Insolvency and corporate recovery in West Midlands

DLA Piper

The restructuring and insolvency team at DLA Piper handles complex matters on a local, national and international scale. The firm offers expertise in sectors key to the Midlands, including the automotive, hospitality and leisure sectors. Huw Dolphin leads the team with extensive experience in corporate restructuring, refinancing and insolvency work and a focus on non-contentious and transactional work. Legal director Deborah Brown has considerable knowledge in handling real estate assets within formal appointments and financial restructures.

Practice head(s):

Huw Dolphin

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Brown; Aino Vuorio

Key clients

EY- Parthenon

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC UK Bank plc

Kroll

Nat West

Teneo

Interpath

Alvarez & Marsal

Close Brothers

PwC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lloyds as lenders to the company behind the landmark Birmingham hotel and restaurant in The Cube. Carried out the appointment of Kroll as administrators in 2021 and have since advised on the appointment of managing agents, trading issues and a sales process
  • Continued acting for the administrators of L K Bennett, one of the highest profile retail administrations in recent years.
  • Acting for HSBC in respect of the realisation of assets in the UK and US from a debtor group which went through a pre-packaged insolvency.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The 'extremely capable and extensive' restructuring team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP caters to a wide range of clients, including banks, mezzanine and asset-based lenders, private equity and distressed funds, as well as corporates and insolvency practitioners. The team works in a number of specialist areas such as automotive, education, energy, healthcare and life sciences. Andrew Jordan is a major name in the local market, specialising in sectors including retail, education, energy and healthcare. He co-leads with Jenna Poulton , who boasts specialist skills in real estate restructuring, distressed banking and syndicated restructurings. Legal director Anne-Louise Lawrence  is another important name, with significant retail experience.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jordan; Jenna Poulton

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Louise Lawrence; Kiran Khakh

Testimonials

‘Extremely capable and extensive restructuring team, who are able to answer all queries efficiently and promptly. Balanced advice provided on a very commercial and risk balanced basis.’

‘Jenna Poulton – always available with clear answers on very technical points.’

Key clients

Formaplex Limited / Elagmore Advisor LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Alvarez and Marsal

Teneo Restructuring (formerly Deloitte)

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

    Gateley Legal

    Gateley Plc is experienced across the full breadth of non-contentious and contentious matters, with a particular emphasis on sectors such as retail, healthcare, construction, logistics and financial disputes and fraud. In particular, the team boasts a formidable capacity for contentious insolvency proceedings on an international scale, advising on security structures, enhancement and enforcement and corporate simplification. Team co-head Mark Wilson has  a lot of experience in litigation involving offshore entities, allegations of fraud and breach of duty. He co-leads with Daniel French, whose particular expertise covers non-contentious insolvency and business restructuring advice to insolvency practitioners, institutional lenders and private equity funds.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Wilson; Dan French

    Other key lawyers:

    Victoria Portman

    Testimonials

    ‘Very experienced partners and team who are willing and able to provide practical solutions to complex situations. The introduction of litigation funding and their general willingness to share the risks on Insolvency and other matters makes them a major player in this market’

    ‘Mark Wilson has developed into one of the most respected lawyers in this sector and has with Dan French built a very impressive all round team’

    ‘An experienced team with a strong commercial mindset. They bring a strong combination of strategic thinking and litigation skills to complex cross border matters. The litigation team possess excellent legal, commercial and technical skills, are proactive with the right level of attention being provided by senior staff.’

    ‘The team is unique in their willingness to share risk, to invest their time researching and working up matters before launching claims, and to think strategically and creatively to the benefit of their clients.’

    ‘I have dealt with the insolvency litigation team on a very difficult case. They have been extremely supportive, tenacious and ultimately delivered a sound strategy that has enabled success at court.’

    ‘Victoria Portman – sound legal and tactical advice, extremely supportive throughout whole assignment. Very responsive and prepared to go the extra mile. I would not to be on the other side.’

    ‘Gateley have a large number of sector and service line specialisms to call upon, to make sure the right people are part of the project team.’

