Head of Insolvency
Phil Farrelly is head of Bermans insolvency team and serves on Bermans board.
He has a degree in law and qualified as a solicitor in 1986.
Phil is a familiar face on the North West legal scene and has extensive experience of acting for insolvency practitioners, ABL and other lenders and directors in all aspects of corporate insolvency.
Clients find Phil approachable and responsive and value his pragmatic down to earth advice.
Clients recommended him to Legal 500 for his ‘wide range of experience, clear and pragmatic advice and good value for money’ when acting for lenders, administrators, liquidators and corporate clients and described him as ‘practical, commercial and technically strong’.
He is also a member of R3.
Tel: 0161 827 4609
Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Nick, a partner since 2001, and member of the firms management board also heads up the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Collections teams.
Nick has a degree in law and qualified as a solicitor in 1997.
He is a highly respected commercial litigator and cited by the Legal 500 as one of the top lawyers in the North West, he has expertise in heavy weight contractual disputes ranging from shareholder, partnership and franchisor issues to complex property construction, insurance and tax litigation. Professional negligence claims is also an area in which he is highly regarded.
As co-founder of the multi-award winning dispute resolution product, Escalate, Nicks innovative, solution driven and price sensitive approach is well recognised by his clients.
Alive to the changing climate, Nick has embraced ADR and has conducted many successful negotiated settlements through mediation.
Tel: 0151 224 0552
Michael joined Bermans as a trainee solicitor in 2008 and became a Partner in 2021.
Following his degree in law and qualification in September 2010, he joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in the firm’s Liverpool office.
Michael’s focus is commercial litigation and he provides specialist advice to clients in relation to a wide range of disputes, including shareholder and partnership matters, warranty and covenant claims, property litigation and complex, high-value contractual disputes.
Michael prides himself on his approachable and positive attitude, and clients appreciate his ability to explain complex legal issues in simple, understandable terms. Always keen to keep matters firmly in a commercial focus, Michael works with clients to resolve disputes and meet objectives in the most cost-effective way possible.
Tel: 0151 224 0513
Jonathan is an award winning, experienced dispute resolver. He works with clients to resolve complex disputes in the most cost effective and commercial way.
He qualified a solicitor in 1990 following his degree in law.
Jonathan’s commercial recovery work for asset based lenders has added to the firms niche in this area of practice.
Jonathan has been recognised as a top lawyer by the Times as their “Lawyer of the Week” in September 2011, and Legal Business Magazine who highly commended him for “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012. Jonathan was the Liverpool Law Society’s “Solicitor of the Year” in 2013.
Tel: 0151 224 0523
Head of Corporate
Jon heads up the Corporate team having joined Bermans as a Corporate Partner in January 2012.
Jon previously worked at SME focused law firms in Manchester since qualification in 2001.
Jon has a degree in law and is a specialist in transactional and corporate finance work as well as providing general strategic advice.
Clients include a variety of companies, many of whom are owner-managed SMEs but also larger corporates.
He has worked with clients across a range of sectors but has particular expertise in the financial services, high growth technology, creative/media and healthcare (particularly ophthalmic) sectors.
Jon’s knowledge and experience allows him to provide clients with clear direction through what can be quite complex processes.
Tel: 0161 827 4618
Head of Asset Finance
Ian Munford is Head of Asset Finance and one of the most reputed lawyers in the country specialising in this business area.
After his degree in Law at Sheffield University, Ian joined Bermans in 1978 upon qualifying as a solicitor. He acted extensively in those early years for then market leaders such as Anglo Leasing, Woodchester LMS and Lombard Business Equipment and the knowledge gained formed the foundation for his specialisation in asset finance.
Ian and his team provide legal advice and assistance to funders, brokers and discounters ranging from Bank subsidiaries and multinational financiers to small businesses. Services provided include documentation, risk advice, dispute resolution and regulatory work. He prides himself on building strong client relationships based on first class service delivery provided in a pragmatic and personable manner.
Tel: 0161 827 4606
Head of Property and Construction
Fergal heads up the Property and Construction team in Bermans Liverpool and Manchester offices.
He qualified as a solicitor in 1986 following his degree in law.
Fergal specialises in commercial property transactions and his clients include property developers, investors, fund managers, banks and bridging loan companies.
His clients value his pragmatic approach and willingness and ability to ensure their objectives are met and he is well known and respected in the Liverpool business community.
Fergal has been the Bermans finance partner since 2007 and is a founding member of the Bermans board.
Tel: 0151 224 0543
Claire joined Bermans in 2006 as a trainee solicitor and following her solicitor qualification in 2008 joined the Property team.
Claire has a degree in business studies and also completed a LPC before commencing her training contract with Bermans.
Claire offers specialist advice in all areas of commercial property and has a depth of experience in landlord and tenant work, commercial and residential development and secured lending. Claire also advises on the real estate aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals.
Claire aims to provide clients with a pragmatic and commercial approach to problems to enable transactions to be completed with the minimum amount of fuss and within the appropriate deadlines.
Tel: 0151 224 0561
Alex Chapman is a partner in our invoice finance team in Liverpool.
Alex has been at Bermans since 1994 following his law degree and qualification as a solicitor in 1988.
Alex specialises in the non-contentious aspects of invoice finance assisting his clients on security matters, drafting of bespoke documentation, reviewing contracts for quality of debt issues and assisting invoice financiers when they fund acquisitions and buy-outs.
Alex is recognised by his clients for making complex areas of law understandable and applying legal principles in a commercial manner to ensure the job gets done. He values client service as a top priority and understands the needs of his client’s businesses. Alex regularly lectures the industry on legal issues affecting the invoice finance market.
Tel: 0151 224 0554
Head of Employment
Adrian Fryer qualified as a solicitor in 1997 following his degree in Law, and has specialised in employment law since then.
Adrian joined Bermans as a partner in 2013 and was appointed as head of employment in 2018.
He has a particular interest and experience in TUPE, collective consultation issues and trade union recognition.
Adrian acts for clients in a number of sectors, including social housing, financial services, manufacturing and leisure. His clients praise him for his “great professionalism“, “commerciality of approach” and “pragmatic advice“.
Tel: 0151 224 0539