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UK Guide

Restructuring/Insolvency — North East

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 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 depth and breadth of insolvency knowledge and ability to draw upon its network of offices across the UK. Regularly works with clients in industries including manufacturing, financial services and property.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're the best in Newcastle by a mile. They've got the local touch and corporate strength."

"A substantial provincial firm, very high-profile and highly regarded."

Work highlights Continues to advise PD Teesport on a multimillion-pound lien security over steel manufactured by SSI, which went into liquidation in October 2015.

Represented administrators in relation to the £500,000 wind-down of Alex Smiles, the operator of a Sunderland-based large waste transfer station.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Gill advises high-profile insolvency practitioners, banks and companies on restructurings, with particular expertise in contentious asset recovery. Acts for manufacturing and property development clients. Clients report: "He's very experienced and gives a lot of thought to strategic objectives."

Peter Maxwell is an experienced insolvency lawyer noted for his experience in public interest winding-up proceedings and director prosecution work. He regularly acts on behalf of the Insolvency Service.

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

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are approachable, easy to deal with and have extensive knowledge of insolvency law."

Notable practitioners  

Paul Rushworth works on both contentious and non-contentious matters, demonstrating particular strength on insolvency disputes. He is highly respected by clients, who describe him as "approachable, pragmatic and quick to respond."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 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. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have always found them to be very responsive, highly knowledgeable and exceptionally helpful."

"They're very well networked, with a good reputation in the regional market."

Work highlights Represented Applus+ on its £8 million acquisition of the Caparo Testing Technologies business out of administration.

Advised Clydesdale Bank on its lending to the Quindell group, in connection with the high-value sale of Quindell's legal services business to Slater & Gordon.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Dutton is an experienced practitioner with a particular focus on restructurings. Sources say he is a "very commercially pragmatic lawyer. He gets things done and is well respected." He leads the restructuring team in Newcastle. 

Significant clients Barclays, Santander, PwC, KPMG, RBS.

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Band 2

第二等

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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are one of the few firms in Newcastle I would use both on complex and straightforward assignments."

Work highlights Advised Deloitte on a pre-pack administration sale of the business and assets of Quick Hydraulics.

Acted on behalf of the joint administrators in connection with the sale of the business and assets of C W Engineering.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Cawkwell "is experienced and has a detailed knowledge of insolvency law," according to impressed clients. He specialises in business turnarounds and also has considerable knowledge of both contentious and non-contentious insolvencies.

Kelly Jordan regularly advises major UK banks, insolvency practitioners and company directors, particularly on non-contentious matters. Sources say she is "very proactive and has a detailed knowledge of insolvency law."

Significant clients RSM, RMT, Begbies Tranor, FRP Advisory, Tait Walker.

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Band 2

第二等

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 cases. Advises insolvency practitioners on a range of matters including asset recovery and realisations.

Work highlights Acted for Rowlands in its role as liquidator in the high-profile closure of Durham Free School.

Continues to act for Mazars, as trustee in bankruptcy, on the sale of a bankrupt's NHS Dental Practice.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Garvin works on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency cases, demonstrating a particular focus on advisory and corporate recovery matters. One client enthuses: "She's technically brilliant and spot-on. I cannot fault her advice."

Steven Petrie is an experienced insolvency litigator praised as "absolutely top-drawer" by clients. He concentrates on advising insolvency practitioners on corporate and personal insolvency cases.

Significant clients Begbies Traynor, KPMG, Baker Tilly, RSM, Moore Stephens.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Stockton-on-Tees

What the team is known for Advises insolvency practitioners, businesses and individuals on a wide range of insolvency matters such as bankruptcies and liquidations. Also advises on asset recovery and on the purchase and sale of distressed assets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A good-quality commercial practice on Teesside." 

"They are very well connected and have the ability to run with a deal."

Notable practitioners  

Lee Bramley regularly works with insolvency practitioners and businesses on contentious insolvency matters. One client remarks that he "gives good, concise advice at a very competitive price."

Significant clients Begbies, Rowlands, BWC, North Point, Armstrong Watson.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Handles corporate and personal insolvency work on behalf of insolvency practitioners, both locally and nationally. Noted experience advising distressed businesses, particularly in the property and construction sectors.

Work highlights Continues to act for KSA Group in relation to bringing a failing company voluntary arrangement to an end.

