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Banking and finance

Index of tables

  1. Banking and finance
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

The banking and finance practice at Birketts LLP provides 'detailed knowledge, practical solutions and clear advice'. One client describes it as 'a regional firm working at a national firm level - the lawyers are quick, commercial, know the law and make sensible suggestions'. Mark Henry in Ispwich leads the practice, in which banking partner James Allen is a stand-out name. Other recommended names include Greg Allan, Alex Schaafsma and Andrew Tubb. The firm is regarded as one of the leading regional players for corporate and development finance, property and agricultural finance and invoice discounting.

Practice head(s):Mark Henry

Other key lawyers:James Allen; Greg Allan; Alex Schaafsma; Andrew Tubb; Lottie Fletcher

Testimonials

"Birketts is a law firm we regard very highly, and its finance and banking team is considered a very strong element of the business. Its capabilities are very diverse and its track record for concluding deals is very good."

"All the individuals we interact with are highly competent, knowledgeable and work tirelessly to deliver quality solutions on time."

"Lottie Fletcher is prompt in responding to us, manages our cases well and to agreed timescales. She is also available for any queries which may simply require a short conversation on the telephone."

"They always get the job done regardless of timescales.  They are professional and diligent."

"Hardworking, professional and approachable - even for a general query."

"The Norwich team is highly capable and professional. Nothing is too much trouble and they often find the time to talk me through the work they are doing."

"Lottie Fletcher is amazing. She has high integrity and the quality of work is always top-class."

"The firm has a broad range of knowledge and skills that give it the expertise in all legal matters."

Key Clients

Clydesdale Bank plc

HSBC Bank plc

Handelsbanken

Lloyds Banking Group (including Bank of Scotland)

National Westminster Bank plc / Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander plc

Metro Bank plc

One Savings Bank trading as Kent Reliance

Ipswich Building Society

Work highlights

  • Represented HSBC UK Bank plc in its funding of a Management Buy Out (MBO).
  • Represented HSBC Bank plc in advising on a demerger by its listed plc customer.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank plc on restructuring education sector loans.
  • Represented HSBC UK Bank plc in refinancing a building sector group.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a banking and finance practice with a truly national focus. The real estate finance group, spearheaded by leading light Laura Holdaway, acts for a broad range of lenders and borrowers including banks, debt funds, local authority and governmental bodies, property investors and developers. Acquisition finance and asset-based lending expert Zak Virgin acts for the structured and leveraged finance teams of the main UK clearing banks. Sarah Seed has a national practice for debt capital markets and private placements issuance for not-for-profit clients. William Roles is the overall head of the practice. Principal associates Matthew Howling and Frances Churchard are promising rising stars in the field.

Practice head(s):William Roles

Other key lawyers:Laura Holdaway; Zak Virgin; Matthew Howling; Frances Churchard; Sarah Seed

Key Clients

PNC Financial Services UK Limited

Midwich Limited

Archant Limited

Hill Marshall LLP

University of Cambridge

AgFe

Mick George Group

Mercers’ Company

Homes England

HSBC UK Bank PLC

Work highlights

  • We advised Midwich Limited on a new revolving credit facility from HSBC to support acquisitions.
  • Advising Archant Limited, a longstanding client, on a new revolving credit and overdraft facility.
  • We advised the Hill Marshall LLP/Marshall Group(a joint venture between Marshall Group Properties and Hill Residential) on £20m infrastructure and development financing from Homes England.
  • Advised the University of Cambridge, working jointly with Clifford Chance, on its publicly listed bond issue, which was split between a fixed rate tranche and a CP linked tranche.
  • Advised the Mick George Group on acquisition finance facilities from HSBC to assist with the acquisition of Frimstone Limited, a family-owned aggregates business.

Ashtons Legal focuses predominantly on advising lenders and is on numerous bank panels, though it is steadily extending its reach among major borrowers. The firm is 'a good regional practice with customer-facing partners and associates who are very capable and supportive'. Practice head Ron Clare is 'a man of high integrity'. The practice has specialist knowledge of secured lending, agricultural finance and corporate finance, with typical loan values between £2m and £12m. It has a strong client base in the industrial, retail warehousing, leisure and care homes sectors.

