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Addleshaw Goddard LLP advises on complex restructurings, insolvency cases and distressed real estate matters. It advised BDO on the restructuring of the Maccess Group, which involved a sale of part of the group through an administration; and acted for Alix Partners as administrators of a care home group on the sale of three care homes based in North Wales. Ged Barnes heads the team, which includes Andy Bates.

Clients of DLA Piper UK LLP’s restructuring team highlight its ‘combination of technical answers with commercial awareness’. Highlights included advising Duff & Phelps on its appointment as administrators of Powerhouse Golf by Sports Direct Retail. Team head Martin Keates is ‘a top-level practitioner who works to reach a commercial solution for all parties’, and Robert Russell ‘ensures that his advice fully meets the needs of the client’. Senior associate Christopher Roberts is also noted.

Eversheds LLP has a strong lender-side restructuring practice. David Gray heads the department, which is particularly praised for its expertise in real estate restructuring. Senior associate Sarah Duignan is also recommended.

The ‘excellent’ team at Gateley Plc advised Intertain on its restructuring and the successful implementation of a company voluntary arrangement of the trading subsidiary. Key figures include the ‘exceptionalAndrew Buchanan, legal director Gavin Clarke, and senior associate Danielle Haston, who delivers ‘robust advice’.

Led by recently promoted partner James Cameron, the team at Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘sound, commercial advice’. It advised William Sinclair Holdings on the pre-pack sale of its horticulture business to Westland Horticulture for £13.5m, and continued to advise Deloitte as administrators to Bank Fashion. Senior associate Louise Kappes is also noted. Jamie White recently retired.

The ‘very professional’ team at Squire Patton Boggs acted for Bright Blue Foods and Gellaw 444 on the sale of Gellaw’s shares in Bright Blue Foods, and advised Eddisons on the sale of H&L Property’s property portfolio. The ‘exceptionalSusan Kelly heads the firm’s UK and Europe practice. Senior associate Mark Prior is praised for his ‘thoroughness’.

Headline work for the team at DWF included advising the official receiver on the compulsory liquidation of Redcar Steelworks. Key figures include national practice head Gavin Jones (who is ‘exceptional’), the ‘fantasticKatharine Lawrenson, who heads the national personal insolvency team, and Sean McGrath, who splits his time between Birmingham and Manchester. Andrew Gregory joined Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group as in-house legal counsel in January 2016, and Elizabeth Boyes joined Future Williams & Glyn in December 2015.

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Turner Parkinson LLP is led by the ‘insightful’ Mark Lund. It advised the joint administrators on the sale of J E Wilson to Creative Confectionery. Also recommended are David Higgins and Will Jones. Mark Davies joined Aaron & Partners LLP in February 2016.

Weightmans LLP is ‘strong’ on both personal and corporate insolvency work, and is particularly active in the property and construction sectors. Key clients include Begbies Traynor, RSM, Smith & Williamson and BDO. The ‘excellent’ Dominic Vincent is recommended.

Aaron & Partners LLP’s ‘prompt’ and ‘efficient’ team was strengthened by the arrival of personal insolvency specialist Mark Davies from Turner Parkinson LLP in February 2016. The firm is also noted for its track record in contentious matters. The team, which stands out for its ‘focus on the needs of the client’, is led by the ‘first-rate’ Nick Clarke and includes Simon Edwards, who has ‘real depth of experience’.

Phil Farrelly heads the team at Bermans, which advised Begbies Traynor as administrators of Averies Recycling in relation to the sale of its waste management facility.

Brabners LLP advised Begbies Traynor on the acquisition of the business and assets of P & A Partnership from its administrators. Robert Turner has ‘in-depth expertise’, and Paul Lunt specialises in contentious matters. *Denise Walker is also recommended, and Adrian Rogers was recently promoted to partner. *Following publication of The Legal 500 UK 2016, Denise Walker has left the firm to establish Claus Walker & Partners.

Gorvins Solicitors acts for a range of banks, receivers and directors. Mark Deverell heads the team. Consultant Paul Lupton is also noted, and David Guest joined from HLW Keeble Hawson in December 2015.

Hill Dickinson LLP is valued for its ‘exceptional knowledge and understanding’. Highlights included advising the administrators of Lancashire Meat Company, and acting for the joint administrators of SCC. Department head Paul Spence is ‘always on hand to advise’ and is ‘very experienced’ in property-related insolvencies. Senior associate Richard Palmer is also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell is praised for its ‘speedy turnaround times’, which it applies on lender-side transactional insolvencies and high-value, complex restructuring work. Team head John Vickery is recommended.

JMW Solicitors LLP advised Your Health Holdings on a pre-packaged purchase of business and assets. Richard Wolff heads the team and is praised for his ‘high level of experience’. Christopher Love also attracts praise.

The ‘experiencedHelen Fyles leads the team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which acts for clients including The Professional Footballers’ Association. Mark Hovell is also recommended. Hannah Leese recently joined SAS Daniels LLP.

TLT’s Alastair Lomax has ‘excellent project managing and technical skills’ and ‘leads a knowledgeable team’ that includes Martin March, who joined from Hill Dickinson LLP in April 2015. March led the advice to Leonard Curtis as administrators of Henry Smith on the sale of the business and assets to a management-backed purchaser.

Clients of Freeths praise its ‘high level of service’ and single out national team head Joey Byrne, who has ‘a wealth of knowledge and experience’. The team is experienced on contentious, and non-contentious insolvency matters. Kevin Pinkerton and senior associate Chris Ali are also recommended.

At Hillyer McKeown, Paul Marsh ‘is excellent in the area of personal bankruptcy’ and ‘has good technical expertise backed up by years of experience’. Senior associate Jennifer Lockhart is ‘a safe pair of hands’. Grant Thornton and KPMG are clients.

Nexus Solicitors Limited continues to advise Blue Gate Capital on the failure and liquidation of Connaught Investment Fund Series 1. Andrew Tonge is ‘technically able and commercial’ and is a ‘talented, proactive and diligent lawyer who achieves results for his clients’.

Paul Formby at SAS Daniels LLP has ‘outstanding technical knowledge and experience beyond his years’. Hannah Leese joined from Mills & Reeve LLP in March 2016.

Clients of Shoosmiths LLP include Santander UK, BDO, Duff & Phelps and Five Arrows Business Finance. Sarah Teal is recommended.

Andrew Livesey, James Haigh, Peter Crewe, Grahame Love are the key figures of Taylors’ team, which is noted for its ‘commercial approach’.

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