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The ‘excellent’ team at Muckle LLP attracts praise for its ‘responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic’ advice. Its expertise spans the full range of banking and real estate finance work for borrowers and lenders including HSBC, Lloyds, Santander, Clydesdale and Metnor Group. Louise Duffy leads the team, which includes Jessica Swindells; both individuals are rated for their ‘fantastic, responsive service’. Senior associate Nicola Nutley joined from Bond Dickinson LLP.

At Ward Hadaway, Julie Harrison advised the management of energy manufacturing company Process Combustion on the financing arrangements related to the company’s MBO. In addition to its borrower workload, the firm is retained on the national and regional panels of a number of banks.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s practice is jointly led by John Connor, who splits his time between Newcastle and Leeds, and John Ralph. Highlights included assisting with the £150m refinancing of a sub-group of Grainger plc. Other clients include Northumberland Council, Newcastle Building Society and Santander.

Highlights for DWF’s practice included acting for a national bank on the acquisition financing for the purchase of a food company and its subsidiaries by a private equity portfolio company. Other clients include Svenska Handelsbanken, Clydesdale and Tees Valley Unlimited. Newcastle-based Deborah Kirtley jointly leads the team with Jonathan Edwards in Manchester.

Watson Burton LLP’s banking practice advises on a wide range of loan facilities and security documentation, venture capital financing, and private equity investments. Duncan Reid acted for Business Growth Fund on its £6.3m investment in Broadband Satellite Services. Leeds-based Andrew Francey leads the team, which includes Tracy Hall in Newcastle.

Phil Broadhurst leads Hay & Kilner’s practice, which advised an Italian bank on FCA regulatory compliance issues concerning UK mortgage portfolios.

At Mincoffs Solicitors LLP, work highlights include acting for Lugano Group on the refinancing of its borrowings with Svenska Handelsbanken, using new facilities to be provided by NatWest. Practice head Paul Hughes and Ryan Bannon were involved in the matter.

Sintons LLP’s full-service banking and finance practice attracts praise for its ‘excellent service’. Team head Matt Collen has an extensive track record acting for financial institutions in financings of up to £50m. Chris Welch acted for Careline Lifestyles (UK) Limited as borrower on a multimillion-pound refinancing with Santander as the lender.

At Jacksons Law, Geoff Skeoch acted for a local agricultural merchant business on its refinancing, which involved the re-mortgaging of commercial properties, agricultural land, development properties, leasehold titles, and let properties. The practice also acts for a number of national and foreign lenders.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s team acted for the local branch of a Swedish bank on the refinancing of a business park and two investment properties. Martin Levinson and John Walters are the key contacts.

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Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ team ‘is quick to respond and offers practical advice backed with sound legal judgement’. Highlights included advising the administrators in ongoing proceedings concerning a large waste transfer station in Sunderland. Key figures include the ‘technically superb’ Peter Maxwell, the ‘commercially minded’ Julian Gill, Sally Dallow, who specialises in investigations and asset recovery, and John Pennie, who advises the Law Society on insolvency issues.

Paul Dutton heads the practice at Eversheds LLP, and acted for Clydesdale Bank in connection with the sale of multiple tranches of distressed debt to Monarch Alternative Capital. The team also continues to act for Harworth Group (formerly UK Coal) on matters arising out of the restructuring of UK Coal. Other clients include Rutland Partners, Tesco Bank and The Icelandic Central Bank.

At Clarke Mairs LLP, Susan Mairs is acting for a liquidator on substantial claims against a former director, which include misappropriation of company funds and breach of duty. Paul Rushworth is also recommended.

Hay & Kilner’s team is led by Neil Harrold, who has expertise in personal and corporate insolvency and attracts praise for his ‘detailed knowledge of insolvency legislation’. Recent highlights include advising a trustee in a complex bankruptcy involving lost title deeds for unregistered property which the bankrupt had inherited.

Muckle LLP’s practice stands out for its ‘wealth of experience and good quality of service’. Andrew Cawkwell and Kelly Jordan ‘are both very knowledgeable and deal with queries quickly and efficiently’. Cawkwell focuses on advising company directors on business turnarounds and Jordan acts for major UK clearing banks as well as insolvency practitioners, LPA receivers and company directors, with a particular focus on non-contentious advisory work. Highlights included acting for Deloitte as the administrators during the sale of engineering company Quick Hydraulics to Altec Engineering.

Paul Monaghan leads Sintons LLP’s practice, which advised Aldemore Invoice Financial Limited on enforcing the client’s debt against a company, including handling the enforcement of personal guarantees, winding up petitions and bankruptcy petitions. Other key figures include Matt Collen, who specialises in buying and selling assets for administrators and liquidators, and advising lenders and borrowers on security issues and drafting commercial agreements.

Recent highlights for Ward Hadaway’s team include acting for Rowlands as liquidator in the high-profile closure of Durham Free School. Steve Petrie led on that matter and leads the practice with Jane Garvin.

Endeavour Partnership LLP’s team is headed by ‘extremely knowledgeable insolvency lawyer’ Lee Bramley. Commercial property specialist Jamie Brown has extensive experience advising on property acquisitions from companies in distressed situations. Nik Tunley advises on non-contentious insolvency matters for insolvency practitioners.

Jacksons Law is led by the well-regarded Stephen Wiles, whose recent instructions include acting for the trustee in the bankruptcy of a property developer.

At Mincoffs Solicitors LLP, John Nicholson advises on non-contentious corporate recovery work and is supported by litigator Stewart Irvine.

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