Dawn Shadwell > PDT Solicitors > Horsham, England > Lawyer Profile

PDT Solicitors
RH13 5AD

Work Department

Corporate & Commercial, Asset Based Lending, Insolvency & Corporate Recovery


Partner, Co-Head Insolvency & Corporate Recovery


A Partner in our Corporate team, Dawn bridges the gap between the commercial and legal worlds, positioning herself not just as a lawyer but as a strategic advisor as well.  With her focused and unflustered approach to business and her natural ability to quickly process complex information, clients can rely on Dawn for the kind of unfiltered advice they might not otherwise get, even from their own management.

Dawn has considerable knowledge and experience in asset based lending and insolvency and approaches her work from the same commercial standpoint as her clients, frequently highlighting practical implications that go way beyond the legal aspects of the matter.

Dawn has a special interest in refinancing and restructuring matters, advising on a wide range of insolvency related assignments or assisting and advising directors of distressed companies. She is driven by the buzz of seeing an insolvent company rescued and helping all her clients grow and achieve their objectives.

Dawn is the PDT Money Laundering Reporting Officer, IT Partner and assists on the PDT trainee and work experience scheme developing future lawyers.

Key Recent Work Highlights: 

  • Refinancing a group of 6 haulage companies via administration onto a single new company at a value of £14m
  • Assisting with the exit and refinance of a chemical group at a value of c£5m
  • On the panel for a number of ABLs and finance companies
  • Negotiating creditor terms with 3 major finance companies in relation to £30m facility to steel company

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Finance > Banking and finance

The banking and finance team at PDT Solicitors is recognised for its expertise in the field of asset-based finance in addition to advising on factoring documentation, financing of MBOs, development of finance products and security documentation. Co-head Noel Ruddy specialises in advising on invoice finance and asset-based lending. Other co-head Dawn Shadwell has expertise in refinancing and restructuring matters.

South East > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

PDT Solicitors has a strong contentious and non-contentious insolvency offering with expertise in advising clients in the field of invoice finance and asset-based lending. The firm is frequently instructed on matters such as pursuing damages claims, personal insolvency matters, acting for directors in disqualification proceedings and drafting security documentation. Contentious corporate expert William Angas co-heads the practice with Dawn Shadwell who specialises in advising asset-based lenders on refinancing and restructuring matters. Ian Lindley and Craig Burton are notable practitioners.

London > Finance > Asset based lending

Fielding a team of ‘experts in the ABL field’, Horsham-based firm PDT Solicitors is particularly noted for its work for funders in relation to factoring and invoice financing. Noel Ruddy has great technical expertise (he co-edits the leading textbook on factoring), which he imparts to excellent use on transactional mandates, including in the context of corporate and M&A work in the space. Dawn Shadwell co-heads the team alongside Ruddy and ‘is very alive to the commercial requirements of ABL and finance clients’.