Insolvency and corporate recovery in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard balances lender and creditor-side work, advising major high street banks, insolvency practitioners and corporates, with board advisory work an increasing element of the firm's practice. The team assists administrators with debt recovery, business sale and restructuring mandates. The practice also has a dedicated distressed real estate capability, with director John Duffy and associate Emma Atkinson exclusively focusing on the area. Practice head Andy Bates works for the firm's biggest corporate and banking clients, alongside maintaining relationships with the key accountancy firms in the region. Graham Briggs continues to be highly recommended by clients. 'Excellent' Managing associate Emma Sadler has taken a leading role in several complex matters.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bates

Testimonials

The team is always friendly & approachable, with a wide range of knowledge, that is used in a sensible way, to aid the progress of deals. The team always respond quickly &, although mindful of providing correct advice in a professional manner, the team understand the need for a commercial viewpoint. The team always respond quickly to queries & maintain an open dialogue, which again, helps in the deal process.’

Emma Sadler provides an excellent service & is consistent in her approach to work done. Emma is always happy to discuss cases before a formal instruction is made & is able to turn urgent deals around quickly, when required. Emma is a credit to the firm.

I have used AG in a complex restructuring. They have been excellent in this process, in financial restructuring advice and pensions advisory. Over the years I have used several Leeds based teams and AG have been the best.

Andy Bates is a rock star, he is able to combine timely, robust advice with a sense of humour. Emma Sadler has been great, very competent and able to produce high quality work at very short notice.

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank / Virgin Money

HSBC Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

KPMG LLP

Deloitte LLP

Endless LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

Graywoods LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Bestway Retail

Work highlights

  • Advised PwC as administrators of Mid-UK Recycling in relation to the pre-pack sale of its waste management and recycling business.
  • Advised the administrators of Carcraft on a complex directions application in relation to the treatment of monies purportedly held on trust for parties who paid a deposit for a new vehicle immediately prior to Carcraft falling into administration.
  • Advised KPMG as administrators of Paragon Creative, a specialist contractor in the visitor attraction sector.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP counts banks, insolvency practitioners, private equity funds, challengers and alternative lenders, as well as major corporates as clients, acting on high-profile business insolvencies. Practice co-heads Gawain Moore and Duncan Lole advise on complex restructurings; Moore works on major retail and construction matters, while Lole specialises in financial services and regulated industry work. Simon Clark continues to be active, and was appointed to  a senior leadership position within the firm in 2019. Michael Taylor has particular expertise in debt-to-equity deals on behalf of indebted companies. Director Olivia Robinson specialises in complex financial services matters, alongside work in other regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Gawain Moore; Duncan Lole

Testimonials

A true heavy-weight player. Deservedly a magnet for high-value and complex litigation (both regionally and nationally).

Duncan Lole – Unflappable. Straight-talking. A great strategist. Olivia Robinson – Experienced beyond her years. Truly invested in achieving her clients’ goals.

I think they are unique in Leeds in the quality of insolvency work that they attract, particularly Duncan Lole in bringing in work in Special Investment Administrations.

Alistair McHenry is super bright and thoughtful but also well prepared and gets the job done.

There is a strong depth in the team. They are experienced in small matters to large scale claims with good internal support. The team proactively manage their case loads and know their cases inside out.

Practical and commercial advice from an experienced and knowledgeable team who are also all really pleasant to work with.

Gawain Moore is forward thinking, up to date with current issues and gives commercial and practical support to find solutions.

Great investigative strengths for fraud litigation and tactically wise to achieve results.’

Key clients

Endless

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Homes England

RCapital

RSM

Mazars

NorthEdge

Santander

CVR Global

Harrisons Business Recovery & Insolvency

Grant Thornton

PWC

Begbies

BGF

European Commission

Work highlights

  • Advising PwC as administrators of the Book People.
  • Instructed by TSP Projects following the insolvency of its parent, British Steel.
  • Instructed to act on for the joint administrators of Active Securities, trading as 247 Moneybox.

