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Insolvency and corporate recovery in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's practice handles complex restructuring mandates, distressed real estate issues and insolvency litigation. The highly experienced Ged Barnes leads the team with over two decades of experience acting on corporate insolvencies and restructurings. Tim Taylor is also a key name in the practice, acting for financial institutions and distressed companies. The firm also maintains its presence on the panel of several UK banks. Legal director Sarah Foster is also noted and advises companies and insolvency practitioners on restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Ged Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Tim Taylor; Sarah Foster

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Grant Thornton UK LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Endless LLP

The HLD Group

Avison Young

Close Brothers Invoice Finance Limited

Duff & Phelps Limited

Boohoo.com

Work highlights

  • Acting for Boohoo.com on the purchase of certain assets of the Karen Millen and Coast clothing retail businesses from administrators.
  • Acted for Endless LLP on its acquisition of the business and assets of Europe’s largest specialist golf retailer, American Golf.
  • Acting for Grant Thornton as administrators of the Pochin group of companies.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's practice works on regional and national cross-border insolvencies and restructurings. The group also advises public and private companies in distressed situations and acts in contentious issues arising out of  insolvencies and restructurings. The team is led by Robert Russell, who principally focuses on the retail sector, where he has undertaken work on acquisitions and restructurings. Christopher Roberts has acted for banks, insolvency practitioners and asset-based lenders on non-contentious insolvency work.

Practice head(s):

Robert Russell

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Roberts

Testimonials

‘The team has an ability to provide comprehensive advice on a broad range of very complex insolvency and recovery issues within a very dynamic and litigious environment. Seamless coordination with other groups across their practice and able to respond rapidly as the situation evolved. Fantastic combination of legal and commercial advice.’

‘An experienced team that delivers well on both transactional and insolvency litigation cases.’

‘Helpful and collaborative; able to involve other groups as needed. Always commercially minded, and technically sound.’

‘Robert Russell, Paul Gray and Bethan Moore deserve particular mention. A client-focused and proactive approach. We highly value their ability to balance technical legal advice and commercial judgement.’

Key clients

Aurelius

Close Brothers

Deloitte

Duff & Phelps

Ernst & Young LLP

HSBC Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

PWC

Sandton Capital Partners

BDO

Quantum

Work highlights

  • Acted for Solutus Advisors Limited and the fixed charge receiver of a property portfolio of circa 30 former Toys R Us stores in litigation instigated by Debussy DTC and US Bank Trustees Limited on behalf of certain CMBS loan noteholders.
  • Advising Ernst & Young LLP in its capacity as administrators of the Hawk Plant group of companies.
  • Advising Duff & Phelps Ltd. as administrators of Monarch Education Limited, Medicare First Limited, Team 24 Limited and Seed Cap Holdings Limited on the pre-packaged sale of certain of the business and assets of the group.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's insolvency and corporate recovery practice is active in various matters including the restructuring of debt and high-profile administrations; the firm is also noted for its expertise in benefit pension schemes and employer restructurings. Department head David Gray has experience advising lenders, corporate clients and directors, and has assisted with complex restructurings and debt portfolio sales. Principal associate Sarah Duignan is noted for her expertise advising lenders on loan portfolio sales.

Practice head(s):

David Gray

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Duignan

Key clients

The Co-operative Bank plc

Wellesley Finance plc

PwC

Deloitte

Begbies Traynor

RSM

Ernst & Young LLP

KPMG LLP

Alvarez & Marsal

Work highlights

  • Act for PwC as the Administrators of Marcus Worthington Construction and its associated companies.
  • Acting for Ernst & Young as administrators of API Group, a multi-national packaging supplier.
  • Advising KPMG as administrators of Sidcot Group, a multi-site paper manufacturer in the UK including advising on the sale of the business and other aspects of the administration.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's practice advises a broad client base of banks, private equity houses and insolvency practitioners on a range of matters across contentious and non-contentious work. Recent advice has been given on financial restructurings and acquisitions, and the group has also acted in insolvency litigation. Andrew Buchanan is the stand out figure in the firm, operating out of Manchester but working nationally; he has experience in distressed acquisitions and corporate insolvencies. Stuart Tait is also of note, and assists debtors and lending syndicates with restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Buchanan

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Tait

Key clients

Total Polyfilm Limited (including advising KPMG LLP as joint administrators)

Patisserie Valerie Group (including advising KPMG LLP as joint administrators)

KPMG LLP (as joint administrators of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group)

