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Freeths LLP

Work Department

Insolvency and corporate recovery.




Partner specialising in all aspects of corporate recovery and insolvency work. Particular emphasis on turnaround/distressed M&A work and investigatory work. Clients include insolvency practitioners, banks, asset-based lenders, factors and other financial institutions. He also works alongside directors and accountancy practices to provide practical and commercial solutions to implement the most appropriate recovery/restructuring strategies.

Trained at Barradales, qualifying in 1993. Joined Freeths LLP in 1996. Partner 2001.


Association of Business Recovery Professionals (member of the Midlands R3 Committee), Turnaround Management Association.


Leicester Grammar School; De Montfort University; College of Law, Chester.


Self confessed sport and fitness fanatic. After playing Rugby for many years he is now a keen triathlete. He has completed Ironman Switzerland (2008) and Ironman Barcelona; supports Leicester Tigers RFC.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Real estate > Property litigation

Freeths LLP‘s first-rate reputation in property-related dispute resolution sees it generate work from clients in sectors such as retail, energy, food and construction, among others. Simon Baigent, who is highly regarded for his restructuring and insolvency expertise, has an excellent record in contentious matters involving an interplay between property and insolvency; his experience includes cases where landlords are faced with insolvent tenants and insolvency matters involving large property portfolios. Practice head Paul Tomkins is closely involved with the East Midlands branch of the Property Litigation Association, while senior associate Edward Pickard is active in all areas of property litigation, with a particular strength in dilapidations disputes, acting for landlords and tenants.

East Midlands > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Freeths LLP has a particularly strong focus on acting for regional and national insolvency practitioners, but it is also seen as a first port of call by trustees, directors and creditors, among others. On the non-contentious side, its team advises on the entire ambit of matters, including reorganisations and restructurings, administrations/receiverships/CVAs and acquisitions/disposals of distressed companies. It also provides assistance on the full range of contentious insolvency issues. Simon Baigent and Charles Darby (an expert in anti-avoidance and asset avoidance cases) are the main contacts in Leicester, while Graham Greenfield is the name to note in Nottingham.

East Midlands > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Freeths LLP‘s first-rate reputation in dispute resolution has seen its Leicester team undertake an increasing amount of work for clients in the food sector. In addition, the firm is well-known nationally for its strengths in energy (particularly LPG) sector matters. Mukesh Patel leads the team, advising on professional negligence claims, contractual disputes, insurance litigation and public procurement challenges. Simon Baigent (who has more than 20 years of dispute resolution experience), Emma Anderson and associate Richard Fitzmaurice are recommended.