Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Works with a wide client base, including insolvency practitioners and lenders, on a full range of insolvency and restructuring work. Frequent clients include major clearing banks and private equity funds specialising in distressed businesses. Advises on asset-based lending-related matters. Notable experience implementing CVAs and assisting with corporate administrations.

Strengths Clients report: "They are an excellent regional firm who are responsive, commercial and very well led."

Another source says: "Clarion has a fantastic team; they are commercially savvy and intellectually able. They really punch above their weight in terms of client care and excellent legal service."

An interviewee observes: "They're well plugged in to the market."

Work highlights Acted for FRP Advisory, the administrators of Thornhill Rail, on the pre-pack sale of the business and assets.

Notable practitioners

Alice Pratt
is well versed in both corporate and personal insolvency matters. She is particularly experienced advising on administrations and liquidations, as well as offering expertise in bankruptcy matters.
"She is a good operator and technical lawyer."

Ben Slack
has a varied restructuring practice advising both administrators and management groups. He also works with corporates that are acquiring distressed assets, as well as having expertise in acting for alternative lenders.
"He is a very good operator and well known in the market for his work with alternative lenders." "He gets excellent results for the client."

Roger Hutton
is joint managing partner of the firm. He advises distressed businesses and their directors on restructurings, M&A and disputes. He is experienced in advising clients on both domestic and cross-border mandates.
"Roger is very pragmatic in his approach and solution-oriented." "He is commercially astute, and has excellent communication skills and strategic vision." "He is a great negotiator and he has a knack of just getting the best out of cases."

Ryan Millmore
is head of the firm's corporate recovery and insolvency team. He advises a full range of parties on corporate restructurings and insolvencies. He regularly works for professional service firms.
"He is a problem solver, always available and prompt with his advice." "Ryan is excellent technically and is a real tactician."