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Birkett Long LLP

1 AMPHORA PLACE, SHEEPEN ROAD, COLCHESTER, CO3 3WG, ENGLAND
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Work 01206 217300
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www.birkettlong.co.uk
Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester

Kevin Sullivan

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Work 01206 217376
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Birkett Long LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution

Position

PARTNER, HEAD OF COLCHESTER DISPUTE RESOLUTION TEAM

Career

Prior to joining Birkett Long as an associate solicitor in August 2009 and becoming a Partner on 1 June 2011, I qualified as a solicitor at a commercial practice in Ipswich, where I gained considerable experience acting for assorted businesses and individuals involved in a broad range of commercial disputes before specialising in contentious insolvency.

Member

I passed the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency examination in 2004 and I am a member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3).

Education

I studied Law LLB at Leicester University (1991-94).


South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Essex

Within: Commercial litigation: Essex

The five-partner commercial litigation department of Birkett Long LLP covers court cases, as well as arbitration, adjudication and mediation proceedings. Key areas include real estate, engineering, financial services, agriculture, intellectual property and general company, shareholder and director disputes. In a major highlight, the team defended four family members against a £45m breach-of-warranty claim from a company that they sold shares from their own business to. Another matter related to the representation of an events company in a planning dispute with a London borough council, which refused to give planning permission for redevelopment after the client had entered into a long-term lease and invested £10m. Valeo Group of Companies, Flakt Woods and BEW Electrical Distributors form part of the active client roster. Chelmsford-based partners Peter Allen and Keith Songhurst, as well as Kevin Sullivan in Colchester, are the main practitioners. Marc Thurlow rejoined the team in June 2017 from London firm Bolt Burdon, where he had worked since 2012.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Birkett Long LLP's insolvency practice impresses with its 'very practical and good commercial advice and extremely prompt responses'. The team is best known for its contentious work for insolvency practitioners, private bankrupts and company director clients; the latter mostly seek defence against disqualification claims. Recent highlights include the representation of 24 creditors in their application to remove and replace the administrators of a company with debts in excess of £8m, as well as the advice provided to a former company director regarding misfeasance enquiries from liquidators. CVR Global, Larking Gowen, Kingston Smith & Partners and LB Insolvency Solutions make up parts of the active client portfolio.  Colchester-based partner Kevin Sullivan and associate Tracy England are recommended, while David Wisbey in Chelmsford is also a key practitioner.

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