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Martin March

Partner

Martin is a Partner in Bermans insolvency and restructuring team and joined in 2020.

He has a law degree and qualified as a solicitor in 1998.

Martin has over 20 years experience as an insolvency and restructuring lawyer, focusing mainly on transactional and advisory work. He is a very familiar face in the North West restructuring market and has extensive experience acting for insolvency practitioners, corporates, ABL and other lenders advising on restructuring and new lending matters.

Clients find Martin “commercial, practical and approachable.”

 


E: martin.march@bermans.co.uk

T: 0161 393 7119

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James Whittaker

Senior Associate

James Whittaker is a Senior Associate in the insolvency team, having joined Bermans in 2019 after practicing law at large international law firms since qualifying as a solicitor in 2012.

Prior to qualification, James studied Psychology at the University of Liverpool and then converting to law at the University of Law at Chrisleton.

James has experience acting for and advising companies, individuals, directors, creditors and office-holders within insolvency proceedings in respect of both contentious and non-contentious assignments.

Currently, James has a focus on contentious insolvency proceedings and is regularly instructed to issue and defend applications under the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Insolvency Rules 2016 including:

  • Applications for injunctions to restrain presentation of or advertisement of winding up petitions,
  • All stages of the creditors’ winding up petition process, including opposing a petition which is disputed in good faith on substantial grounds;
  • All stages of the bankruptcy petition process, including applications to set aside statutory demands and disputed bankruptcy petition hearings;
  • Full range of office-holder applications arising from the administration of insolvent estates against directors, companies and individuals (including misfeasance/preference/undervalue/void dispositions),
  • Acting for Trustees in Bankruptcy against individuals and companies, applications for possession and sale and annulment applications;
  • Administration applications include applications to challenge validity of appointment, and administration extension applications;
  • Applications for block transfers of office holder appointments.

Outside of work, James likes to spend as much time as possible outside either cycling (having recently completed Haute Route Alps) or walking/camping in the hills of North Wales and the Lake District.  James is also an avid follower of professional cycling, and Liverpool Football Club.


E: james.whittaker@bermans.co.uk

T: 0161 827 4605

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Bermans sponsors Blockchain Meetup

On Tuesday 3 September, Bermans sponsored the latest Blockchain Manchester Meetup, hosted by our friends at BlockRocket.

Our Head of Corporate, Jon Davage, was there to give the audience a brief introduction to the services Bermans offers to entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Also present was Rob Eakins from our Commercial and IP team, who has been a regular attendee at these blockchain meetups.

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Rob Eakins

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Solicitor

Rob is a solicitor in the Commercial team, having joined Bermans in July 2019.

Rob trained at a firm in Manchester after qualifying as a solicitor in 2018, with seats in the corporate and commercial department, wills and trusts, and business crime and regulation.

Rob advises on all types of commercial contracts, with particular expertise in agreements for the creative industries. He also has a growing number of clients in the developing blockchain and cryptocurrency sector.

Before deciding to train in law, Rob gained an MA in Music Industry Studies from the University of Liverpool. This included a dissertation based on his own original research, studying levels of understanding of relevant intellectual property issues amongst musicians in Liverpool.

Since then, Rob has had a number of commercially-focused roles, including creative industries business adviser, project manager, and owner of a record label. Rob’s frequent dealings with commercial contracts inspired him to train as a commercial lawyer.


Email: rob.eakins@bermans.co.uk

Tel:  0151 224 0535

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Chris McDonough

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Partner

Chris is an experienced Commercial Law partner who joined Bermans as Head of the Commercial Team in April 2014, having qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and completing a degree in law.

Chris is well respected in his fields of expertise and advises businesses both nationally and internationally on commercial and company law matters. Chris advises companies on commercial contracts and company law, partners and partnerships on partnership law and partnership documentation, and charities on charity law matters such as registration and constitutional issues.

Having worked in industry for 13 years before qualifying as a solicitor, Chris provides a commercial approach in problem solving, which assist clients in achieving their commercial objectives.


Email: chris.mcdonough@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0551

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Michael Smeaton

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Senior Associate

Michael is a Senior Associate who joined Bermans as a trainee solicitor in 2008.

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.


Email: michael.smeaton@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0513

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