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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Roger Elford

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Financial services, real estate and construction, retail and leisure; litigation and dispute resolution.


Roger is one of the lead restructuring partners working on the firm’s appointment as the external administrator of Awal Bank (with balance sheet assets of cUS$6bn) on behalf of the Central Bank of Bahrain. Roger has considerable cross-border insolvency expertise and works with companies and professionals in a variety of jurisdictions. Roger specialises in insolvency matters, with particular expertise in property-related insolvency issues, including disclaimer, LPA receiverships, rent as an expense claim (Roger was involved (for the landlord) in the 2012 High Court case of Lazari v Game UK) and all insolvency aspects of commercial landlord and tenant situations. Roger is also recognised for his expertise in dealing with matrimonial homes and trust issues arising in bankruptcy. He acts on behalf of insolvency practitioners and landlords facing property issues arising in the context of formal insolvency procedures, as well as advising companies on mechanisms to restructure their property (and other) liabilities. Roger recently drafted and advised on the successful CVA proposal for the restructuring of the Helena Leisure Group (formerly part of the Luminar Group) of companies’ nightclub businesses. In addition to property-based insolvency work, Roger has significant experience of acting for administrators, liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy on a broad range of asset recovery actions, including undervalue, preference, misfeasance and proceedings under s423. Roger has obtained the CPI insolvency qualification and regularly speaks at external conferences on a variety of insolvency topics.

South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Next generation lawyers

Roger Elford - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's 'experienced' insolvency team is 'frequently involved in high-value insolvency disputes and has strong relationships with insolvency practitioners'. Key areas from the advisory and contentious spectrum include fraud investigations, administrations, restructurings, transactions and non-formal insolvency work, with the retail, restaurant, charity and education sectors being particularly strong throughout 2017. Other specialisms include banking, sports and pharmaceuticals. Most clients come from a corporate background, but the team also engages in individual bankruptcy support. A recent highlight was the representation of RSM Restructuring Advisory as joint liquidator of LBGP during the $3bn winding-up of five collective investment schemes related to the Lehman Brothers insolvency. Prav Reddy ('a delight to work with') advised Nike European Operations Netherlands on a retention-of-title claim concerning the administration of footwear sales company Brantano Retail. Also recommended is team lead James Hyne, while Roger Elford is another main practitioner. Central Bank of Bahrain, Carter Backer Winter and Quantuma form part of the client base.

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