Insolvency and corporate recovery in Yorkshire And The Humber

DLA Piper

DLA Piper UK LLP regularly handles complex, high-profile matters for financially distressed companies including accelerated M&A work, corporate rescues and pre-pack administrations. On the contentious side, the group acts for insolvency practitioners. The 'methodical and super-efficient' Richard Obank heads up the group in Leeds while Duncan Mosley 'leads the Sheffield team with gravitas'. Colin Ashford is the key name for contentious work while Mark Jackson and Barney Smedley focus on restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Richard Obank; Duncan Mosley

Testimonials

The team at DLA Piper is easily one of the key names to go to in the region for the best restructuring advice‘.

Clients receive great support from the whole team, which is always available no matter the time of day. It includes genuinely caring and exceptionally knowledgeable people who are there to look after their clients‘.

For clients to have the backing of a global firm but for the specialist team to be based in the region is an amazing combination. The local team offers a breadth and depth of insolvency experience, which is second to none‘.

Richard Obank is methodical and super-efficient. He will cut to the chase and provide the very best advice. He is a fantastic partner who is always available and supportive‘.

Colin Ashford is a great guy who really puts in 110% effort to ensure clients have the best advice. He is always available and always supportive, sensible and extremely knowledgeable and professional – easily one of the very best‘.

Duncan Mosley brings many years of experience to bear and leads the team with gravitas, but know when to let his colleagues get on with the work‘.

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Deloitte

Duff & Phelps

BDO

Lloyds Banking Group

Sun European Partners

HSBC

RBS

Bank of Ireland

Nisa Retail

Work highlights

  • Advising The Original Factory Shop on its company voluntary arrangement.
  • Successfully defending PwC in conspiracy and negligence claims brought by the liquidator of Premier Motors.
  • Assisting the joint liquidators of Miller Homes with the distribution of assets to shareholders following its sale.
  • Advised Nisa Retail on its acquisition by Co-op following clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority, related refinancings and the administration of MyLocal.
  • Acting for Poundworld on a £20m cash injection arranged by TPG and a proposed company voluntary arrangement.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP acts on national restructuring and insolvency matters for funders, corporates and administrators. Alongside the team's traditional lender client base and strength in the financial services sector, it has seen an increase in instructions from debt funds and private equity clients. Simon Clark and Duncan Lole jointly lead the practice, which also includes David Hinchliffe, who has a particular focus on finance work for football clubs. The team also includes consultant John Roche, senior associate Sarah MacAuley  - who handles contentious insolvency matters - and senior associate Olivia Robinson, an expert in the financial services and regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Clark; Duncan Lole

Other key lawyers:

David Hinchliffe; Sarah Macauley; Olivia Robinson; John Roche

Testimonials

The firm fields a joined-up team of good to work with and commercial individuals. The busy team allows clients to benefit from the latest direct insights on technical matters as well as case law‘.

Simon Clark always gives considered and concise advice and quickly grasps the importance of wider commercial dynamics‘.

Simon Clark is a safe pair of hands and a market leader‘.

The technical ability of the solicitors in the department and their ability to think outside the box and resolve matters is excellent‘.

Olivia Robinson is an exceptional lawyer with a bright personality. She is both rigorous and practical and therefore achieves results‘.

Key clients

Endless

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Homes England

RCapital

RSM (UK)

Mazars

NorthEdge

Santander

CVR Global

Harrisons Business Recovery & Insolvency

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Instructed by distressed private equity fund RCapital on the purchase of Thornhill Engineering from administrators in a pre-pack sale.
  • Instructed by the official receiver on six Carillion joint venture companies to provide independent advice to Carillion side directors with a view to allowing those companies to continue to trade despite the insolvency of other companies in the Carillion Group.
  • Advising Begbies Traynor as liquidators of Changtel Solutions.
  • Acting for Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency, the administrators of Varden Nuttall, on all elements of the administration.
  • Issued possession and sale proceedings for Mazars relating to a residential property, which was owned by a bankrupt individual and his ex-wife.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard sits on the panels of a raft of major banks, while the firm also receives a high number of instructions from insolvency practitioners. The team has notable expertise in the legal and energy sectors, dealing with insolvent law firms and failing energy suppliers. Group co-head Andy Bates focuses on non-contentious bank work while fellow co-head Graham Briggs primarily handles transactional and advisory work alongside some contentious experience. Managing associate Emma Sadler excels in larger corporate transactions including accelerated M&As and administration sales, while Andrew Fordham, who joined in 2018 from Squire Patton Boggs, is a key contact for corporate banking, leveraged finance work and real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bates; Graham Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Fordham; Emma Sadler

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard is the go-to firm when clients have a serious issue they need assistance with. The team is very capable legally with strong commercial nous‘.

