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Lisa Smith is the latest lawyer to join Clarion’s expanding Corporate Recovery and Insolvency practice.

With over 10 years of experience in both personal and corporate insolvency and restructuring, Smith has acted for individuals, businesses, directors, insolvency practitioners and financial institutions. She is able to advise individuals and companies in financial difficulty, whether it’s a director looking for advice on their duties in an insolvency situation; a creditor who needs to recover funds or assets; or a third party interested in buying a company or asset out of an insolvency process.

Ryan Millmore, joint managing partner and head of Clarion’s Corporate Recovery and Insolvency team, said: “Having had our most successful 12 months yet, the practice is continuing to thrive, increasing both our range of restructuring and finance services and also our market share. We now have one of the most experienced and well-regarded practices in the region and, consequently, we are able to attract the brightest talent.

“With her impressive track record, Lisa will be a valuable addition to the team. Her appointment is the first of a number we will be making over the coming months as we continue to be chosen to work on some of the most complex and largest insolvencies both in the region and nationally.”

Smith said: “I am excited to be joining such a renowned practice. Not only was Clarion involved in some of the country’s most important contentious cases last year, including national retail insolvencies, it also won the a prestigious Legal 500 award.

“The Clarion approach of delivering first class technical advice alongside commerciality, and a commitment to finding practical solutions, fits well with my personal ethos. Unusually, the team includes four partners, so it will be a fantastic opportunity for me to continue to develop my expertise, working with some of the most experienced lawyers in this specialist area.”

In addition to being named Firm of the Year (outside London) in the Finance category of the Legal 500 Awards, Clarion has also again been nominated for the Insolvency Team of the Year at the TRI Awards; and joint managing partner Roger Hutton has also been nominated for Insolvency Lawyer of the Year.