Published: 24th September 2018
2nd Thoughts Ltd, trading as Ellie Louise and Happit, was sold by our Leeds team after this long established chain fell victim to the retail sector downturn. Moving quickly they secured a buyer three days after appointment. HMRC had issued a winding up petition but liquidation would not be the best outcome, halting trade, losing goodwill and increasing preferential creditors through significant redundancies. Administration enhanced goodwill, ensured customer continuity and retaining most staff. This prompt ‘going concern’ sale allowed 49 stores in leasehold premises to go on trading, protecting over 240 jobs and minimising creditor claims.
Following graduation from the University of Hull, Julian qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in Leeds. After a short time with Baker Tilly, in 1989, together with David Wilson, he established Wilson Pitts, a specialist independent practice dealing with all aspects of insolvency and corporate recovery work. In 2006, the Wilson Pitts practice was acquired by Begbies Traynor where Julian is now the Joint Regional Managing Partner for the North-East region.