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The ‘well-respected and highly professional team’ at Addleshaw Goddard is ‘incredibly strong in the region; to its excellent knowledge of the latest industry and market positions’ enables it to ‘provide first-rate advice’. The ‘technically brilliantDavid Handy leads the group, which recently saw substantial changes including Geoff McGinley, Tom McHugh and Louise Wood being promoted to managing associate and Andrew Fordham joining from Squire Patton Boggs in 2018. Other key individuals include Jenny Cromack, Lee Shankland and Nick Barlow. The team is highly regarded for its expertise encompassing corporate banking, real estate finance, leveraged finance, unitranche transactions and social housing finance. The group also regularly acts for lender clients including Santander and HSBC; Handy advised the latter on its provision of facilities to Supermarket REIT. Other highlights include assisting Volpi Capital with its debt facilities provided by Lloyds Bank for the buyout of Version 1, handling asset-based lending facilities for Allied Glass Containers from Investec Bank for the refinancing of its existing facilities and acting for Abbey National Treasury Services, AIB Group, Barclays Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on the refinancing of all existing loan facilities to AmicusHorizon housing group and Viridian Housing.

DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘a top-tier firm’ that is ‘very commercially aware and able to provide advice at a business level and not purely on technical legal points’.  Kirstie Allerton leads the practice and specialises in real estate finance work with notable expertise in the hotel, industrial and student sectors. Clients also praise the ‘incredibly knowledgeableSarah Day and the ‘technically excellent’ Anna Robson, who are experienced in debt finance and asset-based lending; Day recently advised Nisa on its refinancing with Wells Fargo and HSBC, and assisted RBS, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, HSBC and Wells Fargo as funders with the provision of a debt facility to Speedy Hire. Project finance and legal director Laura Gordon worked with energy expert Natasha Luther-Jones to act for Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group on the financing of a windfarm project by Nanclach in Scotland. Aviva, Sun Capital, Henry Boot, Emerald Publishing and Town Centre Securities are also clients.

As ‘one of the best in the region’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘stable, well-regarded and strong in terms of its abilities, diligence and speed of response’. Its ‘market knowledge is exceptional, which leads to commercial and pragmatic solutions that clearly focus directly on the client’s needs’. Team head Kathryn Walters is ‘completely trusted and a pleasure to work with’; she focuses on leveraged and structured finance and real estate investment issues. Other key figures include the ‘highly experiencedPaul Castle (who handles corporate lending, real estate finance and education finance mandates), senior associate David Parry, associate Joe Healy and principal associate Susan Ledger. The practice recently advised Yorkshire County Cricket Club on the structuring of finance made available to the client to fund international cricket and rugby matches, assisted HSBC with its involvement in the non-sponsor backed MBO of Ingenuity Digital Holdings, and acted for Tricoya Ventures on its entry into a senior term facility provided by RBS for the development of an acetylation plant in Hull.

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘absolutely excellent’ and ‘stands out in the region’ for corporate, real estate and banking transactions. It recently acted for EMIS Group on its refinancing, advised a UK clearing bank on its funding package to Proactis Group for its reverse takeover of Perfect Commerce, and assisted two UK clearing banks with a £70m extension to existing facilities provided to VP and its subsidiaries. Mayfair Capital, SIG, DCC and Harworth Estates Group are also clients. Philip Scott leads the department and acts for borrowers, banks and other financial institutions; other key names include legal director Sean Houlihan, who leads the real estate finance team; legal director Stephen Woods, who leads the derivatives team and advises on debt capital markets, structured finance and securitisation transactions; and senior associate Matthew Claydon-Stead, who focuses on corporate financings and is ‘thorough and helpful in his approach to issues’.

‘A strong regional player’, Walker Morris LLP’s ‘extremely client-focused team really makes an effort to know its clients and their needs’, enabling it to ‘provide highly commercial advice in a proactive, informed and experienced way’. Michael Taylor is ‘well connected, highly knowledgeable, tenacious, focused and task driven’; he specialises in bilateral and syndicated transactions including acquisition and property finance work and development funding. Taylor’s recent work includes assisting Adler and Allan Group with the £77m refinancing of its borrowings and advising Proactis Group on a £45m senior term loan and revolving credit facilities raised with HSBC to finance its reverse takeover of Perfect Commerce. Ian Akitt and Peter Considine are also names to note; clients praise Akitt as ‘genuinely brilliant’ and Considine as ‘a go-to lawyer who is thorough, hardworking and experienced with a calm, unruffled and assured manner’. Akitt recently advised Evans Property Management on £240m property investment and development facilities and assisted Tradehold with a capital raising through a South African Rand denominated preference share issue to finance a property portfolio, while Considine acted for Reward Finance Group on a secured loan note facility.

