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Boyes Turner’s ‘strong insolvency team operated by experienced and knowledgeable partners’ in Reading mainly advises insolvency practitioners, banks, asset-based lenders and secured creditors, with a particular expertise in fraud and asset tracing. The practice experienced an increase in cross-border mandates, including the ‘very experiencedChris Branson advising trustee Grant Thornton UK on a dual bankruptcy which, apart from worldwide freezing orders and issued proceedings, involved the realisation of property in South Africa. Head of insolvency Phil Smith represented Antony Batty & Company, which functioned as the liquidator for Hunter Bay Minerals during the sale of its shares in a Uruguayan mining company to a Canadian buyer, and also acted for Kreston Reeves in high-value litigation that included private prosecution for alleged perjury in previous litigation. The ‘energetic and proactive’ Oliver Fitzpatrick took day-to-day responsibility in the Grant Thornton matter, while assisting on several others. BDO, Wilkins Kennedy and Quantuma are among the firm’s clients, as are names such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Smith & Williamson. Kunal Dodia, who assisted Smith on the Kreston Reeves matter, arrived in October 2016 from an in-house role at fintech platform MarketInvoice.

The ‘unrivalled’ and ‘collaborative’ insolvency team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in Guildford ‘combines great technical and legal knowledge with a depth of experience and a pragmatic and commercial approach’. Its focus on fraud and high-value litigation gives it ‘more hands-on experience’ and a ‘better’ ability to ‘predict outcomes and manage expectations’. The practice also handles administrations and restructuring work on the advisory and transactional side. The firm’s client spectrum ranges from practitioners, lenders and financial institutions to private companies, directors and stakeholders, with particular expertise in the pharmacy, retail, sport, private wealth and real estate sectors (‘a heavy cross-over between insolvency and property law is one of the lawyers’ unique selling points’). Roger Elford, who has an ‘excellent eye for detail and particular experience in property matters’, advised the government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the Chapter 11 of the $3bn Baha Mar hotel resort, and on its subsequent restructuring and negotiations with the Chinese developer. Head of team James Hyne – ‘a fantastic leader with brilliant client care skills’ – assisted MBI Coakley as joint administrators of Barrowfen Properties with a £4m loan in order to pay for undisputed claims. Hyne and ‘future star’ associate Daniel Moore supported Elford in his matter for the Central Bank of Bahrain relating to Awal Bank’s ongoing multimillion-dollar administration. The ‘diligent and much-likedPrav Reddy represented Turpin Barker Armstrong as the joint administrators of Jacksons during its £6.75m sale to Dexters London.

The insolvency practice at Pitmans LLP in Reading provides an ‘excellent service, a knowledgeable team and a great range of experience’, taking on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Supported by director Stacey Jones as well as solicitor David Williams (who specialises in matters related to property such as tenant and landlord insolvency), the ‘extremely competent and vastly experienced’ head of department Suzanne Brooker advises on corporate, partnership and personal insolvencies as well as restructuring, asset tracing and insolvency-related transactions. UHY Hacker Young, KPMG, Grant Thornton UK and CVR Global are among the firm’s active clients. Nicola Kirk left for Gateley Plc in spring 2016.

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery practice in Guildford delivers a ‘top-quality service at regional pricing’ when it comes to restructuring and refinancing as well as corporate litigation and bankruptcy. Tim Carter (‘bright, clear, concise, commercial and pragmatic’) now leads the team jointly with David Steinberg, who arrived from Clifford Chance in 2016. Another new hire is senior associate Matthew Padian, who joined from Baker McKenzie in August 2016. Steinberg represented mining entrepreneur Frank Timiș against a claim from Gerald Metals, which applied for a global freezing injunction, and also advises Ernst & Young as provisional liquidators for The Home Insurance Company. Carter supported Energos in its contingency planning and in related problems with key contractors. Quantuma, Kingston Smith & Partners and KPMG Botswana are active clients.

