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Bond Dickinson LLP’s team is led by non-contentious corporate specialist Joanne Rumley, who advises on all aspects of corporate recovery and turnaround. The team advised KPMG in relation to the pre-packaged sale of DCRMS, and on the sale of Nordic Recycling to SITA. Tim Pritchard, insolvency litigator Stephen Dilley and Craig Moore are also highly recommended.

Burges Salmon LLP has particular experience in energy-from-waste and renewable energy restructurings, corporate debt recovery, pensions-related restructuring, and insolvency. Patrick Cook heads the ‘extremely strong’ nine-partner team, in which Richard Clark and Sally Jupp are key names to note. James Sutherland specialises in contentious real estate restructuring and insolvency.

Michelmores LLP’s recent highlights include advising York Global Finance on an application by Lehman’s UK administrators for directions on the distribution of a £4bn surplus. Other clients include Deloitte, KPMG and BDO. Charles Maunder and Sacha Pickering are ‘highly capable in all areas of insolvency law’.

Clients of Osborne Clarke praise its ‘detailed, spot-on and collaborative team effort’. It handles the full range of restructuring and insolvency work, with particular expertise assisting corporates with insolvency-related acquisitions. Nigel Boobier’s clients include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rcapital and Smith & Williamson. Claire Bundy is recommended for contentious matters.

TLT’s client roster includes a number of leading financial institutions. Group head James Forsyth recently assisted a pension provider with the administration of a loan portfolio, which involved managing existing loans, restructurings and refinancings. Peter Carney and Abigail Hadfield are also recommended.

Ashfords LLP has ‘genuine expertise and considerable experience in the use of insolvency proceedings to maximise recoveries’. The team acts for insolvency practitioners and administrators, and has a strong reputation for investigatory and asset tracing work. Key individuals include ‘sharp and thorough’ practice head David Pomeroy and Alan Bennett, who regularly handles cross-border insolvency matters.

Clients of Clarke Willmott LLP include Menzies LLP, Smith & Williamson and The Insolvency Service. Insolvency litigator Martin Askew and senior associate Ken MacLennan are the key contacts of the team, which regularly assists its clients with debtor/creditor issues, as well as advising on distressed situations.

Highlights for Giles Hindle’s team at DAC Beachcroft LLP included advising the administrators of Universal Engineering and Failand Paper Services. Hindle also has experience of handling cross-border corporate insolvency matters.

Thrings LLP regularly acts in corporate and personal insolvency proceedings. The team’s track record includes advising on transactional matters relating to mid-size businesses, as well as property transactions. Mark Cullingford and Melissa George are recommended.

At Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Ed Husband has notable insolvency litigation experience and is recommended for his experience of handling disqualification proceedings. Moore Stephens, KPMG and International Paper Company are clients.

At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Jonathan Whitbread handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency issues. BDO, SKG Capital and KPMG are clients.

Keith Mahoney’s practice at Meade King LLP is particularly active in non-contentious insolvency matters for insolvent companies and individuals, as well as insolvency practitioners.

Andrew Knox at Stephens Scown LLP specialises in partnership insolvency. Recent highlights include acting for the liquidators in a claim under section 214 of the Insolvency Act 1986 against the former directors of a company.

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  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
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