Practice head(s):Ron Clare

Other key lawyers:Jeanette Dennis; Geoff Hazlewood; Mark Watson

Testimonials

"Excellent communication and a common sense approach to transactions, as well as the ability to explain complicated transactions in understandable terms. Mark Watson, Ron Clare and David Sloman are personable and have successfully undertaken work for us within tight timescales.

"Mark Watson and Ron Clare are excellent solicitors who we have enjoyed working with on a number of transactions. Their technical skills are as good, if not better, than other firms."

"A well-established professional banking arm of the wider solicitors practice. The main banking partner that we deal with tends to deal specifically on bank-related matters and hence there is no chance of conflicts of interest arising."

"Ron Clare is very thorough and tends to keep us abreast of matters through the deal."

"Geoff Hazlewood and his team and others such as Ron Clare are excellent. They are practical, very commercial and ensure risks are understood, but dealt with in a practical fashion that ensures deals actually get done."

"Everyone at Ashtons works together as a team, so if there is a property element to the work, there is seamless liaison between the different areas."

"The Bury St Edmunds team led by Ron Clare is excellent. It definitely has a 'can-do' attitude to get deals done."

"Ron Clare is proactive and provides excellent commercial views."

Key Clients

NatWest Bank plc

HSBC Bank plc

Handelsbanken plc

Santander UK plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

Cambridge Building Society

Work highlights

  • Representing Handelsbanken plc in connection with completing security - which comprised legal charges over a business park in Cambridgeshire and self-storage facilities in Wisbech and Dereham plus a Debenture, personal guarantee and inter-company composite guarantee - for the re-financing of one of its investor customers.
  • Representing Handelsbanken in connection with security for the re-financing of one of its hotelier customers.
  • Acting for Handelsbanken in connection with the refinancing of one of its investor customers, in which the securities comprised legal charges over a retail investment in St Neots, Cambridgeshire and two residential properties, plus personal guarantees.
  • Representing Handelsbanken in connection with funding to a syndicate of investors to finance the construction of a new unit on a business park in south Cambridgeshire and the buying out of an outgoing member of the syndicate.
  • Representing HSBC Bank plc in connection with the re-financing of an agricultural sector customer, in which security comprised legal charges over its factory site and a restaurant investment in Norfolk and we also completed a deed of priority with a group company.

Greene & Greene has experienced and highly technical lawyers advising on high-value, complex and high-profile banking and finance transactions for borrowers. Practice head Simon TJ Ratcliffe and key partner Mark Daly lead on corporate finance matters, of which a growing number have an international element. The practice acts for international PLCs, investors, SMEs and owner-managed businesses of all sizes. In 2018, it handled deals with a total aggregate value of just under £500m.

Practice head(s):Simon Ratcliffe

Other key lawyers:Neil Walmsley; Mark Daly; Andrew Cooper

Key Clients

Treatt plc

Applied Design & Engineering Limited

Cipher Surgical Limited

Nexus Underwriting Management Limited

Wonde Limited

Ablatus Therapeutics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Applied Design & Engineering Limited in connection with multiple rounds of debt fundraising and debt restructuring, and fundraising for a new corporate vehicle.
  • Advice to Cipher Surgical Limited on significant equity fundraising through the course of 2018, including investments by a Chinese syndicate.
  • The department advised Wonde Limited on a variety of closely linked corporate transactions that were critical to the future success of a fast-growing and exciting EdTech business.
  • The firm advised Ablatus Therapeutics Limited on a variety of closely linked corporate transactions that were critical to the future success of this fast-growing and exciting medical device company.

