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'To my mind, it is the premier firm in the East region', says a client of Birketts LLP. The firm is known for 'very good response times and it never steps outside of its technical capability; it has good strength in depth and represents good value for money for its great practical, yet commercial, advice'. The firm frequently handles high-value matters for IPs such as Price Bailey, McTear Williams & Wood, Ensors and RSM Recovery and Restructuring. Litigator and practice head Laurence Weeks in Cambridge, who is a council member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, is 'client-focused and practical'. For RSM, he handled the administration of F.H. Gilman, which had potential assets with a value of £12m. Corporate partner James Allen, who handles non-contentious matters, is 'a sound commercial lawyer with a loyal client following'. Greg Allan, who advised Price Bailey on the £2m administration of Enigma Limited, and litigator Matthew Atkins are also recommended.

Howes Percival LLP 'ranks among the top firms in this area', according to one client. 'Without doubt one of the best insolvency law firms in the country', remarks one barrister who adds that 'it is the "go-to" firm in the area'. Alison Kirby advises both corporate and government clients and is 'not only a highly-skilled and experienced insolvency litigator, but also has a commitment to clients which is rarely seen, going far beyond what is expected'. 'Tactically astute' insolvency and directors disqualification specialist Morris Peacock is 'adept at commercial litigation and is very tactically aware; he is always in tune with clients’ considerations'. He acted for the Insolvency Service in certification proceedings against Dominic Chappell following the failure of BHS. Michael Green recently acted for Peters Elworthy & Moore as trustee in the liquidation of a large warehousing group. Director William Shirley, who has more than 13 years' experience in acting for government departments,  is 'an experienced commercial litigator who is particularly skilled at drafting with a good eye for detail; he also has a very client-focussed and commercial approach'. Associate Patrick Manning is 'particularly experienced in litigation concerning government matters such as applications by the Official Receiver and HMRC'.

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†'rates very highly and is strongly recommended‚Äė. The firm has 'very capable lawyers who are on top of the technical side of this area as well as being in tune with their clients‚Äô needs and commercial considerations'. The practice frequently advises on¬†the restructuring and sale of businesses and assets within insolvency processes, and acts for¬†office holders in both the UK and overseas in connection with cross-border insolvencies.¬†Asset recovery actions and other insolvency litigation for IPs including Griffins is another mainstay of its work, as is advice to¬†directors, creditors and other stakeholder in distress situations.¬†Litigator¬†Jamie Wheatley¬†¬†leads the practice and is 'extremely quick to analyse the issues and able to provide clear, pragmatic advice to clients notwithstanding the complexity'. Litigation associate¬†Lino Di Lorenzo¬†is praised as¬†‚Äėpragmatic and sensitive; he provides good commercial advice‚Äė. Together they advised trustees in the bankruptcy of former barrister David Harris, who was left with ¬£2m in debts following a judgment obtained by the Motion Picture Association of America in respect of copyright infringement.¬†Laura Holdaway¬†, who advised¬†South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership and Luton Borough Council on a ¬£3m workout transaction concerning a loan to Bela Group, is also recommended.

Taylor Vinters is highly regarded among clients in East Anglia for its expertise in insolvency and restructuring matters, and it also serves a growing client base in London and across the UK. Licensed insolvency practitioner and practice head Adam Bradley is known for his detailed knowledge of the law and his expertise in pre-appointment turnaround and rescue deals, as well as corporate restructurings. For a commercial finance provider he handled several matters that required the appointment of a receiver over secured property or an administrator. Bradley and litigation head Luke Hibbert take the lead on contentious matters. With associate Victoria Sandell, Hibbert acted for a technology solutions provider in respect of threatened winding-up proceedings by a contractor. Hibbert and associate Beth Price assisted a multinational insurance company with the administration of a UK law firm that was a tenant in its building in Munich. Real estate partner James Slinger handles all property aspects of insolvency matters, particularly LPA receiverships and complex title issues.