Following Jonathan Lupton’s departure to insolvency litigation financing company Manolete Partners, the key insolvency contact at Coffin Mew LLP is now senior associate Heather Dobson, although the ‘practical and responsive’ team in general is headed by dispute resolution leaders Ian Dawes and Mark James. Dobson shows ‘fantastic commitment to achieving the result the client expects’ and specialises in asset realisation, distressed lending, section 110 reconstructions as well as matters for schools, charities and unincorporated partnerships. She recently advised the trustee of Wykeham House School Trust, as well as its joint administrators at Menzies, regarding the school’s legal structure and the administration and sale of the property. Another highlight was the ongoing representation of Moore Stephens as joint liquidators for Witham Contract Manufacturing in a misfeasance claim brought by the liquidators of another group company. The contentious matters are often handled by ‘highly organised and efficient’ associate Rebecca Chaplin, who focuses on wrongful trading, unlawful payments and distributions, undervalue transactions, transactions defrauding creditors, void dispositions and misfeasance. Together with Dobson, she advised Peter Hall Limited as joint liquidators of Trident Homes on its claim concerning the repayment of unlawful preference payments. Associate Edward Bible, who advises insolvency practitioners, joined the Southampton office from Brethertons LLP in spring 2016. He advised McCambridge Duffy as individual voluntary arrangement supervisor in a case concerning a completion statement.

The ‘pragmatic and responsive’ insolvency team at Cripps LLP, based in Tunbridge Wells and Kings Hill, delivers ‘excellent service and sound advice tailored to the client’s needs’ and has a bigger focus on non-contentious restructurings and corporate and commercial transactions including corporate restructuring, refinancing and work arising from distressed situations. Media and advertising as well as healthcare, finance, food and drink, and logistics/transport are key areas of expertise for the 11-lawyer group. The ‘clear-headed and commercialJames Beatton, who stays ‘calm under pressure’ and ‘gets to the heart of the issue’, heads up the practice, while Chris Langridge specialises in corporate recovery, including reorganisations and distressed M&A. From the managing associates, clients recommend the ‘empathetic and thoroughJoanna Ford, the ‘very efficient’ Tom Bourne and the ‘extremely diligent’ Liz Barton, who are all ‘keen to do well for their clients’. Victoria Symons joined the Kings Hill office from Brecher LLP in September 2016. Traverse Advisory, Silverstar Foods and RSM UK Group are regular clients, while Pretty Legs Hosiery was a client win in 2016.

Following the opening of its new Reading office in December 2015, Gateley Plc recruited the ‘approachable and knowledgeableNicola Kirk from Pitmans LLP in April 2016 and associate Carly Schiff from Boyes Turner in September 2016 to form its insolvency and corporate recovery practice. Kirk and Schiff both handle transactional as well as contentious matters, with a special focus on fraud (investigation, recovery and prevention as well as tax evasion). Technology, legal, retail, finance, recruitment, hospitality and leisure are among the areas of expertise for which the team provides a ‘fantastic service and substantial knowledge’. Kirk advised administrators Wilkins Kennedy on retention of title, employee claims, security and the sale of assets regarding a family-owned retail business, while Schiff supported London-based corporate recovery partner Ken Titchen on Begbies Traynor’s appointment as administrators and the pre-pack sale of a global container logistics company. Together, Kirk and Schiff also advise a corporate client on day-to-day affairs, real estate purchases, legislative interpretation, employment and contract review. KPMG, Deloitte and Smith & Williamson are other longstanding clients.