    Key clients

    Grant Thornton UK LLP

    RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

    Teneo Restructuring Limited

    BDO LLP

    Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

    EY Cayman Ltd

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    Interpath Ltd

    Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

    FRP Advisory

    Duff & Phelps LLP

    Haslers LLP

    Butcher Woods

    Smith and Williamson

    Azets Holdings Limited

    AIB

    Santander

    Rcapital Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advised James Sleight (as trustee in bankruptcy of the estate of Charles Edward Holroyd (deceased)) in relation to claims arising from Mr Holroyd’s estate against its former executor Mrs Callin (the deceased’s daughter), for taking assets and money which belonged to the estate.
    • Advised Alvarez & Marsal as joint administrators of one of the largest automotive insolvencies in the Midlands that year.
    • Advised Teneo Restructuring Limited as joint administrators on the pre-pack administration and disposal of a portfolio of 7,700 residential solar panel installations.

    Pinsent Masons LLP

    Pinsent Masons LLP enjoys a very strong reputation among major clearing banks, asset-based lenders and insolvency practitioners. In particular, the team has an established presence in restructuring assignments involving invoice finance and asset based lending. These are strong areas for team leader Amy Flavell, who has experience working for all the major clearing banks. Edward Sunderland  leads the national asset based lending and structured finance practice, while Samantha Palmer provides specialist regulatory support to professional services firms. At the senior associate level,  Sarah Robinson is a key name.

    Practice head(s):

    Amy Flavell

    Other key lawyers:

    Edward Sunderland; Samantha Palmer; Sarah Robinson

    Testimonials

    ‘I have worked with Pinsent Mason Midlands team on a number of cases. They are proactive and responsive and commercial in their approach. I also like working with them on a personal level’

    ‘Amy Flavell – very technically strong and leads proactively on the work. Great communicator.’

    ‘The team is close-knit and hard working. they are a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Amy Flavell is excellent at explaining the position and options clearly and helpfully.’

    ‘Quality across the board. Able to deal with all size of restructuring matter including the most cutting-edge and complex insolvency cases in the market.’

    ‘Amy Flavell is a high-class operator. She is technically excellent but with the ability to focus on the client’s needs and the most appropriate solution for the problem in front of her.’

    ‘Sarah Robinson is an assured and experienced senior associate.’

    Key clients

    Shell Energy Retail Limited

    FRP Advisory Trading Limited

    Ernst and Young LLP

    Kroll Advisory Limited

    Grant Thornton UK LLP

    Work highlights

    • Advised Grant Thornton representing the Supervisors of the CVA of Regis on the test case on the fairness of CVAs as a restructuring tool in the High Court at trial and in the Court of Appeal.
    • Advised on a number of energy supply company failures, including providing advice and assistance to Shell Energy on its position and dealings with administrators as supplier of last resort.
    • Advised EY as administrators of Spicers Limited, Office Team Limited and related group companies on all aspects of the administrations

    Shoosmiths LLP

    Shoosmiths LLP is a very prominent name in the retail and financial services sectors in the West Midlands. Specifically, it has been at the forefront of the development of CVAs in the retail sector, undertaking the first CVA of an FCA regulated entity. James Keates is the national head of the team and acts for a variety of banks, asset based lenders, insolvency practitioners and private equity clients. Aaron Harlow advises on all matters surrounding corporate restructuring and insolvency, while Charlotte Duce has a key role in developing the team’s lender driven practice. Principal associate Charlotte Doyle has played a key role for the team in a number of high profile insolvencies and restructurings.

    Practice head(s):

    James Keates

    Other key lawyers:

    Aaron Harlow; Charles Williams; Charlotte Duce; Charlotte Doyle; Louise Snipe

    Key clients

    Teneo Restructuring (formerly the restructuring arm of Deloitte LLP)

    RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

    Interpath Advisory (formerly the restructuring arm of KPMG LLP)

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    RBS

    Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

    FRP Advisory LLP

    Kroll (formerly) Duff & Phelps Ltd

    ReSolve Advisory LLP

    Bibby Financial Services Limited

    Work highlights

    • Together with RSM Restructuring Advisory, advised O’Keefe Construction (Greenwich) Limited on the successful implementation of a CVA.
    • Advised Greybull Capital on its acquisition of the Inovia business through a pre-packaged administration process from Kroll.
    • Advised insolvency practitioners from RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP in their capacity as administrators of Omniac Realisations Limited and Omniac Holdings Realisations Limited, (trading as Camino) the Spanish tapas restaurant and bar group.