Advised the RMT Accountants & Business Advisors, as liquidator, in connection with K Lydiatt & Co's sale of property.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Neil Harrold is regarded as a "good operator" who gives "sound advice." He acts for insolvency practitioners, companies and individuals.

Significant clients KPMG, Armstrong Watson, Rowlands, RSM, Leather Matthews.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 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. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a hidden gem. They have been absolutely brilliant and I'd highly recommend them."

"A very intimate, friendly and welcoming law firm in Newcastle."

Work highlights Acted for Baker Tilly in its role as administrator of Tynemouth Pub Co in relation to the complex pre-pack sale of its business and assets.

Advised the liquidators of Tyneside Automatics on the sale of its business and assets to Maxicoin.

Notable practitioners  

Described by sources as "nothing less than exceptional," John Nicholson advises insolvency practitioners and businesses on a range of corporate recovery work, particularly on the non-contentious side.

Significant clients RSM, Begbies Traynor, RMT, Tait Walker, Rowlands.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Solid restructuring and insolvency team that advises insolvency practitioners, individuals and corporate clients regarding a range of insolvencies. Regularly acts on bankruptcies and liquidations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've established themselves as one of the market leaders in the insolvency environment in the North East."

Work highlights Advised Broadbents on the voluntary creditors' liquidation of SIB Sportswear.

Continues to advise Pitman Cohen in its capacity as liquidators of fruit importer Eurodix.

Notable practitioners  

Matt Collen is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Deloitte, KPMG, Begbies Traynor, Tait Walker, Rowlands.

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Band 1

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Dutton is an experienced practitioner with a particular focus on restructurings. Sources say he is a "very commercially pragmatic lawyer. He gets things done and is well respected." He leads the restructuring team in Newcastle. 

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Band 1

Bond Dickinson

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Gill advises high-profile insolvency practitioners, banks and companies on restructurings, with particular expertise in contentious asset recovery. Acts for manufacturing and property development clients. Clients report: "He's very experienced and gives a lot of thought to strategic objectives."

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Band 2

Muckle LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Cawkwell "is experienced and has a detailed knowledge of insolvency law," according to impressed clients. He specialises in business turnarounds and also has considerable knowledge of both contentious and non-contentious insolvencies.

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Band 2

Ward Hadaway

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Garvin works on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency cases, demonstrating a particular focus on advisory and corporate recovery matters. One client enthuses: "She's technically brilliant and spot-on. I cannot fault her advice."

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Band 2

Hay & Kilner

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Neil Harrold is regarded as a "good operator" who gives "sound advice." He acts for insolvency practitioners, companies and individuals.

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Band 2

Clarke Mairs LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Rushworth works on both contentious and non-contentious matters, demonstrating particular strength on insolvency disputes. He is highly respected by clients, who describe him as "approachable, pragmatic and quick to respond."

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Band 3

The Endeavour Partnership

From the Chambers UK guide

Lee Bramley regularly works with insolvency practitioners and businesses on contentious insolvency matters. One client remarks that he "gives good, concise advice at a very competitive price."

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Band 3

Bond Dickinson

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Maxwell is an experienced insolvency lawyer noted for his experience in public interest winding-up proceedings and director prosecution work. He regularly acts on behalf of the Insolvency Service.

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Band 3

St James' Square Law Firm

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Monaghan moved to St James' Square Law Firm from Sintons in 2017. He is described by clients as "a very proactive lawyer - the sort of person that will go the extra mile to ensure you are fully advised." He has experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

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Band 3

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Described by sources as "nothing less than exceptional," John Nicholson advises insolvency practitioners and businesses on a range of corporate recovery work, particularly on the non-contentious side.

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Band 3

Ward Hadaway

From the Chambers UK guide

Steven Petrie is an experienced insolvency litigator praised as "absolutely top-drawer" by clients. He concentrates on advising insolvency practitioners on corporate and personal insolvency cases.

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Band 3

Jacksons Law Firm

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Wiles of Jacksons Law Firm is described by market commentators as "affable" and "easy to deal with." He specialises in insolvency work, but also advises clients on corporate recovery matters.

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Associates to watch

Muckle LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kelly Jordan regularly advises major UK banks, insolvency practitioners and company directors, particularly on non-contentious matters. Sources say she is "very proactive and has a detailed knowledge of insolvency law."

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