Irwin Mitchell’s insolvency and corporate recovery practice has undergone significant changes in recent times, with key partners Frank Bouette and Martin Cross joining in Gatwick as a result of the firm’s merger with Thomas Eggar in December 2015. Bouette undertakes mostly restructuring, corporate recovery and transactional work, while Cross specialises in trusts (often with a cross-border aspect) and fraud-related matters. One of the latter’s highlights was the representation of the creditors of ARM Asset Backed Securities in an £80m trust law dispute regarding claims concerning over 1,000 investors. Bouette and solicitor Alison Bruce advised CVR Global as administrators for the UK subsidiary of a Spanish-owned company on the administration itself as well as on the restructuring and transition of the business, which was necessary due to landlord conflicts. Cross also assisted Alliance Healthcare with supply chain issues and managing the insolvency risks thereof and supported Hexpress with its restructuring and partial business transfer to the Channel Islands. Gatwick Airport, Lloyds Banking Group and FRP Advisory are among the firm’s clients.

Paris Smith LLP is ‘a good regional firm’ with ‘excellent knowledge and a strong team’. The team includes recommended insolvency specialist Mike Pavitt (‘a considered individual and complex thinker’), who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and has particular expertise in personal insolvencies; corporate and commercial lawyer Richard Atcherley and litigator Clive Thomson. The ‘efficient’ Shelley White, who specialises in contentious matters, joined the insolvency team in Southampton after working at Verisona Law. Pavitt and Atcherley represented administrators KPMG and Smith & Williamson in the £14.1m sale of 40 stores for My Local to several retail purchasers. Together with Thomson (who was also responsible for the defence against claims at the pre-liquidation stage), Pavitt handled the post-liquidation of software development company Future Route by acting for Quantuma. Another highlight was the joint representation of bankruptcy trustees Mazars by Pavitt and solicitor Phillip Baldwin. James Cowper Kreston and BRI Business Recovery & Insolvency are also active clients.

Verisona Law’s insolvency and corporate recovery practice in Portsmouth is ‘particularly strong on contentious matters’, ‘always meets response deadlines’ and has ‘strong internal capabilities as well as a focus on continuity and building relationships’. Following the hire of associate director and non-contentious lawyer Stephen Ryde-Weller (noted for his ‘superb speed of response’ and for being ‘incredibly clear on legal points’) from Bond Dickinson LLP in April 2016, the team now consists of five insolvency specialists. Team head Nick Oliver (‘one of the most technically adept insolvency solicitors with an impressive network across industries and the ability to offer innovative solutions to complex issues’) and ‘thoroughly professional’ consultant David Oliver (who has ‘vast experience in all aspects of insolvency, bankruptcy and corporate recovery’) mostly handle personal insolvency matters, director disqualification matters and fraud claims. Also recommended is director and ‘extremely sound and level-headed lawyer’ Michael Dyer, who handles the corporate and transactional aspects of insolvency, particularly in the sports sector, while associate director Neil Stewart focuses on asset recovery and claims against former directors. Nick Oliver and Ryde-Weller advised lead creditor Investec on cash-flow problems worth £10m and a possible restructure of the business. One of David Oliver’s highlights was the representation of Ralls Builders against a £1.1m wrongful trading claim brought by the joint liquidators.

Birkett Long LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery team gives ‘extremely prompt responses and very practical commercial advice’, mainly acting for insolvency practitioners and defending company directors during contentious recovery matters. Key lawyer Kevin Sullivan in Colchester is ‘very straightforward and realistic’ and clients also recommend associate Tracy England’s ‘superb client care skills’. Chairman David Wisbey supports Sullivan with commercial and corporate finance expertise in non-contentious cases out of the Chelmsford office. Sullivan was instructed to investigate the recovery of net sale proceeds (due after a property sale) by a liquidator in a case against the director who had sold the asset but transferred the monies to a private bank account in Egypt. He also currently assists a client - whose tax payments were in great disarray due to personal problems - in the annulment of his bankruptcy order by aiming to reach an agreement with the creditors. Larking Gowen, McTear, Williams & Wood and FRP Advisory are among the firm’s longstanding clients.

