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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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  4. Next Generation Partners
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The banking and finance team at Blake Morgan LLP advises a mix of borrowers and lenders across various sectors including healthcare, education, retail and renewable energy, with a particular focus on the smaller and mid markets. The practice is well known for being on the lending panels of most of the UK clearing banks, as well as a substantial number of retail and investment banks. Expertise in Islamic finance and specialist asset finance advice for lenders are other areas of strength. Kath Shimmin heads the practice from Southampton. Guy Constant and Rebecca McCabe-North, who are both based in the Thames Valley offices, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Kath Shimmin

Other key lawyers:Guy Constant; Rebecca McCabe-North

Testimonials

'Always contactable, knowledgeable and keen to assist and advise.'

'An extremely competent team, capable of handling complex finance transactions.'

'Kath Shimmin is an excellent, very commercial and responsive partner.'

'Rebecca McCabe-North is excellent. Her great sector knowledge and experience, combined with her pragmatic and responsive approach, gets deals done.'

'Rebecca McCabe-North is knowledgeable, responsible and flexible.'

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank PLC

Santander UK PLC

Coutts

Investec Bank PLC

Metro Bank PLC

Royal Bank of Scotland

Clydesdale Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Aldemore Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for HSBC Bank Plc on the provision of an additional funding to leading regional pump manufacturer, the Selwood Group. The funds were used to acquire the Siltbuster Group.
  • Advised a global manufacturing group based in India on English law security in connection with €700m facilities relating to multiple subsidiaries in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advised a boutique hotel chain on a secured loan facility to refinance existing borrowing and provide capital for the refurbishment and expansion of the hotel assets.
  • Advised Metro Bank on structured finance facilities to a group of companies, some of which buy residential property from owners wishing to sell quickly, and another which provided bridging loans.
  • Acted for a major UK-based utility provider on a large private placement of senior secured bond notes, the proceeds of which were used to refinance the group's existing debt obligations.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish’s banking and finance practice has a strong reputation in large financial transactions for major banks and lenders/funders, funds-related work and matters involving borrowers with significant debt and equity finance requirements. The practice heads are Craig Bowers in Kings Hill and Julie Hughes in Tunbridge Wells. Victoria Symons is another key contact. The merger of Cripps with Pemberton Greenish in December 2018 has increased the presence and weight of the practice in the South East and beyond.

Practice head(s):Craig Bowers; Julie Hughes

Other key lawyers:Victoria Symons

Testimonials

'The team are extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic.'

'Nothing was too much trouble and I was completely comfortable throughout the process that everything was being handled well by the team.'

'The practice is well placed to represent a wide range of clients in all aspects of legal work - commercial and private.'

'I would single out the dept and breath of services and professionalism of the people.'

'Julie Hughes was excellent throughout - great understanding of our requirements and our structure, good attention to detail and quick to turn things around to meet a very tight timescale.'

'Craig Bowers was impressive and gave strong input into the documents and process, handling the other parties with ease.'

Key Clients

Liberty Property Trust

CH1 Investment Partners LLP

Holiday Extras

Santander

Handelsbanken

AdEPT Technology Group Plc

Clydesdale Bank PLC

Close Brothers Property Finance

The Conduit/Lava Mayfair Club

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Assisting Liberty Property Trust with the refinancing of a portfolio of 13 properties located in England, Wales and Scotland with The Prudential Insurance Company of America.
  • Providing regulatory and structuring advice on numerous alternative investment fund structures for high net worth investors.
  • Acted for Holiday Extras Investments Limited on securing a £10m increase to the company’s existing revolving credit facility in place with RBS (from £19m to £29m).
  • Acting for Santander on a wide range of secured lending instructions across a number of different sectors.
  • Advised Handelsbanken on a number of secured lending instructions mainly on real estate projects in the range of £1m - £5m term loans.

The banking and finance team at Dentons is on the legal panel for several major UK banks, while also acting regularly for overseas banks as well as for high-profile regional and international borrowers. The practice’s sector specialism includes automotive, manufacturing, TMT, financial institutions and real estate. Peter Cox heads the practice. Senior associate Faye Garvey is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Peter Cox

Other key lawyers:Faye Garvey

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

British Arab Commercial Bank

RBS/NatWest

Metro Bank

P J Care Group

NHBC

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Metro Bank on a strategic real estate finance deal.
  • Acted for British Arab Commercial Bank on its provision of a £15m development term loan.
  • Acted for PJ Care upon its refinancing of its then current term loan facility from Clydesdale through a new term loan facility Handelsbanken.
  • Acted for NHBC in connection with a security package to help mitigate its risk.
  • Acted for HSBC UK Bank on a £10m term loan to an AIM-listed customer.

DMH Stallard LLP advises banks, asset based lending and other financial providers on all aspects of banking and finance law. The practice has a number of high-profile bank panel appointments, while also acting for borrowers and guarantors. With offices in Brighton, Gatwick, Guildford and Horsham, the practice has a wide geographical coverage of the South East. Gwen Godfrey heads the team from Gatwick. Anne Milne and associate Elina Ong, who are also based in Gatwick are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Gwen Godfrey 

Other key lawyers:Anne Milne; Elina Ong

Testimonials

'They are a friendly approachable team whilst always maintaining extremely high standards.'

'I know they are all extremely well qualified and experienced which gives me absolute faith when dealing with them and the firm has certainly become my one of choice when compared to others which we have used in the past.'

'The team are an absolute credit to the wider firm and I have no issue in constantly recommending them.'

Key Clients

Leumi ABL Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Leumi ABL Limited on its acquisition finance for Venture Engineering Group Limited.
  • Acting for a leading bank on the refinancing of a care home and the acquisition of another by means of a share purchase.
  • Instructed by a bank to act for them in relation to a loan totalling £5.4m secured over various properties.
  • Advised on development finance provided by a bank client for 12 flats in Tunbridge Wells.
  • Instructed by a bank to act for them in relation to loans totalling £8.5m secured over various properties in London.

EMW Law LLP’s banking and finance department advises lenders and high- profile borrowers, and specialises in the funding of management buy-outs and buy-ins, acquisitions, restructuring, funding arrangements for finance companies, as well as property investment and development funding. Matters often include cross-border and multi-jurisdictional elements. The team is well known for its expertise in the healthcare sector. Ian Mabbutt heads the practice in Milton Keynes. Jody Bingham, who splits time between Milton Keynes and London, is also recommended. Principal Sarah Naylor joined the Gatwick office from Irwin Mitchell in December 2017, while Milton Keynes’  Claire Wheatley arrived in January 2018 from Hill Dickinson LLP. Angela Stallard left for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Ian Mabbutt

Other key lawyers:Jody Bingham; Sarah Naylor; Claire Wheatley

Testimonials

'EMW Law LLP provide a solid property expertise with a very fleet of foot corporate team, ably supervised and coordinated by the banking team. All teams work smoothly as one, and ensure a seamless delivery.'

'EMW provide commercial, timely and proactive support.'

'A well established regional player with good knowledge of the local markets and businesses. They provide a full suite of legal services and have a strong reputation in providing corporate banking services to both clients and lenders.'

Key Clients

Riverside Capital

Paybreak Limited

IW Capital Limited

Milton Keynes YMCA Limited

Panel appointments

Santander UK plc

Metro Bank plc

HSBC Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

AIB Group (UK) plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for HSBC UK Bank PLC in relation to the refinancing of The Deltic Group’s term loan and revolving credit facilities.
  • Acted for Riverside Capital Group Limited on the £47.15m acquisition of Sherborne House on London’s Cannon Street, which involved £25.93m bank debt provided by Lloyds Banking Group.
  • Acted for UK Fintech firm Paybreak Limited in connection with an additional £15m of funding with specialist banking group Paragon.
  • Acted for the Metro Bank in connection with a £15m development loan advance to a member of the Caridon Group.
  • Instructed by Milton Keynes YMCA Limited in relation to a development finance facility provided by Peveril Securities with regard to the construction and development of two new buildings.