Clarion

Clarion advises a combination of insolvency practitioners, national clearing banks and alternative lenders on a range of regional and national corporate insolvencies including administrations, liquidations and turnarounds, as well as acting in contentious proceedings. The team also has experience in retail, manufacturing and waste sector insolvencies, acting for companies and directors. Ryan Millmore leads the team, acting on a variety of insolvencies and corporate turnarounds; Roger Hutton specialises in pre-insolvency advice and distressed acquisitions; and Alice Pratt works on personal insolvency and high-value bankruptcy mandates. Ben Slack is also a key name and focuses on asset-based and alternative lending work, advising a number of regional lenders.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Millmore

Other key lawyers:

Roger Hutton; Alice Pratt; Ben Slack

Key clients

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

Deloitte

RSM

Armstrong Watson

FRP Advisory LLP

Alvarez & Marsal

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions Limited

Leonard Curtis

Secure Trust Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for VE Vegas in claims from its liquidator Deloitte regarding the client’s sale of its business and assets to VE Global UK.
  • Acting for Kingsbridge as administrator of Sanderson Contracts.
  • Acting FRP Advisory as administrator of Thornhill Rail.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises on a range of matters, including high-value and complex corporate restructurings, distressed and accelerated M&A, and administrations for insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, public sector bodies and private equity sponsors. The Leeds team has notable expertise in distressed real estate, handled by legal director Clare Christopher, while the Sheffield office primarily represents clients in asset recovery and insolvency-related disputes. The practice is now jointly led by Sheffield-based partner and asset recovery specialist Duncan Mosley and Leeds-based insolvency expert Barney Smedley following the departures of Richard Obank and Colin Ashford to Brown Rudnick LLP, and the retirement of Mark Jackson in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Mosley; Barney Smedley

Testimonials

High quality commercial and clear advice in challenging situations.

Barney Smedley – extensive experience and in-depth knowledge, provides clear advice and options. Always open to discussing ideas and providing appropriate support. Lizzie Wood – very personable, maintains relationships well and incredibly hardworking. Has become a trusted advisor across our team. Ruth Ranton – committed to maintaining long term relationships and proactive in doing so.

DLA Leeds are a personable, competent team, quick to grasp the issues, meticulous in the detail, and give comprehensive advice, that gives the confidence you need to make decisions at pace.

Key clients

HSBC Bank

Grant Thornton

Ernst & Young

Deloitte

KPMG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Hilco Capital Limited

Lloyds Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Begbies Traynor

Duff & Phelps

FRP Advisory

Work highlights

  • Advised Deloitte as nominees and supervisors of the Arcadia Group’s voluntary arrangements and on its capacity as administrators of Arcadia Group.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP advises on complex corporate insolvency and restructuring matters, acting for insolvency practitioners and corporates, leveraging the firm's wider commercial expertise in the retail, hospitality, entertainment, manufacturing, financial services and care homes sectors. The firm's Leeds and Sheffield offices cooperate on a range of matters; Sheffield-based practice head Oliver Jackson advises major insolvency practitioners and corporates on high-profile retail insolvencies. Director Helen Bates joined in 2019 from Clarion to head up the Leeds office, and has a consistent record in regional and national insolvency work.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Helen Bates; Isobel Callaghan

Testimonials

Oliver Jackson’s team provide a first rate service to the Yorkshire insolvency and restructuring community with a particular focus on the Sheffield market. The advice we receive is prompt, commercial and always tailored to the specific circumstances of the assignment. The Freeths team are uniquely placed to assist with both local and national matters due to the depth of knowledge and experience within the team and their ability to act on a contingent basis when required.

The Freeths team has grown significantly in the last two years. Key contacts are: Oliver Jackson – Oliver leads the Yorkshire team. He is particularly good at finding the balance between technical and commercial to provide a pragmatic solution to any problem. Isobel Callaghan – Isobel particularly excels at investigatory work and oversees the team’s insolvency litigation assignments. She is extremely thorough and always provides sensible, realistic and practical advice.’

