Laura Crawford is one of our two partners in the Leeds office specializing in restructuring and insolvency. She has over 30 years’ experience in the insolvency field having spent a number of years as a partner in another national legal practice. Before joining us in 2009, Laura spent a couple of years in industry on the board of a private investment company dealing with the turnaround of distressed companies.

She has extensive experience in all aspects of insolvency including non-contentious corporate restructuring, management and bank led distressed turnaround and, distressed sales and acquisitions. Laura also has substantial contentious experience including antecedent transaction recoveries, wrongful trading and misfeasance actions and security enforcement which have resulted in a number of reported cases, and heads up the UK contentious insolvency practice.

Laura has been listed as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK

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  • Advising Kevin Mawer – Trustee in Bankruptcy of the £15 million estate of Jim Moore, founder of IAPG the largest provider of buy to let property in the UK prior to its collapse.
  • Acting on behalf of the Judicial Factor appointed over a £35 million estate and defending a claim of circa £96 million which if successful would render it insolvent. Organising the orderly realization of the property portfolio comprised within the estate and defending the claims which have been threatened against the estate.
  • Advising a PLC in relation to the restructuring of one of its divisions including the removal of dormant subsidiaries and grooming a superfluous loss making subsidiary to enable it to be placed into creditor’s voluntary liquidation.
  • Advising the Administrators of a large frozen food processing plant, including negotiating a sale of the business and assets of the company, and a consensual return of the site to the local authority. The failure by the purchaser to complete the transaction necessitated injunctive proceedings followed by a successful substantive claim resulting in a full recovery for the appointing bank.
  • Advising management of this household name internet business. Although seriously distressed we did manage to effect a managed solvent sale of the business.
  • Advising the Past Times Limited management, its private equity funder and KPMG as administrators in relation to this distressed national high street retailer of historic memorabilia.
  • Advising administrators from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in relation to the Administration of an ambulance manufacturer, and renegotiating contracts with various NHS trusts in order to realise value in the partially complete ambulances and satisfy outstanding contracts.

Education

  • University of Leicester, LL.B., Honors, 1986
  • College of Law, L.P.C., 1987

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 1989
  • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Restructuring/Insolvency, Yorkshire
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Recommended in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 UK
  • Listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers UK as a leading individual

Awards

  • Endless LLP St Nick Turnaround Awards 2009 – Turnaround Woman of the Year 
  • Yorkshire Lawyer Awards 2010 – Corporate Recovery Team of the Year

Reported Cases

  • B Hargreaves Ltd v Action 2000 Ltd [1993] BCLC.1111
  • Murray v YFM & others [1998] 1 W.L.R 951
  • Hollicourt Ltd (In liquidation) v Bank of Ireland [2001] Ch.555; [2001] W.L.R. 290
  • Lloyds Bank Plc v Cassidy [2004] EWCA Civ. 1767
  • Amble Assets LLP v Longbenton Foods Ltd [2011] EWHC 1943
  • Amanda Stephanie Clutterbuck & Ian Scranton Paton v William Cleghorn (as Judicial Factor to the Estate of Elliot Nichol Deceased) [2015] EWHC 2558
  • Amanda Stephanie Clutterbuck & Ian Scranton Paton v William Cleghorn (as Judicial Factor to the Estate of Elliot Nichol Deceased) [2017] EWCA Civ 137
  • Flexicontainers Limited v Hiley [2018] EWHC 12

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  • Comment on the Hargreaves v Action decision, The Lawyer
  • Comment on the Hollicourt v Bank of Ireland decision, The Lawyer
  • Comment on whether the office of Judicial Factor is fit for purpose, CRI Quarterly Review

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