The group is extremely efficient, flexible and competitive‘.

Graham Briggs has a personable and ‘non-legal’ manner about him. His first instinct is to provide a commercial view, which is supported and underpinned by the legal opinion. In essence he is able to wear a bank hat rather than a lawyer hat‘.

Emma Sadler is a first port of call as she is extremely reliable and delivers every time‘.

Key clients

Deloitte

FRP Advisory

PwC

Leonard Curtis

KPMG

Yorkshire Bank

HSBC Bank

Endless

Bestway Retail

Perwyn

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bestway Retail on its acquisition of the Conviviality Retail business (Bargain Booze, Wine Rack, Select Convenience and WS Retail) from administrator by way of a pre-pack acquisition.
  • Advised the board of Herbert T. Forrest on their directors’ duties given the company’s financial distress, an application for a validation order following the presentation of a winding up petition, and the sale of the energy and refurbishment part of the business to Engie Regeneration by way of a pre-pack sale.
  • Assisted Leonard Curtis with the pre-pack administration sale of EAD Solicitors to Simpson Millar.
  • Advising FRP Advisory as administrator of Viking Trailers on the sale of the business, which involved licensing Viking’s premises to the purchaser.
  • Acting for HLD Group on the acquisition of Speciality Coatings from FRP Advisory as administrators via a pre-pack acquisition.

Clarion

Clarion's recent work in the insolvency and restructuring sphere includes high-profile national contentious cases, national and regional retail insolvencies and other financing matters. The team has a substantial insolvency practitioner client base as well as acting for secondary and asset-based lenders, clearing banks and brand managers. Practice head Ryan Millmore focuses on corporate insolvencies, Roger Hutton is a key name for pre-insolvency issues, Alice Pratt handles insolvencies, liquidations and administrations; and Ben Slack is an expert in asset-based lending work.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Millmore

Other key lawyers:

Roger Hutton; Alice Pratt; Ben Slack

Testimonials

The team at Clarion is a pleasure to work with and has excellent judgement‘.

Roger Hutton is very impressive, with excellent interpersonal skills and commercial judgment‘.

Clients rate Alice Pratt highly as an impressive individual‘.

Key clients

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

Deloitte

RSM

Armstrong Watson

Wilson Field

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions

Leonard Curtis

Shawbrook Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Ve Vegas

Zinc Hotels

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Top Zinc and Zinc Hotels (Investments) to challenge the appointment and conduct of the administrators of Alix Partners.
  • Acting for a number of primarily US-based creditors and shareholders in successfully removing four insolvency practitioners of Smith & Williamson as joint administrators of Ve Interactive.
  • Advised furniture retailer DFS on its acquisition of Multiyork Furniture out of administration.
  • Advised Banham Poultry (2018) on the purchase of one of Norfolk’s largest employers, Banham Poultry and Banham Group, which successfully resulted in rescuing approximately 1,000 jobs and securing a supply chain of poultry products into UK supermarkets.
  • Assisted KPMG as administrator with the administration and onward sale of AIM listed vending machine business Uvenco and its associated companies to the Montagu Group.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's specialist restructuring team is focused on a number of key sectors, including retail, diversified industrials, energy and infrastructure, construction and further education. Team head Paul Dutton is a key name for non-contentious work, consultant Peter Cranston focuses on corporate matters, principal associate Lemi McAuley handles board advisory and transactional matters and senior associate Victoria Procter works with key clients including banks, accountants and other corporates.

Practice head(s):

Paul Dutton

Key clients

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Bank

Pepper (UK)

KPMG

PwC

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander Bank

EY

Deloitte

Work highlights

  • Advising Ideal Shopping Direct’s board on directors’ duties in the context of financial difficulty and subsequently on a distressed sale process to a private equity investor.
  • Acting for PwC as administrators of Thornhill Heat Exchangers on its pre-pack sale to an RCapital-backed SPV.
  • Acting for Tayto Group on its purchase of three vending machine businesses, all subsidiaries of Uvenco, from KPMG, acting as administrator.
  • Assisting Apollo Fire Detectors with the insolvency of one of its key plastics supplier.
  • Handling RCapital’s acquisition of the business and assets of Havelock Europa from PwC as administrators.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is on the panels of four of the UK's largest clearing banks and also counts asset-based lenders, insolvency practitioners, corporates, directors, private equity houses and distressed investors as clients. The firm's team - which has notable expertise in advising distressed law firms - is led by Richard Tripp, who handles corporate recovery and restructuring, with legal director Dawn Allen also a key restructuring contact.

