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Irwin Mitchell

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Stephen George

Work 0121 203 5310
Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Business legal services – insolvency.


Stephen leads the restructuring and insolvency team in Birmingham. He has 25 years of experience in advising on restructuring, turnaround, distressed debt, security issues, corporate recovery, insolvency planning and formal insolvency scenarios. Stephen specialises in non-contentious insolvency advice and is a recognised specialist in advising on pension deficit issues. His client base includes clearing and secondary banks, financiers, insolvency practitioners, corporates, directors and pension scheme trustees.


Trained Glaisyers (1990-1991) and Rigbeys (1991-1992); qualified 1992; solicitor/associate 1992-2000, Rigbeys /Irwin Mitchell; partner 2000-2002, Irwin Mitchell; partner 2002-2015, Hammond Suddards / Hammonds / Squire Sanders Hammonds / Squire Sanders / Squire Patton Boggs; partner 2015-date, Irwin Mitchell.


Italian (conversational).


R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals).


Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield; Leeds Polytechnic 1986-89 (LLB (Hons) – 2:1); College of Law, Guildford 1989-90 (Law Society Finals).


Hockey (coaches Sutton Coldfield Hockey Club Juniors), travel and swimming.

London: Finance

Asset-based lending

Within: Asset-based lending

The ‘very experienced and commercial’ team at Irwin Mitchell benefits from ‘broad industry knowledge’ which ensures it is conversant with all aspects of financing in the ABL space, from off balance sheet receivables financing facilities to factoring and invoice discounting and supplier finance. Predominantly active on the lender side, the firm’s client base includes traditional banks including HSBC, as well as challenger banks (Metro Bank, Shawbrook Bank), who appreciate the firm’s ability to provide a "cradle to grave" service which encompasses transactions, product development, and any litigation or restructuring which may be necessary. The ‘vastly experienced and knowledgeableAndrew Watson and ‘pleasant, knowledgeable and responsive’ Birmingham-based senior associate Natalie Barnes recently advised Investec Bank on the £24.5m ABL facility to facilitate the buy-out of Fresh-Pak Chilled Foods. The ‘experienced, commercial, friendly and responsive’ Birmingham-based Jon Bew provides ‘accurate advice on tricky legal issues’, both in terms of new money ABL financings, and in restructuring and distressed ABL scenarios. Bew recently worked alongside Barnes on a £10m term loan and receivables financing facility for Birmingham-based company Hills Numberplates used to support its continued growth in the market. Stephen George has significant experience advising on restructuring and insolvency issues in the ABL market.

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West Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen George - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Irwin Mitchell’s practice, which is noted as ‘very good on restructuring asset-based lending matters’, was instructed on the largest insolvency in the West Midlands in the last 12 months, the administration of Covpress. As well as providing pre-administration advice to ABN AMRO Commercial Finance and ABN AMRO Lease NV on funding, security and cash flow issues in respect of Covpress, the team also assisted Grant Thornton prior to and after its appointment as administrator. Non-contentious specialist Stephen George, who ‘provides pragmatic and effective advice with a strong focus on high-quality delivery’, leads the team and has particular expertise in advising on pension deficit matters for corporates, insolvency practitioners and the PPF. In another highlight, George and associate Amy Keogh, who is ‘thorough and detailed’, represented Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance, Lloyds Banking Group and Deloitte as administrators in relation to the administration of Laidlaw Interiors Group.

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