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Neil Golding


ESG and sustainability | Financial services | Insurance | Restructuring and capital solutions |

Neil is a no-nonsense lawyer who is extremely commercial, focused on providing solutions to problems and is a fabulous person to work with.

Chambers UK 2024

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About Neil Golding

Neil is a restructuring partner based in the London Office.

Neil's work is frequently contentious in nature and often involves jurisdictions other than England, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Trinidad, Barbados, British Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man. 

He spends part of his time based in Freshfields’ Hong Kong office and supports the firm’s restructuring practice in Asia. 

He was for some years the head of the firm's insurance practice globally, and has advised on many insurance company run-offs and insolvencies.

His work regularly brings him into contact with a variety of regulators, including the FCA, PRA, ICAEW, the Financial Stability Board, The Pensions Regulator, the Insolvency Service, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and the Financial Ombudsman Service.

As one of the very few solicitors licensed as an insolvency practitioner, he is eligible to be appointed as a liquidator or administrator.

Neil speaks regularly at restructuring and insurance conferences.

Recent work

  • Advising the government of Trinidad on the $6bn restructuring of the biggest financial services conglomerate in the Caribbean.
  • Advising on schemes of arrangement and Part VII transfers for insurance and reinsurance companies with liabilities totalling more than £10bn.
  • Advising in some of the leading cases on schemes of arrangement, including Garuda, Telewest, HIH and La Seda. The latter received the Financial Times’ award for legal innovation.
  • Advising directors of a well known retailer on an investigation by The Pensions Regulator and the Insolvency Service.