Practice head(s):

Richard Tripp

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Allen

Testimonials

The practice understands the way clients work and has partners available to discuss problems quickly. It seamlessly translates instructions into action and provides feedback on progress along the route of the transaction‘.

Pinsent Masons fields a strong and experience team, which provides a first-class service which is quick and efficient whether the issue is simple or complex‘.

Pinsent Masons is very commercial with some clear market-leading sector expertise‘.

Richard Tripp provides a first-class service and quick and pragmatic support‘.

Richard Tripp will always make himself available. His focus is getting the right advice to clients to give reassurance and the direction needed. He has a first-class team to back him up‘.

Richard Tripp and Dawn Allen and the key contacts and are both approachable, knowledgeable, experienced and provide general and specific guidance on request. Issues, options and solutions are explored and explained fully and regular progress updates are provided‘.

Key clients

Deloitte

KPMG

BDO UK

Ernst & Young

Begbies Traynor

RSM Restructuring Advisory

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton

PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co

Quantuma

Work highlights

  • Advising BDO on its appointment as administrators of well-known retailer and brand, Bench.
  • Acted for RCapital on its acquisition via pre-pack administration sale of the business and assets of Capital Cooling.
  • Advising Ernst & Young as administrators of House of Fraser on property issues following the sale of its business and assets to Sports Direct.
  • Advising the directors of law firm Roberts Jackson and administrators Quantuma on its pre-packaged sale.
  • Advising Flogas Britain following its acquisition of part of Countrywide Farmers as a result of the seller becoming subject to administration proceedings.

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton BoggsJohn Alderton handles non-contentious matters with experience in complex reorganisations, disposals and corporate advisory work, while Laura Crawford focuses on contentious insolvency work. The group is experienced in the retail, mining and chemicals sectors and has notable expertise in cross-border restructuring and insolvency mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Alderton; Laura Crawford

Key clients

Ernst & Young

KPMG

Deloitte

BDO

Aver Chartered Accountants

Walsh Taylor

CRG Recovery

Leumi Bank

Begbies Traynor Group

Forensic Recovery

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ernst & Young on the administration and disposal of Crawshaw Group.
  • Acted for the purchaser of a classic car business out of administration.
  • Advising KPMG as administrators of Clean Energy Trading on a cross-border asset tracing exercise.
  • Representing the administrator of Lux Art in a case where the company was placed into administration by a director and minority shareholder to resolve a minority shareholder dispute.
  • Assisting the joint administrators with the administration of a national games retailer and the related sale of the company’s stock.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is strong in the healthcare, leisure and manufacturing sectors, advising banks, insolvency practitioners, distressed debt purchasers, funds and corporates on complex restructurings, administrations, turnarounds and insolvencies. Team leader Andy Stirk acts for clients in the healthcare, real estate, hotels, leisure and education sectors, and managing associate Sam Dixon focuses on bank-led restructuring work and directors' duties issues.

Practice head(s):

Andy Stirk

Other key lawyers:

Sam Dixon

Testimonials

The practice exhibits strong credentials and is readily available to contact when support is needed‘.

The very approachable team is commercial in its outlook and is always searching for solutions and offers proactive help at all times‘.

Andy Stirk and Sam Dixon are proactive, engaging and keen to make a difference in sharing practical ideas. They are responsive to tight deadlines and go the extra mile‘.

Sam Dixon has a pragmatic, practical approach to complex situations rather than just considering the legal aspects‘.

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK

KPMG

RSM Restructuring Advisory

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP focuses on complex restructurings and non-contentious corporate insolvencies for clients in a variety of sectors including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, property and banking. Insolvency practitioners, accountants, banks, creditors, corporates and individuals make up the team's client roster nationally. Oliver Jackson heads up the group.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Jackson

Testimonials

Freeths fields a great team, who all work together to achieve the desired outcome‘.

The team is growing its profile in the local market, becoming increasingly visible‘.

Oliver Jackson is very thorough and provides a fantastic service‘.

