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Restructuring/Insolvency — North East


Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Newcastle

What the team is known for Remains a leading light for restructuring and insolvency in the North East. Noted for its breadth and depth of insolvency knowledge and ability to draw upon its network of offices across the UK. Assists clients with both contentious and non-contentious matters. Regularly works with clients in industries including manufacturing, financial services and property.

Strengths One client comments that the team "provides first-class support on a range of legal and security matters and I would not hesitate to contact any one of them to seek advice."

Others praise the firm's national coverage, saying: "If it's slightly more complicated work and you need in-depth offerings, they'll have it in one of their offices if not the Newcastle one."

Work highlights Advised Smith Electric Vehicles on insolvency matters relating to its UK subsidiaries, including the appointment of administrators and the subsequent acquisition of the business and assets of the subsidiaries from the administrators.

Worked with KPMG in advising Kilfrost Group on a major restructure, which included the sale of its US business to a competitor.

Significant clients Lloyds, Santander, RSM, Deloitte, PwC.

Notable practitioners

Julian Gill assists a variety of corporate clients with cross-border restructurings, as well as providing major banks with advice on a range of issues. He is described by clients as "clear, calm, attentive and relationship-focused," while others note that he "can give you good technical advice immediately."

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Clarke Mairs LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Newcastle

What the team is known for A well-known group that advises insolvency practitioners on a broad range of matters. Noted for its contentious insolvency work, including asset recovery. Also acts on behalf of liquidators in pursuing claims against directors.

Strengths One source calls them "an extremely good legal practice covering multiple areas of law, with good communication skills and reporting procedures."

Work highlights Advised a company liquidator on a range of claims against the former director, including transaction at undervalue, misfeasance and unlawful dividends.

Acted for a trustee in bankruptcy in relation to the bankruptcy of a property developer and financial adviser, whose assets included properties in Scotland and South Africa.

Notable practitioners

Paul Rushworth deals with a wide range of matters, both personal and corporate, including acting for trustees in bankruptcy on cross-border matters and advising on administrator appointments. Sources say he is "helpful and knowledgeable," and that he "takes a pragmatic, common-sense approach."

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Eversheds Sutherland - Restructuring/Insolvency

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Newcastle

What the team is known for Significant insolvency practice known for its work with insolvency practitioners and major financial institutions. Able to advise on a range of restructuring and insolvency matters in the UK and in other jurisdictions. Also capable of advising on personal insolvency matters.

Strengths Sources say this is an "experienced team with access to specialists in all legal sectors."

Work highlights Advised the Joseph Rhodes Group, which manufactures metalworking machinery, on a restructure whereby part of the group continued to trade and part was placed into administration.

Acted for Grant Thornton as administrators of St John's on the Hill School in a pre-packaged administration sale.

Significant clients KPMG, PwC, Santander, Tesco Bank.

Notable practitioners

The "experienced, knowledgeable and proactive" Paul Dutton deals with a host of matters related to restructuring and insolvency, advising major insolvency practitioners and banks on security issues, administrations and cross-border bankruptcy issues.

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Muckle LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Newcastle

What the team is known for Widely respected for its insolvency work as well as its advice on corporate restructuring. Frequently acts for insolvency practitioners on complex pre-pack administrations, as well as advising businesses in distress. Has notable expertise dealing with insolvencies in the sports sector.

Strengths Clients say: "They're very strong technically, you get a real sense that they've thought about everything."

Work highlights Acted for Tait Walker as administrator of the Hydrofit Group, completing four pre-pack sales of its subsidiary companies to Altec Hydraulics.

Advised on the appointment of RMT as a joint administrator to Autoweld Systems and on the subsequent sale of the company's assets on behalf of RMT.

Significant clients RSM, KPMG, Begbies Traynor, Baldwins Restructuring & Insolvency, PwC.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Cawkwell leads the department and frequently advises on significant restructurings, with particular experience in the charity and sports sectors. Market sources state that he "guides you through the complex restructuring world with ease," with others describing him as "really pragmatic in defining the needs of clients."

Kelly Jordan assists corporate clients with the disposal and acquisition of businesses and assets out of insolvency. She has significant expertise working for clients in the engineering industry, and is described as being "technically very good" and "very practical in terms of her advice."

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Ward Hadaway - Restructuring/Insolvency

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Newcastle

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with expertise on both corporate and personal insolvency matters. Advises insolvency practitioners on a range of issues including asset recovery and realisations. Experienced at working on corporate administrations related to the manufacturing and retail industries.

