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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Paul Dutton

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Paul is a Partner in our Restructuring team having specialised in all aspects of non-contentious restructuring and insolvency since commencing training in 1989.

Clients include all the principal funders including Barclays, LBG, HSBC, RBS, NAG and CoOperative Bank, IP accountants nationally represented including PWC, KPMG, DT, EY and GT, BDO, Zolfo Cooper, Begbies Traynor, RSM Tenon as well as specialist local practitioners.

Notable local cases over the years have included Slaley Hall, Stanley Miller plc, Swan Hunters, Vaux Breweries, various football clubs, Baltic Flour Mill, Gill Airways, Electrolux, Sunderland Arc and Glass Centre, Dixon Sports, Crouch Mining and more recently advising on the sale of MG Sports Cars as part of the MG Rover administration, Allsports,  Wessex Taverns, Halifax/BoS on their strategy for their nationally franchised estate agency branches, plant closures and European restructure of Arizona Chemicals, Findus,  Eshott and Hartford Halls, VFuels and Biofuels (CVA).

Paul is highly regarded in both Legal 500 and Chambers directories, is a former R3 Chairman NE Region and current committee member, member of the Institute for Turnaround and Insolvency Lawyers Association. 

Paul can boast the land mark case of New Bullas Trading on determination of fixed charges over book debts and is a regular speaker and contributor to R3 and other training events. 

Specific sector specialisms are leisure, LPA receiverships, construction, retail, healthcare (FT’s), pensions, energy and shipping support.

International experience includes a variety of matters more commonly dealt with in both the US and most of mainland Europe, but more recently and unusually the Czech Republic, China, Mozambique, South Africa and the Bahamas.




North: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

A market leader in the region’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields ‘an intelligent, supportive and proactive team’ that is ‘never afraid to seek out complex solutions’. The ‘highly experiencedPaul Dutton leads the practice and attracts praise for his ‘very practical approach’; Dutton’s recent highlights include advising Joseph Rhodes Group on a restructuring and the placement of part of the group into administration, and acting for Cleveland Tontine on the accelerated sale of a hotel and restaurant business. In another key mandate, Dutton acted alongside Birmingham-based Andrew Jordan for Grant Thornton as administrators of St John’s on the Hill School, which involved a pre-packaged administration sale. HSBC, Clydesdale Bank, Tesco Bank, Santander and PWC are also noteworthy clients. Consultant Peter Cranston specialises in non-contentious matters and Leeds-based senior associate Andrew Black leads the group’s work on investigatory, contentious and personal insolvency issues. Lemi McAuley and Victoria Procter (both senior associates in Leeds) focus on insolvency procedures and real estate finance restructurings, respectively.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s team has ‘a strong mix of legal and commercial viewpoints; the advice is always well considered, and is solution rather than problem focused – they repeatedly provide the best value for money’. Practice head Paul Duttonquickly gets to the core of the problem and moves the discussion forward with pragmatic and practical points’, Lemi McAuleyprovides strong support’ and fellow senior associate Victoria Procteris technically proficient and has a commercial edge when required’. Dutton recently advised Joseph Rhodes on a restructuring process; acted for Grant Thornton, as administrators of St John’s on the Hill School, in a pre-packaged administration sale; and also assisted Baker Tilly Creditor Services, the joint trustees in bankruptcy, with a large forensic investigation concerning a tax avoidance scheme conducted by the bankrupt.

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