Insolvency and corporate recovery in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Andy Bates leads the 'very experienced team' at Addleshaw Goddard, which is recognised for its strong distressed real estate practice, and for its sizeable portfolio of high street banks, national corporates, insolvency practitioners and accountancy firms such as BDO, KPMG and Deloitte. Bates' practice encompasses a mix of non-contentious bank and corporate adviser work. Managing associate Jonathan Jackson and director Emma Sadler make up the other key figures. Graham Briggs left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bates

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Jackson; Emma Sadler

Testimonials

‘Andy Bates is readily available and will always provide a “commercial” perspective alongside the strict legal position. Well supported by senior associate Jonathan Jackson who, again, is accessible and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank t/a Virgin Money

HSBC Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

KPMG LLP

Deloitte LLP

Shawbrook Bank

Ernst & Young LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor

Work highlights

  • Advised BDO as administrators of Dave Whelan Sports in relation to the sale of the leisure clubs and retail portfolio of DWS to Sports Direct (part of the Frasers Group).
  • Advised PwC as administrators of Xercise4Less (a trading style of Wright Leisure Limited) in relation to the pre-pack sale of the business and assets of X4L to JD Gyms. The sale was agreed during the first national lockdown, whilst gyms were closed, with a completion trigger being the re-opening of gyms in England.
  • Advised Grant Thornton as administrators of the waste recycler, Universal Recycling in relation to the pre-pack sale of the business and assets to Remet.

Clarion

Clarion's 'very approachable and knowledgeable team' is co-headed by Ryan Millmore and Roger Hutton, who have a wealth of experience advising insolvency practitioners and asset-based lenders on asset tracing and litigation, as well as acting for distressed companies and directors.  Alice Pratt has expertise in corporate insolvencies in the retail, manufacturing and hospitality sectors. Ben Slack advises clearing banks, asset-based lenders, private equity firms and creditors on the full spectrum of solvent and insolvent restructuring matters. Consultant Philip Mudd, and 'diligent and attentive' senior associate Estelle Oates, are also of note. Legal directors Emma Lowe and Victoria Kay joined in January 2021 from Shoosmiths LLP and Addleshaw Goddard respectively.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Millmore; Roger Hutton

Other key lawyers:

Alice Pratt; Ben Slack; Philip Mudd; Estelle Oates; Emma Lowe; Victoria Kay

Testimonials

‘Estelle Oates is diligent, attentive and a very good team player.’

‘Alice Pratt is incredibly easy to work with and knows what she’s doing.’

‘Very approachable and knowledgeable team. A real team attitude, there doesn’t appear to be any internal politics. Many of our queries are time critical, and the team at Clarion are very responsive.’

‘Ryan Millmore – Very knowledgeable, calm in stressful situations and a very good “sounding board”.’

‘Ben Slack – Solution focused, well connected, great at getting the job over the line.’

‘The firm is Leeds based, and I have worked with this group on 2 long-running, high profile and difficult cases. Clarion were every bit as effective (and in my opinion more effective) than the London firms. They achieved outstanding results in both cases.’

‘Roger Hutton is exceptional – he has excellent commercial judgement, is a highly motivational and motivated leader, manages demanding clients with aplomb, knows when to get involved and when to leave alone, and is a delight to work with and for. Emma Lowe is an excellent addition to the team: very knowledgeable and collaborative, and adds significant value’.

Key clients

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

Deloitte

Ernst & Young

RSM

Armstrong Watson

Mazars

FRP Advisory LLP

Alvarez & Marsal

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions Limited

Leonard Curtis

BDO

Work highlights

  • Advised Ernst and Young in relation to the CVA of Brian Yeardley Continental Limited.
  • Advised Callisto Holdings Limited on its acquisition of SME Platform Limited.
  • Acted for Mazars as administrators of Procter Bros Limited.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is 'able to advise on a wide range of sectors due to the breadth of knowledge within the team'. The practice, which is split between the Leeds and Sheffield offices, serves insolvency practitioners, large corporate stakeholders, banks, funders and individuals. Paul Dutton, who was the former head of corporate restructuring at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, joined in early 2021. Helen Bates, who is the other key figure in Leeds, undertakes contentious and non-contentious work. Sheffield-based partner Oliver Jackson is 'very good at identifying potential problems' in corporate restructurings. Managing associate Isobel Callaghan is recommended for her property insolvency expertise.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Jackson; Paul Dutton; Helen Bates

Other key lawyers:

Isobel Callaghan

Testimonials

‘A very friendly team who are always approachable and available to assist.’

