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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, London and 4 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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP utilises its ‘strong international coverage’ and has ‘a great depth and breadth of experience in dealing with fraud work, particularly with high-value offshore fraud litigation’. Recent work included representing the joint official liquidators of Awal Bank subsidiaries in claims alleging fraud, unjust enrichment and dishonest assistance, a high-profile case centred in the Cayman Islands. Practice head Stewart Hey is ‘an exemplary fraud lawyer- extremely hard working, easy to deal with and with an excellent strategic mind for any case’; James Hyne specialises in restructuring and insolvency law; and legal director Charlotte Pender is ‘reliable, and grasps complex issues very quickly’.

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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

The ‘unrivalled’ and ‘collaborative’ insolvency team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in Guildford ‘combines great technical and legal knowledge with a depth of experience and a pragmatic and commercial approach’. Its focus on fraud and high-value litigation gives it ‘more hands-on experience’ and a ‘better’ ability to ‘predict outcomes and manage expectations’. The practice also handles administrations and restructuring work on the advisory and transactional side. The firm’s client spectrum ranges from practitioners, lenders and financial institutions to private companies, directors and stakeholders, with particular expertise in the pharmacy, retail, sport, private wealth and real estate sectors (‘a heavy cross-over between insolvency and property law is one of the lawyers’ unique selling points’). Roger Elford, who has an ‘excellent eye for detail and particular experience in property matters’, advised the government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the Chapter 11 of the $3bn Baha Mar hotel resort, and on its subsequent restructuring and negotiations with the Chinese developer. Head of team James Hyne – ‘a fantastic leader with brilliant client care skills’ – assisted MBI Coakley as joint administrators of Barrowfen Properties with a £4m loan in order to pay for undisputed claims. Hyne and ‘future star’ associate Daniel Moore supported Elford in his matter for the Central Bank of Bahrain relating to Awal Bank’s ongoing multimillion-dollar administration. The ‘diligent and much-likedPrav Reddy represented Turpin Barker Armstrong as the joint administrators of Jacksons during its £6.75m sale to Dexters London.

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