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Roger Hutton

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Corporate recovery and insolvency.


Roger, joint managing partner and founder of and a partner in Clarion’s corporate recovery department. He has dealt with a series of high-profile administration and restructures. He has specialist knowledge in both the sporting and retail insolvency sectors. In addition, Roger has a reputation for dealing with substantial litigation matters arising out of insolvent or distressed situations. Significant transactions include advising directors on a £250m liability to HMRC, negotiating restructuring deals on two businesses exceeding £100m. Roger has an excellent reputation as a communicator of no-nonsense commercial advice. He acts not only on behalf of the vast majority of the major licensed insolvency practitioners in the North of England, but he also provides advice in relation to companies and partnerships that find themselves in distressed positions, or to individuals or directors who find themselves subject to substantial claims arising out of insolvent or distressed situations.


Trained Hammond Suddards; qualified 1991; partner Clarion 1998; senior partner Clarion 2008; joint managing partner Clarion 2015.




Exeter University (1987 BA Hons History); Leeds Metropolitan University (1988 CPE; 1989 Finals (pass)).


A family man with a passion for all sport,  An avid supporter of Yorkshire County Cricket. Enjoys squash and hockey.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Simon Young heads Clarion’s department, which includes IT and outsourcing specialist Dominic Higham, Roger Hutton, who handles pre-insolvency-related work; insolvency specialists Ryan Millmore and Alice Pratt, and Esther Kirwan, who focuses on IP disputes. David Williams  joined the group from Walker Morris LLP and bolstered its international litigation offering; he has notable expertise in project and joint venture disputes in Africa particularly in the oil, pharmaceuticals, distribution, IT and telecoms sectors. Recent highlights for the practice include Higham acting for Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in claims arising from a contract with Atos regarding the implementation and maintenance of a system critical to patient care, representing Wilton UK in a claim against Banks Group arising from a joint venture agreement for the development of a site near Durham, and acting for Caddick in litigation relating to a block of residential apartments in London Docklands including associated professional negligence claims against its former solicitors. Associate Kayleigh Fantoni joined from McCormicks in 2017.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Ryan Millmore leads the team at Clarion, which ‘will do everything its needs to do to get the job done in a quick and timely fashion’ utilising its ‘invaluable strength in the region to push matters forward in a way that works for the local legal market’. Millmore is highly regarded for his corporate insolvency expertise; he recently advised Armstrong Watson as administrators of Earn Extra 139 and acted for Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions regarding the administration of Full Gas and its ultimate sale to Trek. Clients also praise asset-based lending specialist Ben Slack, who is ‘not afraid to fight if that’s what it required’, and Alice Pratt, who focuses on insolvency work; Slack assisted DFS with its acquisition of part of Multiyork out of administration and Pratt acted for Bill Plant Driving School on its pre-pack sale. Pre-insolvency specialist Roger Hutton, Marie Pugh and ‘strong and pragmatic’ legal director Helen Bates are also names to note.

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