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Michael Neill leads the team at A&L Goodbody, which regularly acts for major banking groups in enforcement proceedings, often with a cross-border element. On the restructuring side the group has been advising private equity firms on the review of loan sales. Clients include Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Recommended associates include Sam Corbett,who has expertise in insolvency litigation, and Ross Kane, who is recommended for pre-enforcement advice, negotiating settlements and non-consensual enforcement.

Arthur Cox Belfast’s practice acts for an array of appointed liquidators and administrators in insolvency and corporate restructuring proceedings. Practice head Kieran McGarrigle led the team acting for Ernst & Young as appointed liquidator on the sale of the business and assets of Bladnoch Whisky to Pure Scot Limited. Other clients include Deloitte, PwC and BDO.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin fields a ‘top-tier insolvency practice’ that stands out for its ‘excellent customer service’. The practice, led by Jeanette Donohoe, acted for Harry Corry, a retailer with 55 stores across the UK, in a Company Voluntary Arrangement. The group also acts for local and national banks, insolvency practitioners and accountants. Stephen Cross and associate Caitriona Morgan are also recommended. John Kirk retired in 2015.

John McKee Solicitors acts for administrators, professional services firms and liquidators in insolvency and corporate restructuring proceedings. Recent work includes advising a bank and professional services company on the appointment of administrators of a business that had defaulted on facilities. Avril McCammon and Alison Reid are the keynames.

Napier and Sons has a team of ‘very responsive experts’ with an ‘outstanding’ reputation in insolvency litigation. The group, which includes two qualified insolvency practitioners, advises on personal insolvency matters for high-net-worth individuals and company executives, as well as acting for accountants including PwC. The team has particular experience in handling insolvencies in the property and construction sectors. Practice head Brigid Napier is ‘excellent to deal with’. John Gordon and associate Maria Glover are also recommended.

Toby McMurray leads the ‘professional and timely’ practice at Tughans, which represents banks, administrators and companies in insolvency proceedings. Recent highlights include representing Bank of Ireland in a contentious insolvency dispute with developers Anson Logue and William Moffett, which resulted in a £110m judgment in the client’s favour. Other clients include KPMG.

C & H Jefferson’s workload includes administrations, bankruptcies, voluntary arrangements and its clients include insolvency practitioners, property agents and major banks. Ken Rutherford is the key name.

Carson McDowell LLP acts for appointed liquidators, administrators and accountancy firms in Northern Ireland. The team has advised on the workout of distressed loan portfolios for clients including Derbyshire Building Society. Practice head Sinead McGrath and Darren Toombs are recommended.

Michael Wilson heads the practice at Elliott Duffy Garrett, which has been advising administrators Keenan Corporate Finance on the administrations of David Patton & Sons and McCloskey & O’Kane. The practice also acts for professional services firms and banks.

Millar McCall Wylie LLP has experienced an uptick in work for administrators and receivers, as well as corporate recovery proceedings. It continues to act for the administrative receivers on Hans Crosby & Son Limited’s receivership. Damian McParland leads the team, which includes Simon Fleming.

Mills Selig’s ‘well-regarded’ practice represents creditors, companies and high-net-worth individuals in insolvency proceedings, and leverages its cross-border expertise to handle cases spanning Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Clients include Arthur Boyd & Company, PKF-FPM Accountants and Bank of Ireland. Key figures include ‘very experienced’ practice head John Kearns and Richard Craig.

Caroline MacLaughlin heads the ‘excellent’ team at Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP, which is noted for its cross-border restructuring work and for its longstanding relationships with Northern Ireland insolvency practitioners. Clients include Barclays Bank Ireland, Deloitte and Danske Bank.

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