Howes Percival LLP acts for many of the UK’s main banks and also for a private corporate funder with a large turnover of high-risk investments. It also advises private clients on complex refinancing transactions. Joanna Nicholls, whose 'knowledge of commercial transactions is unrivalled', leads the real estate finance and banking practices, and has a steady flow of work in the leisure, real estate developments and healthcare sectors. Tessa Haskey acts for banks and private lenders in relation to property security. Corporate partner Robert Colman handles acquisition and debt finance for both borrowers and lenders.

Practice head(s):Joanna Nicholls; Robert Colman

Other key lawyers:Tessa Haskey; Steven Beach; Will Stokes; Charlotte McClean

Testimonials

"Excellent communication and knowledge and high-level diligence."

"Charlotte Maclean is fantastic to work with and provides excellent support."

"Joanna Nicholls is always diligent and her knowledge of commercial transactions is unrivalled."

Key Clients

RQ Capital Limited

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Barclays Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

C Hoare & Co

Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) now Handelsbanken Plc

Work highlights

  • Representing Svenska Handelsbanken AB in connection with a £3.8m loan facility.
  • Representing Svenska Handelsbanken AB in connection with equity release by way of overdraft facility.
  • Representing RQ Capital Limited in connection with a loan facility of £1million.
  • Representing RQ Capital Limited in respect of a loan of £750,000 to a developer.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank Plc lending £1.85 million of development funding on a new development of 23 houses

The Cambridge office of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts for both lenders and borrowers in key sectors including real estate, travel, leisure, education, technology and private wealth. In 2018, the firm was appointed to the HSBC banking and finance panel, and continued to receive instructions from long-term clients Link Asset Services and AIB. Practice head Helen Drayton is a recognised expert in acquisition finance, MBOs, bilateral lending and development finance. Real estate finance specialist Sarah Coates is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Helen Drayton

Other key lawyers:Sarah Coates

Testimonials

"A regional Firm with many areas of expertise across the sectors and geography served. It has a technology specialism with the Golden Triangle, including overseas support and representation."

"Helen Drayton is visible and proactive and is an excellent communicator through a deal or transaction. There are never any surprises when it comes to fees and she is always constructive with any suggestions, feedback or challenge."

Key Clients

HSBC Bank (UK) Plc

AIB Group (UK) Plc

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Lors Homes Limited

Santander UK Plc

LTC Holdings Plc

Work highlights

  • Finance provided by HSBC by way of a £15m revolving credit facility with a £10m accordion.
  • Finance of £7m provided by AIB Group (UK) plc to facilitate the acquisition of a group of companies by a private equity backed MBO.
  • Finance of £3m provided by AIB Group (UK) plc to facilitate the acquisition of a company by a private equity backed MBO.
  • Penningtons Manches acted for HSBC Bank Plc in the financing on the management buyout of Cambridge executive search and recruitment business, Bailey Fisher.
  • Penningtons Manches acted for HSBC in the restructuring of a multi-let commercial property.

The merger in 2018 that created Greenwoods GRM gave the firm a stronger presence in the banking and finance market thanks to its team of five lawyers in the London office. In East Anglia, practice head Alastair Gunn is the key partner. He works closely with real estate partners Karin Horsley and Samantha East, and litigation associate Jamie McConnell, to advise financial institutions in the UK and overseas.

Practice head(s):Alistair Gunn

Other key lawyers:Karin Horsley; Samantha East; Jamie McConnell

Work highlights

  • Retained as off-panel adviser on major financial services matters relating to alleged negligence/FSMA claims arising from various investments and ancillary matters.
  • Defending a US$3m claim by a Gibraltan investment company.

The finance practice at Hewitsons is led from Northampton by Neil Harpham but the firm's Cambridge office has corporate, agricultural and real estate partners who handle high-value financings for their clients. James Lawrence handles corporate and acquisition finance, Deborah Sharples handles agricultural finance, James Simpson focuses on real estate finance, and Tim Middleton advises on residential property finance. Much of the firm's work centres on secured lending and bank funding in the education and charity sectors.

