William is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department. Having gained a broad range of experience in contractual disputes, he advises on all aspects of the litigation process with a particular emphasis on asset finance, construction, factoring law and contentious insolvency work.
Ben is a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution department. Ben trained and qualified at a large regional firm specialising in insolvency litigation and commercial debt recovery where he gained considerable experience in commercial dispute resolution.
Ben advises on insolvency litigation and commercial debt recovery, with a particular focus on factoring and invoice discounting litigation.
Paul is a solicitor in the Real Estate department. Paul trained and qualified as a solicitor at a City firm and for many years was a property partner in a large local firm. He joined PDT in 2003 as a consultant. Paul specialises in most aspects of commercial property dealing mainly with development projects both residential and retail including options and forward commitments for acquisitions and disposals: local authority highways and other infrastructure documentation including general commercial conveyancing for occupiers and investors.
Jane joined the Real Estate department as a partner in September 2008. She has over 13 years experience of residential development work and has acted for all types of property developers from major plc’s to owner-managed businesses. She spent over 10 years in private practice and more recently was the “in-house” lawyer for a niche private house-building firm.
Jane deals with all forms of site acquisition and disposal work as well as related planning and infrastructure agreements.
Anne joined the Debt Recovery team in 2005 having worked in the Financial Services sector for several years. In her time with pdt she has developed an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of commercial recoveries.
Craig is an associate in the Real Estate department having qualified at the firm in 2008. Craig advises on a wide range of commercial property matters with particular interest in retail, industrial and office lettings and residential development work.
Craig advises both landlords and tenants and developers and landowners and has experience dealing with both large national retail clients and small independents. As a result of advising on both sides of the transaction Craig is able to advise both commercially and pragmatically to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.
Craig is part of the pharmacy team advising on acquisitions and disposals and advises a number of pharmacy groups on their property matters.
Claire is an associate in the Dispute Resolution department. Having trained and worked in a large London firm Claire joined the firm in 2001.
Claire advises on all aspects of commercial litigation, with particular expertise in professional negligence and contractual disputes.
Claire also advises on insolvency, employment and debt recovery matters.
Helen is a chartered legal executive who joined PDT in 2002. Helen previously worked in the commercial property department of a leading national firm of solicitors based in London. She manages the plot sales team who act for a number of property developers and housing associations, and deals with the preparation of all documentation in connection with the sale of freehold and leasehold plots.
James is head of both the Real Estate team and Pharmacy team. He has extensive experience of commercial and residential developments and acts for a number of regional housebuilders and housing associations. He advises regularly on all forms of development agreements, acquisitions and disposal.
James leads a busy pharmacy team advising pharmacies on acquisitions and disposals and commercial aspects of their pharmacy business. He acts for independent pharmacists, multiples and chains as well as a number of banking institutions in complex investment and refinance transactions.
James is recognised for his practical and sensible commercial advice and his calm, but firm, negotiating stance.
Ruth is a member of the Company Commercial team focusing on and assisting in the production of specialist documentation for many large financial institutions including banks, regional funding organisations, factors and insolvency practitioners.
Ruth is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives after previously completing a Business and Law Degree at Sussex University.
Pat Crace has been employed in the legal profession for over 15 years. She has particular experience in debt recovery for factoring companies.
Mark is a solicitor in the Corporate Department. He specialises in company and commercial matters, including acquisitions and sales, restructures, shareholders’ agreements, terms and conditions and partnership agreements.
Mark qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has experience acting for all types of companies from incorporation, through growth and development, to sale.
Nigel is Senior partner of the firm and has over 25 years of commercial litigation experience. He is the head of our Dispute Resolution department. His particular areas of expertise are fraud, insolvency and contractual disputes.
Nigel is a co-editor of Salinger on Factoring which is the leading work on the law as it relates to the assignment of book debts and which is now in its fourth edition. He has lectured widely on fraud related matters.
Robert is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution department. He has a broad range of commercial litigation experience predominantly in contractual disputes and insolvency and construction related disputes. Robert has also developed significant expertise in Intellectual Property related disputes, particularly with regards to infringement of copyright, trademark and design rights.
Robert has a wealth of recent experience and expertise in dealing with freezing injunction orders in high value commercial contract disputes.
Robert is a strong negotiator and he is experienced in advising on and dealing with alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation and adjudication.
Robert regularly presents seminars and web seminars on commercial dispute resolution matters and has been interviewed on BBC regional news on insolvency related matters.
Rebecca is a Partner in the Company Commercial team.
Rebecca specialises in corporate finance matters including acquisitions and mergers, MBOs/MBIs, investments, private equity, joint ventures, re-organisations and refinancing. Rebecca has assisted clients on a variety of shareholders’ arrangements, commercial contracts and corporate governance issues.
Rebecca studied at City University in London where she gained a Business Law degree. She has over 12 years’ experience advising businesses on a broad range of company and commercial issues including partnerships and LLPs. Rebecca’s aim is to seek practical and commercial solutions for clients.
Emma is a solicitor in our Company Commercial department, having trained with PDT and qualified as a solicitor in September 2012. Emma is currently studying for the ABFA Certificate.
Emma advises on corporate, factoring and invoice discounting, insolvency and company commercial matters.
William is a partner in the Real Estate department and acts for a number of major lending institutions and banks dealing with high value secured lending. He also deals with security work on behalf of many clients within the asset based lending industry.