    Freeths LLP

    The team at Freeths LLP is adept at providing insolvency and restructuring advice to insolvency practitioners, banks, funders and corporate stakeholders. John Jeffreys is a major name in the local market and specialises in non-contentious work. He co-leads the team along Mike Gilmour, whose predominantly contentious work focuses on bankruptcy and asset recovery matters.

    Practice head(s):

    John Jeffreys; Mike Gilmour

    Other key lawyers:

    Grace Millar

    Testimonials

    John Jeffreys – exceptionally responsive , pragmatic and commercial in the advice given, good all round knowledge even if not his speciality area of law and ensures where other within Freeths are involved he retains control of the matter to avoid a silo approach.’

    ‘Strong and highly capable restructuring team with a partner led focus on delivery and advice.’

    ‘John Jeffreys – High calibre, experienced professional who has excellent client interaction skills and provides a commercial, partner-led approach to restructuring situations .’

    ‘Everyone knows that with partners it is the name on the door that matters more than the name above it. and John Jeffreys is one of the best reasons to work with Freeths. He relates to clients well, is resourceful and creative and forceful when necessary handling some very delicate situations for us. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

    Key clients

    BDO LLP

    Grant Thornton UK LLP

    RSM UK Restructuring & Advisory LLP

    Allied Irish Bank (UK)

    Savills LLP

    Elwell Watchorn & Saxton LLP

    Black Murphy Limited

    Mazars LLP

    Begbies Traynor

    K J Watkin & Co

    ReSolve Advisory Limited

    Quantuma LLP

    Smith & Williamson LLP

    Alvarez & Marsal LLP

    Tier One Capital Limited

    FRP Advisory LLP

    B M Advisory LLP

    Colliers International

    Hazlewoods LLP

    Hilco Global

    Opus Restructuring & Insolvency

    Work highlights

    • Advising BDO LLP as administrators of The Deltic Group Limited and its subsidiaries in administration in respect of a variety of issues during the course of the administration including the transfer of the significant real estate portfolio to the purchaser of the business and assets.
    • Advising Black Murphy Limited and its administrators from ReSolve Advisory Limited, a high-end gym and fitness business based in and around London on the sale of its business and assets.
    • Advising the lender to and Savills LLP as the LPA Receivers of a brownfield residential property development in Sheffield with complex off plan sales and on-site issues.

    Gowling WLG

    With access to the wider firm’s impressive corporate client base, the restructuring and insolvency team at Gowling WLG works with a broad range of businesses, including pension trustees, suppliers, overseas parent companies, alternative funders and UK wide regulatory bodies. Team leader Jasvir Jootla works for a variety of stakeholders in distressed situations. She is supported by corporate restructuring expert Tom Pringle and insolvency litigator Ian Weatherall .

    Practice head(s):

    Jasvir Jootla

    Other key lawyers:

    Julian Pallett; Tom Pringle; Ian Weatherall; Emily Rust

    Key clients

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    Grant Thornton (UK) LLP

    Teneo Restructuring LLP

    BDO LLP

    Interpath Advisory Ltd

    EY UK LLP

    Lloyds Bank plc

    HSBC UK Bank plc

    The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

    FRP Advisory

    Smith & Williamson LLP

    HSBC UK Bank plc

    Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acted for administrators James Cowper Kreston on the sale of YOTEL London Clerkenwell, a central London hotel owned by 100 Clerkenwell Limited (in administration) and operated by global hospitality brand YOTEL, to LGIM Real Assets, for £70m
    • Advised SmartestEnergy Limited on a qualifying floating charge holder appointment of administrators and the administration process of a 360,000 customer base energy company, Green Network Energy Ltd.

    Harrison Clark Rickerbys

    The ‘friendly and proactive’ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys has taken on significant instructions from corporates, lenders and insolvency practitioners, particularly in the construction, finance, healthcare, defence and education sectors. The practice is led by Sam Payne, who covers transactional work on behalf of boutique firms up to Big 4 firms. He is supported by Alan Meiklejohn, who regularly advises secured creditors on all aspects of insolvency and recovery. Also on the team is turnaround specialist Jon Whitbread, while Stuart Taylor joined as a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP in mid-2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Sam Payne

    Other key lawyers:

    Alan Meiklejohn; Jon Whitbread; Hayley Phelps; Stuart Taylor

    Testimonials

    Very friendly and proactive’

    ‘Sam Payne – experienced, intelligent, practical and a nice guy too’

    ‘Experienced team at all levels’

    ‘The insolvency team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys have a wealth of experience in all forms of insolvency and restructuring, and are trusted advisers.’

