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Ian Fitzpatrick

Partner
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Ian Fitzpatrick

Partner

Ian is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Debt Recovery teams.

Ian advises on a wide range of matters including breach of contract, commercial fraud, invoice and asset finance disputes, creative industries (royalties/partnership disputes/contract disputes), professional negligence, sports law, shareholder and partnership disputes, claims against financial advisors, insurance law disputes, gas and oil royalty disputes, intellectual property issues, corporate transactional disputes, restrictive covenants, property litigation, insolvency litigation, construction disputes, adjudications, international disputes, franchising, guarantees/indemnities/warranties, search and seize orders, emergency injunctions, Alternative Dispute Resolution and mediation.

Ian has worked closely with the factoring/invoice finance/asset finance industry for 30 years advising in relation to agreements, contract terms, customer and client recoveries in litigation, guarantees and indemnities and other security documents.

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Joanne Gardner-Boyes

Partner
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Joanne Gardner-Boyes

Partner

Joanne is a Partner in the Debt Recovery team.

Joanne's clients range from regional SMEs to national and multinational companies and include E.ON UK Plc, Gazprom Energy, Heineken UK, AB InBev UK and Royal Sun Alliance.  She has experience in sectors as diverse as energy and renewables, leisure, retail, insurance, telecoms, general wholesale and manufacturing.

Joanne analyses debtor profiles to focus resources on those most likely to pay, and in using insolvency proceedings to encourage reluctant debtors to come to the negotiating table.  She is experienced in the enforcement of contractual guarantor obligations.

For disputed debts, she is a seasoned litigator for clients when needed, but will caution against becoming embroiled in proceedings that are neither commercially nor financially appropriate.

Recent examples of how Joanne has helped clients include:

• recovering nearly £250,000 for a utility company from a debtor who had entered a fixed-price contract but argued that the contract was unenforceable;

• working with a landlord and insolvency practitioner to evict a tenant who had made a habit of claiming other people were responsible for the payment of his business's utility bills; and

• negotiating reimbursement of an insurance payment made to a third party when their insured customer caused an accident while under the influence of drink.

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John Lord

Partner
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John Lord

Partner

John is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team.

John focuses on corporate and commercial disputes including breach of contract and tortious claims, civil injunctions, recovery of corporate assets, fraud investigations, shareholder and partnership disputes.  He also represents directors and former members of limited liability partnerships when claims are brought against them.  John is experienced in litigation in all courts and a number of tribunals and he has a track record for successfully resolving matters at mediation.

John has a diverse client base, acting for two international energy providers, FTSE 100 and Euro 200 companies including leading names in the brewing and leisure sectors, shareholders of SMEs, partners and directors of professional firms.

John is also office leader in Wilmslow, where he is responsible for recruiting and managing new professionals to expand the range of services available locally and nationally.  He ensures his team have regular contact with clients to really understand their needs and focus on speedy delivery of advice.

Recent examples of how John has helped clients include:

• safeguarding £10 million of company assets in a cross-border dispute acting for a funder;

• defending 60 partners against charges of alleged wrongful trading and over-drawing claims by a liquidator in a LLP dispute;

• defending a claim based on the "new tort" of malicious prosecution;

• acting for investors in the recovery of sums due to them following a multi-million-pound commodity trading fraud; and

• acting for a company which had incurred substantial losses as a result of the unlawful termination of its franchise agreement.

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Beverley Lofters

Legal Executive
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Beverley Lofters

Legal Executive

Beverley is a Legal Executive in the Debt Recovery team.