In addition, William undertakes work for local and other public authorities particularly in relation to disposal of high value surplus sites for development purposes and the leasing of commercial premises to social bodies. William has a broad range of experience in commercial, landlord and tenant development work.
Ian is a senior associate in the Company Commercial department. He formerly practiced bankruptcy law and commercial litigation in the Delaware and Philadelphia offices of a leading US law firm. Prior to entering legal practice, Ian received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Boston College. He was born and raised in the Republic of Singapore.
Ian’s practice focuses on insolvency, commercial and intellectual property matters. He advises clients with respect to business sales and acquisitions, shareholder arrangements and corporate governance, all aspects on insolvency law and practice, and the establishment, sale, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Ian holds the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency.
Holly is a solicitor within the Dispute Resolution Department. Before joining pdt in October 2012, Holly trained and qualified as a solicitor in a large regional law firm in Sussex.
Holly’s practice includes all aspects of business litigation and dispute resolution. She advises and represents financial institutions in respect of factoring and invoice discounting, as well as undertaking a variety of commercial contractual disputes and defended debt actions. Holly also has experience in dealing with claims involving landlords and tenants.
Carl joined the Real Estate department in September 2008. He has over 20 years experience in residential property development, plot sales and shared ownership work. He works along side Helen Byng in the plot sales team acting for property developers and housing associations.
Gail is an associate in the Dispute Resolution department. Gail spent 3 years working within pdt’s real estate department before moving across into dispute resolution in July 2006. She deals with general commercial work with a focus on factoring and invoice discounting matters. She also advises on property litigation issues.
Diana is an associate in our Dispute Resolution department having trained and practised in the City for three years. She represents a number of large financial institutions focusing mainly on factoring and invoice discounting. Diana deals with general contractual disputes and has advised on EU regulatory issues.
Noel is a partner and head of Company Commercial and Insolvency. He trained in the City before joining pdt in 1991. His particular expertise is in receivables financing and asset based lending generally, but he has also established a reputation for his private equity work in a range of sectors. He is also known for his work in advising insolvency practitioners on a wide range of matters relating to corporate insolvency.
Noel is a co-editor of Salinger on Factoring which is the leading work on the law as it relates to the assignment of book debts and which is now in its fourth edition.
Nighat is a partner and heads our Employment Department. Nighat qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and joined pdt in May 2011.
Nighat is an experienced employment lawyer, having cut her teeth in a niche employment practice based in the City. Nighat represents and acts on behalf of Respondents (businesses) and Claimants (individuals) in all aspects of employment law.
Nighat’s ethos is to provide a focused consultative and advisory approach to all her client’s needs, whether it involves litigation, advice on procedure, policies, handbooks, or simply seeking advice on best practice to resolving disputes through mediation.
Nighat’s clients range from businesses covering a wide variety of sectors, directors and senior executives to junior employees. She advises businesses and individuals on a variety of areas including: redundancy dismissals, redundancy procedures, complex TUPE claims/procedures, discrimination, harassment, equal pay, unfair dismissal, health and safety dismissals, maternity/paternity rights, part-time and fixed-term workers rights, agency worker’s rights, whistle blowing, restrictive covenants, breach of contract and conciliation and settlement of claims.
She also represents employers/employees at judicial and private mediations. Her client support work includes: contract negotiations as well as severance packages, producing and updating handbooks/contracts, training, consultative and audit work.
Nighat has particular expertise in conducting discrimination, sex, race, disability cases and has advised in a number of high-value discrimination cases. Nighat undertakes advocacy at Tribunal.
She is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association, Association of Women Solicitors, Discrimination Law Association and Liberty.
Her experience ranges from initial advice for business start-ups to more comprehensive advice relating to share or business acquisitions/disposal as well as providing general company commercial advice. Dawn is also a specialist advisor to the asset based lending industry and by undertaking a secondment at a major invoice financier and passing the ABFA Certificate she has insight into the ever demanding decisions that need to be made every day by the industry. Dawn also regularly provides customised training to many of the firm’s factoring clients.
Dawn’s insolvency expertise has been obtained by working closely with insolvency practitioners for over a decade advising on all aspects of corporate insolvency. She also has considerable experience acting for directors when purchasing the assets of a distressed company and regularly advises funders on their alternatives in relation to distressed clients.
Jeff is an associate in the Real Estate department having joined pdt in 2005. Previously, Jeff trained with and spent over three years in the Surrey office of a City law firm. He has dealt with a broad range of commercial property matters, and has particular experience of acting for developers and Housing Associations.
Laura trained at a city firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2003.
Before jointing pdt Laura worked for a regional firm specialising in consumer credit, asset and motor finance where she gained considerable experience.
Laura is an associate in the Dispute Resolution department where she continues to undertake consumer credit, asset and motor finance work.
Laura’s practice focuses on factoring and invoice discounting litigation where she advises financial institutions in respect of guarantor and indemnity actions and complicated debtor claims, as well as undertaking a variety of general commercial contractual disputes.
Laura is known for her commerciality and will seek to resolve disputes with the best possible outcome for her clients as swiftly and cost effectively as possible.
Laura regularly gives lectures on the effectiveness of enforcement proceedings.
Jo qualified as a solicitor in October 2010 and works in our Real Estate department.
Jo directly assists James Clewlow acting for developers, housing associations and insolvency practitioners, advising administrators, liquidators and trustees on disposals, surrenders and disclaimers.
Jo is also a member of the pharmacy team offering advice to independent pharmacists on acquisitions and disposals throughout the country. Jo is currently involved in a major refinance programme of pharmacies throughout the country.