Harvard Technology Limited

City Football Group Limited (Manchester City)

BDO UK LLP

Sidcot Group Ltd

Duff & Phelps

Grant Thornton

Deloitte

PwC

RSM Restructuring and Advisory LLP

HCC Tokio Marine

Mazars

Baldwins

Work highlights

  • Acting for KPMG as the joint administrators of Total Polyfilm on various sales of business and assets in Preston and Brighouse.
  • Advising several clients on the financial restructuring and subsequent administration of Thomas Cook; the two separate transactions involve City Football Group Limited (Manchester City) and various UK sureties, including Euler Hermes and QBE.
  • Acting in various claims for BDO as liquidator of Pochins.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a major presence in the market with knowledge of the manufacturing, higher education and retail sectors. The firm is also present on the panels for the four largest UK clearing bank, regularly handling restructuring work. Team head James Cameron stands out for his work on pensions and  charity restructurings at a regional and national level, while associate Daniella Thompson is an expert in advising on restructuring issues and recovery strategies with lenders.

Practice head(s):

James Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Daniella Thompson

Testimonials

‘The team members make themselves available at short notice and are quick to grasp the key considerations in a deal – both legal and commercial. A strong legal analysis provides the right level of detail to the client without providing too much for non lawyers to absorb.’

‘They always play a proactive role in providing a solutions-based approach at pace.’

‘The team are responsive and deliver a good level of service. Matters are dealt with promptly and efficiently based on a clear understanding of client needs.’

‘Availability is good including introducing others when necessary to ensure the correct skills are available to address the client need at the first point of contact.’

Key clients

FRP Advisory

Deloitte

EY

PwC

Begbies Traynor

Hilco Capital

KPMG

Duff and Phelps

RSM

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Advising a significant creditor of Hadlow College and West Kent and Ashford College, the first two further education colleges to go into special administration following the introduction of the new regime in early 2019.
  • Advised Duff & Phelps on the pre-pack sale of the assets and businesses of clothing wholesaler and retailer Leisurewear International Limited and Kids Boutique (UK) Limited, owner of the ‘Minoti’ childrens wear brand.
  • Advised KPMG on its appointment as administrator of gas and electricity supplier Eversmart Energy Ltd including advising on the sector-specific legislation and issues pertinent to an insolvency scenario, and liaised with Ofgem regarding the revocation of licences and the appointment of Utilita Energy as ‘supplier of last resort’.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs displays a 'breadth of expertise' in its insolvency and corporate recovery practice. Susan Kelly undertakes contentious and non-contentious work in relation to restructuring and insolvency mandates, with over two decades of experience in the regional market; she also has standout expertise in pension restructuring work. The 'hardworking and diligent' Mark Prior is a specialist in real estate restructuring and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Susan Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Mark Prior; Anthony Taylor; Peter Lees

Testimonials

‘We use Squires across a range of specialties and they have the breadth of expertise to deliver.’

‘Anthony Taylor, Mark Prior and Peter Lees are always available to provide advice and suggestions to achieve our desired outcomes. Hardworking and diligent.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

BDO

Close Invoice Finance limited

CNG Financial Corporation

Co-op

Deloitte

EY

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton

KPMG

Lloyds Banking Group

Manchester Building Society

PNC Business Credit

Praetura Commercial Finance

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Shawbrook Bank

Wuhu Anrui Optoelectronics

Work highlights

  • Advised China-based Wuhu Anrui on its multi-million pound acquisition of Wipac Limited’s high-end car lighting business.
  • Advised the administrators of Red’s Smoque Limited on the insolvency and disposal of a number of Red’s True Barbecue restaurants and its branded sauces business.
  • Advised Molson Coors on its acquisition of Hop Stuff Brewery and associated bars.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's practice represents insolvency practitioners and corporate clients in a wide range of mandates. The team is led by Joey Byrne, who is an expert in contentious insolvency issues.

Practice head(s):

Joey Byrne

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP is praised for its 'sound technical advice' which it combines with 'commerciality' across a range of areas including corporate restructuring, pension-related insolvencies and property-related insolvencies. As head of the team, Paul Spence possesses a 'broad depth of experience' in distressed real estate matters; he is active in both Liverpool and Manchester. Gavin Jones 'provides an excellent service' in contentious work, while Julie Agnew, who joined from DWF in 2019, primarily acts on non-contentious insolvency and restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paul Spence

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Jones; Julie Agnew

Testimonials

‘One of the stronger teams in the North West. Approachable and easy to work with. They help me to achieve what I want to achieve.’