Patrick Sturman and Dean Gormley jointly lead Irwin Mitchell’s practice from Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Sturman ‘ensures he has an excellent understanding of his clients’ and Gormley ‘provides clear and considered advice that makes everything run smoothly’. The team is ‘incredibly talented in the real estate finance arena’ and also handles corporate banking, leveraged finance, structured finance, asset-based lending and private equity funding work. The firm’s lender client base includes Metro Bank and Lloyds Bank; Sturman led advice to the latter on its role in the funding of the private equity-backed MBO of George Walker Transport. Other highlights include assisting RBS with the restructuring of existing loans for Park Lane Properties, acting for Santander on new funding for ASL Technology Holdings and Automated Systems Group and handling term loan facilities to fund the MBO of AW Lumb for HSBC Bank and HSBC Invoice Finance. Senior associates Robert Farrell and Hayley Johnson are also names to note.

Tom Telford, who made partner in 2017, is the key name to note at Squire Patton Boggs following Andrew Fordham’s move to Addleshaw Goddard in 2018. Telford is ‘one of the best out there for asset-based lending advice’ and ‘is highly regarded by lenders and borrowers alike’; he also handles acquisition finance and real estate finance work. Jeremy Ladyman is a key contact for investment management, derivatives and financial services matters. Recent highlights include acting for Principle Global on an MBO and shareholder restructuring funded by a unitranche secured note purchase facility and super senior working capital facilities, assisting Lloyds Development Capital with its acquisition finance to support the MBO of Pelsis via a unitranche debt facility and working capital facilities, and advising Perwyn on the provision of debt facilities to finance the MBO of Vouchercloud. Clydesdale bank, Bank Leumi and ECI Partners are also clients.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP ‘provides clients with an excellent level of service, swift and appropriate communication and a clear market understanding’ that ‘gets the job done as smoothly and quickly as possible’. The team is active in the transport, retail, leisure, hotel, manufacturing, energy and real estate sectors; borrower clients include Grainger and Huntsman International. On the lender side, the team recently advised HSBC on the terms of loan facilities, intercreditor arrangements and security issues relating to the development of a new stand at Headingley Stadium and assisted Santander with the provision of new revolving credit and trade finance facilities to Poundworld Retail. Other work includes acting for the Department of Education on multiple college merger and restructuring transactions and advising Vertu Motors on its club refinance with Barclays and RBS. The ‘impressiveJohn Connor leads the team and ‘is able to grasp the bigger picture while also paying attention to the details’; managing associate Mark Casey is recommended for his debt finance expertise.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is ‘outstanding on all fronts when it comes to client care’ and ‘dominates the market in East Yorkshire’ thanks to ‘an ability to constantly stay on top of all the major relevant issues its clients face’. The group's expertise encompasses corporate and real estate finance work with a niche specialism in ship finance. Recent mandates include advising NatWest on the refinancing of an agri-business and the provision of two further facilities to fund the acquisition of two farms; Rabobank, Svenska Handelsbanken, RBS, National Westminster Bank and HSBC are also clients. Andrew Funnell leads the department, which includes ship finance expert Andrew Oliver, Nicholas Scott, and Philip Ashworth, who is ‘an excellent communicator making him very easy to work with’.

Marie Pugh leads Clarion’s ‘excellent’ group, which is ‘easy to deal with and provides advice that is concise and specifically tailored to each situation’; Pugh made partner in 2017 and specialises in property and development finance transactions. Ben Slack, Jonathan Simms and Ryan Millmore are also names to note; Slack handles asset-based lending work, Simms regularly acts for banks, asset-based lenders and private equity houses, and Millmore focuses on insolvency work. The team recently advised Reward Capital and Reward Invoice Finance on its provision of a combined capital term loan and invoice finance facilities to a renewable energy company. Other clients include Lloyds Bank, Secure Trust Bank, Aldermore Bank, HSBC and National Westminster Bank.

