“His knowledge across a wide range of subjects has always been excellent.”
Chambers & Partners 2011
Guy Thomas is a corporate lawyer based in Taylor Walton’s Luton office and specialises in insolvency and restructuring. He deals with all aspects of corporate recovery and restructuring, personal insolvency, LPA receivership and company directors’ disqualification. Guy is “widely considered to be one of the region’s pre-eminent restructuring and insolvency practitioners” (Chambers & Partners).
Taylor Walton’s Insolvency team is recognised by the 2012 edition of The Legal 500 under South East – Finance covering Insolvency and Corporate Recovery.
“My goal is to build a nationally recognised mixed insolvency practice advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency. I have advised businesses and individuals in relation to their own affairs and also on the impact of insolvency proceedings affecting a business’s suppliers and customers. Strong relationships with insolvency practitioners (for whom I also act) mean I am well placed to represent clients with insolvency issues. My experience allows me to act quickly and help to minimise the impact of insolvency”.
Guy works on contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency, advising insolvency practitioners, receivers, accountants, banks, ABLs and other commercial organisations.
“Whilst insolvency is seldom welcome, many of the procedures available can be utilised to allow a business to be restructured. The legislation can also be used by solvent businesses to help reorganise businesses as well as assets”.
Guy’s experience has ranged from football clubs to construction companies and property investment vehicles to retail chains.
Guy has been advising the Joint Administrators of Bond Partners LLP (In Administration), an insolvency firm, on a variety of commercial and litigation issues, further to their appointment by Bank of Ireland in January 2012.
Recently, Guy represented Bond Partners LLP (In Admin) in the reported case of ACCA v Koumettou & Ors  when the Court extended the principles regarding Block Transfer Orders & the role of insolvency regulators, previously referred to in the case of ICAEW v Webb . http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2012/1265.html
“Taylor Walton’s Insolvency Team led by Guy Thomas, provided responsive and highly commercial advice on a Creditor issue for one of our subsidiaries (operating in the Oil & Gas sector). The end result exceeded our expectations in the speed of delivery and in value for money. Guy Thomas provided sharp insight; aggressive when needed but always focused on a practical solution.” Jon Stephenson – Counsel, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V
“Guy Thomas heads up the corporate recovery and insolvency unit ….and is noted for his extensive expertise in both contentious and non-contentious personal and corporate insolvency matters”.
“Guy Thomas …..continues to advise the board of Watford Leisure and the Watford Football Club Association on its restructuring, litigation and refinancing.”
Chambers and Partners Legal Directory 2010
“Guy Thomas: commended for ‘calmness in volatile situations’ and [ability to] ‘bring sharp focus to decision making moments’”.
The Legal 500 (2010)
- Business and Asset Sales of distressed companies
- Advice to Insolvency Practitioners on procedure and practice
- Advice to Directors of distressed companies
- Directors Disqualification
- DTI/BERR/BIS Investigations
- Negotiations with (or on behalf of) creditors & stakeholders
- Football Clubs
- Personal Insolvency
- Retention of Title claims (ROT)
2011: Taylor Walton LLP – Partner
2004-2011: Pictons /SA Law LLP- Associate
1999-2004: Eversheds LLP- Paralegal/Trainee/Assistant