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    • Andrew Murphy - JCP Solicitors

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According to some, Blake Morgan LLP’s ‘reliable and knowledgeable’ three-lawyer team is ‘the best in the region’. The team, which provides a ‘flexible’, ‘technically excellent and commercially astute service’, handles a broad spectrum of insolvency and corporate restructuring matters in both a contentious and non-contentious setting for a range of clients, including insolvency practitioners (IPs), banks and asset based lenders. Praised for his ‘clear technical knowledge coupled with commercial acumen’, team head Paul Caldicott has an extensive track record in insolvency litigation, including acting on behalf of an office holder in a misfeasance case against a deceased director’s estate for building works that remained unpaid at the point of insolvency. As well as handling corporate insolvency work, the team has grown its presence in the personal insolvency space and continues to offer a fully funded bankruptcy service for a number of local authorities to recover unpaid council tax, national non-domestic rates and over-paid housing benefits.

Capital Law LLP’s cross-disciplinary insolvency offering ensures that it is well placed to provide a comprehensive service to IPs, directors and creditors across transactional, restructuring and formal insolvency processes. Senior partner Duncan Macintosh regularly handles distressed M&A mandates as demonstrated by his recent work for Energist on the acquisition of certain assets from the administrator of Chromogenex Technologies. As part of his broad-ranging litigation practice, Philip Jones receives instructions from IPs on wrongful and fraudulent trading claims. ‘Pragmatic and user-friendly’ associate Guto Llewelyn heads the firm’s "Capital Collect" service and regularly handles debt recovery work for IPs. Other clients include Menzies, Finance Wales and Deloittes.

Jointly led by litigators Kempton Rees and Ian Herbert, Darwin Gray LLP has a focus on contentious insolvency work and regularly picks up matters on behalf of IPs including Mazars, Grant Thornton and Menzies. Rees recently advised Grant Thornton as liquidators of Admiral Park Developments in connection with a claim against the committee members of Nelson Rugby Football Club concerning debts incurred during the rebuilding of its clubhouse.

Now led by associate Andrew Murphy following the recent retirement of Gareth Llewellyn-Williams, JCP Solicitors is particularly well regarded for its contentious insolvency expertise, where it acts for both IPs as well as directors and stakeholders of insolvent companies in disputes with office holders. Recognised as a ‘rising star in the insolvency world’, Murphy recently acted for two bankrupt individuals in contesting an application by their trustee in bankruptcy seeking possession and sale of their property; the application was discontinued prior to trial with an order that the trustee pay their costs. Also recommended are Michael Williams, who jointly heads the corporate team and has restructuring expertise, and Carmarthen-based partner Robert Howells, who leads on property-related mandates for IPs and fixed charge receivers.

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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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