‘Fantastic team from partner to trainee, everyone is knowledgeable and always happy to assist. They are able to advise on a wide range of sectors due to the breadth of knowledge within the team.’

‘Oliver Jackson is very good at identifying potential problems and deals with them before they cause any issues.’

‘The practice continues to grow, yet remains as responsive and attentive as a small practice. Despite the growing size, I am never made to feel as if I am being fobbed off to more junior members of staff. This provides reassurance that each matter is given due care/attention and that you are valued by the practice.’

‘The Sheffield team is led by Oliver Jackson. Oliver is both attentive and knowledgeable, but more importantly is able (and willing) advice from a commercial viewpoint. Something which is incredibly valuable to those in the restructuring sector. Many legal professionals are capable of providing a myriad of different options in any given situation, but few are prepared to recommend a definitive solution.’

‘Isobel Callahan continues to be a safe pair of hands and is particularly adept at dealing with complex investigative matters.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

BDO LLP

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Leonard Curtis Recovery Limited

Begbies Traynor (SY) LLP

Quantuma Advisory Limited

Manolete Partners PLC

Henry Boot Construction Limited

Wilson Field Limited

The Springs Partnership Limited (trading as Graywoods)

Maxim IP Limited t/a Maxim Business Recovery & Insolvency

BHP Corporate Solutions LLP

Armstrong Watson LLP

Lewis Business Recovery and Insolvency

Auker Rhodes Accounting Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised BDO LLP in relation to the appointment of the administrators of certain Deltic Group companies and the sale of the group’s business and assets. The Deltic Group was the UK’s largest nightclub and bar operator.
  • Advised Sanguine Hospitality on the dismissal of a winding up petition presented against it by Downing LLP, a large investment management firm.
  • Advised Henry Boot in relation to the options available to it as parent company of Starfish Commercial Limited.

Walker Morris LLP

According to a client, Walker Morris LLP is the 'go-to firm for heavyweight insolvency and corporate recovery work in the North'. The practice is sought after by traditional lenders, debt funds and private equity firms for advice on corporate insolvencies, administrations involving distressed real estate and CVAs. 'Unflappable' and 'experienced litigator' Duncan Lole co-heads the practice with Gawain Moore, who is 'a star player who gives careful thought to strategy'. Moore is particularly active in cross-border insolvencies, voluntary arrangements and schemes of arrangement as a restructuring tool. Director Claire Askew is 'very experienced, knowledgeable and efficient in her role.' Also of note are Michael Taylor (for non-contentious corporate recovery advice), Simon Clark, senior associate Olivia Robinson and David Hinchliffe, who has niche expertise in football club finance.

Practice head(s):

Gawain Moore; Duncan Lole

Other key lawyers:

Claire Askew; Michael Taylor; David Hinchliffe; Simon Clark; Olivia Robinson

Testimonials

‘Walker Morris is the go-to firm for heavyweight insolvency and corporate recovery work in the North (and beyond).’

‘Duncan Lole: Unflappable and an excellent strategist.’

‘Olivia Robinson: Experienced and knowledgeable beyond her years. Truly invested in achieving results for her clients.’

‘A very professional set up, with bright solicitors working there and strong support teams. Always go the extra mile for their clients.’

‘Duncan Lole – strong litigator. Client-friendly and easy to work with. Always keeps in mind the bigger picture and how to manage expectations. Olivia Robinson. Very easy to work with, very clever, friendly and excellent at dealing with complex litigation.’

‘In my experience of working with Claire Askew on a number of cases over the past 12 months and indeed several years, Claire is very experienced, knowledgeable, professional, friendly and efficient in her role. I would highly recommend Claire and indeed Walker Morris as a legal firm.’