Key clients

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

Wilson Field

Leonard Curtis

The Springs Partnership (Graywoods)

Abbey Taylor

BHP Clough Corporate Solutions

Restart BTI

ELS Advisory

Maxim IP

Work highlights

  • Advising Begbies Traynor on the appointment of the joint administrators of Betterware, a home shopping and direct retail company.
  • Acting for Wilson Field on the administration of Bridal Fashions, including protecting the company’s assets.
  • Assisting Begbies Traynor with the appointment of the joint administrators of Wilchap 564, trading as Vulpine, and the pre-pack sale of its business and assets to the North Lane Group.
  • Advising Leonard Curtis on the appointment of administrators of Orchid Plastics and the pre-pack sale of the company and its assets.
  • Acting for Begbies Traynor on the appointment of the joint administrators of Mann Power Consulting and the pre-pack sale of its business and assets.

Gateley Plc

Financial litigator Rob Payne now heads up the practice in Gateley Plc's Leeds base after suceeding office founder William Ballmann, who has stepped into a consultancy role ahead of his retirement. The group handles the full range of restructuring issues including financial restructurings, formal insolvency advice, business and asset sales and acquisitions, property developer receiverships and contentions matters. Senior associate Matt Leech is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rob Payne

Other key lawyers:

Matt Leech

Testimonials

The Gateley Leeds team has grown significantly over recent years but the quality of advice and client attention has remained first class. It has an excellent strength in depth and is trusted in the most complex cases‘.

Rob Payne is an exceptional lawyer‘.

Matt Leech is brilliant and very thorough‘.

Key clients

Deloitte

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KPMG

Clydesdale Bank (including Yorkshire Bank)

Lloyds Bank

Carlsberg UK

TnuiCapital

Begbies Traynor Group

Mazars

Walker Singleton

Work highlights

  • Advising Begbies Traynor as administrators of a large property investment business on an invalidly delared and paid dividend and preference payment.
  • Assisting Nestor Primecare Services with its proposed strategies for a critical restructuring and subsequent pre-pack administration of the business and assets.
  • Acting for Carlsberg on enforcing against a group of companies that owned pubs nationally, including breach of facility issues and the enforcement of securities.
  • Acting for RSM Restructuring Advisory, the fixed charge receivers of a large residential property development site with substantial planning issues.
  • Acting for SAG Solarstrom as the administrator of a German company in an alleged preference claim brought by the UK administrators of SAG Solarstrom’s subsidiary.

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin MitchellDoug Robertson and Tom Paton lead the Leeds and Sheffield teams respectively; Robertson focuses on property insolvency and Paton is a key name for personal insolvency work. The Leeds team is recognised for its strength acting for banks, asset-based lenders and restructuring professionals, and the Sheffield group has a substantial insolvency practitioner client base. The department also has notable corporate advisory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Doug Robertson; Tom Paton

Testimonials

To find such a specialised team in a city like Sheffield that you turn to time and time again is great. It’s knowledge on personal insolvency issues is second to none‘.

The group is hugely capable across the knowledge spectrum with practical and cost effective advice that is given in an easily digestible form and a timely manner‘.

Tom Paton continues to grow following his deserved promotion to partner. He is already well versed in his craft and will soon be a leader in the field‘.

Tom Paton always impresses and never ceases to amaze and delight with his ability to see his way through a complex problem‘.

Doug Robertson has a strong commercial awareness and is a highly experienced litigator and property lawyer‘.

Key clients

KPMG

RSM

FRP

Begbies Traynor

Quantuma

Mazars

Wilson Field

Griffins

EY (Belfast)

Bridgewood

PWC (London)

Work highlights

  • Acting on the accelerated sale of a company in a distressed situation including share transfers.
  • Acting for a bank in a security dispute and the related administration.
  • Advising a bank on the administration of a large national manufacturing business.
  • Assisting Graywoods Insolvency Practitioners as administrator in the administration of Blair Installations and the related pre-pack sale of the company’s business and assets.
  • Acting for the joint trustees in the bankruptcy of a high-net-worth individual.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's business recovery and insolvency practice spans its Leeds, York and Sheffield offices, and primarily acts for insolvency practitioners on a national level. The group's expertise encompasses restructurings and insolvencies, distressed businesses, refinancings, LPA receiverships, breach of duty claims, fraud investigations and insolvency litigation. The team is led by Nigel Whitfield - 'the King in the North' of personal insolvency - alongside James Richardson, who focuses on distressed corporates and licensed insolvency practitioner David Smyllie.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Whitfield

Other key lawyers:

James Richardson; David Smyllie

Testimonials

The team is very strong with excellent technical ability, a very proactive and organised approach and is able to deal with complex and difficult matters. The individuals are extremely good negotiators who present their clients’ case very forcefully without letting their own ego get in the way‘.