Other key lawyers:James Lawrence; James Simpson; Deborah Sharples; Denise Wilkinson; Tim Middleton

Key Clients

Homes England

Lloyds Bank plc

AIB (UK) plc

Clydesdale Bank

The Agricultural

Mortgage Corporation plc

Svenska Handelsbanken ab (publ)

Work highlights

  • Hewitsons acted on the acquisition by Harvard Bioscience, Inc of the Data Sciences International, Inc for an aggregate consideration of US$70m and the associated financing.
  • Acting for agricultural landowner in relation to the sale of development land pursuant to a promotion agreement, and in particular, advising in relation to the payment arrangements of our client.
  • Hewitsons acted for the funder in the acquisition of 75% of shares in an established architectural business by an Employee Ownership Trust.
  • Hewitsons acted for the College in relation to a new loan facility.

  • Hewitsons acted for a regional investment and property development group in its acquisition of a £5m plus investment property in Cambridge city centre and the associated financing.

Head of company commercial Richard Bailey leads on banking and finance matters at Steeles Law. The corporate, commercial property and dispute resolution practices work together to advise investors and borrowers, including multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals in the UK and overseas, on financing matters. The firm increasingly works on the financing of start-up companies through its work with Norwich University of the Arts.

Practice head(s):Richard Bailey

Other key lawyers:Karen Bacon; Kate Ford; James Hopgood

Key Clients

Animax Limited

Kingswood Financial Advisers

Highview Network Limited

Work highlights

  • Advice to a further education institution following its conversion to a multi-academy trust.
  • Advice to start-up regarding proposed equity investment.
  • Investment advice to a high-net-worth individual in the technology sector.
  • Settlement of multiple Financial Ombudsman complaints on behalf of IFA.
  • The team advised an exempt charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, on taking a facility from a bank.


Insolvency and corporate recovery

Index of tables

  1. Insolvency and corporate recovery
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

In the Cambridge office of Birketts LLP, Laurence Weeks leads a restructuring and insolvency practice that operates through all four of the firm's regional offices, and is a market leader in both litigation and non-contentious matters. Weeks has more than 15 years' experience and is also a fellow and council member of R3, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. The firm counts many of the region's leading IPs among its clients, who also call upon corporate partner Greg Allan for advice on restructurings. Senior associate Maria Peyman is one to watch for the future.

Practice head(s):Laurence Weeks

Other key lawyers:Greg Allan; Maria Peyman

Testimonials

"We worked on a good project during the year whereby we sold a £10m business in a distressed scenario, with bank approval. Greg Allan was the lead adviser in this case and did a great job."

Key Clients

Price Bailey as liquidators of Colonial Capital (in liquidation)

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

McTear Wiliams & Wood

Privilege Finance

Ensors LLP

Price Waterhouse Coopers

FRP Advisory LLP

Bulley Davey

Peters Elworthy & Moore

Chantrey Vellacott

Work highlights

  • Acted for Price Bailey as liquidators of Colonial Capital in recovery of company assets.
  • Acted for a haulage company based in Essex on the purchase of a significant insolvent business.
  • Acted for a haulage company based in Essex on securing a Validation Order to facilitate re-financing.
  • Providing conduct advice to Price Bailey, the Administrators.
  • Advising Price Bailey, Administrators, on conduct including disposal.

Howes Percival LLP has a large insolvency practice across its office network, in which Norwich is a key hub. Morris Peacock leads the insolvency service group, which is on the government panel for insolvency matters, and conducts complex public interest winding-up matters, often involving large-scale frauds, and director disqualification work. The firm also undertakes complex insolvency litigation for regional and national IPs, as well as transactional and advisory insolvency matters including CVAs. Alison Kirby, newly promoted partner William Shirley,  associate Patrick Manning and, in Cambridge, experienced partner Michael Green are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Morris Peacock

Other key lawyers:Alison Kirby; Michael Green; William Shirley; Patrick Manning

Testimonials

"Excellent commercial litigators who are particularly well experienced in handling large and complex government litigation in the field of insolvency."