‘Gawain Moore is a star player who gives careful thought to strategy.’

Key clients

Endless

Deloitte

KPMG

FRP

PwC

Santander

Rcapital

Harrisons Business Recovery & Insolvency

EY

Grant Thornton

Begbies

BDO

Alvarez & Marsal

RMT Accountants and Advisory

Lloyds Development Capital

Duff & Phelps

Strategic Advantage SPC

RSM

Work highlights

  • Advising the directors of BMB Clothing Limited in relation to all aspects of the successful CVA proposal involving 52 retail stores and circa 130 concessions in respect of which KPMG were appointed as supervisors.
  • Advising Harrisons, the administrators of an FCA regulated ‘payday’ lender Uncle Buck LLP in relation to all aspects of the administration including in relation to claims, set off arrangements and loan book sales.
  • Advising Begbies Traynor as liquidators of Changtel Solutions (UK) Limited and trustees in bankruptcy of its former director, Jason Tsai in relation to multiple ongoing multijurisdictional claims.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's 'forward thinking and proactive team' is led by Barney Smedley, who 'brings a wealth of restructuring experience across a range of sectors and deal sizes'. He often advises on debt sales, portfolio loan and asset sales, and  CVAs. James Davison and Sheffield-based legal director Susannah Dingley are of note for restructurings and corporate insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Barney Smedley

Other key lawyers:

James Davison; Susannah Dingley

Testimonials

‘James Davison – made a big difference since joining. He has brought a stronger market focus to the team and established relationships in the PE space.’

‘Barney Smedley – brings a wealth of restructuring experience across a range of sectors and deal sizes. A strong reputation as a “problem solver” and able to apply commercial solutions to complex legal problems.’

‘Forward thinking and proactive team.’

‘Collaborative team; broad experience across a number of sectors/situations; always bring a “can do” attitude; recognises the importance of diversity & inclusion.’

‘Trust – the individuals care about their professional relationships; act with integrity and total confidentiality; never afraid to give their views and perspectives; demonstrate that they value the relationship.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Hilco Capital Limited

Deloitte

KPMG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

FRP Advisory

Lone Star Funds

Work highlights

  • Acted for Deloitte LLP as nominees and supervisors of the CVA to Clark’s Shoes, following its securement of £100m of investment from Hong Kong-based fund, Lionrock Capital Partners, conditional on the successful implementation of a company voluntary arrangement.
  • Worked with Gourmet Burger Kitchen Group and its financial advisors, Deloitte, to find a new owner for GBK’s restaurants and franchise business and ran a competitive bid process, ultimately leading to a successful sale to Boparan Restaurants Group in October 2020 for a sale price in the region of £6m.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's group in Leeds operates as part of the well-resourced national restructuring department, offering a 'collaborative approach'. Dawn Allen 'combines top drawer legal advice with pragmatic, commercial solutions', specialising in non-contentious work, particularly accelerated M&A (AMA), acting for both buyer and sellers. Senior associate Faith James advises insolvency practitioners on CVAs and AMA.

Practice head(s):

Dawn Allen

Other key lawyers:

Faith James

Testimonials

‘Great cross-sector capability, national coverage but with strong regional presence and capability. Established and experienced team with strong depth and breadth.’

‘Dawn Allen – stepped up as a regional partner and brings a wealth of experience as well as strong local relationships . Faith James – provides well considered legal advice but also understands the commercial imperatives of what we do.’

‘An excellent team with strength in depth. Great leadership and excellent collaboration between offices ensuring great senior coverage at all times.’

‘Dawn Allen – An excellent leader with great technical knowledge. Reacts at speed understanding the urgency that can arise in restructuring scenarios.’

‘The team strikes the balance between advising what the legal position is in any particular case but is then able to provide pragmatic, commercial input on the position as well.’

‘Dawn Allen – partner – excellent service, approachable and friendly, combines top drawer legal advice with pragmatic, commercial solutions.’

‘Faith James – senior associate –  Her advice is always considered and measured.’