The insolvency and corporate recovery practice at Birketts LLP mainly handles contentious claims such as repayment, transactions at undervalue, breach of warranty and fraudulent statutory demands and also acts for liquidators, administrators and practitioners during insolvency proceedings. Cambridge-based Laurence Weeks heads the team and is supported by corporate and commercial lawyers Rafael Ruiz and Adam Jones in Chelmsford as well as litigators Matthew Weston and Will Arran. The firm advises Ensors, RSM, FRP Advisors and Larking Gowen among other clients. Privilege Finance is a recent addition to the firm’s portfolio. Charles Kirk joined Ruiz’s corporate and commercial team in 2016.

Blake Morgan LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery team is ‘keen to assist and provide a balanced resolution to situations’. Reading-based senior associate Katie James is the recommended contact for the South East, along with commercial litigator Chris Potts in Oxford, who is experienced in High Court litigation such as fraud claims related to insolvency and other corporate disputes. James handles all kinds of insolvency matters for officeholders, lenders, investors, creditors and directors, but has niche expertise relating to distressed care homes after leading eight separate group administrations in this field. Chartered legal executive Claire White supports James on most matters, including financial recovery advice to Experto Credite and several representations of administrators RSM Restructuring & Advisory during corporate sales. Senior associate Dan Geddes joined Blake Morgan LLP.

Blandy & Blandy LLP is ‘excellent for insolvency litigation’ with an ‘overall good service, decent knowledge and good response times’. David Murray in Reading, ‘a very capable, pragmatic and commercially minded solicitor who gets results’, deals mainly with contentious matters, but also advises on risk identification, avoidance and management, while corporate lawyer David Few works on the transactional and re-organisational side. Highlights included the administration and creditors’ voluntary liquidation of RightStepCareers, during which Murray acted for KRE Corporate Recovery, as well as the representation of the trustees of Eden Settlement Trust during the administration of ML Convenience (My Local). On an international level, Murray advises German company LIPP on the insolvency of Imtech in the UK and its Spanish joint venture partner. BDO, Quantuma and Svenska Handelsbanken are also active clients.

The insolvency and corporate recovery team at Brachers in Maidstone handles insolvency cases as well as insolvency portfolio management. The latter is a specialty of director Graham Wallis, while Michael Oatham is the key person for corporate insolvency, asset recovery, warranties, fraud, defamation and other contentious maters, including contract disputes, risk analysis and corporate litigation relating to directors, shareholders, partnerships or LLPs. Oatham currently represents Reeves as joint liquidators in a misfeasance claim against Total Concept Solutions. Another highlight was the advising of Iceland Seafood in a commercial dispute regarding the sale of its products in Nigeria by Coronation; the matter has now moved into liquidation. Active clients include KPMG, Grant Thornton, Baker Tilly and Bretts Business Recovery.

DMH Stallard LLPprovides a depth of experience and sensible, understandable advice’ together with ‘speedy response times’, and key partner Tim Symes in Crawley is ‘tenacious, effective’ and ‘superb at case progression’. He is supported by solicitor Victoria Gillham. The practice focuses on advising insolvency practitioners as well as both corporate and individual insolvents. On the contentious side, Symes handled a £1m bankruptcy, which included two estates and contained an identity fraud allegation concerning the purchase of assets. In a different matter, he supported a firm on the recovery of interests in a property which had been transferred to the bankrupt’s wife before the start of the proceedings. He also assisted several liquidators and their advisers, for example regarding the regaining of void dispositions from over 25 different recipients and the resulting litigation. Associate solicitor Tristan Cox left for Penningtons Manches LLP. In 2017, the firm merged with Rawlison Butler LLP, bringing on board insolvency expert Stuart Evans.

