This award is for those currently working in turnaround and restructuring in the UK who demonstrate exceptional performance and career development with less than 10 years’ industry service (the majority of which should have been spent in the UK market). The Judges will be looking for evidence of:
- service and achievements that both go beyond the call of duty, and exceed that expected of someone with less than 10 years’ experience;
- contributions which work towards improving good working practices in the industry;
- particular cases which showed innovation and commitment and resulted in benefit for the firm and / or clients; and
- a tangible commitment to the turnaround and restructuring industry beyond that undertaken in their normal working day.
The award is aimed at below, or only recently promoted to Partner level, candidates.
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Peter is a partner in the Commercial Litigation team of national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP, and is based in their Birmingham office. Peter specialises in corporate litigation, particularly arising out of director and shareholder exits, breach of duty claims, the interpretation of articles of association and post sale warranty claims, as well as more straight forward breach of contract claims. As well as acting for a number of corporate clients, Peter has experience of acting for Private Equity funds, investors, Turnaround Practitioners and directors in resolving their disputes.
Peter is Chairman of the West Midlands Branch of the TMA.
John is a career banker of over 33 years having originally joined NatWest as a clerk in 1982! Having undertaken a variety of banking roles he determined a number of years ago that restructuring was where his interest was. Having led multi banked and Plc restructurings over a number of years John is presently Regional Director for RBS Restructuring in London. A qualified rugby union coach and referee which have come in useful over the years in restructuring!
Rita Lowe is the Head of the Banking & Finance team at CMS. Rita has worked in insolvency and restructuring for over 20 years and has a wide and varied practice which includes advising stakeholders (such as banks and pension trustees) on general issues with respect to distressed corporates, advising the corporates, administrators/liquidators and also purchasers of distressed businesses as well as investors in distressed businesses. More recently the experience has been on non-performing loan portfolios and restructurings in the Hotels and Oil and Gas/Energy sector.
Rita has been described in the Legal 500 as "tenacious" and by Chambers and Partners as "sharp and proficient". Rita Lowe impresses clients with her strong technical skills and ability to find solutions. "She’s practical and hard-working and will really fight her client’s corner," say peers.
Rita has a keen interest in the development of restructuring law and is a past president of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association, (and remains on the Council of the ILA), is a member of R3 as well as being on the editorial board of a number of journals.
Janice is Client Services Director at Veritas Commercial Services. Janice’s career started in the banking industry and prior to joining Veritas in 2009, Janice ran the credit control department within a top 100 law firm. This key credit management role supported the professional practice across three UK offices through all disciplines within the firm. With experience homed in legal process and corporate recovery projects, Janice oversees the credit control services operated by Veritas with the support of her Management Team, whilst also delivering receivables management assessment and improvement projects throughout the UK.
Janice has a wide range of sector experience and has been a key member of the team delivering Veritas’s Sales Ledger Pulse Check projects and developing solutions to corporates underperforming in their management of receivables, including e-billing processes and query resolution procedures.
Janice also operates within Veritas’s people development platform to ensure, with the training team, that the Veritas credit controllers adhere to the high standards demanded by the business.
Jenny is founder and CEO of Veritas Commercial Services and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management. A specialist in the assessment and improvement of receivables management performance through a wide range of industry sectors, Jenny has 30 years’ experience in managing all aspects of receivables management. The focus on the Asset Based Lending (ABL) industry has enabled Jenny to build a hand-picked team of specialists over the last 15 years to support the needs of the industry. The team comprises internationally experienced Credit Managers with a range of specialisms through to proactive and in-house trained Credit Controllers delivering virtual credit control services on an outsource basis
Prior to founding the Veritas business, Jenny was employed in a senior role within PwC. Her role there involved the development and implementation of a shared services credit control team in the south of England to support various aspects of the PwC business including credit control for several business lines, WIP reporting and provisioning and accounts receivable recovery services and support to the business restructuring team. In addition, she managed the regionally-based team of accounts receivable specialist consultants who provided services to the assurance and delivery teams involved in business restructuring and turnaround.
Jenny has undertaken numerous projects that have involved the co-ordination of accounts receivable service provision and reporting across many territories and has active experience in the restructuring of credit control teams for corporates.
In addition to operational receivables management, Jenny is highly experienced in the delivery of receivable management systems implementation and improvement and can deliver real and lasting benefit through the adoption of new technologies where identified.