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The 'best firm in the region' for insolvency matters, Blake Morgan LLP  Cardiff 's three-strong team handles contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters for insolvency practitioners (IPs), banks, asset based lenders and debtors. Team head Paul Caldicott displays 'clear technical knowledge, coupled with a strong commercial acumen'. Caldicott is leading on a number of contentious insolvency matters including multiple misfeasance claims relating to tax avoidance schemes and defending a claim challenging the validity of a legal charge secured over a bankrupt's property worth in excess £500,000. Senior solicitor Sophia Farmer is also recommended.

Able to provide a fully integrated service to a wide variety of stakeholders including debtors, creditors and IPs, by virtue of a strong litigation offering (which is able to leverage the firm's innovative litigation fund) and a debt recovery facility by dint of the firm's "Capital Collect" debt service,  Capital Law Limited  has broad coverage across the panoply of contentious and non-contentious mandates and provides a 'sophisticated understanding of the insolvency and restructuring market'. Praised for his 'very practical and down-to-earth approach to litigation', Philip Jones  is regularly involved in contentious insolvency matters including fraud cases and directors’ duties claims; Jones recently advised the liquidator of London Welsh Rugby Football, work which included advice on several asset disposals. Senior associate Maria Coggins regularly advises IPs and corporates on insolvency and restructuring matters, while associate Guto Llewelyn leads on the debt recovery front.

'A beacon of competence and real expertise', Darwin Gray LLP Cardiff has a 'strong reputation in the region', particularly in relation to contentious matters. 'Highly experienced' team head Ian Herbert displays 'excellent litigation judgement' and has a strong reputation advising on directors' duties matters, recently garnering significant attention as a result of his representation for the joint liquidators of PV Solar in the recently reported case Re PV Solar Limited (in liquidation) [2018]. 'Balanced and objective' commercial litigator Kempton Rees is also regularly involved in contentious insolvency matters.

'One of the best firms in this practice area in Wales', JCP Solicitors  Swansea provides 'clear and practical advice'to a range of stakeholders across both contentious and non-contentious matters. 'A rising star in insolvency litigation', team head Andrew Murphy  'has a thorough grasp of the law in this area', and regularly acts for insolvent companies in disputes with office holders, as well as acting for institutional lenders and fixed-charge receivers on security issues.  On the transactional front, co-head of the corporate team Michael Williams has experience handling distressed M&A mandates, as well corporate reorganisations. The 'efficient and thorough' Sophie Thomas heads up the firm's commercial lending recoveries group, a role which includes representing lenders on appropriate recovery avenues via insolvency processes, and acting for receivers on all aspects of appointments and security.

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