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Work Department

Restructuring and Insolvency


Luci has extensive experience of managing complex and challenging domestic and international corporate insolvencies and restructurings, as well as major commercial disputes and investigations arising in the context of formal insolvencies.

Her advisory practice spans the full spectrum from consensual restructuring to formal insolvency, including contingency planning (enforcement options, COMI shifts and managing counterparty risk), the use of restructuring tools (e.g. schemes of arrangement and CVAs), insolvency appointments, pre-packs and trading insolvencies, and strategic advice to stakeholders (with a particular focus on directors/officers of distressed corporates).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Luci has been engaged in providing complex, technical and bespoke advice to boards of directors of stressed and distressed companies across a wide range of sectors and has advised confidential high-profile clients on matters relating to their response to the ongoing pandemic, particularly in the retail, international aviation, energy and rail sectors.

Recently, Luci advised Hurricane Energy Plc, the AIM-listed oil exploration and exploitation company, on its ground-breaking proposed restructuring plan with bondholders. Other notable matters include British Steel, where Luci led the cross-departmental team assisting Network Rail with contingency planning and providing strategic advice, and several confidential matters in the rail franchising arena where Luci provided complex technical and bespoke board level advice to distressed corporates, frequently in situations of strategic significance and/or with a political dimension.


Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales


Nottingham Law School, 1999

Cambridge University, 1998, LL.M.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

(Rising stars)

Luci Mitchell-FryDentons

Led by the ‘incredibly knowledgeable and practical’ Neil Griffiths, the ‘proactive and pragmatic’ team at Dentons provides ‘high quality and commercial advice’ to banks, IPs and debtors across the gamut of restructuring, insolvency and distressed investing. The team has recently been particularly active handling a number of high-profile matters within the beleaguered UK energy sector, including Ian Fox‘s advice to the board of Britishvolt on its restructuring options given its deteriorating financial position. Contentious insolvency work also remains a mainstay of the practice, with the firm noted for its ‘ability to think innovatively as new situations and problems emerge’. This thoughtful and sophisticated approach has over the years come to the fore in the firm’s high-profile representation of the joint administrators in the LBHI2 (Lehman Brothers) estate. The ‘exceptionally good’ Tessa Blank  and associate Jonathan Sears, who is ‘a brilliant technical lawyer’, have been pivotal members of the team on the aforementioned matter, as has ‘highly capable’ counsel Luci Mitchell-Fry.