    ‘The Partners at Harrison Clark Rickerbys are very “hands on”, and are quick to react to new instructions and developments in respect of existing cases.’

    Key clients

    Alvarez and Marsal

    Tricorn Group PLC

    ThinCats

    RSM

    FRP Advisory

    Begbies Traynor Corporate Recovery and Professional Services

    BDO: Accountancy and Business Advice

    PKF Smith Cooper

    Habib Bank Zurich PLC

    Interpath Advisory

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Tricorn UK Limited, a Malvern and West Bromwich based tubular engineering business and the main trading division of a listed PLC which had experienced cumulative issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in various factory closures and staffing shortages, supply chain issues and increasing prices.
    • Instructed by the administrators of Bon Marche in relation to its property portfolio, dealing with the leases of over 60 properties, agreeing either surrenders or assignments.
    • Instructed by ThinCats to undertake a security review in relation to a group of financial management advisory companies and were included in lengthy negotiations with the owner of the business.

    Irwin Mitchell

    With close ties to the firm’s banking and finance team, the restructuring and insolvency team at Irwin Mitchell are specialists in asset based lending with an emphasis risk and credit reviews, security issues and option reviews for distressed businesses. Team head Stephen George  is known for an expertise in non-contentious insolvency and a specialism in dealing with pension related restructuring. He is supported by recently promoted partner Amy Keogh .

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen George

    Other key lawyers:

    Amy Keogh

    Key clients

    PWC

    Deloitte/Teneo

    Kpmg/Interpath

    Azets Restructuring & Insolvency

    FRP

    RSM Advisory

    Grant Thornton

    Mazars

    National Westminster Bank Plc

    Lloyds Banking Group

    Shawbrook Bank Plc

    Close Brothers Limited

    Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC

    Work highlights

    • Advising Grant Thornton as administrators of £400m turnover NMCN PLC and its subsidiaries on complex security, intercreditor priority and enforcement issues and strategies to protect the value in various subsidiary companies and part completed projects to maximise returns to creditors.
    • Advising Alvarez and Marsal Holdings LLC as administrators of Igloo Energy Supply Limited (In administration) in relation to the validity of security in favour of lenders and connected parties, the rankings of distribution to different creditors, and reviewing potential antecedent transactions.
    • Advising FRP as administrators over Priority Area Playgroups, a company limited by guarantee and registered charity, involved in providing early-years education to children in the Birmingham Area.

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP has an excellent reputation for complex contentious matters for insolvency practitioners and lenders. In addition, the team also regularly undertakes advisory projects for major corporates. Andrew Taylor  is the national head of the RRI team, advising insolvency practitioners and lenders on turnaround options, formal insolvency issues and validity of securities. He is supported by legal director Sheena Tandy , who has a wide range of experience advising on contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Taylor

    Other key lawyers:

    Sheena Tandy

    Testimonials

    ‘A commercial team that sees the value in introducing other service lines and advisors to its clients.’

    ‘My key contact is Andy Taylor. He provides pragmatic advice and whilst highlighting potential risks and hurdles, he also focuses on solutions.’

    ‘Excellent advice always provided in a timely manner. Very collaborative and always available which is extremely helpful. A very helpful team which gives straightforward sensible advice.’

    ‘Andrew Taylor is commercial and extremely knowledgeable about his subject. I find him approachable and available whenever needed. I am always happy to recommend him.’

    ‘Shakespeare Martineau’s Banking and Insolvency practice has always delivered excellent, clear advice at a reasonable price. They have good technical strength within the team and can always access subject matter experts quickly if required.’

    ‘I really rate Andy Taylor as his advice is always considered but clear and unambiguous. He is always highly responsive and prides himself on “getting off the fence” and providing advice which allows you to get on and make a decision whilst also being aware of the risks in any situation.’