The ‘excellent, timely and cost-effective’ insolvency and corporate recovery practice at Dentons in Watford focuses on advising banks as well as handling personal and property-related insolvencies. The ‘very user-friendlyBill Ramsey is responsible for the latter area and is supported by senior associate Matthew Hind during transactions, while Carolyn Jones has expertise in advising banking and commercial clients. Insolvency executive Mark Goward mainly works with officeholders on contentious matters, such as bankruptcy cases and Proceeds of Crime recoveries. The retail sector and non-contentious restructuring work are other strong areas. Jones and Goward represented a bank in a bankruptcy petition against the debtor. A highlight for Ramsay was the advice on a historic mansion for JLL concerning existing and new leases after its acquisition, as well as a dispute and retention of title aspects. Partner Mark Tempest left in autumn 2016 will join VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) later in 2017.

The ‘very competitive’ firm Downs Solicitors LLP in Dorking and Godalming provides a ‘notably broad insolvency practice ranging from routine insolvency work to offshore financial transactions’ as well as a ‘wealth of experience that the lawyers are able to apply directly to the issues at hand’. Martin Steer’s ‘professional understanding of commercial litigation feeds into Chris Millar’s technically excellent insolvency skills’. Steer handled several Statutory Demand matters, while Millar, who is described as a ‘highly strategic thinker’, recently advised on the recovery of a sum gained from the sale of shares in a Luxembourg company to a company from the British Virgin Islands as well as interim insolvency proceedings. He also represented a liquidator of Geoffrey Martin & Co/PFK regarding shareholding interest claims brought forward by creditors while the company director was in prison. Consultant solicitor Nigel Cookgives pragmatic and sensible advice’ during administration, winding-up and liquidation proceedings, particularly when it comes to directors’ liability, company restoration and fulfilment of conditions at a pre-administration stage.

EMW Law LLP’s ‘excellent’ insolvency and corporate recovery practice in Milton Keynes handles both contentious and, more frequently, non-contentious work, with the ability to ‘allocate particular matters to the most appropriately experienced lawyers’. Both Damon Watt and London-based Angela Stallard ‘are highly experienced insolvency lawyers and get to the nub of an issue very quickly and efficiently’. The regional team also comprises Ian Mabbutt, who, like Stallard, focuses on restructurings and refinancings, as well as demerger specialist Simon Arkell. Recurring industries include construction, retail, food, waste/recycling and recruitment, but Arkell also gained clients in the motor and media sectors. The lawyers recently supported Leonard Curtis, Carter Backer Winter, Punjab National Bank and FRP Advisory.

The insolvency team at Field Seymour Parkes LLP is based in Reading and undertakes officeholder appointments, corporate restructurings and refinancings as well as insolvency transactions. Ian Wood-Smith is the head of the team, which also includes security arrangements specialist Jeremy Parkes, asset-tracing and fraud litigator Bill Dixon and newly promoted partner Chris Brightling, who focuses on group restructurings and corporate transactions. Recent highlights include several matters for administrators KRE Corporate Recovery, such as the sale of businesses and assets and advice regarding the security compliance for investment, IT and online travel companies. The team also handled various potential claims against the director of an interior design and furniture company for this client. Long-term clients Deloitte and BDO also use the firm’s services.

The insolvency and corporate recovery team at Freeths LLP consists of Simon Hobbs in Milton Keynes and litigator Duncan Crine in Oxford and has a particularly strong standing in the hospitality, national pub chain and real estate sectors, for which the team advises on administrations, transactional issues and disputes as well as directors’ duties, liabilities and allegations against them. Hobbs recently advised Intertain on the liquidation of Jongleurs Comedy (Group). Other clients include Whitbread, PwC, Quantuma and Ernst & Young.