The banking and finance team at Osborne Clarke assists both borrowers and lenders with a wide range of matters, from syndicated lending to acquisition financing and private equity transactions. The practice is based in the Thames Valley and has a strong sector focus on digital business, energy and utilities, financial services and real estate and infrastructure. Corporate finance, real estate finance and project finance are areas of expertise at the national and international level. Hugh Jones is the practice head; director Rebecca Scott and associate director Victoria Dingle are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Hugh Jones

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Scott; Victoria Dingle

Testimonials

'Great to work alongside. Able to bring in resource to address the normal "rush" towards closing out a transaction. Clear, concise and timely support.'

'Hugh Jones is readily available to discuss matters, overcome hurdles and is massively commercial.'

Key Clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland

HSBC Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Lloyds Development Capital

Growth Capital Partners

Investec Bank Plc

RJD Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Santander on the financing for Apiary Capital’s primary buyout of The Appointment Group.
  • Acted for Beawertown Brewery on a minority investment by Heineken UK.
  • Advised Alcuin on its purchase of Jigsaw24, the UK’s largest Apple reseller and leading provider of IT solutions to the corporate, creative and education sectors.
  • Advised UK scale-up Natterbox on a significant Series A investment from Octopus Investments.
  • Advised Endless LLP on disposal of Affinity to CRG.

Banking and finance work at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP includes advising lenders and borrowers on finance agreements as well as support with both contentious and regulatory matters. The team specialises in complex advice on finance agency provisions, handling transactions which often involve overseas jurisdictions. On the contentious side, the practice is well versed in claims based on interest rate swap misselling and LIBOR rigging. Sector specialism on the borrower’s side includes healthcare, retail and social housing. Helen Drayton  and John Chater, who was made partner in April 2019, are recommended, while Angela Stallard joined from EMW Law LLP in May 2018.

Other key lawyers:Helen Drayton; John Chater; Angela Stallard

Testimonials

'Strong-performing, commercially aware firm with diverse areas of expertise across multiple disciplines. Competitive fee provision.'

'There is a depth of expertise which we have found lacking in many other firms.'

'The practice is responsive and provides constantly good service.'

'Helen Drayton is an excellent corporate banking partner who provides commercial advice and strong support.'

'John Chater is very responsive and has a very commercial approach'.

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

AIB Group (UK) plc

Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ)

Link ASI Limited and Link Corporate Trustees (UK) Limited

PRS Operations Limited

Ethical Property Company Limited

UK Estates Limited

Higher Drive Nursing Home (Holdings) Limited

Cherry Wood Grange Chelmsford Limited

ABI Developments 3 Limited

Work highlights

  • Negotiated the LMA-based facility agreement for Ethical Property Company, the borrower, as well as the other finance documents for the transaction.
  • Advised on finance provided by HSBC by way of a £15m revolving credit facility with a £10m accordion.
  • Acted for the lending bank AIB Group in respect of a new facility agreement for an existing borrower who is well known in the construction industry.
  • Drafted and negotiated an amendment and restatement of the term loan facility agreement for PRS Operations, the lender, as well as the other finance documents for the transaction (group security documents, subordination arrangements).
  • Advised on the finance of care home Cherry Wood Grange Chelmsford provided by Barclays Bank PLC.

Shoosmiths LLP’s banking and finance team focuses on mid-market acquisition finance transactions, real estate finance and bespoke ABL transactions. The practice is on the panel of several clearing banks, and acts for private equity and venture capital companies and corporate borrowers. Work for funds and other debt investors is an area of growth. Sector specialism includes healthcare, marine, retail, telecoms, renewable energy and leisure. Rebecca Mauleverer heads the practice. Alexandra Triptree joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Mauleverer

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Triptree

Testimonials

'The speed of response is excellent.'

'The team talk through risks and are able to quickly and succinctly describe what the key areas of focus are.'

'Rebecca Mauleverer's ability to get to the key issues quickly is excellent.'

Key Clients

LDC

CDC Group Plc

Cohort Plc

Downing LLP

Octopus Investments

August Equity

Foundation Investment Partners

Leftfield Properties

Rianta

Anacap Financial Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for LDC on its acquisition of Paladone International Limited.
  • Advised CDC on a $15m debt facility to RFL Electronics in Bangladesh.
  • Acted for Cohort Plc on its refinancing with a club of banks.
  • Acted for Downing LLP on its investment in Pelham House Hotel.
  • Advising Octopus in relation to its £4m VCT qualifying debt finance for City Pantry.

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s banking and finance team has in-depth expertise in acquisition finance, real estate finance and corporate debt financing and refinancing. Asset-based lending deals, bridge finance and trade finance are other areas of strength. The practice is also known for his high-profile work on the borrower side, advising corporate businesses of various sizes on negotiating banking facilities in conjunction with M&A and multilateral deals. Jonathan Porteous heads the practice. Andrew Dodds was made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Porteous 

Other key lawyers:Andrew Dodds

Testimonials

'Jonathan Porteous is always available, with an incredible memory for complex details, and ability to give real practical advice rather than normal caveats from big firm lawyers. Good value.'

'Andrew Dodds is super responsive and commercial. He knows our business so gets to the point quick when we need advice.'

'Andrew Dodds is incredibly accessible, efficient and gives straightforward advice even on the trickiest of subjects.'

 

Key Clients

OakNorth Bank

Merino Private Equity

Investec Bank

Falcon Group

Business Growth Fund

HSBC

Allied Irish Bank

Santander

Lloyds Banking Group

Bakkavor Group

Samsung

Meridian Audio

ICP Nurseries

Work highlights

  • Acted for OakNorth on its refinancing of the Inn Collection pub and hospitality group.
  • Acting for an English subsidiary of a large US borrower Anaplan on the accession of the group’s financing arrangements.
  • Acted for Falcon Bridging Finance Limited on the launch of its bridge finance product for UK property transactions.
  • Advised Business Growth Fund (BGF) on its equity and debt investment in Dianomi Limited, a high-growth technology company.
  • Acted for Bakkavor Group plc on its £12m acquisition of Haydens Bakery Limited.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s Southampton banking and finance team has a strong reputation for its borrower and project finance work, while also acting for regional and national lenders and for a strong body of regional corporates. The practice specialises in the retail and manufacturing, energy and real estate sectors. Graham Jeffries heads the practice. Managing associate Cole Stacey is another key contact. Emma Earp left for Trethowans LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Graham Jeffries

Other key lawyers:Cole Stacey

Testimonials

'An excellent team with wide ranging complementary skills across a number of sectors. A new international reach that has added significantly to the firm's offering.'

'Great knowledge of the current market practices and timely responses. Good working relationship with the team.'

'Great knowledge, practical advice and good common sense.'

'Graham Jeffries' team are first class delivering a highly professional, commercial and helpful service in a friendly and courteous manner. Cost information is clearly explained and accurate.'

'Graham Jeffries is an exceptional lawyer who not only covers the insolvency discipline with a wide and in-depth knowledge but also in the financial services and motor industry is able to provide an encyclopaedic knowledge. He is able to get that across in an understandable and clear way very quickly. He can make complex issues seem much simpler.'

'Graham Jeffries is head and shoulders above any other banking lawyer with whom I and my colleagues have dealt. He has the ability to combine attention to detail with clear and straightforward commercial advice. He does not try to score points with the other side but argues the points which are important with conviction.'

'I single out Graham Jeffries - quietly spoken, thoughtful but with a complete grasp of the issues which matter to you as a client. Unflappable even under extreme provocation. The consummate banking lawyer. I am privileged to have been able to work with him on numerous occasions.'

 

Key Clients

Chemring Group PLC

VFS Legal Limited

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP

Santander UK PLC

Capital Industrial

Invest and Fund

Paragon Asset Finance

Work highlights

  • Provision of ongoing advice and support in relation to a variety of Chemring's financing requirements in the UK and the US, including in relation to its bilateral bonding and working capital lines, hedging and covenant re-sets with its banks and US noteholders.
  • Advising on the standard documentation used by Invest and Fund and providing regulatory advice in conjunction with the financial services team.
  • Provided The Renewable Infrastructure Group with support on all aspects of seeking bids from banks active in renewable financings to refinance £200m of existing project finance-based facilities provided by a variety of banks.

asb law LLP’s corporate finance and property specialists are well versed in a wide range of refinancing and bank-funded transactions. The team also acts for non-bank clients in relation to secured and unsecured lending, and for clients making private debt finance available to businesses either on a secured or unsecured basis. The practice has an aviation finance speciality. Practice heads are Claire Williams in Maidstone and Ian Greenfield in Crawley. Associates Daniel Tozer and Jo Rovery (based in Maidstone and Crawley respectively) are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Claire Williams; Ian Greenfield

Other key lawyers:Daniel Tozer; Jo Rovery

Testimonials

'I have found the whole team approachable, very knowledgeable and proactive in offering solutions.'