‘Gavin Jones and Julie Agnew are providing an excellent service on some high value and high profile litigation.’

‘Sound technical advice combined with commerciality. Always available to discuss ad hoc queries. Good spread of sector expertise within the firm.’

‘Whilst I instruct the team on a variety of matters, Paul Spence is one of a very few solicitors that I trust with my business instructions. I cannot give higher praise.’

‘Julie Agnew is a hugely competent solicitor. She handles both the most significant instructions and the more mundane, with the same calm and supportive manner. She immediately puts my more junior team members and clients at ease.’

‘Paul Spence blends technical competence with a strong commercial awareness. Paul is able to spot opportunities to add value and he often exceed expectations. He broad depth of experience which is particularly important when dealing with restructuring/insolvency matters.’

Key clients

FRP Advisory LLP

Mazars LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

KPMG

Manolete Partners PLC

The Insolvency Service

Begbies Traynor PLC

The Authentic Food Company Limited

Duff & Phelps

Grant Thornton

Dunham Dean Advisory

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Investec Bank plc

David Rubin & Partners

ReSolve Advisory Limited

RBS/RBSIF

Bibby Finance

Work highlights

  • Acting for Currie Young in substantial claims against directors (for misfeasance/ breach of duties) and third parties (antecedent transactions).
  • Representing a commodity trading company in high-value damages claims against multiple related companies in Hong Kong/Mainland China and their directors, arising from payment defaults on various aluminium sale and purchase agreements and related personal guarantees.
  • Acting for the liquidators of a Hong Kong company on potential causes of action and asset tracing and related investigations against its directors/shadow directors arising from their dishonest assistance to a third-party individual with a scheme to defraud the UK tax authority.

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP's team has 'good legal and commercial skills' and acts in the retail, manufacturing and transport sectors on a wide variety of matters. Graham Small and Scott Cameron jointly lead the practice, which includes Richard Wolff, who 'always delivers an excellent service' and is known for his work in corporate and personal insolvencies across the country. Wolff's clients include secured lenders, public and private companies, and private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Graham Small; Scott Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wolff

Testimonials

‘Good legal skills combined with strong commercial skills – approachable and responsive.’

‘Friendly staff, long-term focus on situation as it develops with a professional attitude at all times.’

‘Richard Woolf has acted on a number of matters and has always delivered an excellent service.’

‘Friendly and approachable with an all round approach to the situation. Strong commercial awareness to the position to avoid costs where possible.’

Key clients

KPMG

Alvarez and Marsal

Begbies Traynor

Baker Tilly Creditor Services

David Rubin & Partners

Baldwins

HJS Recovery

Mazars

Menzies

Mitchell Charlesworth

Work highlights

  • Acted for the joint administrator of two north west-based accountancy firms in connection with the transfer of the businesses and assets.
  • Instructed by Menzies LLP as liquidators of Premier FX Limited to handle an investigation into the company’s affairs. The company was previously placed into administration on the application of the FCA following a cessation of trade.
  • Acted for the purchaser of the assets and the business of Fearless.com out of administration.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's practice is led by the 'extremely commercial' Sarah Teal, who has experience acting for asset-based lenders, boards and insolvency practitioners. Operating out of Manchester, she is known in the regional market for her contentious insolvency expertise. Supporting Teal is senior associate Hollie Wrigley, who is present on all restructuring and insolvency matters. Associate Hannah Gaskell also undertakes contentious and non-contentious work including providing advice on administrations, receiverships and liquidations.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Teal

Other key lawyers:

Hollie Wrigley; Hannah Gaskell

Testimonials

‘Sarah Teal: a very hands on and practical approach to restructuring and insolvency related litigation.’

‘I have worked most with Sarah Teal, a partner in the team. She is extremely commercial which means that she is able to address any issues that arise in an efficient and effective manner. Her approach is very much one of a problem-solver and she is happy to suggest solutions that deal with the issues arising. Her ability to provide solutions helps her to stand out from her competitors.’

