Insolvency and corporate recovery in North

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway LLP’s ‘clear, direct and no-nonsense approach’ allows the full-service department to handle all aspects of insolvency work for all stakeholders in insolvencies (including directors, funders and creditors) and insolvency practitioners. The group also leverages the expertise of the firm’s debt collection practice and in-house creditor services team to assist with personal and corporate insolvencies at a contentious and non-contentious level. Jane Garvin heads up the insolvency unit and dispute resolution head Steven Petrie also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Steven Petrie; Jane Garvin


‘Good strength and knowledge. Clear, direct and no nonsense approach.’

‘Jane Garvin – knowledgeable and exceptionally efficient. Strong technical skills. Steven Petrie – decisive, engaging and constructive.’

Key clients


FRP Advisory

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton

MHA MacIntyre Hudson



Baker Tilley

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Leveraging its ‘strength in depth and unrivalled local legal coverage’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP ‘adopts a very collaborative approach’ when advising insolvency practitioners, banks, asset-based lenders, companies and charities on contentious and non-contentious work. Julian Gill heads up the non-contentious restructuring and insolvency practice in the North East, Sally Dallow leads the team which acts for the Insolvency Service (an agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and Peter Maxwell heads up the asset recovery team. Kelly Jordan was recruited from Muckle LLP in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Julian Gill; Sally Dallow; Peter Maxwell

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Jordan


‘Strength in depth and unrivalled local legal coverage.’

‘Julian Gill – dynamic, knowledgeable, questioning and wholly approachable.’

‘They tend to adopt a very collaborative approach to their work from which I feel fully informed at every stage of the cases I have with them.’

‘Peter Maxwell has a good grasp of the detail and is highly effective at communicating that to his clients. He is a very experienced insolvency lawyer who demonstrates a genuine passion for his work.’

‘Top class insolvency and restructuring team.’

‘Julian Gill – the region’s leading insolvency lawyer. Peter Maxwell – extremely effective insolvency litigator.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group


FRP Advisory Trading LLP


Interpath Advisory


Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton (UK) LLP

KSA Group

The Insolvency Service


Manolete Partners plc


Azets (formerly Baldwins )

Work highlights

  • Acting for FRP Advisory Trading Limited as the administrators of Quarrington Renewable Gas Limited, which operates an anaerobic digestion plant.
  • Acting for Begbies Traynor as the administrators of Statebourne (Cryogenic) Limited, a company which provides cryogenic products and solutions.
  • Acting for FRP Advisory Trading Limited as the administrators of Simplicity Energy Limited (in administration).

Clarke Mairs LLP

Clarke Mairs LLP’s ‘impressive’ team of ‘fantastic, skilled insolvency litigators’ also excels in non-contentious work, advising on the full spectrum of issues encompassing pre-insolvency work, voluntary restructurings, administrations, liquidations, voluntary arrangements and bankruptcies. Insolvency practitioners make up the bulk of the firm’s client base. Firm founding partner Paul Rushworth leads the practice and is supported by associate Louise Ager. Susan Mairs retired.

Practice head(s):

Paul Rushworth

Other key lawyers:

Louise Ager


‘The partners have all particularly impressed me and I have also been impressed by all other members and employees of the firm. They are excellent in all fields in which I employ them, in particular to corporate insolvency matters.’

‘Paul Rushworth is my key contact. Paul’s understanding of Insolvency is, as you would expect, considerable but it is the application and commercial thought behind the advice that sets Paul apart.’

‘Fantastically skilled insolvency litigators. A pleasure to work with and very effective and economical.’

‘Paul Rushworth – top class litigator. Louise Ager – very capable associate.’

‘The team at Clark Mairs are technically astute whilst at the same time able to combine this with a level of commerciality and approachability which is refreshing to see.’

‘I have worked closely with both Paul Rushworth and Louise Ager, who have always been a pleasure to deal with and have assisted in a number of difficult scenarios which they have dealt with firmly but with an element of humanity – a difficult but appreciated balance in the world of insolvency.’

‘Paul Rushworth – one of the best insolvency litigators I have come across. Technically first class but with great tactical and human awareness. And has a sense of humour.’

‘Louise Ager is very impressive – technically tops but very good at client handling and knowing when to hold the line and when to stop back. Doesn’t lose her nerve.’

Key clients

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Begbies Traynor

KSA Group

Manolete Partners Plc

Northpoint Associates

Freeman Rich Insolvency


Philip Wallace Insolvency

Hawdon Bell & Co

Buchler Phillips

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Trustee in the Bankruptcy of a foreign exchange trader who pleaded guilty to a multi-million pound international investment scam.
  • Acting for FRP as administrators of Starkold Building Services (in administration) in the Pre-Pack disposal of the business.
  • Acting in respect of the liquidation of SM & Roadrunner Coaches in various claims against the directors and other parties in securing judgments in excess of £2.6m.

Muckle LLP

The key names for insolvency work at Muckle LLP include senior associate Laura Keegan, corporate real estate specialist Jason Wainwright, who handles restructuring and insolvency transactional deals, and banking head Louise Duffy.

Key clients

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

RMT Accountants and Business Advisors

Azets Holdings Limited

Interpath Advisory (formerly KPMG)

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Manolete Partners PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised FRP Advisory Trading Limited, the Administrators of Utility Alliance Limited on their appointment and realisation of assets.
  • Advised FRP Advisory Trading Limited, the Administrators of Courtyard Developments (Newcastle) Limited on their appointment, the sale of the business and assets of the company as a going concern and the sale of other properties.
  • Advised RMT Accountants and Business Advisors, the Trustee in Bankruptcy of Derek Newton (Deceased) on the administration of the deceased insolvent estate.