"They are tactically astute and very commercial in their approach. They have very good knowledge of insolvency matters seen from the perspective of the government's Insolvency Service, private clients and Insolvency Practitioners."

"Morris Peacock is adept at commercial litigation and is very tactically aware. He is always in tune with clients' considerations and can adapt his approach very effectively."

"William Shirley is an experienced commercial litigator. He is particularly skilled at drafting with a good eye for detail. He  has a very a client-focused and commercial approach."

"Patrick Manning is a very thorough litigator who is particularly adept in director disqualifications and has excellent knowledge of the law and the particular demands of litigation in that field."

"Excellent service. Michael Green is exceptional with his knowledge and practical experience."

Key Clients

The Insolvency Service

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Price Baily LLP

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

McTear Williams & Wood

Ensors

BDO UK LLP

Mazars LLP

Larking Gowen

Willis Gambier UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented BDO UK LLP as trustee in bankruptcy of Sivakumar in Bankruptcy investigating and litigating transaction at undervalue claims worth £1.2 million.
  • Represented Mazars LLP (as Trustees in Bankruptcy of Edginton) in Bankruptcy investigating and recovering claims worth £500,000 which involved complex litigation, including two appeals to the Court of Appeal (reported cases).
  • Acting for Price Bailey LLP administrators on the sale of a distressed business worth £106,000.
  • Represented Patrick Ellward and Adrian Allen as the Joint Administrators of The Oven Door Bakery Limited and Joint Administrators of WT Endacott Limited (in Administration) on the sale of the distressed businesses for £100,000.
  • Represented Springfields Advisory LLP investigating and litigating claims worth £600,000 arising out of the directors causing the company to engage in tax avoidance schemes.

Specialist insolvency boutique Isadore Goldman has offices in London, Norwich and Portsmouth. In Norwich, it has one of the leading lights of the insolvency market in Frank Brumby, who advises office holders on all non-contentious and contentious issues, which a particular emphasis on the immediate issues they face in the initial phase of their appointment, including the sale of assets. Adam McCaw focuses on high-value contentious matters and is a key adviser to many of the region's largest IPs. Robert Pyke handles the property aspects of insolvency. Sian Leonard is the 'archetypal rising star and offers fantastic levels of client care'.  Simon Loome joined Francis Wilks & Jones.

Practice head(s):Frank Brumby; Adam McCaw

Other key lawyers:Robert Pyke; Sian Leonard

Testimonials

"We  worked with the team on a tricky case and it put forward good, solid work."

"Sian Leonard works tirelessly and Frank Brumby uses his knowledge and experience to ensure that we get the best advice."

"The team at Isadore Goldman is knowledgeable, well-researched and adaptive to any scenario, and it has a wide-ranging skill set that many competitors in the region struggle to match."

Key Clients

Aviva

McTear Williams & Wood Limited

Fleximize Limited

Larking Gowen

Ensors

CVR Global LLP

RSM

Menzies

Parker Andrews

SFP

Lovewell Blake

Price Bailey

Work highlights

  • Advising liquidators on claims against a betting company arising from the diverting of company monies to fund a director’s gambling habits.
  • Advising on validity of a debenture.
  • Advising Adrian Hyde as liquidator of Taylor D Enterprises Ltd on the misappropriation of company funds by a director.
  • Advising former directors on potential disqualification proceedings.
  • Advising liquidator on a number of claims of breach of duty/misfeasance against a director.

Mills & Reeve LLP handles the restructuring and sale of businesses and assets within insolvency processes, advises office holders in the UK and overseas on cross-border insolvencies, and undertakes asset recovery actions and other litigation for IPs. Practice head Jamie Wheatley is handling a growing workload of early stage strategic advice in connection with possible insolvency, as well as insolvency and restructuring work arising arising from outsourcing agreements between the public and private sectors. Lino Di Lorenzo specialises in cross-border insolvencies and high-value asset recovery actions.