The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ practice at Ward Hadaway has particular expertise in real estate and development finance; it recently advised a major clearing bank on the provision of a development facility to a housebuilding group, acted for Assets Development Capital on the funding of a residential development in Manchester, and acted for a Yorkshire-based development company on acquiring senior and mezzanine funding for the redevelopment of a former hotel into apartments in Harrogate. Santander, Oakapple Group and Abbey National Treasure Services are also clients. The ‘incredibly positiveMark Smith is the key name in the firm’s Leeds office and is highly regarded for his expertise advising peer-to-peer lenders; he recently assisted a peer-to-peer lending platform with the provision of development funding for a care home in Preston. Real estate finance expert Lucinda Peters joined from DWF in 2018.

CMS utilises its real estate strength to advise on real estate finance issues for a variety of lenders, borrowers and investors alongside its corporate finance expertise. Of counsel David Stanbridge leads the Sheffield-based group; he recently advised HSBC on its funding of the MBO of Majestic Polymers and DSA Chemicals, assisted Barclays Bank with the provision of a £5m term loan facility to Hill Care Group for the acquisition of six care homes, and acted for United Trust Bank on multiple development finance matters. Other mandates include advising the National Bank of Kuwait on the funding of an intra-group property transfer of residential properties in London, handling a facility agreement relating to the acquisition of student accommodation for Marcus Worthington Properties and assisting FQ Developments with obtaining term loan facilities from Manchester City Council and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council Pension Fund to develop four tower blocks in Manchester City Centre.

Chris Ramage is the key contact in DWF’s Leeds office and regularly acts for lenders and borrowers on domestic and international debt-related matters. His expertise encompasses acquisition finance, real estate finance and debt capital markets work. Lucinda Peters joined Ward Hadaway in 2018.

HLW Keeble Hawson focuses primarily on the local region acting for Yorkshire-based banks, borrowers and individuals. Matt Ainsworth joined from Irwin Mitchell in 2017 and leads the practice; he recently advised YFM Private Equity on its investment in e2E Engineering. Managing partner Paul Trudgill handles transactional banking work, refinancing mandates and security issues; and Roger Dyson acts for lenders and borrowers on loans, development funding, corporate transactional funding, invoice discounting and equity investments. Clients include Santander, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Yorkshire Bank.

Rollits LLP provides ‘an excellent service combined with exceptional knowledge and pragmatism’ under the leadership of Richard Field, who primarily advises family-owned businesses and works in the charity and education sectors. Other key individuals include the ‘talentedDavid Hextall, who focuses on secured lending, development finance and work in the charity sector; and Chris Crystal, who is experienced in the education sector. Lender clients include The Charity Bank, Yorkshire Bank, Santander, Barclays and HSBC.

Keys areas of expertise for Wake Smith Solicitors Limited include acting for banks on transactional issues, drafting bespoke facility agreements and advising on security requirements. Duncan Shepherd leads the department and focuses on transactional work, corporate refinancings and banking facilities; Neil Salter is the main contact for real estate finance work including retail investments and regenerations, and John Baddeley is another name to note. Recent highlights include advising Yorkshire Bank on a funding package for Bawtry Care to increase its dental surgery presence in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, acting for HSBC Bank on the provision of a £2m term loan facility for an acquisition of agricultural land and farm buildings, and assisting RBS with its provision of funding facilities to Duro UK for its acquisition of Pegasus UK and Pegasus Industrial Products.


Insolvency and corporate recovery

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DLA Piper UK LLP is noted for its ability to ‘keep on top of things and drive matters forward’ and for its ‘brilliant technical capabilities, commercial aptitude and excellent responsiveness’. Richard Obank and Duncan Mosley jointly lead the group from Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Obank is ‘an outstanding distressed M&A expert with great wisdom and judgment that allows him to manage the most demanding and difficult situations’ and Mosley ‘knows the market well’. Colin Ashford focuses on contentious restructuring and insolvency work, Mark Jackson is the UK head of the restructuring team and Barney Smedley handles debt restructurings. Recent highlights include advising Duff & Phelps on the administration of the BHS Group, acting for PwC in a claim brought by Premier Motor Auctions alleging wrongdoing and negligence, and assisting Miller Homes with the sale of the Homes Group to Bridgepoint and the planning for the solvent liquidation of various Miller Group companies.