    Key clients

    Teneo Restructuring (formerly Deloitte)

    Kroll Advisory Ltd. (formerly Duff & Phelps)

    Lloyds Banking Group

    Quantuma LLP

    Interpath Ltd – t/a Interpath Advisory[/KPMG LLP]

    PwC LLP

    FRP Advisory Trading Limited

    Mazars

    BDO

    RSM

    Leonard Curtis

    Grant Thornton

    Work highlights

    • Advising the administrators of 11 companies encompassing 37 individual care homes, most recently successfully applying to extend the administrations on all 11 companies.
    • Advising the liquidators of Chesterpeak in pursuing the directors of the company for antecedent transactions totalling more than £5million.
    • Advised Kroll Advisory Ltd. on the administration of various parts of the Signature Property Group, including various real estate assets and other assets including the hotel featured in the BBC documentary “The Grand Party Hotel”, a cruise -liner and the shareholdings in 70 separate subsidiaries within the Signature Group.

    Squire Patton Boggs

    Squire Patton Boggs is particularly noteworthy for its expertise in its knowledge of sectors including retail, education, pensions, sport and hospitality. The team operates on a truly international scale, with recent matters spanning in Croatia, China, the US and the United Arab Emirates. With 25 years of experience, Devinder Singh  brings great expertise in the energy and sports sectors; he co-leads the team with Russell Hill, who leads on significant multi-jurisdictional corporate and finance transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Devinder Singh; Russell Hill

    Other key lawyers:

    Oliver Ward-Jones

    Testimonials

    ‘They have technical capability and an ability to clearly communicate’

    ‘Russ Hill – commercial approach with a clear commitment to delivering for clients’

    ‘Russell Hill is the leading restructuring lawyer in the Midlands. Not only is he technically strong, he is highly commercial and is strongly motivated and driven to understand his clients objective and make sure this is delivered. He is absolutely my go to person when I have a problem and need creative, commercial problem solving. He has also built an exceptional team of professionals who we are happy to have supporting us.’

    ‘Well versed in complex corporate insolvency, both contentious and non-contentious. A well earned reputation for excellence.’

    ‘Devinder Singh leads a well-managed and approachable team. Russ Hill has an excellent reputation for non-contentious work and Oliver Ward-Jones is an impressive senior associate.’

    ‘Devinder Singh  has led the team excellently. He completely “gets” the market and is absolutely dependable in all situations.’

    ‘Experienced team with strength across the board’

    ‘Devinder Singh vastly experienced in the market, with excellent client skills and technical knowledge’

    Key clients

    Lloyds Bank

    Barclays Bank

    Interpath (formerly KPMG)

    Ernst and Young

    Grant Thornton

    Kroll (formerly Duff & Phelps)

    Leonard Curtis

    BDO

    Cambridge & Counties Bank

    RCapital

    FRP Advisory

    Secure Trust Bank

    One Savings Bank PLC

    Smith and Williamson

    Shawbrook Bank

    Essar Oil (UK) Limited

    Aurelius Finance Company Limited

    Trussle Lab Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Smith & Williamson in the administration of Duet Capital (Holdings) Limited
    • Advising Trussle Lab Ltd, a leading digital mortgage and insurance broker in the UK, on its restructuring options prior to its sale to Better HoldCo Inc., one of the fastest-growing digital home ownership platforms in the US.
    • Acting for Interpath in the administration of Orvec International Limited.

    FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

    A ‘strong team with good depth of experience’, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP covers the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, including corporate group restructurings, asset sales, formal appointments and litigation. The ‘bright and user friendlyGareth Ruddock leads the team; he is supported by Brian Aikman   and James Sage.

    Practice head(s):

    Gareth Ruddock

    Other key lawyers:

    Brian Aikman; James Sage; David Preece

    Testimonials

    ‘This is a strong team with good depth of experience. I find them easy to work with. The solicitors there are up to speed with the current law. They provide a savvy and sensible approach to litigation and are easy to deal with. They use technology really well to manage files/correspondence/deadlines.’

    ‘Gareth Ruddock – bright and user friendly. Always easy to work with. Delivers clear and practical advice, founded on excellent knowledge and experience. Works with clients who are industry leaders.’