Moore Blatch LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery team has particular expertise in advising banks, crowd funders, directors and practitioners on claims against insolvent borrowers or guarantors and negligent lenders and bankruptcy advisers. Other strong sectors include transport, marine, IT, leisure and healthcare. Team lead and insolvency litigator Mark Osgood is based in Southampton, together with associate solicitor Lisa Saxby (who is also known for working on director disqualification matters), asset recovery expert Peter Jeffery and associate restructuring solicitor James Allen. Osgood and Allen represented Smith & Williamson as administrators of peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Knight Holdings regarding the latter’s £1.75m refinancing, while Jeffery handled the reorganisation of the Ardvarna Investment Capital company group, including several members’ voluntary liquidations and the termination of the main company and its subsidiary Ardbid. The team has also previously represented Moore Stephens, Liberata, Begbies Traynor and Chantrey Vellacott.

The firm Players Solicitors, founded by Gary Player in Partridge Green, deals exclusively with insolvency matters. Player, who is a licensed insolvency practitioner himself, represents other practitioners as well as corporate clients, creditors and individuals during administration, dispute, claim and liquidation proceedings. Pre-pack transactions and director disqualification claims make up other areas of work. Recent highlights include the defence of Yorkbury Management and its director against a claim from the liquidator of Mill Lane Engineering and the representation of trustee Guardian Business Recovery in a property possession claim which involved two residential and two commercial properties. Kreston Reeves, Base Contractors (UK), FRP and Rothmans Recovery are active clients.

Spratt Endicott’s ‘responsive’ insolvency and corporate recovery practice ‘has a strong reputation in the local market and a broad range of expertise running across corporate and personal insolvency’. The ‘determined and accessible’ associate Petra van Dijk is based in Banbury and ‘approaches complex cases with thorough technical knowledge and sound commercial judgement’. Dijk, who is also qualified in the Netherlands, focuses mainly on contentious matters, such as winding-up petitions, statutory demands, misfeasance and wrongful trading claims, administration orders and injunctions, but also handles transactional agreements and other non-contentious matters. She is supported by the head of dispute resolution David Whiting and corporate and commercial partner Hitendra Patel. Begbies Traynor is a new addition to the client base, which also includes Critchleys, Mazars and BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency.

stevensdrake’s insolvency and corporate recovery department in Crawley consists of ‘outstanding’ New Zealand and UK qualified partner Gavin Pickering (who is ‘good at communicating complex issues and giving valuable advice’) and solicitor Lucy Skilton, who represent liquidators, creditors, asset recipients, directors, practitioners and landlords. Their particular expertise lies in asset recovery on behalf of creditors as well as contentious claims against company directors and insolvency investigations. Other highlights included defending a director against claims and advising a landlord on the recovery of interest and transition to a new tenancy during an administration matter.

The insolvency and corporate recovery team at Trethowans LLP gives ‘concise and commercial advice, has short response times and demonstrates excellent industry knowledge’. The ‘very knowledgeable and proactive’ Matthew Barker in Southampton is experienced in restructuring and advisory work for distressed businesses as well as corporate, partnership and individual insolvency procedures, while the ‘thorough’ commercial litigator Jon Kelly mostly represents insolvency practitioners and lenders. Active clients include Baker Tilly, Paribas, Quantuma and Menzies. Barker advised Begbies Traynor as administrators for an electronics design and installation company, worth approximately £300,000 as well as for a dogs home in a separate matter which involved settling a potential transaction at an undervalue.

The three-partner insolvency team at Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors undertakes both corporate and personal insolvency matters. Reading-based Barry Niven’s practice spans business transactions, asset recovery for practitioners, restructuring and refinancing, winding-up petitions, individual voluntary arrangements and claims that fall under wrongful trading, misfeasance, retention of title, security and undervalue transactions. Niven is supported by Jonathan Davis and Carlton Rae in Wokingham, who handle antecedent transactions claims and other contentious matters. In the past year, the team advised companies and their representatives on their administrations and liquidations as well as reorganisations and disputes involving property.