The team in Sheffield remains relatively small. However, it is continuing to grow and has quickly established itself as one of the premier insolvency & restructuring offerings in the local market. The team has and continues to provide a fantastic service. Their level of technical expertise and commercial approach is at least on par with the more recognised firms in Leeds. However, I have always found that they are far more pleasant to deal with. Despite their rapid growth, they have managed to retain their smaller firm approach to client service, whilst steadily growing both the depth (and breadth) of their expertise. It is clear that their growth strategy is driven by attracting and retaining the best people, rather than expansion for sake of expansion. Certainly a Practice (and an office) to watch.

Our primary contact at Freeths is Oliver Jackson. No matter how busy he is, Oliver will always make time for you. Oliver is quick to grasp the key components of often quite complicated matters, and can always be relied upon to provide clear, concise and (most importantly) commercially focused advice. I would have no hesitation recommending Oliver to others and in fact have done so on a number of occasions. Another key member of Oliver’s team is Isobel Callaghan. We are currently working closely with Isobel on a particularly complex case. She continues to provide excellent advice in the matter, not only from a legal perspective, but also in the context of developing the wider case strategy.

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

KPMG

Leonard Curtis Recovery

Alvarez & Marsal Europe

Quantuma Bradford Office

Wilson Field

FRP Advisory

The Springs Partnership

Baker Tilly Creditors Services

Armstrong Watson LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central)

BHP Corporate Solutions

Santander UK

ELS Advisory

Travis Perkins

AM Insolvency

Abbey Taylor

Work highlights

  • Advised Begbies Traynor on the appointment of the joint administrators of The Holiday Place.
  • Acting for PK Education (formerly Einstein Recruitment) on the pre-packaged acquisition of the business and assets of PK Realisations (in administration) from its administrators.
  • Advised Quantuma on the appointment of joint administrators of Barnsley Body Shop and the sale of the company’s business and assets.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP acts at a national level on a number of restructuring cases, working both with the firm's offices across the UK and closely with the Leeds-based banking and finance team. Clients include banks, asset-based lenders, insolvency practitioners, corporates, directors, private equity houses, distressed investors and public sector clients, with several mandates involving cross-border elements. The team has particular expertise in the distressed energy and distressed legal sectors, advising on several law firm insolvencies. Dawn Allen, a specialist in regulated industry insolvencies, leads the practice, replacing the departing Richard Tripp.

Practice head(s):

Dawn Allen

Testimonials

A strong national team with knowledgeable local Partners/Directors.’

Dawn Allen is highly experienced, decisive and always up to date with current issues.

Execute at speed in time critical scenarios. Strength in depth and able to manage are sizes of cases and great client support.

Dawn Allen – Wealth of experience in the Industry. Proactively looks to assist in all cases with valued legal input. Also a specialist in law firm restructurings.

Key clients

KPMG

BDO UK

Ernst & Young

Begbies Traynor

RSM Restructuring Advisory

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton UK

PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co

Quantuma

Work highlights

  • Advising Quantuma on the pre-packaged administration sale of the business and assets of Ince & Co to Gordon Dadds.
  • Advised New Earth Solutions on its pre-packaged acquisition of MID (UK) Recycling.
  • Advised RSM on the administration of Breeze Energy Supply.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs acts on a wide range of business insolvencies and restructuring matters, advising insolvency practitioners and accountants and consultancies acting as administrators. The group has key industry expertise in the retail, mining, manufacturing and energy sectors, where it handles complex reorganisations and disposals, and provides advice before and during administrations. The practice is led by highly experienced restructuring expert John Alderton, who also heads up the team's contentious insolvency team following the retirement of Laura Crawford at the end of 2019.

