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Addleshaw Goddard

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Andy Bates

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Business support and restructuring.


Partner in the business support and restructuring team specialising in advising insolvency practitioners, financial institutions and other stakeholders on all legal matters arising out of corporate restructurings and insolvencies and all related aspects of underperforming or distressed corporates. Andy has significant experience in handling distressed property assets, be that development, investment or buy to let.


Trained Addleshaw Goddard; qualified 2004; partner 2013.


Bradford Grammar School; University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2001, LLB, 2:1); York College of Law (2002, LPC, Distinction).

North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Addleshaw Goddard’s business support and restructuring team delivers ‘first-class responses’ and it ‘takes the time to develop a relationship, and understand the client’. Its expertise spans complex restructuring and insolvency cases, distressed real estate work, insolvency litigation, and distressed acquisitions. The team is also carving out a reputation in the sale and purchase of distressed legal practices. Headline matters included advising EY as administrators of the Hewden Plant Hire Group, which has involved acting on eight separate sales; assisting HLD Group with its acquisition of D.N.C. Shopfitters; acting for BDO as administrators of Coates Engineering Group; and assisting with the pre-pack acquisition of Where Are You Now? from its administrators. The ‘commercially awareGed Barnes heads the team, which includes Andy Bates and legal directors Tim Taylor, who specialises in non-contentious cases; John Duffy, who advises on distressed property cases; and Jean Boldero, who advises on the contentious aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency. Managing associate Sarah Foster is also recommended.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Addleshaw Goddard’s team is known for its strengths in acting on the corporate side of distressed situations, representing turnaround investors on transactions and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters. Recent highlights include advising Andrew Page, as the distressed party, and PwC, as the administrator, on the £16m sale of the majority of the business to Euro Car Parts. Andy Bates advised BDO on the £1.5m sale of the business and assets of GB Energy Supply, and also assisted Endless with its acquisition of Dutch manufacturer Brabant Alucast group. Graham Briggs and managing associates Jonathan Jackson and Emma Collins are also noted; Jackson has a broad based practice with a bank and insolvency practitioner focus and Collins handles large corporate transactions, particularly accelerated M&A and prepack insolvency sales. Richard Smith joined Shoosmiths LLP and Andrew Smith moved in-house.

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