'I have a strong relationship with the firm based on a history of exceptional service and professional relations. They appreciate the business we submit to them and this is reflected in the work we receive.'

'They do what they say they are going to do. It puts me in a strong position where I can be confident it will not be my side delaying work progressing. They are an important part of the business I conduct. Everyone is very accessible and feedback is always timely and accurate.'

'Special mention to Jo Rovery.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank

HSBC

Svenska Handelsbanken

Clydesdale Bank

Natwest

Seventeen Group Limited

Markerstudy

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the borrower on £25m refinance of a development loan to assist in acquisition and redevelopment of a retain and leisure site.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank in connection with a purchase loan and development loan to a developer borrower.
  • Acting for Clydesdale Bank in relation to a £1.2m facility for the purpose of a share purchase by the borrower.
  • Acted for long term client and serial acquirer Seventeen Group on a  third refinancing with Clydesdale Bank.

Birketts LLP’s banking and finance practice acts as panel solicitor for high street banks as well as for some alternative lenders. Work includes a broad mixture of term loans, revolving credit facilities and development loans. The team deals with sophisticated international businesses and equity providers with which detailed inter-creditor arrangements have to be negotiated. Adam Jones heads the practice. Legal director Duncan Williamson is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Adam Jones

Other key lawyers:Duncan Williamson

Testimonials

'Excellent local firm, good level of resourcing and strong reputation.'

'Openness and willing to discuss cases and proposals at any time.'

'The level of technical expertise and critical thinking is fantastic.'

'Adam Jones is always available as a sounding board, and brings proactive ideas to the table during deals.'

Key Clients

HSBC

Santander

Lloyds

RBS/NatWest

Handlesbanken

Alpha Bank

Barclays

Metro Bank

Work highlights

  • Legal adviser to Santander UK on intercreditor arrangements with borrower’s VC house investor, UK group security package, organise Italian legal advice for Italian subsidiary, high-level input on facilities agreement, dealing with all conditions precedent.
  • Legal adviser to Metro Bank on term loan facilities, detailed property due diligence and reporting, security package, dealing with all conditions precedent.
  • Legal adviser to Lloyds Bank on revolving credit development loan facility to regional housebuilder to release funds for remaining phases of a 86 unit residential development.
  • Acted for South Island Development in connection with its acquisition of an industrial estate in Chelmsford.
  • Acted for The Finsbury Properties in connection with its acquisition of the freehold interest in a public house in London.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s team acts for lenders and borrowers on a wide range of matters, including corporate, acquisition and real estate finance, in additon to motor manufacturer finance, project finance (such as solar farms) and bridging finance for small developers. The practice is on the panels of a number of banks and financial institutions such as Santander, Clydesdale, NatWest and HSBC. John Barker heads the practice. Senior associate Alex Illingworth is another key contact.

Practice head(s):John Barker

Other key lawyers:Alex Illingworth

Testimonials

'They understand our needs and objectives and work hard to help us achieve them to the required timescales.'

'Excellent banking and property teams. Highly competent lawyers who provide practical, timely advice.'

'John Barker's knowledge and attention to detail is invaluable.'

Key Clients

Santander UK

HSBC Bank

Honda Finance Europe

National Westminster Bank

Bewley Homes

Clydesdale Bank

Ultimate Capital

Svenska Handelsbanken

Dominvs Investments

Redbrick Capital

FSE Funds Managers

Berkshire College of Agriculture

Work highlights

  • Acted for the sellers on the sale of the entire issued share capital of The Unbeatable Group Limited for a mixture of cash and loan note consideration.
  • Advising Santander on a complicated secured loan.
  • Acting for Santander on a substantial new-to-bank loan facility for six co-borrowing companies that are owned by various members of the same family.
  • Advising FSE Group on the new fund for Enterprise M3 geographic area.

Irwin Mitchell focuses mainly on lenders, but also acts for borrowers, assisting clients with general commercial banking matters and secured lending to businesses. Expertise includes complex financings including real estate and development finance transactions. The team is well known for its specialism in the education sector. Daniel Webster heads the practice from the Gatwick office.

Practice head(s):Daniel Webster

Testimonials

'The team has an excellent understanding of the requirements of both the banks and the clients and comes up with a solution that works well for both sides.'

'The key strength is the proactive way in which they approach their work and the speed at which they execute the work they are involved with.'

'I find the team to be service orientated and easily approachable. As ever with most of the work we do prompt and pragmatic responses are required. These are always forthcoming from Irwin Mitchell.'

'Daniel Webster has always been pragmatic and helpful when I have asked questions and raised queries. He is happy to look at the issues from both sides and provide a solution which works all round.'

Key Clients

National Westminster Bank plc/RBS

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Bank PLC

RBS Invoice Finance Limited

Arbuthnot & Latham

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Chichester College

Coutts & Co

DWP Housing

Lambeth College

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lambeth College on the £10m refinancing of its existing facilities.
  • Acted for Artisan Real Estate Investors Limited on its borrowing facilities to fund the development of a substantial site in Bristol.
  • Advised NatWest on its £1.5m financing of the acquisition by Visual Data Media Services of Premier PR’s digital-media delivery and packaged authored-media services division.
  • Acted for Royal Bank of Scotland on the provision of a loan facility to Queen’s College Oxford.
  • Advised Arbuthnot Latham & Co on its provision of a facility to Archer House Residence.

Paris Smith LLP’s banking and finance department is divided into three specialist groups, which focus on acquisition finance, project and asset finance and property finance respectively. The client portfolio includes retail banking groups and a number of higher education institutions, as well as large retail and leisure entities. The practice is headed by James McNeil.  Jonathon Roy and associate Liam Doughty are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):James McNeil

Other key lawyers:Jonathon Roy; Liam Doughty

Testimonials

'Quick to respond and drive a deal forward. Very comprehensive and detailed approach.'

'James McNeil is a very thorough partner, demonstrating a strong legal awareness and knowledge and providing easy to understand guidance.'

Key Clients

Santander UK plc

HSBC Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Svenska Handelsbankend AB (publ)/Handelsbanken plc

Hampshire Trust Bank plc

Interbay Funding Limited

Royale Parkes

Yacht Havens Limited

RB Sport & Leisure Holdings plc

Metro Bank plc

Hampshire Community Trust Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Yacht Havens Group Limited on a £14m refinance of its group companies.
  • Acted for Time GB Holdings Limited on £13m acquisition of three holiday parks.
  • Advised Haskins Garden Centres Limited on a £22.5m refinance to enable it to refinance current indebtedness and redevelop one of its garden centres.
  • Advised Santander on a £3.4m term loan facility to an owner and operator of hotels to enable the borrower to acquire two new 3 star hotels.
  • Advised Contraload NV, a Belgium-based logistics business, on its acquisition of  Packaging Logistics Services Ltd from  Bibby Line Group.

Trethowans LLP has a dedicated banking team acting for both lenders and borrowers on a variety of matters, including acquisition finance and property and development finance. It is also known for its experience on financing in the agriculture sector and restructuring and refinancing work. The practice is on the panel of the main banks active in the region. Sophie Eales heads the practice from the Southampton office. Other names to note are Nick Gent, who splits his time between Southampton and Bournemouth, Southampton’s property finance specialist Paul Longman and Emma Earp, who joined the Bournemouth office from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Sophie Eales

Other key lawyers:Nick Gent; Paul Longman; Emma Earp

Testimonials

'Very approachable, flexible and easy to work with. Good with keeping me up to date on progress.'

'Quality advice, value for money.'

'Sophie Eales  is approachable, easy to work with and reacts quickly to my needs.'

'I recommend Emma Earp - very good client care, pro-active and efficient and deep knowledge of her practice area.'