Key clients

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

Alvarez & Marsal

BDO UK LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Air Partner PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Alvarez & Marsal, as the joint administrators on the pre-packaged administration sale of the business and assets of the Customade group.
  • Acting for Grant Thornton as the joint administrators on the pre-packaged administration sale of the business and assets of CB Imports Limited (trading as Country Baskets).
  • Acting for Extentia Group Limited and Styles & Wood Limited during a period of accelerating cash pressure on the business. This included directors’ duties advice to the board and advice on negotiations with key stakeholders.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' team, which is led by John Alderton, demonstrates 'exceptional legal knowledge and ability' in complex reorganisations, disposals and corporate insolvency work. Its recent work spanned the retail and restaurant, mining and energy sectors. Associate Jon Chesman frequently assists Alderton with contentious and non-contentious insolvency mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Alderton

Other key lawyers:

Jon Chesman

Testimonials

‘The team combines its skills from litigation, finance, re-structuring and insolvency, so you receive a very rounded approach. ’

‘John Alderton – senior partner with an excellent all round knowledge and understanding of the many aspects of finance and insolvency that we are involved in, with an ability to manage situations that are under pressure and need careful management.’

‘Jon Chesman – associate and insolvency specialist. An individual that never ceases to impress with his ability to translate thoughts into impressive and understandable letters and spoken thoughts.

‘Interactions largely limited to John Alderton. Long standing partner, great in the market, well connected and commercial/practical approach. Easy to get on with, easy to get hold of and understands the importance of reciprocity.’

‘Exceptional legal knowledge and ability to ‘spin up’ at a moments notice. The team will lead or support depending on requirements and you always know you’re safe in their hands. ’

Key clients

KPMG

Deloitte

BDO

Ernst & Young

RSM

PwC

Grant Thornton

CRG Recovery

Begbies Traynor Group

Leumi ABL

Work highlights

  • Advised Nimbus on the acquisition of the majority of the £100m+ turnover Customade Group, together with related debt and equity structuring.
  • Acted for Zenith on the purchase of the Fleet Services and Rentals divisions of the £40m+ turnover Cartwright group of companies from administrators, which secured 259 jobs.
  • Advised the nominees/supervisors of the Pizza Express Retail CVA, including in relation to the challenge by a consortium of landlords.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Andy Stirk heads up the national restructuring and insolvency team from the Leeds office. The department has 'a strong local presence but can also call upon national resource as required'. Its varied workload covers advice on directors' duties, restructurings of debt and security, sales and purchases of distressed/insolvent businesses and asset recoveries. Stirk is 'very creative in his approach to situations, and goes that extra mile in his client service'. Sam Dixon takes a 'no-nonsense approach to providing clear and concise advice' on bank-led restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Andy Stirk

Other key lawyers:

Sam Dixon

Testimonials

‘A strong team that is able to give sound commercial advice in a timely manner, the team is not reliant on a particular partner to respond, the strength in depth ensures that we have confidence in the advice being given, whoever is providing the advice.’

‘Andy Stirk is very creative in his approach to situations, offers solutions to problems and goes that extra mile in his client service.’

‘A strong team with good coverage across relevant sectors and specialisms.’

‘Sam Dixon (newly appointed partner) is a leading lawyer, if not the leading lawyer, in Further Education insolvency. He is highly attentive to detail but has the knack of polite directness; so he gets to nub of the issue and the practicalities of advice very quickly.’

‘WBD has a strong, local presence but can also call upon national resource as required. Their advice is commercial yet technically spot on.’

‘Sam Dixon – deservedly promoted to partner during the year, Sam has a no- nonsense approach to providing clear and concise advice.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for National Corporate Housing (a US client) on its acquisition of the EMEA and APAC agency business of BridgeStreet, which was in administration in the UK.

Gateley Plc

Matthew Brown leads the Leeds-based restructuring group at Gateley Plc, which acts for the largest and most active insolvency practitioners in the region, as well as lenders and investors. In addition to being active in complex restructurings, the group has a growing reputation in distressed debt and equity investing, and it is also prominent in insolvency litigation. Matt Leech has particular expertise in real estate restructurings. Associate Kulsam Mulla is another key individual in the team. William Ballmann retired from the practice.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brown

Other key lawyers:

Matt Leech; Kulsam Mulla

Testimonials

‘Collaboration is particularly strong with this firm.’

