Our People

Our experienced solicitors specialise in the following areas of law:

(Simply click on a category to expand it).

Director Disqualification problems

The Director Disqualification team at NDP is headed by Neil Davies, an advisory editor to Mithani on Director Disqualification and is made up  of Solicitors who have worked for the Insolvency Service and who have acted for and against the Insolvency Service.  We know what they want.  We know what the solutions are and how to achieve them.  The key issue for the director is to act early, to maximise options. Click here to find out more about our work in solving Director Disqualification Problems, or contact us.

Insolvency and Restructuring problems

The Insolvency and Restructuring team at NDP is headed by Sukhbir Mall and Neil Davies. At the core of most business problems relating to insolvency and restructuring is a financial difficulty or financial consequence. We can help. No hole is too deep for us to make a difference. There are always options and solutions to consider. The earlier advice is taken, the greater the options that are available to you. Click here to find out more about our work in solving Insolvency and Restructuring Problems, or contact us.

Insolvency Litigation problems

The Insolvency and Litigation team at NDP act both for and against Insolvency Practitioners.  We believe that gives us a competitive edge. Our solicitors know what the opponent wants and how best to achieve desired outcomes for our clients. Click here to see more about our work in solving Insolvency Litigation Problems, or contact us.

Commercial Litigation and Debt Recovery problems

NDP’s Solicitors are experienced in all matters involving commercial litigation and debt recovery. Wherever possible we will help you avoid litigation and the disruption and costs that this can involve. Headed up by Sukhbir Mall, this area is one of genuine specialism, and one where without the necessary experience, a huge amount of detail can be missed or overlooked. Click here for more about our work in solving Commercial Litigation and Debt Recovery problems, or contact us.

Regulatory Dispute problems

The NDP Team is headed by David Hanman, a Solicitor with an enviable reputation and over 25 years experience of defending clients faced with regulatory problems. David lectures regularly to the Police and special interest groups such as Accountants on regulatory issues. Click here to see more about our work in solving Regulatory Dispute Problems, or contact us.

Construction Dispute problems

The NDP Team, headed by Neil Davies, has extensive construction project finance and claims knowledge experience both in private practice and as in-house counsel. Click here to find out more about our work in solving Construction Dispute Problems, or contact us.

Neil Davies

Solicitor and Managing Director - NDP Solicitors
neild@ndandp.co.uk

Neil Davies qualified as a Solicitor in 1987. He was a founding member of NDP back in 2007, along with his co-Director, Sukhbir Mall. Neil was shortlisted in the category of Partner of the Year by the Birmingham Law Society at their <a href="https://ndandp.co.uk/news-about-ndp/birmingham-law-society-awards-2017-the-results/">prestigious awards dinner in 2017</a>.

The now 8 strong NDP Solicitor Team and their co-workers won the Small Law Firm of the Year award, from Birmingham Law Society, 2016.

Neil and the Team at NDP recognise that people deal with people and that ‘clients need to be confident in us and have trust in us, before they commit to allowing us in.’

Neil has Insolvency work in his DNA. It is his passion.  It’s what gets him out of bed each day. He is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association. He has practised in the fields of Insolvency, Restructuring, Commercial Litigation, Debt Recovery, Director Disqualification and Regulatory matters (to include, in particular, HMRC Disputes) throughout his 30+ year career. He has many reported cases across these disciplines.

Neil is an advisory Editor to the leading text on Director Disqualification law and practice, Mithani on Director Disqualificationrecognising Neil’s Expertise and experience in this field of work.

As a panel Solicitor to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (‘BEIS’), he historically advised the Secretary of State on Director Disqualification cases and Policy issues for a number of years.

Neil and the NDP Team strive to and regularly achieve the objectives of their clients, in dealing with disputes involving disqualification claims by BEIS and the Insolvency Service, HMRC, and Misfeasance claims from Liquidators and others. They also regularly advise Liquidators of failed companies on pursuing claims and on wider insolvency law issues.

For the last 17 years, Neil has returned to his roots, advising Directors faced with Misfeasance (breach of duty) claims and Director Disqualification problems against them from company Liquidators. He is one of the country’s leading Solicitors in these specialist fields.

Neil is contagiously passionate about NDP and the well-being of its clients. Identifying the best outcomes for the clients and achieving them is what makes him tick.

