In a lavish ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in the heart of London’s West End, the winners of the 20 hotly contested categories finally learnt they had been voted the very best in their discipline.
Comedian Stephen K Amos (pictured) enlivened proceedings ahead of the winner announcements with the mood of insolvency’s finest well and truly spiced up as Amos’ puns set the tone for what was to be a terrific event.
Publishing director Kamala Panday informed last night’s attendees that the awards – now in their fourth year – were the biggest and brightest yet with entries from over 100 separate companies and individuals.
The generosity of the industry also didn’t go unnoticed as the attendees dug deep in their pockets for donations towards the evening’s charity – Credit Action – a specialist debt and credit education charity.
Liz Dunscombe - the charity’s director of project and partnership development collected the £4,000 cheque on stage.
The event followed on from the inaugural Insolvency Today Conference which featured some of the biggest names in the business. Click here to read who attended.
INSOLVENCY & RESCUE AWARDS 2011
Insolvency practitioner of the year (personal)
- Matthew Chadwick, national head of courtwork, BDO LLP
- Jackie Westerman, insolvency practitioner, CCCS Voluntary Arrangements (joint winners)
Corporate practitioner of the year
- Ian Mark Defty, partner, Kingston Smith & Partners LLP
Turnaround practitioner of the year
- Roger Bayly, partner, head of turnaround, KPMG LLP
Insolvency manager of the year
Winner: Robert Steven Wilkinson, senior manager, Cooper Williamson
Highly commended: Richard Bathgate, manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Highly commended: Matthew Callaghan, manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Insolvency lawyer of the year
- Nick Moser, partner, restructuring and corporate recovery, Taylor Wessing LLP
Rising star of the year
Jane Warner, managing director, Baronsmead Consulting
Banking restructuring team of the year
- Global restructuring group, RBS
Insolvency support team of the year
- Compliance on Call
Corporate recovery firm of the year (3 licensed IPs)
- Parker Andrews
Corporate recovery firm of the year (4-20 licensed IPs)
- Leonard Curtis
Corporate recovery firm of the year (21 plus licensed appointment taking IPs)
Business rescue of the year - under £20m turnover
- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP / The New Victoria Hospital
Business rescue of the year - £21m to £50m turnover
- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP / British School of Motoring
Business rescue of the year - £51m plus turnover
KPMG / Cattles
Debt management provider of the year
- Debt Advisory Line
Insolvency law firm of the year
- Lawrence Graham
Business rescue funder of the year (Asset-based lender)
- Bibby Financial Services
Business rescue funder of the year (Broker / Equity)
- Beer & Young
Asset Valuer / Auctioneer of the year
- Metis Partners
The Sabin Award (Outstanding contribution to the UK rescue culture)