Our experienced solicitors specialise in the following areas of law:

(Simply click on a category to expand it).

Director Disqualification problems

The Director Disqualification team at NDP is headed by Neil Davies, an advisory editor to Mithani on Director Disqualification and is made up of Solicitors who have worked for the Insolvency Service and who have acted for and against the Insolvency Service.  We know what they want.  We know what the solutions are and how to achieve them.  The key issue for the director is to act early, to maximise options. Click here to find out more about our work in solving Director Disqualification Problems, or contact us.

Insolvency and Restructuring problems

The Insolvency and Restructuring team at NDP is headed by Sukhbir Mall and Neil Davies. At the core of most business problems relating to insolvency and restructuring is a financial difficulty or financial consequence. We can help. No hole is too deep for us to make a difference. There are always options and solutions to consider. The earlier advice is taken, the greater the options that are available to you. Click here to find out more about our work in solving Insolvency and Restructuring Problems, or contact us.

Insolvency Litigation problems

The Insolvency and Litigation team at NDP act both for and against Insolvency Practitioners.  We believe that gives us a competitive edge. Our solicitors know what the opponent wants and how best to achieve desired outcomes for our clients. Click here to see more about our work in solving Insolvency Litigation Problems, or contact us.

Commercial Litigation and Debt Recovery problems

NDP’s Solicitors are experienced in all matters involving commercial litigation and debt recovery. Wherever possible we will help you avoid litigation and the disruption and costs that this can involve. Headed up by Sukhbir Mall, this area is one of genuine specialism, and one where without the necessary experience, a huge amount of detail can be missed or overlooked. Click here for more about our work in solving Commercial Litigation and Debt Recovery problems, or contact us.

Regulatory Dispute problems

The NDP Team is headed by David Hanman, a Solicitor with an enviable reputation and over 25 years experience of defending clients faced with regulatory problems. David lectures regularly to the Police and special interest groups such as Accountants on regulatory issues. Click here to see more about our work in solving Regulatory Dispute Problems, or contact us.

Construction Dispute problems

The NDP Team, headed by Neil Davies, has extensive construction project finance and claims knowledge experience both in private practice and as in-house counsel. Click here to find out more about our work in solving Construction Dispute Problems, or contact us.

To find out a little more about our key solicitors, click on a picture below for a short pen portrait.

Neil Davies

Solicitor and Director
neild@ndandp.co.uk

Neil Davies qualified as a solicitor in 1987. He is a founding member of NDP along with his co-director, Sukhbir Mall. Neil and the NDP Team recognise that ‘people deal with people’. We need our clients to be confident in us and have trust in us, before they commit to allowing us in.

Neil has practised in the fields of Insolvency, Restructuring, Commercial Litigation, Debt Recovery, Director Disqualification and Regulatory matters throughout his career. He has many reported cases across these disciplines.

Neil is an advisory Editor to the leading text on Director Disqualification law and practice, Mithani on Director Disqualification. As a panel Solicitor, he advised the Secretary of State on Director Disqualification cases and Policy issues for a number of years. For the last 10 years, he has returned to his roots, advising directors faced with Director Disqualification problems. He is one of the country’s leading solicitors in this specialist field.

Neil is contagiously passionate about NDP and the well being of its clients.

When not at work, Neil enjoys beach and cliff walking and is a keen follower of most sports, particularly rugby and cricket. His achilles heel is his incurable addiction to Aston Villa, a regular reminder to him (amongst other matters) of why winning is important.

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Neil Davies

Neil Davies

Solicitor and Director

Sukhbir Mall

Solicitor and Director
sukhbirm@ndandp.co.uk

Sukhbir began his career working in the Press Office and in the Internal Audit Department at the Lord Chancellor’s Department now known as The Ministry of Justice. Sukhbir qualified as a solicitor at Moon Beever, a niche practice specialising in Insolvency and litigation in London in 2001. He remained at Moon Beever until 2003.

He moved back to his roots in Birmingham to take up a position as an investigator with the Director Disqualification unit at the Insolvency Service, targeting directors of failed Company’s and preparing evidence on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills seeking disqualification orders against directors.

Sukhbir moved to a niche law firm in Central Birmingham in 2004 working in the Corporate Recovery Department and in 2007 set up Neil Davies & Partners with his co-director, Neil Davies.

Sukhbir has become particularly known for dealing with asset and debt recovery matters, insolvency advice, insolvency disputes and antecedent transaction related work as well as advising directors finding themselves on the wrong end of claims by liquidators and directors facing disqualification proceedings.

