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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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