‘Commercial outlook by wearing a banker’s hat. Understanding of bank systems and processes bespoke to my own firm.’

‘The people are friendly and approachable right from the partner to the most junior member of the team.’

Key clients

Deloitte LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

BDO LLP

Virgin Money (formerly Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank)

Lloyds Banking Group

Handelsbanken Plc

Close Invoice Finance Limited

Auker Rhodes Accounting limited

Nucleus Commercial Finance Limited

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

Avison Young (UK) Limited

Faro Capital Limited

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton UK LLP

PKF GM

Work highlights

  • Advised Deloitte LLP and Clydesdale Bank Plc on a strategy of de-gearing, restructuring and refinancing a secured portfolio of agricultural assets with a value of £20m .  
  • Advised Alvarez & Marsal as administrators of Patrick Parsons on the sale of the business of Patrick Parsons Limited.  
  • Advised the board of Romag Limited and Romag PPM Limited on restructuring options, then RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP on the accelerated sale of the business through administration .  

Gosschalks

Gosschalks' team has a collective 'wealth of experience and really delivers when situations arise'. Its expertise includes enforcement of bank securities, insolvency applications, investigations and advice to companies and their directors on restructuring options and post-insolvency issues. Stephen Dillon is knowledgeable about both the contentious and non contentious aspects of corporate and individual insolvencies. Chris Adams, who is 'incredibly efficient in everything that he does', acts for liquidators, administrators and trustees in bankruptcies.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Dillon

Other key lawyers:

Chris Adams

Testimonials

‘Excellent team and one of a few in the Humber.’

‘Very approachable, knowledgeable team who are very practical and give advice that is easy to understand.’

‘Stephen Dillon – consistently provides top level service with his practical approach. Happy to go the extra mile when required.’

‘The team at Gosschalks really make the complicated situations simple – collectively they have a wealth of experience and really deliver when situations arise.’

‘The team – from partner Stephen Dillon down to the more junior staff – really do make the effort to go the extra mile and make what are challenging situations less problematic and also come up with solutions. There is a real level of commerciality which does help in the ‘real’ world of insolvency and to date they have always delivered.’

‘In my opinion, Chris Adams is a stand-out partner in this field. Chris is my go to man. He has extensive expertise in the area but also thinks outside the box and is both commercial and pragmatic in his approach. He is always available and incredibly efficient in everything that he does.’

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

RSM (formerly Baker Tilly)

One Stop Business Finance Limited

Handelsbanken PLC

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions

TFG Security / Capital Limited

Restart BTI

KPMG

Avison Young

Redman Nicholls Butler

Work highlights

  • Instructed by TFG Capital Limited to recover an initial lend of £1.4m that has risen to over £2m with interest, default interest and costs.
  • Advising Handelsbanken PLC on strategy regarding circa £5.5m of liabilities. Amongst others, Handelsbanken have security over 54 residential properties.
  • Advising Begbies Traynor in various office-holder matters, including administration of the Burningnight Pub Group.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell advises banks and asset-based lenders on all aspects of restructuring and corporate insolvencies. Doug Robertson in Leeds is noted for property insolvency and leads the fixed charge receivership offering. Tom Paton leads the Sheffield team and regularly acts for national accountancy firms in contentious insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Tom Paton; Doug Robertson

Testimonials

‘Great technical ability throughout the firm. Competitive fees. Contactable and efficient.’

