Sam Payne, Head of Restructuring and Insolvency at HCR Law

Insolvency Litigation

Our national team works with insolvency practitioners, lenders, company directors and high net worth individuals in all areas of insolvency litigation. Whether investigating, assessing, issuing or defending, we’re renowned for our commercial and proportional approach.

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Insolvency litigation expertise for claimants and defendants

We assist office holders, administrators and liquidators to investigate and bring claims for the recovery of assets relating to all types of antecedent transactions or agreements.

We act and advise for Trustees in Bankruptcy bringing claims to recover funds and assets due to the estate either before or after bankruptcy. Our support covers investigating and assessing claims, including advising on the limitation and the quantum (value) or liability of claims. We interview individuals and third parties, including applications to compel them to attend court for questioning (S 236/366 applications). We also obtain orders for delivery of documents and information.

We support clients seeking asset recovery and tracing through onshore and offshore trusts and jurisdictions or those seeking urgent investigative and injunctive relief, including worldwide freezing orders, search and seizure orders and Norwich Pharmacal disclosure orders.

On the other side of the fence, we also defend claims made against company directors, high net worth individuals and creditors.

Across both sides our expertise runs from pre-action correspondence and letters of claim, issuing proceedings, to trial and recovery of any sums due (if appropriate). We also advise on settlement, including mediation and ADR.

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I have worked with Sam now on many turnaround assignments over the last 15 years. I have always found him to be extremely focused and user-friendly with an innate ability to engage successfully with all key stakeholders. I have worked particularly closely with Sam on mid-market manufacturing and retail assignments, as well as large national charities. I would always recommend Sam to directors who need expert legal assistance in navigating difficult times and support with engagement with all stakeholders as they drive towards a successful turnaround.

Dr Mark Taylor Bluesky Associates Turnaround & Transformation Advisory LLP

Sam is great at building relationships, has a strong knowledge of the marketplace and will make introductions to relevant third parties. He is proactive and very commercial, coming up with suggestions and solutions that we hadn’t thought of. Sam doesn’t just focus on the legal documentation, but also uses his mind to find ways forward. He is very down to earth and is never difficult to get hold of. Sam offers a genuine, partner-led approach.

Jo Power FRP (previously ExWorks)

This is the best news, thank you so much. Deanne, you have been wonderful throughout and especially helping me with my serious upset and frantic feelings, you have gone above and beyond anything expected.

I am so grateful for all your kindness throughout this whole process.

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They are ready to move at short notice to deliver a great outcome.


Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

The team headed by Sam Payne is well rounded, pragmatic and cost effective, covering all types of corporate insolvency assignments.

Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

The team can call on a wide variety of talent. There is plenty of diversity amongst the team and they are solution driven.

Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

I find the team’s approach to be fast, effective and agile.

Legal 500 2024 – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

Sam’s excellent understanding of all intricacies of both the financial and insolvency aspects to this administration, and his great team, are why we continue to instruct them.

Damian Webb RSM

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