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Weekly moves 9 July 2014

Russell-Cooke strengthens insolvency practice

London-based solicitors Russell-Cooke has announced the hire of Benn Richards as a senior associate within its insolvency and commercial litigation practice.

Richards specialises in all aspects of restructuring and insolvency, as well as commercial litigation. He qualified as a solicitor in 2003, a solicitor-advocate in 2005 and is qualified to act as a solicitor-advocate in the Eastern Caribbean Court.

Lee Ranford, head of the insolvency department and partner in the commercial litigation team at Russell-Cooke, said: “Benn is a welcome addition to the team. His cross-border experience brings a new depth to the insolvency team’s offering.”

Richards, who held previous positions with LexisNexis, Nabarro LLP and Moon Beever, has experience of acting for insolvency practitioners on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, claims against directors and antecedent transactions, cross-border insolvency and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

New Begbies Traynor office in Oxford

Begbies Traynor has announced a new office located in Oxford, to be led by regional managing partner Julie Palmer.

As well as Palmer, the new office will be staffed by director Andrew Campbell and administrator Andrew Hook.

Palmer said: We are delighted to announce our move into Oxford and are really looking forward to offering our renowned financial consulting and recovery expertise to local businesses.”

Many firms are finding that as the economic recovery continues, fresh challenges such as over-trading and consequent cash-flow strains are once again threatening businesses with ambitious growth plans.

“At Begbies Traynor we have developed a track record for helping management teams to place their businesses on a secure footing, in order to take advantage of increasing opportunities that Oxford offers.”

Last week the firm announced the opening of another new office in Swindon.

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