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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team is led by Andrew Smith, who recently advised Endless on the purchase of shares in Charpentes Francaises, and acted for SSI and PricewaterhouseCoopers as the prospective administrators of SSI. Graham Briggs assisted GVA as receivers with the structured leasehold sale of student accommodation. Other clients include Barclays, Deloitte and KPMG.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘first-class practice’ is particularly focused on distressed properties, and has seen an increase in international restructuring mandates. Highlights included advising Alix Partners Services as administrators of property developer Millennium Estates, and assisting ADTI with a restructuring. The ‘experienced and thoughtfulRichard Obank and the ‘excellentDuncan Mosley lead in Leeds and Sheffield, respectively.

One of the best in the region’, Walker Morris LLP’s six-partner practice is led by Simon Clark and is noted for its ‘excellent value, commercial knowledge and pragmatism’. The team’s experience covers a number of areas including football insolvencies, company voluntary arrangements and acting for lenders in fixed charged receiverships. Clients recommend Philip Mudd, the ‘exceptional’ Duncan Lole, who advised Harrisons Business Recovery on the special administration of Fyshe Horton Finney, the ‘highly positive’ David Hinchliffe, and John Roche, who ‘always takes a considered approach’.

Eversheds LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is led from Newcastle by Paul Dutton following Peter Cranston’s retirement in 2015. The practice has a growing corporate advisory restructuring capability, and recently advised Applus+ on its acquisition of Caparo Testing Technologies, bringing it out of administration. Also recommended are principal associate Chris Birch, ‘who provides practical solutions’ and has strong expertise in distressed debt trading, and Andrew Black, who is recognised for his personal insolvency work.

Richard Tripp’s department at Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong bank-led restructuring practice, with clients including Barclays, HSBC and RBS. The team advised Ernst & Young as administrators of several Red7Marine group companies, and assisted Duff & Phelps as administrators of CrowTV. Senior associate Dawn Allen is recommended for distressed matters related to the legal services sector.

At Squire Patton Boggs, John Alderton leads the practice and specialises in reorganisations, disposals and corporate advisory work, while Laura Crawford heads the contentious practice. The team acted for BDO as liquidators of Juniper (no.3) and Juniper (No.7), and advised Edward Wetton, liquidator of York Recycling, in litigation relating to land ownership and environmental law.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is led by the ‘honest and commercialAndy Stirk, who has notable expertise in the health, real estate, leisure, hotel and education sectors. Stirk advised KPMG as administrators for the Hick Lane Group, and assisted the Komplete Group with its restructuring enabling the client to avoid insolvency.

Clarion provides ‘an excellent and efficient service’ to clients including Deloitte, RSM and KPMG, which the firm acted for as administrator of Waste Recycling and Diversion. Department head Ryan Millmore led on that matter and also acted for Kingsbridge as administrator of AGS European. Clients single out Roger Hutton and Alice Pratt, who ‘really scrap for their clients’ best interests’.

Wayne Parker leads the department at Gordons LLP, which handles contentious and non-contentious mandates and works closely with the firm’s banking and finance teams in corporate restructurings and refinancings. Parker’s sector expertise includes the manufacturing, construction, retail, motor and travel industries.

Andrew Walker leads Irwin Mitchell’s team from Leeds, while associate Tom Paton leads the practice in Sheffield following Julie Atkinson’s retirement. The Sheffield team is noted for its personal insolvency expertise, and the Leeds team has substantial experience in the real estate sector and regularly acts on Law of Property Act receiverships. Doug Robertsongoes the extra yard’ and is noted for his ‘calm approach’.

The department at Lupton Fawcett Denison Till stands out for its ‘excellent service, response times and attention to detail’. James Richardson leads the practice, which includes the ‘tenacious, pragmaticNigel Whitfield, who is based in the York office. The team remains strong in advising distressed or insolvent legal practices, and handling property portfolios of insolvent property groups. Other sector strengths include construction, leisure, insurance and healthcare.

Ward Hadaway advises insolvency practitioners, companies and directors in financial difficulty on contentious and non-contentious issues. Gillian Kaufman leads the department, and has experience in contentious insolvencies, asset realisation and transactional work. Consultant Steven Frieze is a licensed insolvency practitioner.

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s team is ‘excellent all round’ and includes licensed insolvency practitioner Christopher Garwood, who is ‘scarily bright, with amazing analytical skills and a lightness of touch’. The department has substantial expertise in insolvencies, debt collections and contentious issues. Jeremy Bennett joined the firm as a consultant.

DWF’s ‘consistent, succinct and commercial’ practice is recognised for its strength in retail and property-related matters, often assisting with administrations involving substantial property assets. Department head Matthew Brown advised Deloitte as administrators of Reef Subsea UK. Associate Ashley Jaques provides ‘second-to-none advice’.

William Ballmann leads Gateley Plc’s two-partner practice, which includes the ‘commercially strong, astute and pragmaticRob Payne. The team has notable experience advising financial institutions, and also acts for accountancy firms including KPMG, Baker Tilly and Ernst & Young.

The practice at Gosschalks primarily acts for insolvency practitioners, and is led by Steve Dillon, who advised Svenska Handelsbanken and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the administration of Acepoint. The team also assists national clients with individual insolvencies.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s department is spread across the firm’s Leeds and Sheffield offices, with Natalie Nattress and Ron Whitlam leading from Leeds and Sheffield, respectively. Nattress is particularly strong in investigations, and the Sheffield team is recognised for its contentious strength. Jo Smith specialises in administrations. Richard Fergusson joined Schofield Sweeney.

The three-partner team at Schofield Sweeney includes Bradford-based Amar Rashid, insolvency specialist David Arundel, and Richard Fergusson, who joined from HLW Keeble Hawson in 2015 and has notable experience acting for intermediaries. Clients include Mazars, Kingsland Business Recovery and KPMG Restructuring.

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