Key Clients

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

Gentian Partnerships Limited

Spire Payments Limited

Trimlane Limited

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Limited

R&M Electrical Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Santander UK in amending and restating its loan portfolio with a highly regarded luxury hotel group.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank in connection with the provision of a new revolving credit facility to a significant hotel and leisure sector customer.
  • Acting for HSBC UK Bank in connection with the provision of a revolving credit facility to a global electronic invoicing firm with bases in several jurisdictions.
  • Acting for HSBC UK Bank in connection with the provision of a revolving credit facility to an award-winning private specialist mental health services provider and researcher.
  • Acting for R&M Electrical Group Limited in respect of its management buyout (MBO).

BDB Pitmans' banking and finance team advises banks, lenders and  borrowers on a wide range of matters, including acquisition finance, corporate debt and equity restructuring, corporate finance and equity investments  in addition to restructuring and insolvency issues. Stephanie Perry heads the practice and Roger Gregory, who splits time between Reading, Southampton and London, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Perry

Other key lawyers:Roger Gregory

Brachers’s corporate, banking and finance practice is well known in the region for its position on HSBC’s national corporate lending panel, advising the bank on revolving credit facilities and other complex matters. The teams also assists clients with acquisition finance, refinancing and debt restructuring. James Bullock heads the practice. Matthew Simmonds is another name to note.

Practice head(s):James Bullock

Other key lawyers:Matthew Simmonds

Key Clients

HSBC Bank PLC

Santander

Lloyds TSB

Natwest

Premier Ground Rents

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Bank and HSBC Finance on its new lending facilities provided to the Kit for Kids Group.
  • Advised three private individuals on their debt and equity investment into Hammer Horror Film Studio.
  • Advised HSBC Bank on its funding of the acquisition of a majority shareholding in one of the UK’s largest Domino’s Pizza franchises.
  • Advised HSBC Bank on its funding of the acquisition of shares and redemption of loan votes in GSRG Holding.
  • Advised HSBC Bank on its funding of the acquisition of shares in the Data Pricing Hub.

Including lawyers within the corporate and real estate departments, IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s banking and finance team specialises in drafting and negotiating facility documentation such as term loans, revolving credit facilities, overdrafts, guarantees and related security documentation. It advises lenders and client borrowers on structuring and restructuring transactions and working on the establishment and operation of collective investment schemes. Clients are from the construction, residential development and planning, franchising, technology, hospitality and leisure, healthcare and charity sectors. Gemma Coles heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Gemma Coles

Testimonials

'Proactive relationship-focused team of professionals. Strong performers in real estate transactions. Competitive pricing. Service driven.'

'IBB has been my preferred law firm to work with for a number of years. The process is efficient from instruction to drawdown and IBB will always go the extra mile to work to a client's timescales. The people at IBB are commercial and offer sensible advice. As an outside of London firm IBB offer value for money for the quality of work that they do.'

'Gemma Coles is a progressive solicitor with strong real estate background, a commercially-minded individual who provides clear advice and recommendations.'

Key Clients

AIB Group (UK) Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Secure Trust Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advised AIB on a secured term loan facility.
  • Advised a residential property developer on a secured term loan facility from Close Brothers.

Mundays LLP’s banking and finance team acts for leading global and national financial institutions as well as for sophisticated corporate borrowers. The practice is well known for its cross-border capabilities, which include expertise in Islamic finance. The practice is headed by consultant Mark Andrew, who has dual UK and US qualifications. Gemma James and Neale Andrews are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Mark Andrew

Other key lawyers:Gemma James; Neale Andrews

Key Clients

Brighton Developments

Stonegate

Ahli United Bank

Octagon Developments

RCL Investments

The team at PDT Solicitors specialises in asset and invoice finance, acting for a number of ABLs and cash flow finance providers and advising on client mergers, acquisitions and demergers. The practice is well versed in assisting clients with documentation, dispute resolution issues, debt recovery, fraud and insolvency. The main contacts are Noel Ruddy, who heads the corporate department, co-heads of dispute resolution Nigel Davidson and William Angas and insolvency specialist Dawn Shadwell.

Practice head(s):Noel Ruddy

Other key lawyers:Nigel Davidson; William Angas; Dawn Shadwell


Insolvency and corporate recovery

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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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Boyes Turner's insolvency team offers  a 'comprehensive' service, carrying out  a range of work involving complex contentious and non-contentious insolvencies, often with cross-border elements. Clients include a wide range of insolvency practitioners based nationwide, from both large and smaller practices. Recent work highlights include acting for an insolvency practitioner in a £2m claim in the liquidation of a cash and carry. Phil Smith heads the team and boasts over 20 years' experience as an insolvency lawyer. Chris Branson, who specialises in contentious insolvencies, asset-tracing, fraud and bankruptcies, is another key name to note, as is the 'excellent' Ollie Fitzpatrick.

Practice head(s):Phil Smith

Other key lawyers:Chris Branson; Ollie Fitzpatrick

Testimonials

'Great strength in depth, experience with practical no-nonsense advice.'

'A unique team of lawyers who are flexible and able to cover much ground.'

'The firm offers one of the region's best staffed bespoke insolvency teams; providing a significant breadth of experience '

'The Boyes Turner insolvency team offers the most comprehensive and experienced specialist insolvency team in the region. They are quick to react and balance their offer between the technical and practical implications of any given matter.'

'Where bankruptcy is concerned, Chris Branson knows it all and has been there, seen it and done it -  a fount of knowledge.'

'Ollie Fitzpatrick is always on the ball, keeps litigation moving with an eye on the commercial outcome.'

'Phil Smith is an excellent lawyer who has a wide knowledge of the area and whilst pragmatic and practical also has a steel to his opinions which gives confidence .'

'Demonstrates a wide ranging technical knowledge and provides reassurance throughout the process of advising on any given issue.'

 

Key Clients

Grant Thornton

BDO

Begbies Traynor

CVR Global

Quantuma

Cork Gully

Wilkins Kennedy

Smith & Williamson

Antony Batty & Company

Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency

Work highlights

  • Acted for Grant Thornton in a £2m claim in the liquidation of MSD Cash & Carry Plc.
  • Represented Cork Gully in the administration of Jamaica Tavern Limited, to successfully defend claims for breach of duty and removal from office.
  • Acted for a client of Oyster Marine Limited after it went into administration, to secure delivery of the client’s £2m yacht.
  • Acted for BDO LLP in the administration of Nordic Construction UK Limited, to bring claims for unlawful preference, misfeasance and avoidance of floating charges.
  • Acted for Gore & Company in the bankruptcy of Dhabir Ahmed.

The 'excellent' insolvency team at BDB Pitmans works on important and high value instructions across various industry sectors in relation to formal insolvencies, restructuring and advisory roles and recovery and asset tracing. Some of the team's specialist sectors include IT, telecoms, construction, retail, hospitality, healthcare and automotive and engineering. The team, based in Reading, is led by the Suzanne Brooker who is described by one client as 'absolutely first class'. 'Next Generation Lawyer' Stacey Jones is another key name to note, with one client describing her as 'absolutely charming but client's know that she will fight to the bitter end to advance their interests'.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Brooker

Other key lawyers:Stacey Jones; William Angus; Noel Ruddy; Dawn Shadwell

Testimonials

'BDB Pitmans has an excellent insolvency and corporate recovery offering. In Reading, the firm does great work, which is worthy of much bigger, London-based firms.'

'What makes them a fantastic firm is the advice, and the fact that I can rely on it implicitly. They are responsive, knowledgeable, creative and value for money. Nice people too'

'They have a strong reputation in all aspects of corporate and commercial work.'

Key Clients

Wilkins Kennedy LLP (London, Reading, Southampton and Egham offices)

KPMG LLP (Reading, London and Birmingham offices)

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Thames Valley offices)

Grant Thornton UK LLP (Reading and London offices)

BDO LLP (Thames Valley and London offices)

CVR Global LLP (London and Southampton)

Moore Stephens LLP (London and Watford offices)

Quantuma LLP (Marlow, Brighton and Southampton offices)

UHY Hacker Young LLP (London office)

RSM Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP (London and Southampton offices)

Work highlights

  • Advised Oyster Marine Limited and Oyster Marine Holdings on options and and appointment of administrators
  • Advising joint liquidators in a misfeasance claim against two directors of company in liquidation
  • Advising the trustee in a bankruptcy on the bankrupt’s applications (i) to annul her bankruptcy, and (ii) to set aside the judgment underlying the bankruptcy.
  • Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy in respect of a property developer with a portfolio of investment properties.

