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Freeths LLP

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP 's expertise spans complex contentious and non-contentious insolvency work and the team is largely instructed by national and regional insolvency practitioners. Complex restructuring, corporate recovery mandates and administrations are notable areas of expertise. The team is known for its ability to handle nil-asset cases and also boasts specialist personal insolvency expertise. The 'brilliant' Joey Byrne heads the department.

Practice head(s):Joey Byrne

Other key lawyers:Kevin Pinkerton; Chris Ali; Henry Clappison; Matthew Kelly; Miles Hacking; Graeme Danby


Joey Byrne is an excellent insolvency litigator

Kevin Pinkerton is superb

Key Clients


Begbies Traynor Group



Crawfords Accountants


SFP Restructuring

UHY Hacker Young

Ideal Corporate Solutions

Griffins Insolvency Practitioners

Focus Insolvency Group


Oury Clark

Leonard Curtis

Heath Clark

Dow Schofield Watts

Seneca Insolvency Practitioners

Bailey Ahmad

Fortis Insolvency

Robson Scott


Anderson Brookes Insolvency Practitioners

Greenfield Recovery

Poppleton & Appleby

Milner Boardman & Partners

CMB Partners UK

Mercury Corporate Recovery Solutions


Lucas Johnson

Cowgill Holloway

Wilson Field

Adcroft Hilton

CVR Global

Restart BTI


DMC Recovery


Carter Backer Winter

Kennway Francis

Marshall Peters

Currie Young

Work highlights

  • Acted for trustee in setting aside a claimed declaration of trust over significant sale proceeds from property realisation.
  • Advised Steven Currie of Currie Young as Liquidator of Broadcrown Holdings in recover approximately £4m by way of misfeasance/breach of fiduciary claim against former officers of the company.
  • Acted for the joint administrators in relation to the pre-pack administration and sale of a London wine bar and wine store.
  • Advised the administrator on the administration and sale of the business of a chain of adult shops and supporting website.
  • Advised a nursing and care service provider in relation to a winding-up petition brought against it by HMRC relating to unpaid tax liabilities.
Leading individuals

Joey Byrne - Freeths LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 6

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's Manchester employment practice, which is led by Charlotte Rees-John, has a strong track record in the leisure and retail sector where it acts for household names, while education and sports are areas of increased activity for the team. The team regularly advises senior executives on their exits, and covers the whole range of employment law issues, including restructurings and redundancies, corporate transactions, restrictive covenants and employment tribunal claims. Tahera Khan is a new addition to the team, having joined as a senior associate from DAC Beachcroft LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Rees-John

Other key lawyers:Tahera Khan; Matt Fraser

Key Clients



Colosseum Dental Limited

Aldi Stores Limited

JM Fitness Limited (Orange Theory Fitness)

Salford Reds Rugby League Club

Lift Brands UK Limited

Place North West Limited

Workspace Design Limited

Olive Tree School

Work highlights

  • Provided employment advice to Fleetondemand Limited on an investment transaction as part of the wider corporate team.
  • Advised Roadchef Limited on nationwide change to terms and conditions of employment and full consultation process.
  • Offering support and guidance to the Consortium of Local Medical Committees of Lancashire and Cumbria on complex employment law queries.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Liverpool
Commercial property: Liverpool - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP enters into the rankings this year with its growing Liverpool-based real estate practice which handles a range of real estate finance, investment and development work. Team head Andrew Nichol is noted for his real estate finance and investment expertise and 'combines his extensive experience with a commercial approach to transactions and advice; he understands what clients require and manages to "get deals done"'. Nichol is ably supported by Luke Hopkins , who is 'extremely efficient and responsive; he is very experienced in real estate finance', and director Peter Barber, who recently joined from Land Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Andrew Nichol

Other key lawyers:Luke Hopkins; Peter Barber


The team is really practical and has great commercial know how.

The team has a strong handle on the local market and is extremely personable.

The firm provides a partner-led service and all matters benefit from the experience and commercial approach of the partners.

The team's legal expertise in relation to the property and finance sector is second-to-none, however the major strengths is around collaboration and ultimately getting the deal done.

The team's ability to navigate problem cases is second-to-none.

Luke Hopkins is knowledgeable, quick and excellent to work with.

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank


McComb Property Company

Santander UK

Hope Capital

Redwood Bank

Mental Health Care Group

ACM Estates

Roubaix Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Handelsbanken on its refinance of a portfolio of retail assets, which included two shopping centres, a retail park and four high street retail units.  
  • Advised Lloyds Bank on the provision of acquisition finance for the purchase of three retail pharmacies.  
  • Represented Liverpool Edge (Myrtle Street) on a £15m refinance from Santander UK.
  • Represented McComb Property Company on the sale of a Co-Op Convenience store in Ormskirk.
  • Advised McComb Property Company on its acquisition of a block of student housing in Ormskirk.

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Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 5

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is instructed by public and private sector clients across a range of residential and commercial property development matters. Ian Tempest heads the team and Stephen Lewis specialises in investment and transactional work for funds, property companies and high-net-worth individuals. Lewis also heads the real estate finance team, specialising in high-value development bridging finance.

Practice head(s):Ian Tempest

Other key lawyers:Stephen Lewis

Key Clients

Nottinghamshire County Council

Derby City Council

Ingleby (1245) Limited

Evenbrook group of companies

Poundstretcher Limited

Barratt Developments


Wigan Council

De Trafford Estates

Clogau Gold

Vabeld UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Wigan Borough Council on the acquisition of a shopping centre in Wigan Town Centre.  
  • Advised Vabeld UK on the negotiated agreement for lease with H&M to take the former BHS-occupied premises in Liverpool.  
  • Advised Wigan Borough Council on its strategic partnership with Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club to relocate the headquarters and training facility to the council-owned Robin Park Arena.
  • Advised Evenbrook Group on a rationalisation of its portfolio, which involved the disposal of 145 PRS properties.
  • Advised China Town Developments on the sale of the proposed China Town Development in Liverpool.

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Construction - ranked: tier 6

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP handles a raft of development work, is experienced in procurement matters, and also handles disputes in the sector. Recently promoted director Jennie Jones, who heads the team in Manchester, handles contentious and non-contentious matters. Pandora Lougheed has joined Addleshaw Goddard, while former team head James Driver and David Lorenzo have joined Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):Jennie Jones


'Jennie Jones is exceptional; she is highly knowledgeable, expert in her field, and tactically astute.'

'The team is highly competent and efficient.'

Key Clients

De Trafford Estates


Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies



Gleeds (global consultancy providing construction and property services)

MCR Property Group


Fabricom Oil, Gas and Power

Lloyds Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised on the construction documents in relation to a development of 137 luxury residential units with a roof garden and commercial space for De Trafford Group.
  • Advised De Trafford Group in order to procure and advise on construction documents in relation to the development of a high-value, luxury apartment block on a flagship site.
  • Advised Vabeld on the construction documents relating to the development of a luxury complex of 160 apartments in Liverpool.
  • Acted for Vabeld on the construction documents relating to the refurbishment of a large retail unit in central Liverpool.
  • Advised Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) on the £5m refurbishment of its offices at Whitehall, London.  
Rising stars

Jennie Jones  - Freeths LLP

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