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Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and is head of the Restructuring and Insolvency team based in our Exeter office. Andrew joined Stephens Scown in 2007 and became a partner in 2014.

Andrew holds an LLB Honours degree in Business Law from Bournemouth University and a PG DIP in Legal Practice from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience of providing advice to numerous insolvency practitioners, business people, creditors and individual debtors on the legal and commercial issues that arise on or out of insolvency. He also advises on lending and taking security.

His work includes:

  • Assisting insolvency practitioner with their investigations into company failures
  • Acting for directors and liquidators in bringing or defending wrongful trading claims
  • Acting for buyers or sellers in accelerated or distress business sales
  • Acting for a number of lenders advising about the risks of transactions being set aside in the event of the borrower’s insolvency and suggestion reasons to mitigate the risks to the lender
  • Advising boards of directors of companies in financial difficulty about the steps they should take to mitigate the risks for themselves personally and the companies’ creditors.

Andrew acts for clients from a wide range of industries but with particular experience of insolvency in the mining and minerals sector, engineering and technology sectors.

Andrew is a full member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and the Devon & Somerset Law Society. He has also spoken at a number of outside events on matters of insolvency law, including to the South West Society of Chartered Accountants.

Outside the office Andrew enjoys cricket, skiing and local history.

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