Described as 'an insolvency and restructuring team at the top of their game', Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's Guilford based team carries out a full range of contentious and non-contentious work, acting for insolvency practitioners, lenders and financial institutions, companies, directors and stakeholders. The team specialises in a number of sectors including pharmacy, retail, sport, private wealth and real estate. James Hyne heads the practice and holds significant international insolvency expertise. Senior associate Daniel Moore is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):James Hyne

Other key lawyers:Daniel Moore; Praveen Reddy; Hanh Nguyen

Testimonials

'The team is technically good, very commercial and responsive to the needs of clients. The advice is couched in language that makes it accessible to non-lawyers and addresses the issues and questions raised.'

'Highly commercial and practical, giving clear advice promptly and backing this up with solid law!'

'James Hyne is exceptionally gifted, bright and great with clients. He has a wide range of knowledge and an ability to get to the heart of the problem...then find the answer.'

'Dan Moore is a real one to watch for the future.'

'Prav Reddy is exceptional: he is very knowledgeable, has excellent contacts and is a real pleasure to work with. He is hard working, yet gives off an air of sublime confidence which translates into sturdy and robust advice.'

'Hanh Ngyuen is very responsive and actively involves the team in engagements. She can always be relied upon to put in the time to get the right result'

Key Clients

Alix Partners Services UK LLP

Credit Suisse (UK) Limited

Turpin Barker Armstrong

Grant Thornton UK Limited

Alvarez & Marsal

Leonard Curtis Business Recovery

James Cowper Kreston

MBI Coakley Restructuring and Insolvency

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Central Bank of Bahrain

Work highlights

  • Ongoing role for the External Administrator of Awal Bank pursuing the recovery of assets from creditors in high value litigation in both the English High Court and the Cayman Islands.
  • Advising joint administrators on their court appointment and subsequent pre-pack sale of Pacepacker Services' business and assets.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish's Tunbridge Wells based team  specialises in contentious work as well as acting for companies and insolvency practitioners in relation to administrations, liquidations and company voluntary arrangements. Headed by James Beatton, the firm works across a variety of sectors, including advertising, technology and media, healthcare, financial services, and retail, leisure and hospitality. Recent work highlights include acting for a creditor of a satellite internet company, which entered members’ voluntary liquidation.  Described as 'approachable, empathetic, commercial and forward thinking', Joanna Ford is a key name to note at the practice.

Practice head(s):James Beatton

Other key lawyers:Joanna Ford;

Testimonials

'The team are approachable and are trusted advisers to their clients giving clear and concise advice.'

'Jo Ford is approachable, empathetic, commercial and forward thinking. She also provides clear practicable advice for clients'

Key Clients

On Cannon SRL

BDO LLP

Kreston Reeves LLP

Crowe U.K. LLP

Day Lewis PLC

Holiday Extras

Smith & Williamson LLP

Hermes CMK

Cadogan Estates Limited

Greenbox Recycling (Kent) Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided strategic advice to Hermes in relation to its position as landlord of the House of Fraser (HoF) store at centre:MK following announcement of the HoF CVA proposal in June 2018.
  • Acting for Kreston Reeves as administrators in relation to the administration of Nason’s, a well-known family owned furniture and department store in Canterbury, Kent.
  • Cripps advised on the cross-border merger of Foxflower Limited into Italian company On Cannon SRL.
  • Worked with Crowe on the administration of Precious Cells International Limited and its Scottish counterpart Pharmacells Limited, both private tissue banks that offer services to bank cord blood and other biological materials.

The 'pragmatic' and 'knowledgeable' insolvency team at Gateley Plc's Reading office boasts considerable experience across the full-range of transactional and contentious matters, acting for insolvency practitioners, banks, VCs, asset based lenders, other lenders and investors, directors, shareholders, other business stakeholders and intermediaries. The team is headed by the 'personable and approachable' Nicola Kirk who specialises in contentious and non-contentious insolvency, restructuring, turnaround and dispute resolution matters. Kirk recently led a team acting for the joint trustees in the bankruptcy of a former hedge-fund manager. Another highlight includes acting for a client in the professional services sector in the restoration of a limited liability partnership.

Practice head(s):Mark Wilson (national); Nicola Kirk

Testimonials

'Nicola is a good and trusted lawyer with both a very good commercial and personal side to her. A joy to work with.'

'Pragmatic and sensible approach to matters. Understanding our aims and highlighting unforeseen issues.'

'Really strong team, with great experience and industry knowledge'

'Nicola Kirk has that virtually unique quality of being technically brilliant whilst also able to explain points in plain English and with emotional intelligence, which was why we chose to use her for our very complex and sensitive work.'

Key Clients

BDO LLP

GRANT THORNTON UK LLP

QUANTUMA LLP

WILKINS KENNEDY

KRE CORPORATE RECOVERY LLP

RSM RESTRUCTURING ADVISORY

PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS LLP

KPMG LLP

MOORE STEPHENS LLP/BDO LLP

DELOITTE LLP

BIBBY FINANCIAL SERVICES

LEUMI

ABN AMRO

PKF GEOFFREY MARTIN

LEONARD CURTIS

JAMES COWPER KRESTON

SMITH & WILLIAMSON

MHA MACINTYRE HUDSON

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint trustees in bankruptcy of a former hedge-fund manager.
  • Acted for Wilkins Kennedy in the liquidation of a construction company.
  • Acting for RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP regarding the administration of a construction company.
  • Acted for Quantuma LLP on several administrations including those in the construction and education sector.
  • Acting for the Administrators of two related companies and all ongoing issues relating to the proposed sale of the business.

Led by specialist insolvency lawyer Heather Dobson, the insolvency and restructuring team at Moore Blatch LLP's Southampton office has rapidly grown its client base and volume of instructions over the last 12 months, doubling its turnover and exceeding its targets. The team undertakes the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious restructuring and risk advisory work. The team is also able to work in many complementary areas that cross over into insolvency, including financial services, banking and professional negligence, charity, property, family and probate.

Practice head(s):Heather Dobson

Other key lawyers:Heather Dobson; Rebecca Chaplin; Lisa Saxby

Testimonials

'Moore Blatch has one of the strongest Insolvency Teams on the South Coast and are able to assist with all matters and involving the wider team where necessary.  The team are approachable, knowledgeable and friendly.  It is always a pleasure working with them'.

'Heather Dobson is exceptionally knowledgeable and able to deal with clients in a friendly and confident manner to reach the desired outcome'.

'They have been there, seen it and done it.  Not phased by any complexity.  A real can-do attitude.  Brutally competent.  I have a work referrer who is an extremely hard taskmaster.  Once he used Moore Blatch he refuses to even contemplate any other solicitors'.

'Supremely competent, value for money, can-do attitude and very nice people with it'.

'Moore Blatch are able to demonstrate a very professional and competent approach to matters, whilst also having a very friendly, warm and engaging manner with clients. That's not an easy balance and is not a balance always emulated by other firms'.

'Beckie Chaplin provides a no-nonsense approach, whilst demonstrating a fantastic ability to work with and positively influence stakeholders at all levels to engage and move towards the desired outcome. Lisa Saxby is technically excellent and her skilful endeavours at working with opponents and those on the periphery of proceedings have brought great results'.

Key Clients

Begbies Traynor

CVR Global

James Cowper Kreston

Mazars

Menzies

Moore Stephens

PWC

Quantuma

RSM

Smith and Williamson

Work highlights

  • Advising the liquidator of Parnham Coaches Limited (in Liquidation) on the implications of a failed disguised remuneration tax avoidance scheme.
  • Advising the administrator of The Royal National Rose Society (in Administration), a charity and the world’s oldest plant society, having been formed in 1876.
  • Advising on the pre pack administration of Process Projects Limited (in Administration)

The 'very strong' insolvency and corporate recovery team at Stevens & Bolton LLP's Guildford office has gone from strength to strength over the last year. Under the leadership of practice heads Tim Carter and David Steinberg, the team attracts complex and high profile matters, covering the full range of restructuring and insolvency matters. Recent work highlights include taking instruction from the administrators and then the liquidators of a telecoms company in relation to the ongoing trading of the company in administration and post-completion issues, including liquidation-only disclaimer of lease property.