In addition to acting for individuals and company directors, Sukhbir provides advice on insolvency related matters to clients including insolvency practitioners and trade creditors. Sukhbir also has fifteen years’ broad experience in matters relating to partnership disputes, enquiries and claims by trustees in bankruptcy, the Official Receiver, the Insolvency Service, liquidators and Urgent relief, court applications, injunctions and freezing orders. He remains committed to his clients and his work.

Away from work Sukhbir enjoys live music, the arts, cooking, reading, travel and spending time with family and friends. To add balance, Sukhbir follows the fortunes of Aston Villa.

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Sukhbir Mall

Sukhbir Mall

Solicitor and Director

David Hanman

Solicitor
dhdavidhanman@gmail.com

David is a Solicitor and Chartered Tax Advisor. David has many years experience of advising clients on Regulatory Fraud matters, involving the smallest to the very biggest cases.

He regularly lectures to the City of London Police on these and related issues. He regularly advises on Confiscation and other consequences that flow from money laundering offences.

Away from work, David enjoys watching his beloved St Helens Rugby League and spending time with his family.

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David Hanman

David Hanman

Solicitor

Richard Cole

Solicitor
richardc@ndandp.co.uk

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 2006. He has been involved in NDP since soon after its inception in April 2007. Richard understands and recognises (as do all the NDP team members) that ‘people deal with people’.

Richard practices in the sphere of litigation, insolvency and related law. Richard’s earlier experience was in-house with Cadbury Schweppes. Richard’s later experience was gained with the Official Receiver and then with the Secretary of State as an investigator investigating failed companies

Richard trained with a boutique law firm before joining NDP. Richard enjoys a broad practice covering director disqualification defence work, insolvency litigation (for and against Insolvency Practitioners), commercial litigation, debt recovery and general commercial work.

Richard is an approachable character who is used to answering technical enquiries from clients.

A selection of recent outcomes achieved:

Successful outcomes to director disqualification investigations and proceedings to include filing defences and representations where the Secretary of State subsequently withdrew the allegations.  Also, regularly advising as to Undertakings’ to save cost and on solutions to avoid transgressing director disqualification prohibitions.

Regularly advising directors as to their duties in the context or impending (or) insolvency with the objective of heading off or mitigating potential claims against them personally.

Settling claims by Banks against clients.

Advising on an equity of exoneration claim. Settled. Circa £85,000.00 secured for the client that without the claim they may not have received.

Applying to Court successfully to move:

Individual Voluntary Arrangements to bankruptcy orders with the (former) Supervisor appointed as Trustees.

A Company Voluntary Arrangement to a winding up order with the former Supervisor appointed as Liquidator.

Successfully defending a personal guarantee claim by a finance company against a client.

Applying to Court for NDP clients and obtaining a worldwide Freezing Injunction Order.

When not at work, Richard enjoys time with friends and family as well as travelling (worldwide) and enjoys sport to include following Watford Football Club.

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Richard Cole

Richard Cole

Solicitor

Stephen Chinnery

Solicitor
stephenc@ndandp.co.uk

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 2002. He acts as a full time Consultant to NDP serving both clients in the Birmingham area and the North of the country.

Stephen’s practice field is a disputes specialism focusing on contentious tax matters, proceeds of crime, white collar fraud and insolvency. Stephen’s historic practice has seen him successfully acting for technology companies in dispute with HMRC to recover input tax, fuel traders seeking to protect RDCO licences, alcohol traders in establishing trade licences and defending proceedings brought by HMRC.

Stephen also deals with contentious insolvency matters including claims brought by and on behalf of insolvency practitioners. An important part of Stephen’s practice now involves dealing with proceedings and investigations brought by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, most notably in the area of Director Disqualification Proceedings.

Prior to joining NDP Stephen was a sole practitioner in Manchester for 6 years and before this was an associate solicitor with a white collar defence law firm with a national reputation.

When not serving his clients Stephen can be found at his home in Manchester spending time with his family.

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Stephen Chinnery

Stephen Chinnery

Solicitor

Iain McDonald

Consultant Solicitor
iainm@ndandp.co.uk

Iain qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and has extensive experience of acting for SMEs, Insolvency Practitioners and private individuals.

Iain undertakes a mixed caseload of  predominantly non- contentious Company, Commercial and Insolvency work for NDP’s clients, operating from his base in London.