‘The team has strong technical knowledge, across both insolvency and finance, whilst also demonstrating strong commercial acumen. They are able to provide advice which is well-thought out and balanced. They are also able to provide an opinion, advising why they have settled on that opinion, which some firms shy away from.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

Rococo Chocolates Ltd (in administration)

Duff & Phelps Ltd

Fresh To Store Limited and F2S Holdings Limited

Regis UK Limited (in administration)

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Kiros Group Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK plc

Work highlights

  • Advised a director and creditor of Rococo Chocolates Ltd (in administration) on an application for an Administration Order in circumstances where an appointment of administrators was hostile and fiercely rejected by the remaining directors.
  • Advised the directors of national suppliers of wine and spirits, EFB Retail Limited, Whittalls Wines Merchants 1 Limited, Whittalls Wines Merchants 2 Limited and Wine Cellar Trading Limited, trading as Oddbins stores, on the applications for Administration Orders for each company.
  • Acting for the former directors of Fresh To Store Limited in potential litigation proposed by the administrators.

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP act as advisers to the boards of directors of companies facing financial distress, utilising its bench of experienced practitioners. Nick Clarke and Mark Davies jointly lead the team. The duo have notable contentious and non-contentious expertise in insolvency and restructuring matters; Davies particularly acts on personal insolvency issues for a national client base.

Practice head(s):

Nick Clarke; Mark Davies

Key clients

Development Bank Wales (Finance Wales Group)

KPMG LLP

Grant Thornton

Menzies

SPK Financial Solutions Ltd

RSM

Dains LLP

Opus Restructuring LLP

Leonard Curtis

Parkin S Booth

Work highlights

  • Advised Opus Restructuring LLP and Anderson Brookes as joint liquidators of Dyserth Falls Ltd.
  • Advised SPK as administrator of Primary Care Connect Ltd. – potentially the first formal insolvency of a GP practice in the UK.
  • Advised the board of directors of The Hawk group on their fiduciary duties in the period leading up to the appointment of EY as administrators in 2019.

Bermans

Bermans' practice undertakes contentious and non-contentious insolvency issues for a client roster including invoice finance companies, lenders and insolvency practitioners. Department head Phil Farrelly acts on security and enforcement matters as well as restructuring and refinance work. The team has been bolstered by the addition of James Whittaker and Martin March from DWF and Knights plc in late 2019 and early 2020, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Phil Farrelly

Other key lawyers:

James Whittaker; Martin March

Key clients

FRP Advisory LLP

IGF Invoice Finance

Bibby Financial Services

RSM

Begbies Traynor

Work highlights

  • Acted for Quantuma as joint administrators of the Bolton Whites Hotel Ltd in relation to its sale, in conjunction with the sale of Bolton Wanderers FC, to Football Ventures.
  • Advised Secure Trust Bank on the provision of an asset-based lending facility to Lyte, supporting the purchase of the business out of administration.
  • Acted for Porter Wood solicitors on the acquisition of Preston personal injury firm PHC Law from its administrators.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP's practice provides an array of services in commercial insolvency and restructuring mandates across Manchester, Liverpool and Preston. The firm has both a contentious and non-contentious offering and key expertise in the sports and retail sectors. Robert Turner leads the team and counts asset-based lenders, administrators and liquidators among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Robert Turner

Key clients

FVWL Football Limited (Bolton Wanderers Football Club)

Dow Schofield Watts Business Recovery LLP

Omni Partners LLP

RSM

Leonard Curtis

Begbies

Bibby Financial Services

Cowgills

CG&co

Hope Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Football Ventures on the purchase of Bolton Wanderers Football Club from its administrators.
  • Advising Omni Partners on the purchase of Child and Child solicitors from its administrators.
  • Acting for the administrators of Warmer Energy Services Limited on the sale of the business and assets of the company.

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP's team has acted for corporate clients on insolvency-related mandates and in contentious matters, with a practice led by the 'exceptional' Richard Thomas. Thomas is a dual-qualified solicitor and insolvency practitioner, providing the firm with unique expertise as part of its ability to handle insolvency and restructuring matters. Kate Roberts is an expert in advising individuals and office holders on personal and corporate pre-insolvency and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Kate Roberts

Testimonials

‘A local practice with offices in Chester/Liverpool but with a breadth of experience across all disciplines, where we are able to draw upon litigation, insolvency, property and commercial lawyers to work alongside each other in corporate recovery work. Enjoy a good reputation within recovery sector.’

‘A helpful, responsive and value adding partner for our business. DTM go the extra mile to provide advice and solutions to enable our business to minimise external impacts on its cash flow. When service, sector knowledge and results are of this level and this reasonable level of cost, why would we go anywhere else?’

‘The partners at DTM are easy to get hold of and have exceptional knowledge of both our specialist sector and the law that we need to utilise. Discussions with them are easy to have and free flowing in an honest helpful and informative partnership style.’

