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Ian Wood-Smith

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Field Seymour Parkes LLP

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Corporate and insolvency.


Corporate finance advice to buyers, sellers and lenders, particularly owner-managed businesses. Member of corporate recovery group advising insolvency practitioners, lenders and businesses on insolvency and restructuring. Advises on sports law and is non-executive director of Reading Football Club.


Trained Biddle & Co, London; qualified 1984; Biddle & Co 1984-87; partner Field Seymour Parkes 1988 to date.


Council of Bradfield College.


Football; member of Huntercombe Golf Club playing off five.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

The practice at Field Seymour Parkes LLP acts for all manner of clients, ranging from entrepreneurs to owner-managed businesses and multinationals; the roster includes companies such as Whistl, Heartstone Inns and Bewley Homes. Assisting new client Opti-cal Survey Equipment with its sale to A-Plant was a highlight for practice co-head Penelope Garden, who stands out for cross-border, private equity and venture capital transactions. Recently promoted partner Chris Brightling also leads the team and advised the shareholders of Factor 21 on its private equity-backed management buyout; the company was re-registered as a private limited company and now operates as Factor 21 Limited and Factor 21 (North) Limited. Managing partner Jeremy Parkes handled LKQ Euro’s multimillion-pound acquisition of Arleigh Group, which operates under the companies Arleigh International, Nova Leisure and Midland Chandlers. Senior partner Ian Wood-Smith excels in high-value transactions and leads large-scale corporate restructurings across a range of industries, and Cathrine Ripley is the main contact for commercial work, including advising on outsourcing agreements and business terms and conditions.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

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.

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