    Key clients

    Leonard Curtis Recovery Limited

    Muras Baker Jones Limited

    Telent Technology Services Limited

    Savills (UK) Limited

    BCRS Business Loans Limited

    Work highlights

    • Applications to suspend discharge of bankruptcy and oral examination for Mark Botwood
    • Dealing with a significant claim arising out of a Liquidation concerning wrongful trading, preference and misfeasance for Mark Botwood
    • Application for a Block Transfer Order for Paul David Masters leading to his retirement.

    Sydney Mitchell LLP

    The restructuring and insolvency team at Sydney Mitchell LLP is very active on the contentious front, acting for insolvency practitioners and bridging lender clients on misfeasance claims and transactions defrauding creditors. This work is led by practice head Leanne Schneider-Rose , who also assists companies in financial difficulties and banks in asset recovery.

    Practice head(s):

    Leanne Schneider-Rose

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is expertly led by Leanne Schneider-Rose but also has great associates under her. I have found that no matter who I am dealing with on a case they are on top of the file, motivated and give 100%, including when there has been urgent work through the pandemic that necessitated going into the office or working late, etc.’

    ‘Leanne Schneider-Rose leads the team excellently and has great connections, she brings in a wealth of work to the department because she is both knowledgable and relatable. IPs and other professional clients trust Leanne explicitly. She also has extensive experience of both insolvency and financial law.’

    ‘The team offers unparalleled legal knowledge and advice to its clients at all moments during assignments, providing practical, effective and unbiased solutions to complex problems, as well as being proficient in dealing with simple matters cost effectively. A joy to work with.’

    ‘Leanne Schneider-Rose has demonstrated time and again her deep expertise and willingness to overcome obstacles. She is quick to respond and always offers practical and effective solutions to sometimes complex problems. It is always a privilege to work with her.’

    ‘The insolvency department within Sydney Mitchell is very well established, and Sydney Mitchell is a trusted adviser.’

    Key clients

    Dains Business Recovery Ltd

    Poppleton & Appleby

    FRP Advisory LLP

    Smart Business Recovery Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acting for a bridging lend client in obtaining an injunction against third party assets where £300k had been lent but security could not be taken since the borrowers were not in fact the true borrowers as fraudulent documentation had been provided to the lender client to obtain the loan.
    • Advising and acting for an Insolvency Practitioner in respect of a Bankrupt who was made bankrupt in 2013 but his period of discharge had been suspended indefinitely and he had continued to obtain monies from third parties by deception.
    • Acting for a bridging lend client in appointing Receivers over a piece of land owned by an individual borrower with planning for 5 houses and thereafter advising the Receiver in respect of her duties for dealing with the land in the face of the borrower insisting that value must be obtained by a build out of the land.

    The Wilkes Partnership

    The business recovery and turnaround team at The Wilkes Partnership is experienced at covering both contentious and non-contentious work on behalf of insolvency practitioners and directors, both locally and nationally. In particular, the team is adept at advisory work and heavyweight contentious insolvency. The practice is headed by David Cleary, who has substantial experience advising directors, shareholders and creditors in relation to corporate insolvencies and restructuring. He is supported by John Cooper  and senior associate Emma Hutchison.

    Practice head(s):

    David Cleary

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Garland; John Cooper; Emma Hutchinson

    Testimonials

    ‘The insolvency team are a dynamic bunch who always offer solutions to situations encountered.’

    ‘John Cooper and Andrew Garland are very active in insolvency matters and represent clients very well in mediation. They are both very tuned in to their clients’ needs and very effective in finding settlements.’

    ‘Andrew Garland is exceptional at keeping matters moving, always on the mark with his advice, though through in all aspects.

    ‘David Cleary is the leader who provides the commercial experience to consistently deliver the right solution and who is ably supported by John Cooper as the go-to insolvency legal genius in the team for those awkward technical issues.’

    ‘The practice were approachable and knowledgeable on the often complex and specialist area of insolvency and tax avoidance schemes. Working on an extremely tight timescale they managed they managed to review and process vast amounts of information in a very short period of time. The whole process far exceeded our expectations’

    ‘Andrew Garland and his team stood out given their knowledge of law and practical implications of the complex issues in hand.’

    ‘David Cleary – an unflappable leader and a far better lawyer than he would ever admit to being.’