Practice head(s):

John Alderton

Key clients

Ernst & Young

KPMG

Deloitte

BDO

RSM

PwC

Grant Thornton

CRG Recovery

Begbies Traynor Group

Leumi ABL

Walsh Taylor

Work highlights

  • Advised the administrators of the AIM-listed Redhall Group on the disposal and wind-down of four trading subsidiaries.
  • Advised Toto Energy on its entry into Ofgem’s Supplier of Last Resort regime and its subsequent administration. Also advised the administrators on the sale of the assets of the company.
  • Advised the Crawshaw Group on its proposed CVA and subsequently acted for the administrators on the sale of the business and assets of the group.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The 'first-class' Andy Stirk heads up the practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, which advises restructuring banks, insolvency practitioners and public authorities on a variety of corporate insolvency and administration matters including distressed acquisitions and disposals. The team includes individuals with insolvency qualifications and experience of non-legal restructuring work, with additional sector expertise in the healthcare, technology, education and leisure industries. Managing associate Sam Dixon takes the lead on bank-led restructuring work and advice to corporate boards.

Practice head(s):

Andy Stirk

Other key lawyers:

Sam Dixon

Testimonials

Great firm, very responsive and highly personalised service. The partners are very engaged.

Andy Stirk is a first-class restructuring and insolvency partner. His approach to, and empathy with, clients is impeccable and perfectly suited to the restructuring world.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK

KPMG

RSM Restructuring Advisory

Work highlights

  • Sole English and Scottish advisers to Byland UK on its acquisition of the business and assets of high-profile retailer, LK Bennett, from administration.
  • Advised the administrators of two entities in the Claritas Hearing group on their appointment and on the sale of various assets by way of two separate transactions.
  • Advising the administrators of Mederco (Huddersfield) and Mederco Block A on matters arising from the administrations of each and on the proposed sale of the blocks of student accommodation owned by the companies.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP assists insolvency practitioners, banks and other lenders with a variety of complex insolvency matters, encompassing administrations, disposals and contentious issues. Manchester-based partner David Gray leads the team following the departure of Paul Dutton. Senior associate Victoria Procter is another key name within the Leeds office. Lemi McAuley is now with Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Gray

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Procter; James Williams

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a wide range of insolvency-related matters, ranging from avoidance advice to contentious debt recovery proceedings and corporate rescue work. The team has acted for a number of international insolvency practitioners as well as a growing number of major banks. Highlights include high-value corporate, retail and real estate-related insolvencies. Matthew Brown leads the team following his arrival from DWF in late 2019, while director Matt Leech focuses on non-contentious corporate and property work. Consultant William Ballmann is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brown

Testimonials

High-quality litigation advice with a well established and capable team.

We have dealt with Rob Payne for many years and would consider him extremely highly. He combines a high technical knowledge with an excellent commercial instinct, a combination we find most rewarding.

Depth and quality of team at or below partner level.

Appreciation of client’s perspective, commercial judgement and approachability. Matt Leach in particular has an excellent relationship with my team.

Key clients

Deloitte LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

KPMG

Clydesdale Bank plc (including Yorkshire Bank)

Lloyds Bank

Carlsberg UK

Handelsbanken

RSM Restructuring Advisory

Mazars

Walker Singleton

Work highlights

  • Advised Deloitte on a non-performing lend secured against £20m of agricultural assets and options for restructuring and exit.
  • Advised Leonard Curtis on the administration of the Spud-u-Like group.
  • Advised RSM Restructuring Advisory as administrators of a pay-day lender business.

Irwin Mitchell

Real estate specialist Doug Robertson and personal insolvency expert Tom Paton jointly head up Irwin Mitchell's Yorkshire operation, which advises lenders and receivers, including a number of national and London-based banks and other financiers, as well as insolvency practitioners. The practice, which acts at a national level, focuses on personal insolvency debt collection via Section 127 orders and corporate insolvencies, and has particular expertise in real estate insolvencies with a number of high-value portfolio disposal matters for commercial and light industrial occupiers.

Practice head(s):

Doug Robertson; Tom Paton

Testimonials

Tom Paton leads the team and provides a clear and capable key point of contact. His team are cost effective and knowledgeable – who knew that Sheffield contained such a gem?

Tom Paton has grown into the role of partner leading a very capable and engaged team. Tom is approachable, knowledgeable and (despite his advancement) excellent value for money.