‘Richard Thomas in particular has and continues to be exceptional in both advice and in obtaining the results our business needs. This includes out of the box routes to recovery that are well explained to ensure we know and have all the available options to consider.’

‘I work in particular with Richard Thomas in relation to corporate recovery instructions. Richard is fairly unique in being dual qualified as a lawyer and Insolvency Practitioner which provides greater expertise in dealing with all parties on our behalf, and advising ourselves.’

‘Kate Roberts is excellent. Very experienced and commercially savvy and a pleasure to work with. She addresses the points that need to be addressed and is a real team player.’

Key clients

Parkin S Booth

Funding Circle

Philmore & Co

Opus Business Recovery

CVR Global

Edge Recovery

Grant Thornton

Kreston Reeves

Kay Johnson Gee

Begbies Traynor

Handelsbanken Pl

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Opus Restructuring as liquidator to assist with asset recoverys in the liquidation.
  • Instructed to act on behalf of Kay Johnson Gee as joint liquidator in relation to a misfeasance, breach of duty and trust claim against the directors of a company.
  • Advising CCI Credit Management on an application to challenge a rejection by the liquidators and the liquidator’s conduct.

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors' practice has advised banks, receivers and directors on contentious and non-contentious issues. The team is collectively led by Mark Deverell, David Guest and Paul Lupton. Deverell is the firm's key partner acting in winding up proceedings, Guest specialises in corporate and personal insolvencies, and Lupton is a broad specialist in all insolvency-related matters, advising small to medium-sized businesses in particular.

Hillyer McKeown

Hillyer McKeown's insolvency and corporate recovery practice is active nationally in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Group head Paul Marsh is particularly experienced in contentious work, including personal and corporate insolvency claims, while Jennifer Lockhart has a client base of large accounting firms, which she regularly acts for in contentious matters. The department's experience also includes advising on the recovery of assets which have been wrongfully appropriated by directors or individuals.

Practice head(s):

Paul Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Lockhart

Testimonials

‘Paul Marsh and Jennifer Lockhart make a very strong team as their skill bases are complementary and each bring a different perspective to any problem, ensuring that all the options are considered.’

‘The team truly work as a team, ensuring that all matters are covered efficiently. They are technically very proficient and combine this with a commercial approach to any issues.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton LLP

KPMG LLP

CVR Global LLP

PCR (London) LLP

Begbies Traynor Group

Mazars LLP

Harper Macleod LLP

Finn Associates (Business Care Limited)

Bretts Business Recovery

FRP Advisory LLP

Antony Batty & Company LLP

Haslers

Opus Business Services Group

Duff and Phelps Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Begbies Traynor in a case involving an individual who applied for his own bankruptcy following an order made against him in matrimonial proceedings.
  • Representing Bretts Business Recovery in a case involving a bankrupt individual who, at the date of the bankruptcy order, had four properties registered in her sole name.
  • Acting for KPMG LLP in a case involving a former solicitor who had disciplinary proceedings brought against him by the SRA and was struck off and subsequently made bankrupt.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's practice handles various matters including CVAs, administrations and bankruptcy cases for clients across the UK. The firm's practitioners sit on several bank panels including those of HSBC, Co-Operative Bank and Santander. 

Knights plc

Knights plc's practice counts cross-border insolvencies, administrations and insolvency litigation among its areas of key expertise, acting for a broad range of clients including lenders and directors.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's practice is led by the highly experienced Helen Fyles, who operates out of Manchester on mandates across the country. The firm is one of three in the country which has been appointed to handle insolvency and recovery work for the financial recovery unit of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO); the firm's work for the ICO focuses on enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Helen Fyles

Testimonials

‘A good well-established team led by Helen Fyles who is well known in the NW insolvency market. They are fast and responsive and resource the work at the correct level for its complexity.’

 

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Official Receiver Services

Information Commissioner’s Office

Begbies Traynor

Cage Consultants Limited

Mazars

Griffins

BV Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Services LLP

Larking Gowen

Menzies LLP Accountants and Insolvency Practitioners

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cage Consultants Limited (a purchaser of insolvency claims) as an assignee in bringing claims against a former director of a textiles company for breach of duties under s.212 Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Acting for Mazars LLP and Chiron Recovery Limited as joint liquidators of IT Protect Limited, which had gone into liquidation after being fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office for contravening regulations preventing “cold calling” members of the public.
  • Acting for Aspect+ as trustee in the bankruptcy of J Wasu in pursuing various claims including in respect of void payments.