Work highlights Defended Mazars, as trustee in bankruptcy, from a claim brought by the ex-wife of a bankrupt claiming 50% of the proceeds of a sale of property.

Advised a non-UK based manufacturer and supplier to retailer Austin Reed on its position following the company's administration.

Significant clients RSM, Begbies Traynor, KPMG, Moore Stephens, Tait Walker.

Notable practitioners

Jane Garvin focuses on non-contentious matters, advising banks and insolvency practitioners on issues including security issues and asset sales out of insolvency. She is recommended by clients for her "pragmatic understanding of issues, responsiveness and attention to detail."

Insolvency litigation and personal insolvency specialist Steven Petrie is known for assisting insolvency practitioners with asset recovery and general issues arising from bankruptcy. Sources say: "Steven is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the advice he gives is right for the circumstances of each individual matter."

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Mincoffs Solicitors LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Newcastle

What the team is known for Regularly advises clients including insolvency practitioners on complex non-contentious and contentious insolvencies in the North East. Additional capacity to act for buyers in relation to the acquisition of distressed businesses and assets. Other areas of work include advising on the pursuit of claims against directors.

Work highlights Advised Cairn Hotel Group in relation to its acquisition of Stoke Place Hotel out of administration.

Significant clients RSM, Begbies Traynor, Pitman Cohen Recoveries, RMT, Tait Walker.

Notable practitioners

John Nicholson focuses on transactional work related to insolvency, with experience advising corporate clients on asset purchases as well as assisting administrators with business and asset disposal.

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Band 1

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

The "experienced, knowledgeable and proactive" Paul Dutton deals with a host of matters related to restructuring and insolvency, advising major insolvency practitioners and banks on security issues, administrations and cross-border bankruptcy issues.  

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Band 1

Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Gill assists a variety of corporate clients with cross-border restructurings, as well as providing major banks with advice on a range of issues. He is described by clients as "clear, calm, attentive and relationship-focused," while others note that he "can give you good technical advice immediately."

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Band 2

Muckle LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Cawkwell leads the department and frequently advises on significant restructurings, with particular experience in the charity and sports sectors. Market sources state that he "guides you through the complex restructuring world with ease," with others describing him as "really pragmatic in defining the needs of clients."

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Band 2

Ward Hadaway

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Garvin focuses on non-contentious matters, advising banks and insolvency practitioners on issues including security issues and asset sales out of insolvency. She is recommended by clients for her "pragmatic understanding of issues, responsiveness and attention to detail."

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Band 2

Hay & Kilner

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Harrold of Hay & Kilner is a respected contentious insolvency lawyer who is described by market sources as being "technically very strong."

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Clarke Mairs LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Rushworth deals with a wide range of matters, both personal and corporate, including acting for trustees in bankruptcy on cross-border matters and advising on administrator appointments. Sources say he is "helpful and knowledgeable," and that he "takes a pragmatic, common-sense approach."

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Band 3

The Endeavour Partnership

From the Chambers UK guide

Lee Bramley of The Endeavour Partnership specialises in contentious insolvency disputes, acting for liquidators on a range of corporate insolvency matters and representing individuals in bankruptcy proceedings. Market sources say he "has one of the best reputations for technical knowledge of the law."

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Band 3

St James' Square Law Firm

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Monaghan joined St James' Square Law Firm in 2017, having previously been at Sintons. He advises on asset recovery and insolvency litigation.

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Band 3

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Nicholson focuses on transactional work related to insolvency, with experience advising corporate clients on asset purchases as well as assisting administrators with business and asset disposal.

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Ward Hadaway

From the Chambers UK guide

Insolvency litigation and personal insolvency specialist Steven Petrie is known for assisting insolvency practitioners with asset recovery and general issues arising from bankruptcy. Sources say: "Steven is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the advice he gives is right for the circumstances of each individual matter."

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Band 3

Jacksons Law Firm

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Wiles of Jacksons Law Firm acts on contentious matters for insolvency practitioners, directors and private individuals. Market sources are quick to acknowledge that he "knows his stuff."

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Muckle LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kelly Jordan assists corporate clients with the disposal and acquisition of businesses and assets out of insolvency. She has significant expertise working for clients in the engineering industry, and is described as being "technically very good" and "very practical in terms of her advice."

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