Practice head(s):Tim Carter; David Steinberg

Testimonials

'A London team based outside of London! A dynamic and approachable team with experience in a large number of sectors. Efficient and with great communication, the team can act quickly on any number of difficult transactions.'

'A very strong restructuring and insolvency practice which can more than hold its own against better known City law firms, both in terms of quality of advice, service and price. They give unequivocal advice and do not unnecessarily complicate matters.'

'great on-hands attitude, exceptional responsiveness, legal work straight to the point and very useful for the client's needs'

'Tim Carter is excellent and always available. His commercial advice is appreciated and he is always quick to help.'

'David Steinberg has a wealth of experience and gives technically strong but commercially savvy advice.'

'Tim Carter is an urbane, affable individual who always goes the extra mile. 

Key Clients

Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants

Harrison & Makin Limited (in liquidation) – Liquidators from Rollings Butt LLP

Software Power Tools Limited (in liquidation) – liquidators from Quantuma LLP

True Telecom Ltd (in administration, now liquidation) – administrators/liquidators from Mazars LLP

SecurMed UK

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

BDO - administrators of Collateral UK Limited

The Home Insurance Company : Ernst & Young

Work highlights

  • Engaged by liquidators (Rollings Butt LLP) to assist in pursuing the directors for various antecedent transactions.
  • Instructed by the liquidators of Software Power Tools Limited, having originally acted for the petitioning creditor in petitioning for the company’s winding up in 2016, relating to various claims worth c£1m.
  • Instructed by the administrators and then the liquidators of True Telecom in relation to the ongoing trading of the company in administration and post-completion issues, including liquidation-only disclaimer of lease property.

'A good strong team with skills to compete with London', Birketts LLP's Cambridge-based insolvency practice is led by partner Laurence Weeks. The firm frequently handles high-value matters for insolvency practitioners in the region and advises on both formal insolvencies and restructurings, backed by a full service offering from the wider firm.  Administrations, pre-packs, insolvency litigation, refinancings, asset disposals and turnaround work all sit within its field of expertise. Weeks is also the lead partner in Birketts' disputes practice in addition to his role heading the insolvency team.

Practice head(s):Laurence Weeks

Testimonials

'A good strong team with skills to compete with London, but not as expensive.'

Key Clients

FRP Advisory

Price Bailey Insolvency

CVR Global

Mazars

Ensors

RSM (formerly Baker Tilly)

Thornton Rones

McTear Williams & Wood

Haslers

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Work highlights

  • The firm advised Price Bailey to recover funds for the benefit of a company’s liquidation estate and its creditors.

Described by one client as a, 'forward thinking practice, of both technically competent and commercial individuals', Coffin Mew LLP joins Tier 2 this year. Led by Ian Dawes, the restructuring and insolvency team specialises in corporate and financial restructuring, working with lenders, investors, boards and insolvency practitioners. The team is also working with an increasing number of private equity houses. The 'excellent' Alexander Wood  is a key member of the Coffin Mew team. With over 15 years' experience in corporate and financial restructuring, Wood often leads multi-disciplinary teams advising on complex transactions, including contentious matters within the UK, internationally and cross-border.

Practice head(s):Ian Dawes

Other key lawyers:Alexander Wood

Testimonials

'Very responsive and diligent in trying to get to the bottom of matters.'

'A forward thinking practice of both technically competent and commercial individuals.'

'Realistic approach, good knowledge of a complex area of law.'

' Alexander Wood is excellent. He is hard-working, highly experienced in insolvency matters, and gives wise and practical advice. He has the gravitas to handle substantial matters.'

'Thorough technical knowledge and a keen eye for detail.'

Key Clients

Aspects Beauty Ltd

Kace Holdings Ltd

Leonard Curtis

Duff & Phelps

GetMyFirstJob Ltd

Hawk Consultancy LLC

RSM

EMW Law LLP's Milton Keynes-based team focuses on entrepreneurial and scale up businesses, offering expertise in banking litigation, restructuring, refinancing and insolvency. The team boasts an able team working across a number of sectors including real estate, employment and corporate. The experienced Damon Watt  leads the team. Recent work highlights include advising the administrators of a renewable energy company dealing with the Environment Agency.

Practice head(s):Damon Watt

Other key lawyers:Katie George

Testimonials

'Excellent response time. Quality technical expertise. Good value for money'

'Damon Watt and Katie George are both very good.'

Key Clients

AIB Group (UK) Plc

MHA Macintyre Hudson

FRP Advisory LLP

Carter Backer Winter

Quantuma LLP

Moorfields

Begbies Traynor

CVR Global LLP

Manolete Partners plc

RSM Restructuring

PBC Business Recover

Scottish Pacific Tradeline

Work highlights

  • We acted for the administrators of South Mids Hire Limited in respect of their appointment, and the subsequent sale of its business (via administration) to a 3rd party (cannot be named due to confidentiality).
  • Providing bespoke independent legal advice to the proposed administrators of Timothy Whites Limited (now the administrators of that company) upon the proposed route to their appointment.

  • Advising the administrators (Moorfields) of Growth Power Limited in dealing with the Environment Agency as regards dealing with a licence granted to it under the Gas Emissions Trading Regulations 2012.

Irwin Mitchell's restructuring and insolvency team in Gatwick comprises  dedicated restructuring and insolvency lawyers who carry out the full-range work in the practice area. The team is headed by Andrew Walker who deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising on high value and complex restructuring work. He has particular experience in restructurings involving defined benefit pension schemes and work involving banks and asset based lenders.

Practice head(s):Andrew Walker

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Walker

Testimonials

'The exceptional player in the Gatwick market. With excellent technical knowledge and a personable team, it is always a delight to deal with the Gatwick team.'

'Rebecca Walker - a stand-out senior associate who is surely heading for bigger things. Her technical knowledge is second to none and her approachable personality means she is always a pleasure to deal with.'

Key Clients

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

FRP

Quantuma

Mazars

CVR

Smith & Williamson

BDO

RSM

Kreston Reeves

Isadore Goldman's Portsmouth-based insolvency/restructuring practice undertakes insolvency and litigation work, particularly focusing on personal insolvency, director disqualification and claims. With over 20 years' experience in the field, Nick Oliver heads the team. He is particularly known for dealing with insolvency disputes/litigation, technical insolvency advice, personal insolvency matters and fraud related work, and has advised on a number of high profile cases. Recent work highlights for the team include advising the liquidators of a publishing company in relation to potential breach of duty claims against the directors.

Practice head(s):Nick Oliver

Key Clients

Investec Bank Plc / Investec Asset Finance Plc (London)

RSM (Insolvency Practitioners - Southampton)

Portland Business and Finance Solutions (Insolvency Practitioners – Fareham)

McTear, Williams & Wood (Insolvency Practitioners - London and Norwich)

BDO (Insolvency Practitioners - London and Gatwick)

Griffins (Insolvency Practitioners – London)

Grant Thornton (Insolvency Practitioners - London and Manchester)

KPMG (Insolvency Practitioners – London)

Quantuma (Insolvency Practitioners - Southampton, Watford and London)

Parker Andrews (Insolvency Practitioners – Portsmouth and Norwich)

Purnells (Insolvency Practitioners – Dorset, Devon and Cornwall)

Hereford Capital (Private Equity Fund – London)

Work highlights

  • Acted for the director of a large restaurant chain to defend claims by liquidator and director disqualification proceedings by the Insolvency Service
  • Provided technical advice to Purnells as Supervisor of a Partnership Voluntary Arrangement (PVA) of a substantial hotel
  • Advised Quantuma as liquidator of a publishing company regarding potential breach of duty claims against directors.
  • Assisted liquidators of property investment company regarding complex investigations into alleged fraud/misconduct

With 'a good mix of technical knowledge and practical application', the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery team at Lester Aldridge LLP's Southampton office joins tier 2 this year. Led by the 'first class' Nick Keitley, the practice is best known for its non-contentious work, acting mainly for insolvency practitioners. The practice has a particular focus in advising and assisting on the appointment of administrators acting on trading administrations and insolvency transactional work.  With 13 years’ of experience advising exclusively on corporate restructuring and insolvency matters, Melia Hirst is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):Nick Keitley

Other key lawyers:Melia Hirst

Testimonials

'Experience and knowledge is excellent. Very easy to work with collaboratively.'

