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Advice for now and for the future

Acting on behalf of Insolvency Practitioners

At Freeths we have a dedicated team experienced in all types of transactional avoidance claims on behalf of office holders. This is whether it is a corporate or individual insolvency.

The team can also draw upon expertise in other areas such as property, employment, intellectual property and tax to assist in litigation on behalf of insolvency practitioners and/or the insolvent estate.

Our team can assist with worldwide asset tracing and recovery, having set the case law on a number of areas of international co-operation – including representing the first party to obtain interim relief via the United Nations Model law on insolvency (UNCITRAL).

Why choose Freeths?

  • We specialise in providing you clear, commercially-aware advice for now and for the future
  • You can expect us to build a strong, beneficial partnership with you – we’re business people ourselves
  • You will benefit from our expertise in Real Estate, Banking, Tax Probate, Trust and Employment

We have the experience and expertise to help assist with both contentious and non-contentious matters. The Team act for the majority of the large insolvency practices nationwide, together with acting for stand-alone practices.

Call our nationally renowned insolvency lawyers to see how we can help you.

Acting for Directors and Individuals

Whilst the majority of our practice is acting for office holders of insolvent estates, we also act on behalf of individuals/directors who are subject to claims, whether under guarantee or subject to claims from Liquidators/Administrators/Trustees.

Legal 500, 2020 Leading Firm Freeths LLP

Recent highlights involve acting for one of the directors in the case of Re: Main Realisations Ltd, where the Liquidators had brought a £2.2 million wrongful trading claim against the former directors of the Company. The claim was dismissed following trial.

Meet the team

Insolvency Lawyers

Chris Ali - Insolvency Lawyer

Chris Ali

0845 634 2609

Simon Baigent, Partner

Simon Baigent

0845 274 6903

Helen Bates - Insolvency Lawyer

Helen Bates

0845 126 4376

Iain Bould - Commercial Recovery Lawyer

Iain Bould
Senior Associate

0845 077 9612

Joey Byrne, Partner

Joey Byrne

0845 634 2543

Isobel Callaghan - Insolvency Lawyer

Isobel Callaghan
Senior Associate

0845 404 4175

Henry Clappison
Senior Associate

0845 634 2571

Martin Cork, Director

Martin Cork

0845 077 9617

Danielle Dale - Insolvency Associate

Danielle Dale

0845 077 9644

Charles Darby, Partner

Charles Darby

0116 248 1114

Richard Fitzmaurice commercial litigation associate

Richard Fitzmaurice
Senior Associate

0845 274 6892

Jade Flint, Associate

Jade Flint
Senior Associate

0845 050 3698

Adam Gibb, Solicitor - Advocate

Adam Gibb

0845 077 9636

Mike Gilmour, Partner

Mike Gilmour

0845 274 6944

Graham Greenfield, Partner

Graham Greenfield

0845 274 6904

Miles Hacking

0845 073 8553

Stephen Hadley-Commercial Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Stephen Hadley

0845 077 9609

Simon Hobbs, Partner

Simon Hobbs

0190 835 0200

Tom Holden, Solicitor

Tom Holden

0845 271 6772

Oliver Jackson, Partner

Oliver Jackson

0845 128 7985

Benjamin Jones - Real Estate Lawyer

Benjamin Jones

0845 274 6920

Matthew Kelly - Insolvency Lawyer

Matthew Kelly
Senior Executive

0845 634 2564

Martyn Kolankiewicz - Insolvency Lawyer

Martyn Kolankiewicz

0845 404 4194

David Marsden - Property Litigation Partner

David Marsden

0845 404 1757

Kevin Pinkerton, Partner

Kevin Pinkerton

0845 634 2560

Vickie Williams, Director

Vickie Williams

0845 274 6841

Louise Wilson, Partner

Louise Wilson

0845 073 8583

Related news

"Joey Byrne has provided insolvency services to me and my firm for many years. His response and ability to offer a complete service to both me and a number of my creditor clients has not been good, it has been exceptional. I know that whether I am embroiled in legal proceedings or seeking advice that I am in safe hands and dealing with someone that I can rely on and who will address, respond to and formulate solutions to the legal challenges that I face."

(Partner, Oury Clark)

"Simon Baigent has provided us with excellent client service and commercial and pragmatic legal advice – a prerequisite in the restructuring arena. Technically solid, Simon gives you sound advice that can be applied to deliver a practical and cost effective solution."

(Director, KPMG)

"Kevin Pinkerton has been providing insolvency legal services for Robson Scott since its inception. His work has always been top-notch, whilst he has kept fees to a minimum. I do not hesitate in recommending Kevin to anyone."

(Managing Director, Robson Scott Group Limited)

"The team has a strong practice encompassing corporate restructuring and insolvency. The group's recent highlights include acting for PWC as the liquidator of West Midlands International Airport Ltd, which operated Coventry airport."

"This full-service Nottingham-based team handles all manner of administration appointments, fraud and antecedent transaction investigations and Law of Property Act receiverships, as well as a healthy tally of personal insolvency proceedings, among other matters. Lawyers continue to be instructed by a mix of mid-tier and national-level IPs, and act for companies and their management in corporate restructuring projects."

"They are very good at keeping us up to date. They come back with answers very quickly."

"At Freeths, commercial litigator Mike Gilmour focuses on handling insolvency disputes for clients such as Baker Tilly and BDO. Gilmour has particular expertise in bankruptcy."

"'Popular' Joey Byrne is seen as a 'streetwise' lawyer. He is a competent litigator and regularly advises on contentious issues."

(The Legal 500, 2019)

"Kevin Pinkerton is gaining a good reputation in the market for corporate insolvency matters. Clients praise him for his ability to provide practical solutions and commercial thinking."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

"Freeths fields a great team, who all work together to achieve the desired outcome", "The team is growing its profile in the local market, becoming increasingly visible."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

Notable Work
  • Stanley and Barber v Wilson [2017] BPIR 227 – This is the first ever successful claim by a Trustee in Bankruptcy to recoup excessive pension contributions under Section 342a of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Sports Management Group Ltd – In Liquidation [2016] BPIR 1224 – This case required the Liquidator to establish that an individual was a de facto director having not been registered as a director at Companies House and also the issues of preference and transaction at undervalue. The claim was ultimately successful.
  • GP Aviation Group International Limited [2017] BPIR 95 – Complicated issue relating to the interaction between tax appeals, liquidation and misfeasance claims which was resolved in our client liquidator’s favour.
  • Extensive Insolvency Practitioner and accountant client base including FRP Advisory LLP, Deloitte LLP, Mazars LLP and Versant Associates LLP.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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