Walker Morris LLP is ‘an outstanding insolvency firm in Leeds’ that ‘receives top marks across the board’ and combines ‘a strong understanding of the field with unbeatable pragmatism and a client-oriented approach’. Department head Simon Clark is ‘a brilliant problem solver and incredible intellectual’; he focuses on non-contentious corporate recovery and turnaround matters and recently acted for NorthEdge on the restructuring of Help-Link. The team also includes David Hinchliffe, who has a niche specialism in football club finance work; John Roche, who handles claims for insolvency practitioners against company directors; asset-based lending expert Duncan Lole, non-contentious-focused Michael Taylor and Gawain Moore, who regularly works on cross-border insolvencies. Senior associates Sarah MacAuley and Olivia Robinson are also names to note. Moore acted for Begbies Traynor as liquidators of Changtel Solutions and Roche assisted BHP Corporate Solutions as liquidator of Topps Rogers Financial Management. Endless, Deloitte and KPMG are also clients.

Addleshaw Goddard is ‘at the top end of the scale for quality of advice and service’ with ‘an excellent round-the-clock approach, strong business acumen, brilliant attention to detail and strong relationship management skills’. Recent work includes advising Deloitte as administrators of Transline on its accelerated pre-pack sale to Russell Taylor Group and the subsequent disposal of three foreign subsidiaries, assisting Alix Partners as administrators of Olympia Securities Commercial with a contested directions application and acting for KPMG as administrators of Aquila Processing and Eagle Seafoods (Properties). PwC, Leonard Curtis, Endless and Clydesdale Bank are also clients. Graham Briggs and Andy Bates jointly lead the practice; Briggs is ‘incredibly experienced’ and Bates’ ‘market knowledge is outstanding’.

Ryan Millmore leads the team at Clarion, which ‘will do everything its needs to do to get the job done in a quick and timely fashion’ utilising its ‘invaluable strength in the region to push matters forward in a way that works for the local legal market’. Millmore is highly regarded for his corporate insolvency expertise; he recently advised Armstrong Watson as administrators of Earn Extra 139 and acted for Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions regarding the administration of Full Gas and its ultimate sale to Trek. Clients also praise asset-based lending specialist Ben Slack, who is ‘not afraid to fight if that’s what it required’, and Alice Pratt, who focuses on insolvency work; Slack assisted DFS with its acquisition of part of Multiyork out of administration and Pratt acted for Bill Plant Driving School on its pre-pack sale. Pre-insolvency specialist Roger Hutton, Marie Pugh and ‘strong and pragmatic’ legal director Helen Bates are also names to note.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘continues to make an impact in the region’ thanks in no small part to the expertise of team head Paul Dutton, consultant Peter Cranston, principal associate Lemi McAuley and senior associates Victoria Procter and the ‘impressiveAndrew Black. The practice is highly active in the retail, professional services, energy, infrastructure, construction and education sectors. In a recent highlight, Dutton advised the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on a reorganisation in which intercompany loans were formalised; other work includes acting for Staffordshire County Council as admission body in the reorganisation of various participating employers in its Local Government Pension Scheme including colleges and social housing providers, assisting PwC with the administration of Joseph Rhodes and Slater and Crabtree, and acting for RSM as administrators of Unity Law. HSBC, Lloyds Bank and Deloitte are also clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘strong and experienced team provides a first-class service’ to banks, asset-based lenders, insolvency practitioners, private equity houses, distressed investors and clients in the public sector; examples include Begbies Traynor, Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton. Recent highlights include advising FRP Advisory on the pre-packaged sale of the Triton Global group to DWF, assisting KPMG as administrator with the pre-pack sale of A. Jones & Sons and Gordon Scott to Endless, and acting for Deloitte as administrators of Covpress Assembly. Richard Tripp leads the group and ‘exhibits excellent legal knowledge and efficiency making him a truly strong player in the field’; clients also praise legal director Dawn Allen, who is ‘incredibly approachable, knowledgeable and an absolute pleasure to deal with’.

