Deborah Jenkin Jones

Experience

Deborah Jenkin Jones has 20 plus years’ experience in Restructuring, Insolvency and Litigation.

Deborah was a partner in Top 50 and Top 100 law firms gaining vast experience in advisory work to directors and boards upon financial problems; acting for board members in a multitude of solvent restructuring processes and turnaround positions. Deborah’s experience includes Corporate Restructuring; Directors duties; advice and reviewing and enforcing security for Lenders; acting for Insolvency Practitioners and LPA Receivers.

Deborah has experience in investigating and defending the conduct of directors; antecedent transactions; frauds such as Ponzi and pyramid schemes and asset tracing in multiple jurisdictions.

Deborah also has an in depth knowledge of Personal Insolvency. She is experienced in trust and property issues arising in the context of bankruptcy; investigating the extent of bankrupt’s interest in a property; and realising that interest for the benefit of the bankrupt’s creditors or acting for bankrupt’s family members if faced with such claims.

Commercial and Property Litigation including commercial debt collection.

In Deborah’s own words…

“I love getting to know a business. In restructuring it happens very quickly! So from a standing start you have to understand how the business works, what the margins are, where the market is going, the relationships with staff, the suppliers, the customers, the Bank….. While it can seem like a grilling, it also is a catalyst to take stock to understand where the business is going and if it is in the right direction.

The advice has to be practical and achieve both legal and business objectives. I have restructured bars, paint factories, shops, exhaust factories, textile companies, I have lost track. They all have their own nuances. I enjoy the intellectual rigour of practical problem solving often trying to ensure that employees stay in jobs.”

Education

  • 4 A levels (Norfolk Academic Scholar)
  • LLB Law 1989
  • Law Society Finals 1990

Achievements

Deborah worked as Corporate Counsel and part of an interim management team restructuring an International Group with operations in Canada, Australia, Germany, Holland, Tunisia, Dubai and the UK.

Deborah worked in Australia for various companies including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia on the first public share flotation; pulling schooners at the SCG during the Cricket World Cup; as well as for a bungy company. Deborah also completed an expedition to Patagonia involving a 3 week trek above the snowline, working on an estancia and ice climbing on glaciers reached by avon inflatables. She has also sailed 600 miles from Antigua to Trinidad.

Other Interests

Deborah is reasonably accomplished skier after living in the Alps for several years. She now guides her visually impaired child down red runs. Deborah enjoys watching her younger son play rugby.

Deborah enjoys many sports and is a qualified yoga teacher, day skipper but also studied The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) for life balance.

Deborah has recently trained as a Sophrologist, which is little known in the UK but has been in use in continental Europe for more than 50 years with great success in health, education, sports, arts, and the corporate world to deal with burnout, improve performance, deal with exam jitters etc.

Deborah is developing a business in Conscious Leadership after seeing some really bad leadership examples. The training includes as a Somatic Coach - Strozzi Institute and Embodied Facilitator. She is currently completing her FEBI certification, a validated psychometric instrument.

She is also completing The Inner MBA with Sounds True to round off her knowledge of CSR.

Languages

Deborah has worked in France and Switzerland and speaks reasonably fluent French although may have picked up a few bad words working in the kitchen of the family of a 3 Star Michelin chef, not zut alors or sacre bleu!