With three experienced partners leading a small team of fee earners, they are able to staff and handle any assignment from a small bankruptcy to a hostile trading administration‘.

Nigel Whitfield is a real leader in the field who is hugely respected by counsel, opponents and clients alike. His case preparation is outstanding and really pays dividends when cases get to court‘.

When it comes to personal insolvency, Nigel Whitfield is the King in the North. He’s the go-to man when you have a technical problem as he’s seen it all in the past and usually solved it‘.

Andrew Black is very diligent and resourceful‘.

Key clients

Begbies Traynor Group

KPMG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

FRP Advisory

Graywoods

Clark Business Advisory

Live Recoveries

Philmore & Co

BHP Clough Corporate Solutions

DFW Associates

Wilson Field

The DL Partnership

Abbey Taylor

Maxim

AM Insolvency

Revive

Auker Rhodes

Maxwell Davies

Sadlers

Leonard Curtis

Creditfix

Kennway Francis

Currie Young

Kingston Smith & Partners

Smith & Williamson

Work highlights

  • Advised FRP Advisory as liquidator in pursuing a company in chain for unpaid invoices involving insolvency set off issues.
  • Acting for Smith & Williamson as trustee on a forensic investigation into a bankrupt company’s financial transactions.
  • Advising AM Insolvency as liquidator on the sale of the business and assets of an online retail company.
  • Assisting Graywoods as the supervisors and subsequent liquidators with the sale of the business and assets of a South Yorkshire company.
  • Acting for Gibson Booth as liquidator in a complaint against RBS’ GRG unit.

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney focuses its efforts on its insolvency practitioner client base, which it advises on all elements of insolvencies and distressed work; the practice also handles refinancing and restructuring work. Richard FergussonDavid Arundel and Amar Rashid jointly lead the group; Fergusson handles the sale of distressed and stressed business, property insolvencies and disguised remuneration claims.

Practice head(s):

Richard Fergusson; David Arundel; Amar Rashid

Testimonials

The very reactive team has more of a commercial approach to problem solving than some. It is quick thinking and prepared to give practical and logical advice on potential solutions, showing initiative and good, straight-forward communication. Overall, a first-class firm to deal with‘.

The group is dynamic, responsive and very easy to work with. It goes the extra mile for clients‘.

The practice provides solid technical and practical advice‘.

Richard Fergusson has excellent people skills, is very approachable and articulate in his communication of legal matters and is well respected in the market‘.

Richard Fergusson understands what it means to run a business, meaning he can manage business and client needs as well as look at the wider picture‘.

David Arundel is accessible, practical and commercial and fully understands the clients needs‘.

Legal director Zoe Oates is thorough and dedicated, quickly turns around issues and provides practical solutions to complex situations‘.

Key clients

Armstrong Watson

RSM

PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co (London office)

C3 Partnership

FRP Advisory

Olsen Doors and Windows

Work highlights

  • Represented multi-party respondents in an action brought by the liquidator of Absolute Living Developments involving UK freezing order issues, financial disclosure and fraud and misfeasance claims.
  • Acting for FRP Advisory and Armstrong Watson as joint administrators of Leadsharp on the sale of development land.
  • Advising RSM Restructuring as administrator of DDK Estate on realising a property investment portfolio.
  • Assisting the Galbraith Group with the administration and liquidation of three group companies including a business pre-pack sale and a share sale.
  • Advising Live Recoveries as liquidator of Panando in an investigation relating to a VAT fraud case.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Insolvency practitioners make up the majority of Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's client base, which also includes creditors, banks, financial institutions and private equity investors. The department is particular active in the manufacturing, healthcare, transport, infrastructure and construction sectors and handles non-contentious and contentious restructuring and insolvency work. Practice head Azher Quyoom focuses on restructuring and turnaround work, and Christopher Harrison has niche expertise in the agricultural sector.

