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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

James Hyne

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Business disputes, services, real estate and construction; corporate restructuring and insolvency, litigation and dispute resolution.


James is head of the corporate restructuring and insolvency group. He specialises in all areas of insolvency law and also gives lectures and seminars to corporate clients and other professionals (including the R3 Group and SESCA). James is one of the lead partners in the administration of Awal Bank in Bahrain, which has in excess of $2bn of creditor claims and ongoing litigation in numerous jurisdictions including the UK, Switzerland, US, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Cayman Islands.


Contributing author to ‘UK Insolvency Client Strategies’ (Aspatore Books, 2008).


Insolvency Lawyers Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association; R3 Group; the firm’s representative to the Association of European Lawyers and ALFA International legal networks on insolvency and restructuring issues.


Southampton University (LLB Hons Law); CPI (Advanced Insolvency Exams).


Rugby, skiing, golf, following West Ham United FC.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

High-powered litigation practice’ Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is ‘able to compete with the big firms, particularly in international fraud cases’. Clients include multinational corporates, regulators, firms of professional advisers and high-net-worth individuals. The team successfully defended the joint official liquidators of Awal Bank against allegations of fraud, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, and conspiracy and unjust enrichment. Stewart Hey heads the team and is ‘clever, commercial and tough as nails’. Legal director Charlotte Pender is ‘smart and easy to deal with’. James Hyne is also recommended.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Leading individuals

James Hyne - 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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