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Expansion for Verisona Law's Insolvency Team PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 September 2015

The award-winning Insolvency & Business Turnaround Team at Verisona Law welcomes insolvency litigation specialist, Neil Stewart, to provide valuable expertise to its corporate and private clients.

With 17 years’ experience in commercial dispute resolution and contentious insolvency, Neil Stewart began his career in law after serving as an officer in the Royal Navy and then the Police Service. He trained and qualified in London before moving to the south coast to join the commercial litigation department at Blake Lapthorn (now Blake Morgan) in 1998.

“From the moment I decided to enter the legal profession, I knew litigation was for me,” says Neil. “It is a fascinating area of the law. You need to be sensitive to the high emotions of clients who may be feeling vulnerable or frustrated, know how and when to be fierce in defending their interests and in insolvency you have the added dimension of working with a clearly structured, codified body of law.”

In 2003, Neil joined Lamport Bassitt in Southampton where he became a Partner at the firm before its merger with Pitmans LLP last year.  He is a committee member of the Southern Region of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3), an accredited mediator and an experienced lecturer  with the Open University, the Insolvency Service and Central Law Training.  Neil has particular expertise in dealing with property and construction issues in insolvency situations.

“I have followed the success of Verisona Law having worked with the firm’s former Head of Insolvency, David Oliver, in the early days of my legal career and with the current Head, Nick Oliver, through R3. I have been continually impressed by the firm’s originality, innovation and ambition” Neil explains.

“The Insolvency team has had impressive results in high profile and complex cases such as Portsmouth Football Club, and has won national awards including ‘Business Rescue of the Year’ at the last Insolvency & Rescue Awards,  so when I learned of an opportunity to join the team, I was very excited.”

Neil joins the team with newly appointed Litigation Assistant, Chloe Hicks, who was offered the position after her impressive work since starting at Verisona Law at the start of the year. Previously Chloe spent three years with global professional services firm Ernst & Young.

“Neil and Chloe have brought an energy, enthusiasm and capacity to the team,” says Nick Oliver. “As we receive more and more enquiries and instruction as a result of our recent industry recognition, it is vital we bring in expertise that will ensure we maintain the high levels of service our clients have come to expect from us. I am particularly delighted that Neil has joined us given his previous experience, and he will significantly add to the team’s capacity to deal with insolvency disputes and litigation.”

(Source - Verisona Law Press Release)  

 
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