favour. We were impressed by Ben’s astute handling of the proceedings and have no hesitation in recommending Sewell & Kettle.
Andrew Childcare business owner
We employed the services of Sewell & Kettle to extricate ourselves from a web of private companies, shareholders, leases and properties. Ben Sewell was incredibly thorough, professional and his attention to detail was impressive. The firm has a deep understanding of what is required under the Corporations Act and they are comfortable to instigate and attend all matters before the Court. We would have no hesitation to use the firm again.
Martin Hospitality and entertainment
I had been in contact with a number of firms prior to contacting Ben at Sewell & Kettle. Besides receiving conflicting information, all of the firms were more interested in the payment than listening to my concerns. Ben took the time to listen to what the issues were and discussed my options with me. Ben was very knowledgeable and thorough and went through the process step by step until I had a complete understanding of what was available to me. All staff at Sewell & Kettle involved with my file are highly professional and easy to contact. All in all, I feel that I am getting the best advice in the market based on the many firms I spoke to.
Ben’s advice and recommendations
We advise and represent small-to-medium size of businesses facing an insolvency challenge. We explore all avenues to protect and recover value for the owners of the business.Who do we help?
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