TLT

TLT practice displays 'excellent strength in depth', with expertise in corporate restructuring matters at a local and national level. The team is led by the 'technically strong' and 'personable' Alastair Lomax, who advises private equity funds on issues with financially distressed businesses; he also has experience working on pensions restructuring matters. Claire Graham joined the group from DWF in mid-2019, with experience in contentious insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Lomax

Other key lawyers:

Claire Graham

Testimonials

‘A strong team who work in an agile and commercial way to deliver results.’

‘Very professional. Excellent strength in depth.’

‘Alastair is technically strong and has an personable, commercial approach in complex situations.’

‘Alastair Lomax is driven to achieve a positive client outcome. He is able to turn around complex matters quickly and to an excellent standard.’

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Lloyds Banking Group Plc

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

BDO LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Innova Capital

Insolvency Service/ Official Receiver

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for the official receiver in respect of the high-profile application to extend bankruptcy restrictions in respect of Boris Becker.
  • Advised KPMG on the administration of Gullivers Truck Hire Group.
  • Acting for the administrators of Dartmoor Bio Power on the disposal of its wood-waste-to-energy plant to Aviva.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's insolvency and corporate recovery practice handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. Chris Keane heads up the team, which has experience advising directors, creditors and insolvency practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Chris Keane

DWF

DWF has contentious and non-contentious capabilities; the group regularly brings claims against directors and also defends clients against insolvency proceedings. The firm also advises clients buying and selling insolvent businesses. Katharine Lawrenson is highly experienced at advising clients including corporate creditors and insolvency practitioners. Claire Graham departed for TLT in mid-2019.

Harrison Drury & Co

Harrison Drury & Co's insolvency and corporate recovery practice handles work 'thoroughly and does a good job' when acting for its clients. The group handles the full remit of insolvency matters including contentious proceedings, working with insolvent and distressed companies. Team head James Robbins provides 'a brilliant service to clients with high-quality advice on complex issues'; he is dual qualified as a solicitor and insolvency practitioner.

Practice head(s):

James Robbins

Testimonials

‘The firm does a lot of insolvency work across the country getting interesting instructions from foreign banks and agencies regarding foreign debts which has extra complexity. The firm prepares things very thoroughly and does a good job.’

‘James Robbins is highly knowledgeable. But also approachable. My team are very comfortable taking issues to him, for a practical and pragmatic view on both how the law works and what will be successful in the situation.’

‘James Robbins has been the contact point, often coming into his own vs opposing teams lead by Partners. He offers a brilliant service to clients with high quality advice on complex issues and very responsive and go the extra mile.’

‘The team are big enough to cope but retain a local ability to care which is rarely found elsewhere.’

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

Marshall Peters

FRP Advisory

RSM Restructuring Advisory

Islandsbanki

APK Construction

Work highlights

  • Acting for Islandsbanki in an international enforcement action for a foreign bank worth in excess of £1m.
  • Acting for Marshall Peters in a matter involving establishing that the shareholders of companies in liquidation could rescind the winding-up orders as long as provision was made for liquidators’ costs, in a significant judgement with wider repercussions in the field of insolvency law.
  • Advised a multinational client on the international enforcement of its debt recovery.

Kennedys

Kennedys' practice acts across the construction, aviation and healthcare sectors on insolvency matters, with particular expertise in contentious issues. The team is led by Dino Paganuzzi, who is based in London, and acts for a roster of local and national clients.

Practice head(s):

Dino Paganuzzi

Nexus Solicitors Limited

Nexus Solicitors Limited represent lenders, insolvency practitioners, banks and creditors on a wide variety of matters. The team handles administrations and liquidations, under the leadership of Andrew Tonge.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tonge

Work highlights

  • Advised an engineering and manufacturing company on its debt restructuring.
  • Advising the liquidators of a company in relation to potential cryptocurrency recovery.
  • Acted for the liquidators of a company in residual warranty claims.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Pannone Corporate LLP's practice is active in contentious and non-contentious restructuring work, with advice given to directors, creditors and lenders. Daniel Clarke is the key practitioner in the firm.

Taylors LLP

Taylors LLP provides legal assistance on a wide array of matters including administrations, liquidations and reconstruction schemes; clients include insolvency practitioners, lenders and private individuals. Andrew Livesey is the head of the team and undertakes the majority of the work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Livesey