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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
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Work Department

Business disputes, services, real estate and construction; corporate restructuring and insolvency, litigation and dispute resolution.


James is head of the corporate restructuring and insolvency group. He specialises in all areas of insolvency law and also gives lectures and seminars to corporate clients and other professionals (including the R3 Group and SESCA). James is one of the lead partners in the administration of Awal Bank in Bahrain, which has in excess of $2bn of creditor claims and ongoing litigation in numerous jurisdictions including the UK, Switzerland, US, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Cayman Islands.


Contributing author to ‘UK Insolvency Client Strategies’ (Aspatore Books, 2008).


Insolvency Lawyers Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association; R3 Group; the firm’s representative to the Association of European Lawyers and ALFA International legal networks on insolvency and restructuring issues.


Southampton University (LLB Hons Law); CPI (Advanced Insolvency Exams).


Rugby, skiing, golf, following West Ham United FC.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

(Leading individuals)

James HyneCharles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides a comprehensive restructuring and insolvency service to a range of stakeholders including insolvency practitioners, banks, lenders, financial institutions and company directors. On the contentious side the team undertakes insolvency litigation and fraud cases, while transactional work often involves distressed sales and advice to boards of directors. James Hyne heads the team and specialises in contentious work with a niche in fraud and antecedent transaction recovery matters. Roger Elford handles property insolvency matters while Melania Constable has experience in non-contentious issues.

London > Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

‘Practical and business oriented in their approach’, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides ‘user-friendly’ advice to debtors and creditors across a range of domestic and cross-border formal insolvency and restructuring work, in both a corporate and personal insolvency setting. The firm is particularly active on behalf of IPs, which regularly instruct it on complex matters, often involving difficult contentious aspects. In this regard, Jason Freedman is a ‘very solid adviser’, particularly in relation to allegations of fraud. Hanh Nguyen  ‘is extremely clever and commercially savvy’ and regularly advises office holders on sales of an  insolvent company’s business and assets, as well as advising buyers of distressed businesses. Guildford-based James Hyne  heads the team.

South West > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP joins the ranking with a Cheltenham-based practice whose core pillars are property insolvency, restructuring advice, and transactional work in the context of insolvencies. The department is led by James Hyne from London, while the key contact for the South West is insolvency expert Daniel Moore, who advises a broad range of stakeholders on international and domestic matters.