Squire Patton Boggs is ‘excellent on all counts’ with ‘in-depth knowledge of the law and the local market’. Department head John Alderton specialises in reorganisations, disposals and corporate advisory work; he recently led advice to RSM Restructuring Advisory as administrators of ALNO Kitchens on the sale of its franchise and retail businesses and acted for KPMG as administrators of Clean Energy Trading in claims against various directors. Other clients include Deloitte, Begbies Traynor, CRG Recovery, PwC and Lloyds Banking Group. Key sectors include the retail, mining, chemicals and transport sectors. Laura Crawford is the key name for contentious insolvency issues; clients praise her as ‘highly motivated and dedicated to getting the best possible results no matter the complexity’.

Irwin Mitchell ‘never provides anything less than excellent advice’ utilising ‘great technical knowledge paired with a good dose of commercial reality’. The team is highly regarded for its real estate restructuring work; it recently acted for Armstrong Watson as liquidators of a property company and assisted a market leading insolvency firm as joint trustees with the bankruptcy of three individuals including handling asset realisations of a property portfolio. Other areas of expertise include corporate advisory work, pension scheme issues and commercial insolvencies. Andrew Walker is the national head of the firm’s restructuring and insolvency department, which includes the Leeds-based Doug Robertson, who is ‘easy to work with and incredibly approachable’; and ‘consummate professional’ Tom Paton in Sheffield.

Lupton Fawcett’s ‘fast, responsive and knowledgeable’ team ‘constantly goes the extra mile to achieve the client’s goals’ and is recognised for its experience in handling distressed or insolvent legal practices and large property portfolios of insolvent property groups. The group’s client base includes lenders, banks and insolvency practitioners; it recently advised Clark Business Recovery as administrator on a hostile appointment following a director dispute, assisted Begbies Traynor as administrators of Drawn Metal and DML Architectural, and acted for KPMG as administrators of BioEden. The ‘well-experienced and approachableJames Richardson leads the department, which also includes personal insolvency specialist Nigel Whitfield, who is ‘tenacious and pragmatic’; ‘safe pair of handsDavid Smyllie, who is noted for his defendant director disqualification work; and director Tom Whiteside.

Key names in Schofield Sweeney’s ‘brilliant’ group include Richard Ferguson and David Arundel in Leeds and Amar Rashid in Bradford; Ferguson handles transactional and technical insolvency work, Arundel focuses on contentious and non-contentious insolvency work and Rashid assists with the restructuring of borrowings. Recent highlights include advising Poppleton & Appleby as joint administrator of CIS Industrial and CIS Industrial Hire and Sale on a pre-pack sale, assisting DL Partnership as joint liquidators of Frontcatch, MMD5 and Barden Properties and acting for RSM Restructuring as administrators of DDK Estates on security issues and planning applications. Armstrong Watson, Begbies Traynor and Live Recoveries are also clients.

In Wilkin Chapman LLP’s Beverley office, Mat Dix focuses on insolvency work and regularly acts for local authorities while Adam Marham assists insolvency practitioners with insolvencies, corporate recovery work and pre-appointment insolvency issues. Clients also praise senior solicitor Gary Taylor, who is ‘a leader of the future and a bright, hardworking and user-friendly individual’, and personal insolvency-focused solicitor Rachel Atkinson, who is ‘very talented’. Grimsby-based team head Chris Grocock is ‘approachable, knowledgeable and always delivers the best possible service to his clients’; he is singled out for his recovery expertise. Recent highlights include advising the Public Safety Charitable Trust on its compulsory liquidation and assisting Woods Farming Partnership with its administration.

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is led by Andy Stirk who has notable expertise in the healthcare, real estate, hotels, leisure and education sectors. His recent work includes advising KPMG as joint administrators of Bill Plant on its sale and assisting FRP Advisory as joint administrators of Frizell Tipping and TW Frizell (Haulage & Plant Hire) with the sale of property, plants and machinery and related environmental issues. Other clients include Lloyds Bank, Santander, RSM Restructuring, Deloitte and Leonard Curtis Recovery. Managing associate Sam Dixon is also a name to note; he focuses on bank-led restructuring work and advising boards on their directors’ duties.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s recently established department is ‘quickly setting itself up in the region as one of the go-to firms, particularly in Hull and East Yorkshire’ with the recruitment of ‘excellent professionalChristopher Harrison in 2016 following the firm’s merger with Scarborough-based legacy firm MJ Harrison Solicitors and Azher Quyoom joining from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2017; clients praise Quyoom as ‘a true expert that really knows his stuff and applies his highly technical knowledge in a practical and commercial way’. Key areas of expertise for Quyoom include the manufacturing, healthcare, transport, infrastructure and construction sectors while Harrison is experienced in the agricultural field and property arena.

