Andrew Cawkwell, Partner within our Banking and Restructuring Team, has become the first practicing solicitor in the UK to become dually qualified as a certified turnaround professional by the European Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals.
The qualification recognises Andrew’s extensive experience in the turnaround sector, providing advice on a range of matters relevant to helping businesses in difficulty.
Andrew said: “Many lawyers in the corporate or banking field will approach business issues as legal problems, requiring legal solutions. I seek broader solutions to problems, whether these are legal, financial or otherwise.
“The breadth of skills and expertise at Muckle means we can help businesses facing problems to take control earlier and devise their own strategies. If the directors drive the process they retain control of the strategy and give their bank greater confidence for a positive outcome. This is precisely what their stakeholders want to see happening.”
Andrew believes any business experiencing difficulties should engage the services of a turnaround specialist, to give them access to expertise which can unlock innovative solutions, rather than waiting for the situation to worsen.
He explained that banks in particular are often perceived to be controlling what happens when a business gets into difficulty. They usually engage an accountant to review a business and determine the value of their security, as well as the level of support the bank will provide.
Andrew added: “Company directors can feel unsure whether these accountants are really acting in the best interests of the bank, rather than the business they are trying to save, and as a result, this traditional approach can limit the range of potential strategies available to take the business forwards. This is where a turnaround practitioner can help, by finding innovative and creative solutions, and developing a strategy for recovery.”
He also urges businesses to act sooner rather than later: “Clients often approach us to ask for a solution once they have defined what they think the legal problem is,” he explained.
“However, engaging a turnaround specialist earlier in the process is always a better approach. If they speak to us early, more options will remain available for support and recovery to help turn their business around and avoid the adverse consequences of financial failure.”
To find out how Andrew can help you and your business please contact him on 0191 211 7957, or via [email protected]