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Phil Smith leads the team at Boyes Turner, which handles personal as well as corporate insolvency matters including managing cases involving fraud and asset tracing. Chris Branson has been assisting the joint liquidators of Nordic Construction with investigations into antecedent transactions abroad.

The ‘commercially astuteJames Hyne leads Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s ‘results-focused’ group, which ‘combines real expertise with a nimbleness and responsiveness to client demands’. ‘Expert tacticianRoger Elford has been advising the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Baha-Mar. Prav Reddy is also recommended.

Suzanne Brooker leads Pitmans LLP’s team of ‘consummate lawyers, who have a remarkable depth of knowledge and experience’. Brooker ‘brings an encyclopaedic knowledge and commercial acumen to the table’. Clients include KPMG, Wilkins Kennedy and Quantuma.

Jonathan Lupton heads the team at Coffin Mew LLP, which is noted for its contentious expertise and which specialises in statutory reconstruction, work for charities, partnerships and diseased estates. Malcolm Niekirk left the firm.

Nigel Stanford at Cripps LLP has been advising liquidators on the distribution of assets and the impact of the insolvent company’s tax liability. Ed Weeks has been assisting a technology company with a winding up petition. James Beatton is also recommended.

Dentons strengthened its corporate recovery and insolvency capability with the recruitment of several individuals from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin. Mark Tempest is ‘very experienced and commercially minded’ with a ‘thorough and strategic approach to litigation’. Mark Goward is also recommended.

Tim Carter leads Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team, which assists UK-based and foreign insolvency practitioners, directors and creditors with contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters.

Nick Oliver at Verisona Law attracts praise for his ‘terrier-like tenacity’ and ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of insolvency legislation’. The team provides ‘prompt, commercial and technically accurate advice’ on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Birkett Long LLP’s lawyers provide advice of a ‘consistently high standard, both legally and tactically’. Kevin Sullivan leads the team, which advised the joint liquidators of a company on an unlawful dividends claim against its directors.

The team at Birketts LLP advises insolvency practitioners, lenders, directors and other corporate clients on contentious and non-contentious aspects of insolvency. Clients include Larking Gowen and FRP Advisory. Laurence Weeks is a key contact.

At Blake Morgan LLP, ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ senior associate Katie James has been assisting Grant Thornton with the review of security, appointment of administrators and the sale of the business and assets of Closed Loop Recycling.

David Murray heads the group at Blandy & Blandy LLP. Jonathan Williamson joined the team from Oury Clark Solicitors.

Michael Oatham heads the practice at Brachers, which is noted for its ‘sound and reasonable’ advice on complex and high-value cases.

The team at DMH Stallard LLP is led by Tim Symes. It assists stakeholders on contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. Clients include Begbies Traynor, Baker Tilly and Opus Restructuring.

EMW Law LLP’s expertise covers sector-specific restructuring and refinancing advice. Damon Watt and Simon Arkell are recommended.

Ian Wood-Smith leads the team at Field Seymour Parkes LLP, which advises insolvency practitioners, lenders and directors on corporate insolvencies. Bill Dixon specialises in contentious work.

Simon Hobbs leads the team at Freeths, which is well versed in corporate as well as personal insolvency matters. Its workload includes acting for clients in the beverage and hospitality sectors.

Moore Blatch LLP’s client base includes RSM, Moore Stephens and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mark Osgood primarily acts for insolvency practitioners and company directors on contentious matters.

Paris Smith LLP houses ‘experienced insolvency lawyers’ whose advice is ‘always prompt, detailed and considered’. Mike Pavitt, who is ‘extremely detailed in his approach’, successfully defended a client of Quantuma against a HMRC winding up petition.

Gary Player heads the boutique practice at Players Solicitors, which predominantly acts for insolvency practitioners in individual and corporate insolvency proceedings.

stevensdrake’s team is led by Gavin Pickering and acts for insolvency practitioners and creditors, with particular expertise advising directors on guarantees and disqualification matters.

The five-partner team at Taylor Walton LLP is led by Guy Thomas and acts for clients including Opus Restructuring and KPMG. Simon Hughes joined the practice from Baker & McKenzie LLP.

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