Key clients

KPMG

RSM

Mazars

FRP

Begbies Traynor

BDO

Duff and Phelps

Wilson Field

Chamberlain & Co

Griffins

EY (Belfast)

Bridgewood

PwC (London)

Graywoods

Armstrong Watson

Quantuma

Work highlights

  • Acted for Begbies Traynor as the joint administrators of PK Education on their appointment and on the sale of the company’s business and assets.
  • Acting for Wilson Field as joint administrators of Tudor Group Northwest following their appointment by the company’s charge-holder.
  • Advising FRP Advisory as insolvency practitioners appointed in respect of a hotel business both with regard to the sale of the business and assets of the company and the general administration.

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney advises insolvency practitioners on a variety of corporate and personal insolvency matters, encompassing appointments, distressed sales and disposals, and contentious elements. The practice is jointly led by Richard Fergusson, who has particular expertise in property-related insolvencies and board advice; David Arundel, who works with administrators, board members, and lenders; and Amar Rashid, who operates from the firm's Bradford office. Consultant Richard Drinkwater is also active in the field, advising insolvency practitioners on administration appointments.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Drinkwater

Testimonials

Excellent insolvency team with key strengths in all market areas.

Excellent individuals who deliver strong service. Amar Rashid, Richard Drinkwater, and Richard Fergusson deserve a strong mention.

Key clients

Armstrong Watson

RSM Restructuring & Advisory

PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co

Begbies Traynor Group

FRP Advisory

Springfields Advisory

BHP Clough Corporate Solicitors

KPMG (Leeds)

Manolete Partners

Grant Thornton

Bennett Jones Insolvency

Duff & Phelps

Work highlights

  • Advising FRP Advisory as liquidator of Snowdrop Energy.
  • Acted for the Caulfield Conservatory Company and subsequently its administrators, Begbies Traynor, on placing the company into administration, dealing with creditor issues and securing the sale of the business to the management team.
  • Acting for RSM Restructuring & Advisory as administrators of Mount Sterling Wealth Independent Financial Advisors.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP advises company directors, insolvency practitioners and banks; and has notable expertise in the manufacturing, healthcare, transport and construction industries. The team is active across Yorkshire on a variety of complex matters and receives international referrals. Practice head Azher Quyoom specialises in corporate restructuring and turnaround assignments, and Christopher Harrison works closely with high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Azher Quyoom

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Harrison

Testimonials

Azher Quyoom is very practical, pragmatic, commercial, hands on and quick to respond.

Key clients

Migar Homes Limited

Lawton Yarns Limited

Auker Rhodes

Work highlights

  • Acted for Migar Homes on its multi-million pound property debt restructuring.
  • Acted for a Danish buyer on the £8m acquisition of Lawton Yarns.
  • Advised Auker Rhodes on the linked administration of Lunchbox Productions and liquidation of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre.

Gosschalks

Gosschalks works on the full spectrum of regional and national insolvency matters, acting for banks on the protection of high-value loans, advising insolvency practitioners on the appointment and investigation of insolvent estates, and working with businesses on restructuring and post-insolvency options. The team is praised for its 'fantastic links' with insolvency practitioners. Steve Dillon leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Steve Dillon

Testimonials

Fantastic links with insolvency office holders. Excellent client care.

Stephen Dillon – one of the best insolvency lawyers in the North, technically superb. Good strength in depth across many departments, good local knowledge coupled with local banking and funding relationships. Top in Yorkshire and the Humber, and as good as any in Leeds.

Understanding and flexibility of the team to react to any situation (usually when under time constraints). The advice is sound advice and I’m happy to rely upon the advice as much as the team are to stand by the advice.

Very personable with a hands-on approach. Nothing is too difficult and the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery team have a range of experience providing great service and advice on all matters of insolvency to the simplest of matters to the very complex cases.

Stephen Dillon is very hands on which is sometimes unusual in a law firm to have such access to a partner. Great spread of experience across the team. Enjoy working with the team and feel very at ease discussing all matters of advice required whether it is a simple question or a really difficult contentious scenario.