‘Personable. Caring. Efficient. Communicate effectively. Detail orientated.’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell always provide a professional and swift response on all matters they are dealing with for us.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

RSM

Mazars LLP

FRP

Begbies Traynor

BDO

Duff and Phelps

Grant Thornton

Smith & Williamson

Wilson Field

Chamberlain & Co

Griffins

EY (Belfast)

Bridgewood

PWC (London)

Graywoods

Armstrong Watson

Quantuma

Manolete Partners plc

HSBC Bank plc/HSBC UK Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Metro Bank plc

SME Invoice Finance Limited

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

Lloyds Bank plc

Shawbrook

Work highlights

  • Advised Smith & Williamson on the sale of Bishop’s Move to AGM Relocations Limited.  
  • Acting for the liquidators of FRP in pursuing high value asset recovery and misfeasance proceedings against the former directors of the company and other group entities.
  • Acted for Begbies Traynor as the Joint Administrators on their appointment and on the sale of a complicated leasehold property within the company’s portfolio along which unusually involved the transfer of certain key employees, certain chattels, and its fit out.

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney has 'a solid and capable team', which is led by Richard Fergusson, who is an expert in sales of distressed businesses, property insolvency and receivership, and in advice to IPs and directors on disguised remuneration claims. Zoe Oates is knowledgeable about the contentious and non-contentious aspects of corporate and personal insolvencies.  Huddersfield-based consultant Richard Drinkwater specialises in insolvency investigations and claims against directors under the Companies Act and Insolvency Act.

Practice head(s):

Richard Fergusson

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Oates; Richard Drinkwater

Testimonials

‘A solid and capable team.’

‘Richard Fergusson is the best and most commercial insolvency lawyer I have ever dealt with.’

Key clients

Armstrong Watson LLP

RSM

Begbies Traynor Group

FRP Advisory LLP

KPMG LLP

Manolete Partners Plc

Grant Thornton

Bennett Jones Insolvency

Duff & Phelps

Booth & Co

Dodd & Co

DL Partnership

Poppleton & Appleby

DSI Insolvency

Mazars

Cowgills

Work highlights

  • Advised KPMG as the administrators of Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, on the sale of its business to a local entrepreneur and subsequently the sale of its former printworks.
  • Acted for the joint administrators of Pneumatic & Electrical Systems Limited in relation to the sale of the business and certain assets post appointment following a period of the administrators trading the business.
  • Advised the administrators on the sale of Blackhouse Restaurants Limited based in central Leeds and of assets in the restaurant based in Glasgow following the first national lockdown.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP established a corporate restructuring practice in Leeds in 2020 with the hires of Lemi McAuley, who joined as a partner from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in March, and principal associate Lizzy Wood from DLA Piper. McAuley has expertise in board advisory, transactional and contentious matters, handing all aspects of formal insolvency procedures, covering administrations, liquidations, and receiverships. He also acts for lenders in situations involving borrower under-performance. Wood also provides crucial restructuring support to corporates, private equity investors and lenders, as well as advising on turnaround and directors’ duties, security reviews and distressed business sales.

Practice head(s):

James Keates (Birmingham)

Other key lawyers:

Lemi McAuley; Lizzy Wood

Testimonials

‘Innovative and commercial.  Of great assistance in driving a deal across the line.’

‘They offer attention to detail and sound commercial advice.’

‘Lemi McAuley is a fine practitioner.’

Key clients

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

David Rubin & Partners

PwC LLP

RCapital

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

AIB Group (UK) PLC

HSBC Bank PLC

Hilco Capital Limited

Leeds Golf Club Limited

Mercedes Benz Financial Services

Henderson & Jones Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising PwC as administrators of Blue Group, a group of 24 group companies operating Harveys Furniture, Bensons for Beds and Relyon amongst others.
  • Advising RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP in the administration and pre-pack sale of the business and assets of Barburrito Limited, resulting in the continued trading of 14 sites securing in excess of 270 jobs.
  • Advising Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP as joint administrators of Axell Wireless Limited (in Administration) in connection with their appointment and the subsequent trading administration whilst the administrators sought a buyer for the business and assets.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's team is 'extremely knowledgeable and practical in its advice'. Department head Azher Quyoom is a 'very talented and experienced specialist' in non-contentious matters, primarily undertaking restructuring work on behalf of banks, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. He works with corporate finance lawyer Grace Moreton. The recruitment of senior solicitor Ivana Schappach and partner Mike Wilson has bolstered the the contentious insolvency offering.