Matthew Brown heads DWF’s team and specialises in restructuring, turnaround and insolvency work acting for financial institutions, investors, borrowers and insolvency practitioners. In a recent highlight, Brown acted for Deloitte as adviser and the SES Group on its restructuring; he also assisted Begbies Traynor with the restructuring and insolvency of Ingrams Solicitors and advised AlixPartners on the administration of Trongate. RBS, Lloyds Banking Group, Close Brothers, PwC and RSM Restructuring Advisory are also clients. Key sectors for the team includes the retail, energy, real estate and transport sectors. Other names to note includes senior associates Ashley Jaques and Danielle Bennett; Jaques handles property-based insolvencies and Bennett is experienced in personal insolvency work.

Freeths LLP ‘is able to deliver the perfect solution no matter the situation’ with a particular focus on restructurings and non-contentious corporate insolvency; it recently advised Wilson Field on the appointment of the joint administrators of Qube Managed Services and its pre-packaged sale, assisted Coveris with its acquisition of a manufacturing site from Gelpack Industrial and Gelpack Excelsior, which are both in administration; and acted for Begbies Traynor on the appointment of joint administrators of Gourmet Game and the pre-pack sale of the company’s stock. Clients praise group head Oliver Jackson as ‘one of the most proficient and commercially minded insolvency lawyers in Sheffield’ with ‘exceptional knowledge and interpretation of the law’.

Gateley Plc’s ‘excellent’ department is led by William Ballmann who handles business restructurings, refinancings, rescues and turnarounds. The group’s client base spans banks, accountancy firms, insolvency practitioners, investment funders and fixed charge receivers; examples include Begbies Traynor, Leonard Curtis Recovery and PwC. Highlights include advising Endless on its acquisition of the business and assets of Jones Bootmaker from administration via pre-pack sale, and assisting RSM Restructuring Advisory as fixed charged receivers with issues surrounding a residential development site including potential possession proceedings. Senior associate Matt Leech is also recommended as ‘one to watch’.

Gordons LLP handles contentious and non-contentious mandates including representing companies in administration, negotiating refinancing, restructurings, managing supply chains, rescue packages and enforcement procedures. In a recent highlight, the group assisted Deloitte with a notice of intention and notice of appointment filing in its role as administrator of Greenwoods Menswear and advised Walsh Taylor as administrator of LBS Worldwide on retention of title issues. KPMG, Bank of Ireland, BDO, Begbies Traynor and PwC are also clients. Wayne Parker heads the group and is experienced in the construction, manufacturing, retail, motor and travel sectors.

Gosschalks is ‘one of the best in Hull with a team of brilliant insolvency professionals who provide an effective and commercially sensible service’. Steve Dillon heads the group and is highly regarded for his insolvency litigation expertise and his work for insolvency practitioners; clients also praise associate Chris Adams, who is ‘approachable with a can-do attitude and a good sense of the legal and commercial aspects of every case’. The team assists clients at a national level and handles the full gamut of corporate insolvency work including enforcement proceedings, restructurings and post-insolvency issues.

HLW Keeble Hawson acts for insolvency practitioners, lenders, companies and individuals on a range of insolvency and business recovery issues including acquisitions, liquidation issues, investigations, disqualification proceedings, turnaround matters and private insolvency mandates. Clients include Begbies Trayor, Leonard Curtis, PwC, Gibson Booth and CG Recovery. The team recently acted for the joint administrators of a printing company, assisted the joint administrators of a property development company and represented the executors of an insolvent estate. Natalie Nattress leads the department and regularly handles bankruptcy and liquidation investigations; legal director Jo Smith is a key name for corporate insolvency matters.


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