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Joey Byrne

Joey Byrne


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"Joey Byrne has seen and done everything. He still has hands-on involvement in an active caseload that benefits from his in-depth knowledge. His judgment calls are second-to-none."
(The Legal 500, 2024)

Joey is based at our Manchester office, where he heads up the Restructuring & Insolvency team.

Joey is listed as a Recommended Lawyer and Leading Individual for ‘Finance – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery’ in the Legal 500 (2024 edition).

He is also ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners (2024 edition).

Legal Services

Restructuring & Insolvency

Recent Work

  • Acts for a number of national and regional insolvency practitioners such as Begbies Traynor, Crawfords, KPMG, UHY Hacker Young, Oury Clark, Clarke Bell, Bridgestones, Milner Boardman & Partners and others.
  • Recently acted for the English Trustee in Bankruptcy of Alan Geraint Simpson in the recovery of gold and silver bullion in New Zealand. This represents the first use of UNCITRAL (the United Nations Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency) for an interim remedy.
  • Acted for the Liquidator of a London based development Company in the case of Stealth Construction Limited [2011] BPIR 1173.
  • Acted for the successful Trustee in Bankruptcy in setting aside a fifteen year old transaction in case of the Trustee of The Insolvent Estate of John Owen Napier Lawrence deceased v. John Lawrence & Others [2011] EWHC 2001 (Ch).
  • Successfully acted for a Defendant in misfeasance proceedings brought by the Liquidators of TTAB Limited in the reported decision of Mundy and Whalley v. Brown and Trinity Executive Consultants Limited [2011] BPIR 1056 successfully establishing a Quistclose Trust argument as part of the defence.



To contact Joey or for more information…

Call: 0345 634 2543
Mobile: 0776 889 7144
Or email: Send an email



“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.”

(Elliot Green, Partner, Oury Clark)

“Joey Byrne is a well-respected litigator with a reputation for his no-nonsense approach; he is a recognised a leader in the field.”

(The Legal 500, 2024)

“Joey Byrne is a very experienced partner with a very good commercial sense for how to resolve cases.”

(The Legal 500, 2024)

“Joey is extremely commercially aware.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2024)

“Joey Byrne has extensive investigation and litigation experience in many of the most complex reported judgments in the field.”

(The Legal 500, 2023)

“Joey Byrne – recognised as amongst leading contentious insolvency solicitors in Manchester. Astute and tactical.”

(The Legal 500, 2023)

“Joey Byrne has extensive investigation and litigation experience in many of the most complex reported judgments in the field.”

(The Legal 500, 2023)

“Joey Byrne possesses genuine expertise. He is responsive and gets things done quickly.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

“He is a really good guy to have on your side in a contentious insolvency mater. He fights very hard for his clients.” “A very good litigator.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2022)

“Joey Byrne is national head of restructuring and insolvency for the group. He focuses on insolvency-related litigation and is noted for his asset recovery work. One impressed client notes the ‘technical quality of his advice’ as well as his ‘commercial acumen’.”

(Chambers & Partners)

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