Practice head(s):

Azher Quyoom

Other key lawyers:

Ivana Schappach; Mike Wilson; Grace Moreton

Testimonials

‘Good all-round knowledge. One of the few teams in the Humber with sector expertise.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and practical in its advice. Speedy and thorough in dealing with all issues.’

‘Azher Quyoom is a very talented and experienced specialist in the insolvency market, providing accurate and reliable advice and support. His colleague Grace Morton also has a very high level of technical ability. They are both able to provide the full support needed in the fast moving environment of insolvency work.’

‘A proactive firm who have the clients genuine best interests at heart, will look at practical solutions and the bigger picture.’

‘Azher Quyoom – pride in what he does, very commercial, excellent at spotting business opportunities.’

Key clients

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Begbies Traynor

Leonard Curtis

DFW Associates

Armstrong Watson

Kingsbridge Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised liquidator of Broadley Group on the recovery of >£10m debtor claims
  • Advised Leonard Curtis as administrators on the marketing and sale of an online sofa manufacturer.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Principal associate Victoria Procter, who is the main contact at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in Leeds, is experienced in all aspects of debt and equity restructurings. She is particularly well-versed in the retail, professional services and agriculture sectors.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Procter

Key clients

AlixPartners

Barclays Bank PLC

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor

Clydesdale Bank plc

Deloitte LLP

Duff & Phelps

KPMG

Lloyds Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Work highlights

  • Acted for the administrators of Leeds Golf Club Limited on the sale of the business and assets.
  • Acting for the administrators of JP Distribution Ltd and dealing with the sale of property, stock and assets.
  • Advising Alix Partners as administrators of the Casual Dining Group on the sale of the business and assets of those brands, all follow-on property issues, and all other aspects of the administration.

Lupton Fawcett

Nigel Whitfield is the main partner at Lupton Fawcett, which advises on matters concerning distressed or insolvent SME businesses across a wide range of sectors. Clients include insolvency accountants, distressed corporates and directors. The firm is also instructed in complex and high-value contentious insolvency assignments and litigation, including forensic and fraud investigations. Whitfield has over 40 years of experience in personal and corporate insolvency law, with a particular interest in property-related cases. Managing partner James Richardson and David Smyllie are also of note.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Whitfield

Other key lawyers:

James Richardson; David Smyllie

Key clients

Begbies Traynor Group

KPMG

FRP Advisory LLP

Graywoods

Clark Business Advisory

Live Recoveries

Philmore & Co

BHP Clough Corporate Solutions

Maxim

AM Insolvency

Revive

Auker Rhodes

Maxwell Davies Limited

Sadlers Limited

Leonard Curtis

Kennway Francis

Currie Young

Kingston Smith & Partners

McCormicks

At McCormicks, Philip Edmondson and Will Bates are ‘excellent for insolvency work'. The team is notably strong in insolvency matters in the football industry; Edmondson counts the Premier League and Leeds United Football Club among his clients. Name partner Peter McCormick is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Will Bates

Testimonials

‘Excellent regional practice. London advice at regional rates.’

‘Phil Edmondson and Will Bates are excellent for insolvency work.’

‘McCormicks offers very specialist/niche advice to the football industry. There is a huge amount of experience within their ranks which provides a quick and reliable service.’

‘Peter McCormick – Unique connections within the game of football and lots of experience of governance/legal issues across a breadth of topics.’

Key clients

The Premier League

Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited/Legal and Professional Insurance

DFS Furniture Company Limited

Oracle Finance Limited

Leeds United Football Club Limited

Walsh Taylor Business Support Group

Rudding Park

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise and represent the Premier League, with recent insolvency-related matters including providing advice relating to Portsmouth FC, representing the client in a landmark challenge to the Football Creditor Rules and representing the client in arbitration proceedings brought by Leyton Orient in relation to West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium.
  • Represented the Premier League in proceedings threatened by its former landlord pursuant to an Authorised Guarantee Agreement, providing insolvency advice as to the tenant’s status throughout.
  • Ongoing advice to the Premier League on its general insolvency policy.