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Banking and finance

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For many, Birketts LLP’s practice is ‘better value and higher quality than most of its competitors’, and is rated for its ‘smooth delivery in lending scenarios’. Ipswich-based department head Mark Henry advised Muntons on a £53.4m asset-based finance facility. In Cambridge James Allen and ‘responsive and client-focused’ associate Nick Burt are recommended.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s banking and finance practice acts for national and international institutions including LV Commercial Mortgage, HSBC Bank and Barclays Bank. William Roles’ team includes the ‘very professionalSarah Seed, who advised Kingston Higher Education Corporation on a £77.7m term loan. Real estate finance specialist Laura Holdaway and ABL expert Zak Virgin are also recommended.

Ron Clare’s team at Ashtons Legal provides ‘excellent, pragmatic legal advice and punches above its weight’. Secured lending expert Genie Barham (who is noted for her ‘exceptional service’) advised Unit Art Glass and HSBC Bank on financing for the acquisition of a new site. Other clients include Handelsbanken, Santander and Clydesdale Bank.

Hewitsons’ clients rate its banking practice for its ‘responsiveness and strength in depth’. James Lawrence and James Simpson are the key figures in the ‘approachable and commercial’ Cambridge team, which advises corporate borrowers and lenders including UK banks and multinationals. Jason Williams advised a property company on a £14m loan.

Howes Percival LLP is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ and ‘a very good bank panel firm’. Adam Kudryl, once a senior associate at Birketts LLP before starting his own business, joined to lead on banking and finance in Cambridge. Joanna Nicholls takes the lead in Norwich, where Tessa Haskey is also recommended. Nicholls advised a bank on a £8m loan to the developer of a care home.

Penningtons Manches LLP stands out for its ‘professional acumen, efficient delivery and diligent approach’. Helen Drayton’s clients rate her ability to ‘always see the transaction from their perspective’. Sarah Coates is recommended for real estate finance. Clients include Santander UK and Handelsbanken.

Prettys’ team is known for its ‘excellent engagement and really good response times’. Standout figures include the ‘diligent and practicalJon Bloor, corporate partner Ian Waine, who advised a borrower on a £40m revolving credit facility, and Ross Wiltshire, who ‘takes the stress out of the situation’ and is known for secured lending and development finance.

Greene & Greene’s corporate partners advise many large regional businesses and local SMEs on finance matters. Neil Walmsley acted for a borrower in a £30m fundraising, and Chris Thomson handled a £3.4m technology sector financing.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s Alastair Gunn advised a major UK lender on multimillion-pound commercial lending transactions. Samantha East is noted for her real estate finance expertise. Corporate partner Duncan Walker is also recommended.

Steeles Law’s Nigel Lubbock and associate Lindsey Crockett advised a borrower on a complex debenture arrangement governing funds exceeding £20m. They also assisted English and Swiss clients on the renegotiation of an investment arrangement with an Asian entity.

Insolvency and corporate recovery

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  1. Insolvency and corporate recovery
  2. Leading individuals

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Birketts LLP attracts praise for its combination of ‘very good professionals and youngsters with excellent local knowledge’. Laurence Weeksknows his stuff’ and is recommended alongside the ‘commercially awareGreg Allan. They assisted Price Bailey on corporate and litigation matters arising from a £3.5m insolvency.

At Howes Percival LLP, ‘the depth of expertise is second to none; from top to bottom it demonstrates a commitment seldom seen elsewhere’. Key figures include Alison Kirby (who is ‘unbelievably committed and has unrivalled expertise’) Morris Peacock, and Karyn Coburn, who attracts praise for her ‘attention to detail’. The team successfully represented HMRC at a six-day hearing regarding a £7.7m tax loss.

Specialist insolvency firm Isadore Goldman continued its expansion in Norwich with the recruitment of licensed IP Adam McCaw from Leathes Prior. Team head Simon Loome and McCaw handled a claim for Menzies against the administrators of a £12m company. Other recommended individuals include non-contentious specialist Frank Brumby and Robert Pyke, who handles the property aspects of insolvency. The firm is on Aviva’s insolvency panel.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong three-partner team that excels in national and cross-border insolvency matters. Jamie Wheatley and Laura Holdaway advised Moorfields Corporate Recovery and Duff & Phelps on the administration of a farming business with £30m in secured creditor debts. Zak Virgin is also recommended. PWC and Larking Gowen are clients.

Licensed insolvency practitioner Adam Bradley leads the team at Taylor Vinters, which counts Carter Backer Winter, Moore Stephens and Ensors among its clients. Bradley and litigator Luke Hibbert are advising the administrator of Orb Estates and Mitre Property Management on a complex group fraud case involving creditors’ claims in excess of $160m.

Ashtons Legal has experienced insolvency litigators in Mark Merriam, Rob Adam and Michael Frape. Frape advised McTear Williams & Wood on the liquidation of a limited partnership set up as a property investment vehicle for private investors.

Barker Gotelee’s ‘knowledgeable, efficient and user-friendly’ practice includes John Bradshaw and chartered legal executive Sarah Mower, who are ‘extremely friendly and have a good understanding of insolvency law’. They advised a liquidator on a retention of title claim by an overseas supplier.

Greene & Greene’s Andrea Nicholls is ‘a first-rate practitioner; pragmatic, calm and considered’. She advised a trustee on an £800,000 bankruptcy matter. Michael Batty acted for administrators on the £6m liquidation of Deben Transport. Commercial partner Chris Thomson is also recommended.

Ian Waine, who leads the team at Prettys, is ‘a good performer’. He advised a receiver on a property matter with a sale value of £5m. Litigation consultant Roland Sharp is also recommended.

Experienced litigator James Maxey at Buckles Solicitors LLP leads a team that counts Bulley Davey, RSM UK Group and Ellwell & Watchorn & Saxton among its clients. Associate Nick Porter is also recommended.

Hegarty LLP is ‘great value all round’ and litigator Kally Singh is ‘particularly strong’. He settled a claim for a liquidator seeking £170,000 from a company director’s wife for monies wrongfully taken from the company.

Leathes Prior delivers ‘an excellent and prompt service’. Ina Beurich leads the team following the departure of Adam McCaw to Isadore Goldman. She advises IPs and has niche expertise in advising on the jurisdiction of UK courts in bankruptcy proceedings against relocating EU Nationals.

Rogers and Norton’s Peter Hastings advises many local IPs on misfeasance, wrongful trading and preferential transaction matters.

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