Iain knows well the outcome based and client driven philosophy and values  of NDP, having worked  alongside Neil Davies in a previous life for a number of years. He works closely with the NDP team , providing invaluable ‘on the spot’ support for NDP’s work and clients in London and the South East.

Iain is particularly client friendly and enjoys getting to know  and understand the needs of clients on an individual basis. In his spare time, Iain enjoys spending time with his growing family.

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Iain McDonald

Iain McDonald

Consultant Solicitor

Gulshan Kumar

Solicitor
gulshank@ndandp.co.uk

Gulshan began his career with NDP as a paralegal and later qualified as a solicitor, having undertaken his training contract with NDP in November 2011.

Gulshan regularly accepts instructions from insolvency practitioners, company directors, business owners and accountants. Gulshan’s workload includes matters arising out of Personal Bankruptcy, Debt Recovery, Director Disqualification Proceedings and general litigious matters.

Gulshan regularly attends court dealing in procedural court applications and hearings. He has also been involved in high profile and reported Director Disqualification Cases undertaken by the firm issued by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Gulshan employs a determined approach in all aspects of his work, striving to obtain the best possible outcome for NDP’s clients.

Away from the office, Gulshan is an avid follower of most sports, particularly football and enjoys running marathons. His (unfortunate) weakness is Newcastle United FC, although he counters that guilty pleasure with raising money for Breast Cancer UK as often as possible.

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Gulshan Kumar

Gulshan Kumar

Solicitor

Suky Mann

Solicitor
sukhveerm@ndandp.co.uk

Suky began her career working for two central Birmingham boutique practices specialising in personal injury and commercial law.

In 2007, Suky joined NDP as a paralegal. Her career there starting off with something of a baptism of fire, requiring her to be heavily involved in one of NDP’s most high profile and reported director disqualification claims arising out of the collapse of Claims Direct Plc.

Suky subsequently went on to become NDP’s first trainee solicitor, qualifying as a solicitor in 2010.

Suky takes a practical approach to her work. She specialises in a range of dispute resolution and contentious insolvency matters, and regularly acts for insolvency practitioners, directors, shareholders, SMEs and private individuals.

Outside of work, Suky enjoys spending time with her young son and indulging in the odd West End show.

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Suky Mann

Suky Mann

Solicitor

Samantha Birch

Legal Secretary
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Samantha Birch

Samantha Birch

Legal Secretary

Mandy Davies

Office Manager
mandyd@ndandp.co.uk

<strong>Mandy is the office manager and head of the Accounts Team.</strong>

She has been involved in dealing with Solicitors Accounts work for over 25 years and is also NDP’s compliance officer for Finance and Administration.

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Mandy Davies

Mandy Davies

Office Manager

Hilary Cooke

Accounts Administrator
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Hilary Cooke

Hilary Cooke

Accounts Administrator

Julie Davies

Legal Secretary
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Julie Davies

Julie Davies

Legal Secretary

Emma Jeeves

Case Administrator
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Emma Jeeves

Emma Jeeves

Case Administrator

Latest News

  • Dominic Chappell, Crown Debt and Director Disqualification

    Dominic Chappell Arrested by HMRC for Alleged Non-Payment of Crown Debt. On November 2nd 2016 it was widely reported that Dominic Chappell had been arrested by HMRC for alleged non-payment of Crown Debt. Mr Chappell, who led the team that acquired BHS from Philip Green last year, is reported to owe HMRC more than £500,000 through his company Swiss Rock. This article looks in a little more detail at this case, and also reports that non-payment of Crown Debt (VAT, PAYE, Corporation Tax, etc.) is the largest cause of Director Disqualification in the UK. » Read More Latest News

Case Studies

  • Commercial Litigation Specialists and BHS

    Commercial Litigation Specialists – Recovering Unpaid for Goods from the Administrator of BHS.  The commercial litigation specialists here at Neil Davies and Partners were recently instructed by a multi-national client on a cross-border dispute over £100,000 worth of goods ordered and supplied by our client to the UK high street shop chain BHS Limited (‘BHS’), that weren’t paid for following its administration. This case study details the successful action we took to resolve this issue for our client. » Read More Case Studies

Testimonials

  • Testimonial for Regulatory Compliance Dispute

    In January 2016 we reported on a regulatory compliance dispute, where we advised and supported a client who was facing a criminal investigation by the Secretary of State for Business. Our client was highly stressed and believed he was heading at best for a large fine and at worst for a jail term. We are delighted to report that the criminal investigation has now been concluded with no charges being brought against our client. This article revisits the case and how we were able to help.

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