Practice head(s):Jamie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:Lino Di Lorenzo

Key Clients

McTear Williams & Wood

Moorfields Corporate Recovery

Moore Stephens

Regulator for Social Housing

AIG

Griffins

PNC

Homes and Communities Agency

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending Adam Harris and Kevin Goldfarb (Griffins) as Trustee in Bankruptcy of David Harris in proceedings issued by the bankrupt, a former barrister charged with copyright infringement by the Motion Picture Association of America, in connection with the ownership of property in the estate.
  • Acting for Chris McKay and Andrew McTear as administrators of West Anglia Training Association on all aspects of the administration of West Anglia Training Association Limited, a company which provided apprenticeship programmes and other training programmes
  • Acting for Mrs Taylor in connection with claims threated against her by the trustee in bankruptcy of her former husband, Charles Taylor.
  • Advising Andrew McTear and Chris Williams as liquidators of SAG Solar UK Limited on the collection and realisation of assets and the quantification of all creditors’ claims following the liquidation of a UK solar farms owner, which gave rise to complex contract issues and major jurisdictional questions concerning  the interaction between the Brussels 1 Regulation and EU Insolvency Regulation .
  • Advising Simon Thomas and Geoff Carton-Kelly as liquidator of 1st Class Legal (IS) Limited on a court application on notice to all creditors made in respect of the proper destination of funds held by the company from the proceeds of legal proceedings in the US and its appropriate distribution among different classes of investors.

Taylor Vinters handles insolvency and restructuring matters for a growing client base in East Anglia, London and across the UK. Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and corporate partner Adam Bradley, who works between the London and Cambridge offices, is the lead partner and he works closely with James Slinger for the property aspects of insolvency, and litigator Luke Hibbert for contentious matters. Senior associate Jessica Boxford, who joined from Dentons, has extensive knowledge and experience in insolvency and restructuring matters, as well as a background in litigation.

Practice head(s):Adam Bradley

Other key lawyers:James Slinger; Jessica Boxford; Beth Price

Testimonials

"Jessica Boxford is an excellent solicitor who combines a highly analytical approach with lots of charm and good sense, which is a really good combination for her clients."

"I have always been impressed by Jessica Boxford's ability to see through to the key issues and remain calm under pressure. She is considerably more engaged with the substance of the case than some other solicitors I come across."

"Jesssica Boxford really seems to understand the legal and commercial framework of a matter, which makes her very effective for her clients."

Key Clients

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Carter Backer Winter LLP

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

MHA Macintyre Hudson

Insolve Plus Ltd

Ensors

McTear, Williams & Wood

RSM

Deutsche Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Advising a Spanish engineering company in relation to insolvency options in a dispute with its joint venture UK company.
  • Appointment of Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group as administrators and advising on the sale of a business.
  • Acting for Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group on a pre-pack sale.
  • Representing a large, Nasdaq-listed company in relation to a large value ROT claim against HMV.
  • Advising a commercial finance provider on various borrower defaults.

The business services department at Barker Gotelee provides specialist advice on insolvency and business recovery to insolvency practitioners, creditors and debtors, directors and stakeholders. Practice head John Bradshaw calls upon the services of litigator Dermott Thomas and Clare Richards, who leads on corporate and charity matters. The firm is noted for its advice on the technical insolvency issues faced by IPs, as well as the disposal of assets of insolvent entities, and both the instigation and defence of insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):John Bradshaw

Other key lawyers:Dermott Thomas; Clare Richards; Sarah Mower

Testimonials

"The firm has good in-depth knowledge of insolvency. John Bradshaw knows his stuff. He is commercial and practical, which is half the battle."

Key Clients

Ensors, Ipswich and Cambridge

McTear, Williams & Wood Limited, Ipswich, Norwich and Cambridge

Price Bailey LLP, London and Norwich

CVR Global LLP, Colchester

Lovewell Blake LLP

RSM, Bury St Edmunds

Grant Thornton UK LLP, London and Manchester

PEM, Cambridge

Bulley Davey, Peterborough

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

DCA Business Recovery LLP

Stephen M Rout & Company

Work highlights

  • Representing client in successfully defeating claims in relation to ownership of assets/proceeds of sale of assets sold by the client as part of an insolvent asset sale.
  • Representing client in their sale of an estate agency business via an insolvency.
  • Representing client in pursuing successful Insolvency Act claims on behalf of liquidators.
  • Representing client in Application to further extend period of Administration to preserve £8m potential claim.
  • Representing client in Application for Possession and Sale of deceased insolvent’s property.