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

RSM (formerly Baker Tilly)

PricewaterhouseCoopers – Leeds and Sheffield

Wilson Field – Sheffield

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions – Hull, Grimsby, Lincoln

TFG Security / Capital

Grant Thornton – Bristol

Restart BTI – Matlock, Derbyshire

KPMG – Southampton

One Stop Business Finance

Work highlights

  • Advising the joint administrators of the holding company of the Burningnight Group with a view to control of the business and assets of subsidiary companies within the group trading as Bierkeller and other well-known pub brands.

Keebles

Natalie Nattress leads the team at Keebles, which acts for local and national insolvency practitioners across its three offices in Yorkshire. The practice handles high-value bankruptcy cases, which often have contentious elements. Jo Smith concentrates on corporate insolvency and administration proceedings, and Nattress specialises in bankruptcies and contentious cases.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Nattress

Other key lawyers:

Jo Smith

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

Leonard Curtis

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KPMG

Mazars

FRP Advisory

RE10 (Leeds)

Armstrong Watson (Leeds)

Bridgestones

CG Recovery

Knights plc

Following its merger with Shulmans LLP in early 2020, Knights plc handles a variety of regional contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters including business restructurings and sales, asset recovery work, personal insolvencies and bankruptcy mandates. Clients include lenders, creditors, and sole traders, as well as insolvency practitioners. Mark Wilkinson leads the team, and has particular expertise in acting for creditors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Wilkinson

Testimonials

Strong team, quick to respond and extremely commercial.

The Insolvency and Corporate Recovery team have a very practical, commercial approach to any issues that need to be dealt with, and provide you with confidence that the advice being provided is in the best interests of the relevant stakeholders. This combined with an excellent knowledge of current insolvency legislation and case law results in a pragmatic, useful and easily understood approach to advice provided.

‘They are experienced in all aspects of technical contentious, non contentious insolvency and general business recovery.

Professional, sensitive, clear and contactable at all times, with a great ability to manage all parties often differing expectations.

The team is versatile and flexible, meaning they can ensure their clients get the service and advice that they need, whenever they need it. The team also acts quickly to provide reliable advice.

The individuals involved are always approachable and make it easy to ask questions regarding the advice they have given and are never too busy to explain how they have come to their conclusions.

Key clients

Clark Business Recovery

FRP Advisory

Mazars

KPMG

Griffins

Begbies Traynor (Central)

Moore Kingston Smith

Umbrella – Company

RSM

Wilson Field

Work highlights

  • Acting for the trustee, Clark Business Recovery, on a long-standing, complex bankruptcy.
  • Acted for Moore Kingston Smith & Partners in dealing with its appointment by a secured lender and also advised on the sale of the company’s freehold property.
  • Acted for FRP Advisory as administrators of a development company which owned a freehold mill, including assisting with complex title issues and brokering a deal which resulted in a successful sale and proceeds generated for the estate.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett advises on personal bankruptcies, business insolvencies, administrations and restructurings, acting for insolvency practitioners, lending institutions, businesses directors and private clients. Nigel Whitfield leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Whitfield

McCormicks

McCormicks has increased its work with insolvency practitioners, advising on a number of business and personal insolvency proceedings alongside its ongoing expertise in sports club and legal insolvencies. Practice head Philip Edmondson maintains key relationships with insolvency practitioners, assisted by corporate head James Towler. Managing partner Peter McCormick is an established name for sports-related insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Testimonials

Strong regional practice.

This firm has shown excellence in its management of our debt recovery cases over a number of years which has added considerable value to our business. More recently the team has been expanded to include the handling of smaller claims as back-up to our in-house operation, this has proved to be highly successful.

We work with a small team at McCormicks, headed by Philip Edmondson, supported by Will Bates. Both have an excellent knowledge of our business and requirements which assists us in reaching our goals.

Key clients

The Premier League

Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited/Legal and Professional Insurance

DFS Furniture Company

Oracle Finance

Leeds United Football Club

Walsh Taylor Business Support Group

Rudding Park

Work highlights

  • Advising the Premier League, with recent insolvency related matters including providing advice on 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 brought by its former landlord pursuant to an Authorised Guarantee Agreement, providing insolvency advice as to the tenant’s status throughout.
  • Advising on the Premier League’s general insolvency policy.