    John Cooper – commercial and down-to-earth litigator. He really understands how insolvency judges think.’

    Key clients

    Irwin Insolvency

    Begbies (Central) Traynor LLP

    Rendle & Co

    BLB Advisory Limited

    K J Watkin & Co

    Butcher Woods

    Muras Baker Jones

    Poppleton & Appleby (Birmingham)

    EWS

    Manolete Partners PLC

    RGI Insolvency

    Greenfield Recovery

    Frost & Co

    Ballard Business Recovery

    Opus Restructuring & Insolvency

    Robert Day & Company

    Adrian Chambers

    Work highlights

      Thursfields Solicitors

      The growing practice at Thursfields Solicitors offers a particular specialism in contentious insolvency, including winding up petitions. On the non-contentious side, the team also covers matters relating to commercial property, employment and asset sales. The practice is led by Stephen Rome, a ‘clever litigator’ with a track record of handling multi-million pound insolvency claims.

      Practice head(s):

      Stephen Rome

      Other key lawyers:

      Georgia Morris

      Testimonials

      ‘Each member of the team combines to give the firm a fully justified strong reputation in the West Midlands, with Stephen Rome in particular being a very tenacious lawyer who does not shy away from difficult, complicated or messy cases.’

      ‘This is a strong team with good depth of experience. I find them easy to work with. The solicitors there are up to speed with the current law. They provide a savvy and sensible approach to litigation and are easy to deal with.’

      ‘Stephen Rome – clever litigator. Very experienced. Clear and practical advice, grounded with knowledge. Very responsive and will always try to turn a case on its head to see what the risks are.’

      ‘A very tight-knit team who get along well and punch well above their weight in recent years. The ethos of the firm seems to be thoroughly decent and friendly, and they have ambition in spades.’

      ‘Stephen Rome is a superb team leader – his experience of ‘big law’ in London is brought to the fore here, and he has put Thursfields very much on the map. He is pragmatic, very smart, and incredibly good at establishing excellent client relationships.

      ‘Georgia Morris is a very talented associate. She is sharp, commercial, stands her ground very well, and a really tough cookie when needed.’

      Key clients

      Ivy and Alldey Loveridge

      Bewdley Caravan Sales Limited

      Kingsford Caravan Park Limited

      Ward Sheldrake Consultancy

      Work highlights

      • Advising the majority shareholders in successfully securing the strike out of a just & equitable winding up petition in respect of 5 limited companies worth in excess of £20 million.
      • Advising 2 High Net Worth individuals facing claims in excess of £30 million for alleged breaches of duty arising following a complicated Group restructure.
      • Advising the liquidator of a company involved in a multi-national MTIC fraud, with multiple contested applications against (amongst others) an international bank.

      Wright Hassall LLP

      Wright Hassall LLP offers support for insolvency practitioners on the collection and protection of assets, including wrongful trading actions, misfeasance claims and restructuring. The team is also experienced in personal insolvency, directors' duties and disguised remuneration. Caroline Benfield leads the team, advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious personal and corporate insolvency.

      Practice head(s):

      Caroline Benfield

      Other key lawyers:

      Elizabeth Taylor

      Testimonials

      ‘I have worked with both Elizabeth Taylor and Caroline Benfield on a particularly lengthy set of proceedings. There were a number of difficulties along the way which required a mixture of depth of knowledge alongside a measured response.’

      ‘Wright Hassall is well known and well regarded for insolvency litigation, delivering a user friendly and professional service that combines legal skills with commercial acumen.’

      ‘Caroline Benfield has acted for me on numerous insolvency claims and has always delivered an excellent service, both in terms of legal advice and advising on the commercial realities.

      ‘Caroline Benfield has great people skills, and is an exceptional insolvency litigator who keeps the client informed and advised throughout, always achieving the best possible result.’

      Key clients

      Grant Thornton

      Mazars

      Quantuma

      BRI

      Ballard Business Recovery

      Accura Accountants Business Recovery Turnaround Limited

      Robert Day and Company Limited

      Fieldstead Insolvency Limited

      Opus Restructuring and Insolvency

      FRP Advisory

      Manolete Partners PLC

      Merchant Money

      BLB Advisory Ltd

      Work highlights