Barker Gotelee¬†is known for ‚Äėgood response times and good understanding of the issues, along with a commercial approach; the advice is as good as any of its competitors in the region‚Äė. It is 'consistently one of the "go-to" firms for insolvency and corporate recovery work in East Anglia'¬†and the team 'always responds promptly and in a professional manner, and the advice given is relevant, useful and easy to understand', says a client. The firm acts for IPs, creditors, debtors, directors and stakeholders in insolvency matters. Leading light and insolvency specialist John Bradshaw¬†is ‚Äėvery personable and good to bounce off potential cases‚Äė. He acted for one national IP as joint administrator in a ¬£400,000 matter, and for another in a ¬£750,000 insolvency that involved the sale of a majority shareholding in a recognised high street brand owned by the insolvent company. Bradshaw and legal executive Sarah Mower¬†provide 'a continuous high standard of service; they have bags of technical ability and tactical nous, and they are superb with clients'.

The insolvency and corporate recovery practice at Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds works closely with the firm's commercial group and dispute resolution department to provide cost-effective service. Litigator Michael Batty leads the practice and is recommended for 'his grasp of the relevant law and procedure and by his meticulous approach to the handling of difficult cases'. He recently defended a £1.5m claim under a guarantee brought by the administrators of a company following the administration of the guarantor’s company. Solicitor Andrea Nicholls also has wide expertise in contentious insolvency and restructuring matters.

Isadore Goldman is a specialist insolvency boutique with offices in London, Norwich and Portsmouth. Simon Loome, who splits his time between London and Norwich, and Frank Brumby are leading lights in the market for both corporate and personal insolvency matters. Licensed insolvency practitioner Adam McCaw acts for numerous IPs in contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as acting for distressed companies, directors, creditors and debtors. Robert Pyke leads the property department, which acts for IPs, housebuilders, property developers, banks, pension schemes and property investors. His work includes the sale of properties for liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy. Nick Oliver joined from Verisona Law in September 2018.

Buckles Solicitors LLP has one of the few dedicated insolvency practices in Peterborough and it regularly acts for IPs in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Springfields Advisory LLP, Bulley Davey, RSM UK Group, Ellwell & Watchorn & Saxton LLP, and Corporate Financial Solutions are among its clients. The firm's highly experienced head of litigation James Maxey oversees the practice, in which senior associate Nick Porter and corporate associate Robin Johnston are the key contacts. Porter has particular expertise in acting for directors to secure, in the period of disqualification sought, permissions to act whilst disqualified and s216 matters. He recently defended a company faced with an application for an injunction to prevent it from presenting a winding up petition. Johnston acted for GB Patterns in the acquisition of LCP Patters Bookmakers in a pre-packaged deal negotiated with the company's administrators.

The insolvency practice at Leathes Prior handles corporate recovery and turnaround matters including company and partnership voluntary arrangements, and voluntary and compulsory liquidations and administrations, in which it acts for office holders and directors. It also has a busy caseload of director's disqualification proceedings, and the defence of misfeasance and wrongful trading actions against directors. It also has a niche practice in bankruptcy annulments, in which it acts for both a regional and national client base. Head of dispute resolution Mike Barlow is the key contact. Associate Ina Beurich is a rising star and is recommended for the full range of insolvency work.

Nicholsons Solicitors LLP has two experienced litigators in Mark Nicholson, whose previous experience includes 25 years as a licensed insolvency practitioner, and Gareth Lamb, whose broad litigation practice is mainly geared towards contentious insolvency matters. The firm receives regular instructions from the some of the largest IPs in East Anglia.

Rogers and Norton is 'a very competent firm' and lead litigator Peter Hastings 'has very good experience in contentious insolvency and a sharp mind'. Hastings handles insolvency matters as part of his broader commercial litigation practice, acting for individuals including company directors, as well as for local IPs on claims relating to misfeasance, wrongful trading and preferential transactions. He is currently handling a preferential claim with a value of £100,000. Solicitor Elizabeth Gibson is also recommended.

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