'A good mix of technical knowledge and practical application.'

'Nick Keitley and Melia Hirst both have a wealth of experience and provide sound advice.'

'Nick Keitley is a first class legal mind.'

Key Clients

JWS Business Recovery

Moore Stephens

Peter Hall Limited

Portland Business & Financial Solutions

Smith & Williamson

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

James Cowper Kreston

Quantuma

Begbies Traynor

Santander

Work highlights

  • Advised Bebgies Traynor in relation to the administration of SEaB Energy Limited.
  • Advised Smith & Williamson in relation to the appointment of Gregory Palfrey and Stephen Adshead as joint administrators of Bowlacre Home, a Cooperative and Community Benefit Society.
  • Assisted Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group with the proposed appointment of David Smithson and Andy Beckingham as joint administrators of Dart Valley Foods Limited.

Paris Smith LLP's insolvency practice in Southampton acts for a number of major creditor and landlord clients but also maintains an extensive roster of owner-managed businesses. Key sectors in which the team are known for working include property, finance, retail, leisure, not-for-profit, SMEs, public sector, and recruitment. Mike Pavitt heads the team and is praised for delivering 'well thought out and thorough advice'. Pavitt also holds the respected post of Chair of R3 Southern.  Work highlights for the team include advising shareholders and loan note holders of the UK's largest wholesaler to the convenience and forecourts market, which went into administration in 2017.

Practice head(s):Mike Pavitt

Testimonials

'Mike Pavitt delivers well thought out and thorough advice. Quick to respond and advise on ways forward.'

Key Clients

BDO

Beacon Insolvency Practitioners

Begbies Traynor

Corporate Asset Solutions

CVR Global

James Cowper

Interbay Funding Ltd

KPMG

Mazars

Moore Stephens

Quantuma

RSM

Smith & Williamson

Work highlights

  • Advice and court representation  to trustees in bankruptcy in respect of realisation of shareholding in a London pub company
  • Advice to shareholders and loan note holders as former employees of Palmer & Harvey, the UK's largest wholesaler to the convenience and forecourts market which went into administration in 2017.

With particular expertise  in contentious recovery work, the insolvency practice at Birkett Long LLP 's Colchester office has built a reputation in the region acting for both companies and individuals in nil-asset recovery actions. The team is also known as a 'directors friend', specialising in  defending directors facing proceedings under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. Led by Kevin Sullivan, who has 20 years' experience in the field of contentious insolvency law, the team works for directors, partners, sole traders, creditors, debtors and bankrupts and their spouses, on a wide-range of corporate and personal insolvency-related issues.

Practice head(s):Kevin Sullivan

Testimonials

'Extremely prompt response, very practical & good commercial advice. Excellent value for money.'

'Kevin Sullivan is a fantastic lawyer who has guided me through some very difficult decisions and still continues to do so.'

Key Clients

CVR Global LLP

Larking Gowen

McTear, Williams & Wood Ltd

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

LB Insolvency Solutions Ltd

DKF Insolvency Ltd

Bretts Business Recovery Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bretts Business Recovery as liquidator of Callan Education Group Limited.

Blake Morgan LLP's insolvency team in Reading regularly acts for banks, landlords, investors, insolvency practitioners and directors of distressed companies on the full spectrum of insolvency work. Working with other departments in the firm, the team is able to offer an all-encompassing service to clients. Leading the team is Katie James, who was promoted to partner in May 2018. James specialises in all forms of insolvency law and has particular expertise in distressed care homes, having previously dealt with the administration of eight different care home groups, comprising at least 50 care homes.

Practice head(s):Katie James

Other key lawyers:Dan Geddes

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan are market leaders in Insolvency and Corporate Recovery in the South East. The team are able to handle complex, and high value cases with skill, efficiency, and commercial intelligence.'

'We deal with Blake Morgan primarily in their capacity as an HSBC restructuring panel law firm.'

'Dan Geddes is a stand out individual in the team. He combines an in-depth knowledge of insolvency law with a keen eye for detail and a down to earth, responsive, and pragmatic approach to resolving cases.'

'Our dealings have primarily been with the Reading office where Katie James, is first class.'

Key Clients

Gibson Hewitt

Metro Bank Plc

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Crowe Clark Whitehill

Critchleys LLP

Fieldstead Insolvency Limited

Lendy Limited

Beacon Insolvency Practitioners

McTear, Williams & Wood

Quantuma LLP

CVR Global

Work highlights

  • Instructed to act on behalf of Oyster Yachts Limited to purchase the business and assets of Oyster Marine Limited, from the Administrators of Oyster Marine Limited.
  • Instructed on behalf of Lendy Limited and Quantuma LLP to make a hostile appointment of Administrators.
  • Instructed on behalf of Begbies Traynor as proposed administrators of Bestival Limited,  Bestival Group Limited, and Camp Bestival Limited.
  • Instructed on behalf of Metro Bank Plc to carry out a security review and to subsequently appoint LPA Receivers in respect of a property which was used for both commercial and residential purposes

The Insolvency/Business Recovery team at Blandy & Blandy LLP covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency work, including corporate recovery and turnaround, company voluntary arrangements (CVAs), administration, receivership, liquidations, investigations and debt recovery. David Murray heads the team, which is also a member of the international Law Firm Network and receives recommendations and client instructions from a number of overseas companies with operations in the UK.

Practice head(s):David Murray

Key Clients

BDO LLP

Quantuma LLP

KRE Corporate Recovery LLP

KBC Bank Ireland PLC

The insolvency team at Brachers LLP's Maidstone office is led by Michael Oatham who has over 20 years' experience working for insolvency practitioners. Under his leadership, the team offers the full suite of pre and post appointment services to insolvency practitioners and employs its own in-house insolvency practitioner, Tim Mayner, who specialises in bankruptcy appointments and connected assets recoveries.

Practice head(s):Michael Oatham

Key Clients

Mazars LLP

KPMG

Grant Thornton

Baker Tilly

BDO

Bretts Business Recovery

CCW Recovery Services

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Kreston Reeves

Wilkins Kennedy

Dentons' Watford based insolvency team continues to focus on working with the UK's leading clearing banks. Working in conjunction with the firm's London office, it is able to cover the whole range of insolvency and restructuring work. With international and cross-border experience, Andrea Dunsby heads the team along with property and personal insolvency expert Steven Mills, who also heads the Watford office and Dentons' regional banking litigation practice.

Practice head(s):Steven Mills; Andrea Dunsby

Other key lawyers:Mark Goward

Key Clients

Avison Young

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor LLP

Eddisons Commercial Limited

GVA (Bilfinger)

Jones Lang LaSalle

Lambert Smith Hampton Group

Griffins

Moore Stephens LLP

Carter Backer Winter

Work highlights

  • Acting for Moore Stephens as trustees in bankruptcy of a bankrupt solicitor.
  • Acting for Moore Stephens as joint trustees in bankruptcy of an individual property investor.
  • Acting for Griffins as joint liquidators of a company.
  • Acting for Moore Stephens as liquidator of an historical friendly society in relation to how surplus assets should be distributed to members where the Companies Act is not necessarily determinative.
  • Acting for a former director of a company against whom the joint liquidators are threatening legal action.

Since practice head Tim Symes joined the team in 2013, the restructuring and insolvency team at DMH Stallard LLP 's Gatwick office has become firmly established firm within the region for insolvency matters. The 'well-balanced' team acts predominantly for insolvency practitioners working on both contentious and non-contentious cases across corporate and personal insolvency.

Practice head(s):Tim Symes

Testimonials

'Prompt. commercially sensible and practical with good attention to detail.'

'Tim Symes  always maintains high levels of service and is always able to provide exactly what I need.'

'Down to earth, friendly and professional.'