Practice head(s):

Azher Quyoom

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Harrison

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

Leonard Curtis Recovery

RSM

DFW Associates

Work highlights

  • Acting for Begbies Traynor as administrator on the administration of Plasticon, an international manufacturing business.
  • Advising Leonard Curtis Recovery as administrators of GMP Compliance on its administration application and the subsequent pre-pack sale of its business and assets.
  • Assisting Leonard Curtis Rescue with the administration of Brewology and the sale of its business and assets to a third party.
  • Advising Leonard Curtis Recovery as administrators of Servacomm Redhall on Employment Tribunal claims arising from the redundancy of the company’s staff.

DWF

Associate partner Matthew Brown leads the group at DWF, which advises banks, financial institutions, shareholders, borrowers, pensions trustees, suppliers, landlords and insolvency practitioners on restructuring issues. The group has notable expertise in the retail and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brown

Gordons LLP

Gordons LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious work for a range of clients including financially distressed companies, individuals and lenders. The group's expertise encompasses administrations, refinancings, restructuring mandates, supply chain issues, criminal sanctions, rescue packages and enforcement procedures. Wayne Parker leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Parker

Testimonials

The team at Gordons is always available to give advice and fields an experienced and approachable team, which provides real solutions to problems‘.

Clients would trust Wayne Parker with any issues now matter how big or small. He always finds a solution‘.

Key clients

KPMG

Bank of Ireland

BDO

RSM

Deloitte

Begbies Traynor

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Molson Coors Brewing

Grant Thornton

PKF Geoffrey Martin

Work highlights

  • Advising KPMG as administrator on the sale of assets in Aquatherm Sales as part of a pre-pack administration.
  • Acting for the shareholder of a joint venture in a creditors application for administration.
  • Assisted G4 Power Grid with an in-court application to place it into administration and rescind a winding up order.
  • Acted for Walsh Taylor in an out-of-court appointment, and advising the administrators on the sale of the company back to its management.
  • Assisted PFK Geoffrey Martin & Co as joint administrators of Bournston Property with an application to make a distribution to creditors.

Gosschalks

Gosschalks covers the full spectrum of insolvency work nationally, including handling the enforcement of bank securities, investigations, restructurings and post-insolvency issues. Team leader Steve Dillon focuses on insolvency advice and litigation, while newly promoted partner Chris Adams has particular expertise in office-holder claims.

Practice head(s):

Steve Dillon

Other key lawyers:

Chris Adams

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

RSM

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Wilson Field

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions

TFG Security / Capital

Grant Thornton

Restart BTI

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Represented a bankruptcy trustee in defending an annulment application brought by the bankrupt individual and subsequently obtaining a possession and sale order over the bankrupt’s property.

Keebles

Keebles, which has three offices across Yorkshire, focuses on the lregional market with an established client base of insolvency practitioners. Team head Natalie Nattress is the key contact for bankruptcies and contentious work, while legal director Jo Smith focuses on corporate insolvencies and administrations.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Nattress

Other key lawyers:

Jo Smith

Testimonials

The high-quality team, under the leadership of Natalie Nattress, never gives up for its clients‘.

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

Leonard Curtis

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KPMG

Mazars

FRP Advisory

RE10 (Leeds)

Armstrong Watson

Bridgestones

CG Recovery

Gibson Booth

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP advises insolvency practitioners, creditors and individuals at a national level, and also has a notable local authority client base. Matthew Dix leads the practice and is a registered insolvency practitioner, Adam Marham focuses on insolvency work and contentious issues, and senior solicitor Gary Taylor leads the firm's work on personal insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Dix

Other key lawyers:

Adam Marham; Gary Taylor

Testimonials

The team is made up of very good lawyers who are all commercial in their approach and a pleasure to deal with‘.

Gary Taylor is an excellent lawyer with a firm grasp of personal insolvency law and a very pragmatic approach‘.

Key clients

RSM

Redman Nichols Butler

Mazars

KPMG

Bridgewood Financial Services Group

Silk & Co

RCM Advisory

Haringey Council

Wakefield Council

Rexel UK

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint trustees in an application to the court for the appointment of a court-appointed receiver for a trading business park which is part of a bankrupt estate.
  • Assisting Redman Nichols Butler with an application for misfeasance against a director who continued to trade to the detriment of creditors.
  • Advising an international haulage company which, as a result of an administration, had been left in a situation in which they had custody of a large number of toxic chemicals which the administrators were refusing to handle.
  • Advising on whether an order made in matrimonial proceedings constituted exceptional circumstances, which would justify a delay in making a possession order in insolvency proceedings.
  • Successfully representing an individual against a bankrupt’s application for removal of the client as a trustee in a bankruptcy.