AREA OF PRACTICE

Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring

Biography

Colin Ashford is a Partner in the London office’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring team. Colin is a highly experienced and well regarded insolvency and restructuring lawyer, with a particular focus on contentious issues and investigations. Using that knowledge and experience, Colin also advises on contingency planning exercises to "insolvency proof" deal structures, and generally advises boards to protect directors from challenge or criticism. He has worked on a number of the largest insolvencies in the UK.

Awards

Representation

Leading an international team acting for receivers and administrators following the collapse of a global group. Asset realisations exceeded £650m from 11 jurisdictions

Leading a team of over 50 lawyers dealing with the administration of one of the UK’s largest retailers

Successfully defending a Big 4 firm of accountants against a £65m claim alleging negligence and conspiracy arising from an administration  (noted by The Lawyer as one of the Top 20 cases in 2018)

Successfully defending a Big 4 firm of accountants against a £65m claim alleging negligence and conspiracy arising from an administration (noted by The Lawyer as one of the Top 20 cases in 2018)

Advising a secured lender on claims brought against it in Germany and England arising from the collapse of a department store chain

Successfully pursuing a £25m wrongful trading claim for liquidators, backed by a fully funded litigation insurance package

Acting for the administrators of a major drink retailer

Advising a retailer on its successful CVA in 2018 to restructure the business (230 shops) and a financial restructuring of its £40m facility

Advising the liquidators and special managers of a major construction group

Advising the nominees/supervisors and administrators of various companies within a major international clothing group

Advising the board and/or administrators of numerous high profile retailers

Acting for a global drinks manufacturer on issues arising in 5 jurisdictions following the insolvency of a critical supplier

Advising on various PFI/PPP transactions to “insolvency proof“ the proposed structure

Dealing with the complex collapse a of major provider of student accommodation

Bar Admissions

England and Wales
Publications
Colin contributes a chapter on voluntary arrangements for Butterworths Insolvency Handbook
Speaking Engagements
Colin is a regular speaker at internal and external training events
Professional Affiliations
A member of the Insolvency Rules Committee for 10 years (to 2016) responsible for amending and updating The Insolvency Rules
Licensed Insolvency Practitioner
Awards and Honors
Colin is ranked by Best Lawyers UK 2021 for Insolvency and Restructuring Law
Chambers 2020, Restructuring & Insolvency “litigator of choice on big cases”
Legal 500 2020, Insolvency & Corporate Recovery “..extremely knowledgeable and professional – easily one of the very best”
Chambers 2019 - "He is the most measured solicitor I have ever met, completely unflappable and fantastic at reading a case and knowing where it is going to go."
Named as an Acritas Star for 2019