'Extremely efficient' head of dispute resolution Rob Adam, who joined from Ashtons Legal in 2018, and senior partner Michael Batty at Greene & Greene, ensure that the firm has a strong presence in contentious insolvency matters. They draw upon the firm's strong commercial, employment, property and tax practices to assist IPs with pre-packs and other insolvency-related transactions. Corporate partner Mark Daly also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):Rob Adam; Michael Batty

Other key lawyers:Mark Daly; Sarah Western

Testimonials

"Rob Adam establishes an excellent rapport with clients who really trust him and his pragmatic approach. He knows exactly when he can and should do the work himself and when it is appropriate to instruct counsel."

"Rob Adam is a pleasure to work with on a case."

"A good growing team across East Anglia. Mark Daly and Rob Adam are serious players."

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in connection with the defence of a guarantee based claim for in excess of £1.5m and negotiating a settlement for a considerably lower sum.
  • Advising client in respect of a failed IVA and successfully negotiating a settlement resulting in the dismissal of the IVA Supervisor’s petition.
  • Acting for a client on an application to stay a bankruptcy, for permission to continue acting as director and on an urgent application to annul a Bankruptcy Order.
  • Representing a client on the sale of a business against a backdrop of a bankruptcy petition and successfully agreeing terms agreeable to all creditors.
  • Acting for a client on an application to annul his wife’s bankruptcy petition.

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough has a relatively large insolvency and corporate recovery team that handles pre-insolvency and strategic turnaround advice, the purchase of insolvent businesses and distressed assets, as well as asset recovery and protection work for office holders. The practice, led by litigator James Maxey, frequently advises IPs on in and out-of-court insolvency appointments, and creditors in the pursuit of compulsory liquidations and bankruptcy orders. The team includes senior associate Nick Porter who has a growing reputation for antecedent transactions claims and complex insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):James Maxey

Other key lawyers:Nick Porter

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP joins the ranking this year, as the Cambridge office handles insolvency work through respected corporate finance partner Helen Drayton. The firm has a large restructuring and insolvency practice across its UK office network, on which Drayton can draw to advise clients, many of which are in the technology and life sciences sectors. The firm hired experienced real estate litigator Andrea Nicholls from Greene & Greene, who has particular expertise in property-related insolvency disputes.

Other key lawyers:Helen Drayton; Andrea Nicholls

Key Clients

Photonic Science and Engineering Limited

Free Breeze Energy Limited

Former Director (Canadian Resident) and Free Breeze Energy Limited (Canada)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Photonic Science and Engineering Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Scintacor Limited, on the acquisition of assets of Photonic Science Limited from the company in liquidation.
  • Acting for the joint administrations of iOra Software Limited, Simon Bonney and Andrew Andronikou of Quantuma, on the pre-pack sale of business and assets to a US-based buyer, as well as advising the administrators on a number of areas of concern in the administrator including the validity of the security taken by a related entity.
  • Acted for the former director of the UK subsidiary and Canadian Green Energy company, in defending a claim brought by the Liquidator for a payment to account for the value of a wind turbine said to be an asset of the UK subsidiary.

At Rogers and Norton, insolvency is a significant element in the commercial litigation practice, which saw a growing workload of contentious matters in 2018. Peter Hastings leads the practice and acts for individuals including company directors, as well as for local IPs on claims relating to misfeasance, wrongful trading and preferential transactions. Solicitor Elizabeth Gibson also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):Peter Hastings

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Gibson

Work highlights

  • Acting for Directors being pursued and current actions for a preferential claim for £100,000 together with several cases opposing winding up petitions.


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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.

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