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Irwin Mitchell

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Stephen George

Work 0121 203 5310
Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Business legal services – insolvency.


Stephen leads the restructuring and insolvency team in Birmingham. He has 25 years of experience in advising on restructuring, turnaround, distressed debt, security issues, corporate recovery, insolvency planning and formal insolvency scenarios. Stephen specialises in non-contentious insolvency advice and is a recognised specialist in advising on pension deficit issues. His client base includes clearing and secondary banks, financiers, insolvency practitioners, corporates, directors and pension scheme trustees.


Trained Glaisyers (1990-1991) and Rigbeys (1991-1992); qualified 1992; solicitor/associate 1992-2000, Rigbeys /Irwin Mitchell; partner 2000-2002, Irwin Mitchell; partner 2002-2015, Hammond Suddards / Hammonds / Squire Sanders Hammonds / Squire Sanders / Squire Patton Boggs; partner 2015-date, Irwin Mitchell.


Italian (conversational).


R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals).


Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield; Leeds Polytechnic 1986-89 (LLB (Hons) – 2:1); College of Law, Guildford 1989-90 (Law Society Finals).


Hockey (coaches Sutton Coldfield Hockey Club Juniors), travel and swimming.

London: Finance

Asset based lending

Within: Asset based lending

The 'efficient and personable' team at Irwin Mitchell is 'extremely knowledgeable' and provides a 'responsive and cost-effective' service to an impressive range of clients including ABN Amro Commercial Finance, Hitachi Capital, Investec Bank and Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending, across the full spectrum of transactions, as well as advice on product development, litigation and restructuring/insolvency. Birmingham-based partner Jon Bew has 'vast industry knowledge' and regularly teams up with 'impressive' senior associate Natalie Barnes; Barnes and Bew recently advised core client Shawbrook Bank on a £45m refinance and syndication with Wells Fargo of the Arlington group of companies as part of the acquisition by Arlington of Magal Engineering. The 'excellent' Andrew Watson is also recommended and in his role as national head of banking and finance regularly handles ABL, invoice finance, inventory finance, supplier finance and distribution finance matters. The team is rounded out by Stephen George, who has significant experience advising on restructuring and insolvency issues in the ABL market.

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West Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen George - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of work for bank creditors and insolvency advisers, with a particular strength in asset-based lending. Stephen George advises Grant Thornton as liquidators of Covpress, which supplies car parts to Jaguar Land Rover and Renault and was largely purchased by Liberty House Group, with the first ever rescue of a pension scheme out of the Pension Protection Fund. The team advised Shawbrook Bank as creditor and Duff & Phelps as administrator of Tasties of Chester, securing the sale of the company’s food-to-go-business to Street Eats Food. Senior associate Amy Keogh is also a key contact. Other clients include FRP Advisory, which the firm advised on its role as administrators of Uniting Ambition, IGF, which it advised as a creditor of Headley Brothers, and Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group.

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