Key Clients

FRP Advisory (London)

Begbies Traynor

Menzies

Carter Backer Winter

Compass Financial Recovery

CVR Global

Firestones

McTear Willams and Wood

Quantuma

Apollo Insolvency

The 'impressive' Chris Millar heads the 'experienced and knowledgeable' corporate recovery and insolvency team at Downs Solicitors LLP 's Dorking office. Millar spends most of his time working in this practice area  and is supported by staff from across the firm's offices who bring their specialist areas of expertise into the insolvency/corporate recovery field when required. In addition to advising individuals on personal insolvency matters the firm also advises businesses on matters including administrations, CVAs, bankruptcy and restructurings.

Practice head(s):Chris Millar

Testimonials

'An experienced and knowledgeable team with good commercial awareness.'

'Chris Millar is a very impressive lawyer and great litigator; a real pleasure to work with.'

'Straight talking, realistic and determined. Good to have in your corner.'

Key Clients

Piper Thompson

PKF Geoffrey Martin

CVR Global

Bailey Ahmed

MBI Coakley

WSM Marks Bloom

Crowe UK LLP

Field Seymour Parkes LLP's Reading-based team is well connected in the region with a range of professionals advising on corporate insolvency and restructuring matters. The team is regularly instructed by national firms of insolvency practitioners, as well as companies looking to restructure, investors, funders and company directors. With over 20 years' experience advising on corporate insolvencies and restructurings, Ian Wood-Smith heads the practice and has led his team on matters including the  appointment of administrators and sale of assets of an engineering company.

Practice head(s):Ian Wood-Smith

Key Clients

KRE Corporate Recovery LLP

Thames Valley Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised KRE Corporate Recovery as administrators in a pre-pack sale of a high quality furniture manufacturer.
  • Acted for KRE on the appointment of administrators and subsequent sale of the assets of a digital media company
  • Acted on appointment of and sale by administrators of a construction and development company.

Freeths LLP 's Milton Keynes-based insolvency team  is particularly known for advising in relation to restructurings and insolvencies in the drinks and hospitality industries, in addition to advising across other industry sectors. Partners are often instructed by insolvency practitioners to advise on the disposal of assets of national pub chains, or by existing operators to purchase the assets of those in administration. The team is led by Simon Hobbs who has expertise in a broad range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):Simon Hobbs

Testimonials

'Simon Hobbs is very approachable and well-liked. He is a good litigator and I have personal experience of the insolvency side of his work, which is excellent.'

Key Clients

PwC

BRI (UK) Ltd

Quantuma

RSM

Mazars

Opus Restructuring & Recovery LLP

Wilkins Kennedy

The insolvency and restructuring practice at PDT Solicitors advises on all aspects of insolvency including both contentious and non-contentious matters. On the non-contentious side, the firm's lawyers work with financiers on high-value restructuring and refinancing transactions, and on the contentious side, the firm assists with issues such as misfeasance and breach of statutory duties. Practice head William Angas  is 'always accessible and commercial in his advice'.

Practice head(s):William Angas; Dawn Shadwell

Testimonials

'A niche firm with a big market presence. Very well experienced in personal insolvency'

Key Clients

R2 Advisory Ltd

CVR Global LLP

Moorfields Advisory Limited

SFP Restructuring Limited

Moorfields Advisory Limited t/a Moorfields Corporate Recovery

Alliance Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for liquidators of Pinetum Limited with a claim against the company’s directors for repayment of dividends and remuneration
  • Acted for Simon Thomas and Arron Kendall of Moorfields, as Joint Administrators in the high-profile insolvency of Toys “R” Us Limited, in pursuing and recovering large disputed balances owed by trade vendors based in the United Kingdom, North America and Asia.
  • Acted for SFP Restructuring Limited as administrators of a company supplying mobility equipment.
  • Acted for Moorfields Advisory Limited as administrator of the London College of Creative Media in an emergency appointment by the College’s funder.

The insolvency team at Spratt Endicott's Banbury office deals with formal insolvency proceedings, as well as offering advice on debt restructuring and finance. Although the team is best known for contentious work, it also undertakes non-contentious work, working closely with the firm's Debt Recovery team. The team’s experience in working with creditors and insolvency practitioners means it is ideally placed to advise debtors and companies who face creditor claims or claims brought by insolvency practitioners. With a 'comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law', associate Petra van Dijk heads the team,

Practice head(s):Petra van Dijk

Testimonials

'A high degree of commercial awareness, coupled with good technical knowledge.'

'A friendly boutique practice with a small but dedicated insolvency practice.'

'Petra van Dijk has a comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law and very strong client relationships'

Key Clients

Critchleys LLP

BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Mazars LLP

John Harlow Insolvency & Corporate Recovery Limited

Led by Gavin Pickering , the insolvency team at stevensdrake advises large creditor clients. The department also advises directors in relation to Insolvency Act claims, and guarantees and disqualification matters. It also acts for landlords with insolvent tenant issues. The team has been retained by ALD Automotive Limited to advise on its insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):Gavin Pickering

Key Clients

Paccar Financial PLC

ALD Automotive Limited

Bialson Bergen & Schwab

BDO

Quantuma

FRP

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors  regularly advises on all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency. The team, which is headed by Barry Niven, contains specialists in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency law and advises on all aspects of insolvency-based work ranging from administrations to receiverships and liquidations, through to voluntary arrangements and bankruptcies.The majority of instructions come directly from insolvency practitioners or the directors of insolvent companies.

Practice head(s):Barry Niven

Key Clients

KRE Corporate Recovery LLP

Wilkins Kennedy

The team at Furley Page Solicitors  provide a comprehensive and thorough service covering a range of corporate and personal insolvency matters. The team has a particular emphasis on clients in the manufacturing and construction sector. The 'well-seasoned' and 'highly intelligent' Peter Hawkes  leads the team.

Practice head(s):Peter Hawkes

Testimonials

'A fantastic boutique disputes and commercial solicitors practice - one of the best performing practices in the South East.'

'Furley Page provides a comprehensive service that covers a wide array of specialities.'

'Peter Hawkes is an extremely experienced practitioner and has a wealth of knowledge in commercial dispute resolution and is a go-to name in the South East market.'

 

'Peter Hawkes is a well-seasoned and highly intelligent solicitor. He has an excellent understanding of the law and procedure and is a great person to bounce ideas off.'

 

Key Clients

University of Kent

Kreston Reeves LLP

Strong Healthcare Ltd

The Farm Energy Partnership

GDL Construction (UK) Ltd

Whitstable Oyster Fishery Co Ltd

Canterbury Academy

Grupo Antolin Leamington Ltd

Breakthrough Funding Ltd

South Events Ltd

Venture Telecom Ltd

Goody Demolition Ltd

The Duke of York’s Roya Military School

Geerings Ltd

Cathay Cleaning Co

Mr and Mrs Johnson

Touchtec Solutions Ltd

Mr N Hornsey

The Change Organisation Ltd

Work highlights

  • Dealing with opposing bankruptcy proceedings for a client in the advertising/promotion  industry.
  • Advising in relation to a potential claim by a commercial ventilation system supplier for sums incorrectly paid to liquidator and a potential claim against the client.

Tees Law advises clients on a broad range of restructuring, corporate rescue and insolvency matters, with its lawyers handling matters including receiverships, administrations and liquidations. Examples of the type of work the firm carries out include obtaining an injunction to prevent the presentation of a winding-up petition, advising on complex claims against company directors and advising liquidators. The practice is headed by David Perry, who advises both insolvency practitioners and individuals or directors faced with proceedings against them.

Practice head(s):David Perry

Key Clients

Begbies Traynor Central LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Brett Business Recovery

Work highlights

  • Acting for a director faced with a substantial claim for wrongful training, unlawful dividend and misfeasance.
  • Defending a client faced with a claim by a liquidator relating to unlawful dividends, misfeasance and transaction at an undervalue.
  • Advising the beneficiaries of a trust on a claim by a trustee in bankruptcy that the settlor had settled the trust unlawfully, and/or the settlement of the trust had been a transaction at an undervalue.
  • Acting for liquidators, Begbies Traynor and McIntyre Hudson in relation to a matter that included investigating contracts and advising on potential claims against directors.


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