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Irwin Mitchell

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Martin Cross

Work 01293 742810
Irwin Mitchell

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Principal areas of practice: Insolvency; international fraud; corporate restructuring and business advice; commercial disputes, many with an international flavour; and professional negligence. Mainly works with the firm’s professional clients, namely insolvency practitioners, accountants or lawyers, many of them in overseas jurisdictions.


Trained Bulcraig and Davies of Covent Garden; qualified 1978; partner Thomas Eggar LLP 1982.


Some Portuguese.


Leader of the International Network of Lawyers concentrating on international fraud; board member of Avrio Advocati; Institute of Credit Management and Institute of Management; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Contentious Trust and Probate Lawyers Association.


Skinners School, Tunbridge Wells; University of Wales, Cardiff (LLB).


Mountain biking, rugby, politics and an interest in Brazil through family connections.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Irwin Mitchell’s team is well-versed in representing clients in high-value breach of contract matters, energy sector disputes and termination agreement mandates. It is currently acting for a party of 1,300 creditors in group litigation concerning the £117m liquidation of ARM Asset Backed Securities, where the party is claiming £17m. Other areas of expertise include tax, property, fraud and white-collar crime. Nuffield Health, Lloyds Banking Group, TJX UK and Greenwich Leisure are all clients. Robert Kenyon heads the department and specialises in cross-border disputes and company law issues. He is ably supported by Martin Cross, who is adept at international arbitration and specialises in the life sciences and finance sectors; Sarah Birkbeck, an expert in IT, technology and retail sector disputes; and and associate Tom Barnard, who focuses on sports disputes and professional negligence and is ‘very approachable and immediately responsive to queries’.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Irwin Mitchell’s insolvency and corporate recovery practice has undergone significant changes in recent times, with key partners Frank Bouette and Martin Cross joining in Gatwick as a result of the firm’s merger with Thomas Eggar in December 2015. Bouette undertakes mostly restructuring, corporate recovery and transactional work, while Cross specialises in trusts (often with a cross-border aspect) and fraud-related matters. One of the latter’s highlights was the representation of the creditors of ARM Asset Backed Securities in an £80m trust law dispute regarding claims concerning over 1,000 investors. Bouette and solicitor Alison Bruce advised CVR Global as administrators for the UK subsidiary of a Spanish-owned company on the administration itself as well as on the restructuring and transition of the business, which was necessary due to landlord conflicts. Cross also assisted Alliance Healthcare with supply chain issues and managing the insolvency risks thereof and supported Hexpress with its restructuring and partial business transfer to the Channel Islands. Gatwick Airport, Lloyds Banking Group and FRP Advisory are among the firm’s clients.

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