At Furley Page Solicitors, the insolvency and corporate recovery team is now led by the head of dispute resolution Peter Hawkes in Chatham, following the departure of Richard Ludlow to Francis Wilks & Jones in August 2016. Together with solicitor Natasha Biggs and Canterbury-based litigator George Crofton-Martin, he advises on corporate insolvencies, notably in the construction, hospitality and consultancy sectors. The team is also experienced in the annulment of personal insolvencies. Recent highlights include Crofton-Martin’s advice to Cardy Construction regarding the company’s turnaround prior to the appointment of administrators worth £18m. Hawkes represented joint venture partner Waydale Developments during the £18m administration of a residential development project, which included defending claims against the company and directors. The department gained a number of new clients in the above-mentioned industries.

Lester Aldridge LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery lawyers Nick Keitley and Melia Hirst ‘are a dependable team’ whose ‘response times and knowledge are second to none’. The practice mainly advises practitioners during trading administrations and liquidations, but also handles insolvent business sales, voluntary arrangements, receiverships and insolvency strategies. Other areas of work included the representation of banks and asset-based lenders as well as creditors, stakeholders, landlords, suppliers, contractors and company directors. The team receives support on security enforcement and property disposals from head of real estate Matthew Barrow. Keitley, who gives ‘sensible and pragmatic legal advice with a vast wealth of experience’, was instructed by Rothmans Recovery to act on the proposed CVA of Peartime and later the company’s administration. Together with the ‘very approachable, hardworking and progressive’ Hirst, he also advised Portland Business & Financial Solutions on the respective administrations of Elastic Artists Agency, Toximet and Original Organics. Begbies Traynor, FRP Advisory and Santander are part of a client base that spans the real estate, hospitality, healthcare and charity sectors.

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery department is ‘quick to respond, highly skilled and provides very good value for money’. The key figure is the ‘very knowledgeable, technical and commercial’ associate solicitor Darren Stone in Brighton who advises insolvency practitioners during both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, but also acts for companies, directors and individuals directly. Typical work includes validity of appointment cases, company restorations, recovery of assets, retention-of-title claims, annulment applications, voluntary arrangements and insolvency transactions. He recently advised the trustees in a bankruptcy regarding their interest in a matrimonial home located in Spain and a transaction-at-undervalue claim against the bankrupt’s spouse. Other highlights were the representation of a director during the company’s restoration after one shareholder entered into an IVA and the quantification of an unliquidated creditor’s claim. Stone is assisted by associate solicitors Marika Monaghan and Miranda Jenkins.

The insolvency and corporate recovery practice at PDT Solicitors in Horsham is particularly well known for ‘technically minded but commercial’ Dawn Shadwell’s asset-based lending expertise, which is mostly applied to restructuring and refinancing matters. She also advises insolvency practitioners, company directors, shareholders and creditors in formal and informal procedures such as administration, liquidation, security, voluntary arrangements and receivership. William Angas is the key person for contentious insolvency claims, including misfeasance, breach of statutory duties, antecedent transactions and bankruptcy disputes. Senior associate Ian Lindley and associate Ben Ashworth assist on non-contentious and contentious work, respectively, whereas partner Craig Burton provides expertise in real estate and Noel Ruddy in corporate finance and M&A. Quantuma, SFP Restructuring, Wilkins Kennedy and Auria Recovery are long-term clients, while RSM Restructuring Advisory is a new addition.

In insolvency and corporate recovery, Tees Law in Chelmsford mainly advises practitioners and company directors as well as other involved parties. Head of department David Perry represented a liquidator in a wrongful trading matter and also defended a director against his disqualification claim. Another highlight was advising a liquidator in a proceeding where no relevant papers had been delivered and the sole company director was based in Eastern Europe and refused to take any actions, leading to challenging forensic work. Solicitor Katie Latham, who joined from Ellisons Solicitors in January 2016 and specialises in contentious probate matters, acted for CVR Global in its claim against the director of Pestle and Mortar Kitchens regarding the recovery of monies which the client lent to him. Together with Perry, she also worked on the obtainment of a possession order for a property in Portugal which was jointly owned by the bankrupt.

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