About us

We opened our offices in Worthing in 2012 to focus on helping the Sussex business community, as well as working with businesses across the UK, who are experiencing debt problems

Our Values

Our vision is to be the preferred choice to business owners and advisers of under-performing businesses. Our aim is to provide excellence and value for money in the delivery of our services.


To rescue a business is our ultimate goal and one we strive to achieve every time.


We treat all of our clients with respect, individuality and honesty in an ethical manner.


Ensuring our clients are the focus of our business.


To be compliant but flexible and adaptable in our service delivery.

Meet Our Team

At IRL, we want to help. Our experienced team are qualified to advise you on a range of solutions to suit your needs. We thrive on helping under-performing businesses and individuals survive, using a range of options and guiding you every step of the way.

Ken Touhey

Ken is regarded as a trusted adviser to individuals and businesses experiencing financial problems.

Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, he can recognise and remedy the signs of a struggling business, working with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. His experience as a qualified Insolvency Practitioner spans a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, logistics, construction, retail and professional service providers.

Vanessa Blackwell
Senior Manager

As a qualified Insolvency Practitioner, Vanessa’s skills are centred around the people she is trying to help.

She passionately believes that people create business and through effective communication, ensures positive solutions are achieved. Her down-to-earth, personable yet professional approach to clients‘ needs is achieved through providing practical advice, in a way which is easy to understand and allows the client to fully engage with the process being advised.

Thea Kemp
Accounts Executive

Having worked within bookkeeping and accountancy roles for 17 years, Thea has decided to use her broader experience and specialise in insolvency, recently joining the team at IRL.

She carries out the forensic analysis of client books and records, prepares statutory reports for the Insolvency Service and looks after the day to day running of the client accounts post-insolvency.

Sharon Frost
Practice Manager

Having worked in the insolvency industry for over 20 years, Sharon has amassed the skills and knowledge to manage IRL in the most effective way possible. She supports the team in their endeavours to extend accurate and practical advice to those suffering financial distress and ensures our service offering is accessible to all.

Sharon undertakes all marketing activities, both traditional and digital, to help potential clients understand what it is we do and how we can help. Our approach to insolvency is one of empathy and understanding and she works hard to ensure clients feel comfortable when seeking help and her cohesive approach allows IRL to deliver the best possible outcome for under-performing businesses.

Jo Harris
Compliance Services

Jo has worked in insolvency for over 18 years following a short career in law.

She started her career in insolvency at PWC and has held senior positions with Grant Thornton, BDO Stoy Hayward and UHY Hacker Young.

Jo provides technical and compliance services as well as full suites of documentation to ensure full compliance within all aspects of insolvency. Her principal role is to ensure full compliance and ongoing technical knowledge to the team, in order to meet all regulatory and technical standards.

James Fenton
IT Services

James has worked in the IT sector for over 20 years and is a qualified Microsoft Certified System Engineer.

He is responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of our computer systems by utilising the best solutions in the marketplace as well as managing the full integrity and security of our IT infrastructure and the implementation, should it be necessary, of our disaster recovery programme.

James also assists our clients with regards to forensic reviews, back up and storage and general maintenance and development.

Robert Matthews
Accounting Services

Robert is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in private practice for over 30 years.

He specialises in all aspects of accountancy services and provides tailored advice in relation to the preparation of accounts, tax returns, payroll and compliance with RTI and pension auto-enrolment procedures. He is also experienced in financial modelling and investigatory services and offers these to the firm’s client base.

What Our Clients Say About Us

Service and delivery is important to us and client satisfaction is key. We care about what we do.

"We asked Insolvency and Recovery Limited to urgently carry out a Member's Voluntary Liquidation on behalf of a client.  The instructions were given with only one month to get the MVL completed, prior to a tax deadline. The work was carried out for a fair fixed fee plus disbursements in the very short time frame, without any problems. I am therefore delighted to be able to recommend IRL's services to potential customers."

Accountant, Brighton and Hove

"We have known Ken for many years and he has assisted our clients when they are at a bad time in their life.  He is sympathetic and understanding of the various problems in his field of expertise. We would have no hesitation in recommending him."

Accountant, Worthing

"IRL are an excellent choice for my clients: the service is always timely, and their personable approach gives comfort and builds trust. I have no hesitation recommending IRL as the team is pro-active, creative, imaginative and the costs of the service provided is very fair. The end result is the right advice in a sensible timeframe leaving my clients very happy!"

Commerce Finance Specialist, London

"I have had the pleasure in working with the IRL team and in my dealings with Ken I have found him to be very commercial and practical in his approach. He certainly keeps the best interest of the client as his priority and through some creative thinking he achieves the best possible outcomes for clients. I have no hesitation in recommending them"

Senior Business Advisor, London

"Ken and his team at IRL have a depth of experience which enables them to be positive and commercial in dealing with distressed companies and individuals who find themselves needing expert advice."

Solicitor, Brighton and Hove

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