When not at work, Neil enjoys swimming and walking, particularly beach and cliff walking in North Wales with Mac the Spaniel aka as NDP's Stress Relief Officer.

Neil is a keen follower of most sports, particularly football, rugby and cricket.   His Achilles heel is his incurable addiction to Aston Villa, about which he can (and does) bore for England!

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Neil Davies

Neil Davies

Solicitor and Managing Director - NDP Solicitors

Sukhbir Mall

Solicitor and Director
sukhbirm@ndandp.co.uk

Sukhbir began his career working in the Press Office and in the Internal Audit Department at the Lord Chancellor’s Department now known as The Ministry of Justice. Sukhbir qualified as a solicitor at Moon Beever, a niche practice specialising in Insolvency and litigation in London in 2001. He remained at Moon Beever until 2003.

He moved back to his roots in Birmingham to take up a position as an investigator with the Director Disqualification unit at the Insolvency Service, targeting directors of failed Company’s and preparing evidence on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills seeking disqualification orders against directors.

Sukhbir moved to a niche law firm in Central Birmingham in 2004 working in the Corporate Recovery Department and in 2007 set up NDP&amp;nbsp;with his co-director, Neil Davies.

Sukhbir has become particularly known for dealing with asset and debt recovery matters, insolvency advice, insolvency disputes and antecedent transaction related work as well as advising directors finding themselves on the wrong end of claims by liquidators and directors facing disqualification proceedings.

In addition to acting for individuals and company directors, Sukhbir provides advice on insolvency related matters to clients including insolvency practitioners and trade creditors. Sukhbir also has fifteen years’ broad experience in matters relating to partnership disputes, enquiries and claims by trustees in bankruptcy, the Official Receiver, the Insolvency Service, liquidators and Urgent relief, court applications, injunctions and freezing orders. He remains committed to his clients and his work.

Away from work Sukhbir enjoys live music, the arts, cooking, reading, travel and spending time with family and friends. To add balance, Sukhbir follows the fortunes of Aston Villa.

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Sukhbir Mall

Sukhbir Mall

Solicitor and Director

David Hanman

Solicitor
dhdavidhanman@gmail.com

David is a Solicitor and Chartered Tax Advisor. David has many years experience of advising clients on Regulatory Fraud matters, involving the smallest to the very biggest cases.

He regularly lectures to the City of London Police on these and related issues. He regularly advises on Confiscation and other consequences that flow from money laundering offences.

Away from work, David enjoys watching his beloved St Helens Rugby League and spending time with his family.

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David Hanman

David Hanman

Solicitor

Suky Mann

Solicitor
sukhveerm@ndandp.co.uk

Suky began her career working for two central Birmingham boutique practices specialising in personal injury and commercial law.

In 2007, Suky joined NDP as a paralegal. Her career there starting off with something of a baptism of fire, requiring her to be heavily involved in one of NDP’s most high profile and reported director disqualification claims arising out of the collapse of Claims Direct Plc.

Suky subsequently went on to become NDP’s first trainee solicitor, qualifying as a solicitor in 2010.

Suky takes a practical approach to her work. She specialises in a range of dispute resolution and contentious insolvency matters, and regularly acts for insolvency practitioners, directors, shareholders, SMEs and private individuals.

Outside of work, Suky enjoys spending time with her young son and indulging in the odd West End show.

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Suky Mann

Suky Mann

Solicitor

Iain McDonald

Consultant Solicitor
iainm@ndandp.co.uk

Iain qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and has extensive experience of acting for SMEs, Insolvency Practitioners and private individuals.

Iain undertakes a mixed caseload of  predominantly non- contentious Company, Commercial and Insolvency work for NDP’s clients, operating from his base in London.

Iain knows well the outcome based and client driven philosophy and values  of NDP, having worked  alongside Neil Davies in a previous life for a number of years. He works closely with the NDP team , providing invaluable ‘on the spot’ support for NDP’s work and clients in London and the South East.

Iain is particularly client friendly and enjoys getting to know  and understand the needs of clients on an individual basis. In his spare time, Iain enjoys spending time with his growing family.

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Iain McDonald

Iain McDonald

Consultant Solicitor

Richard Shepherd

Solicitor
richards@ndandp.co.uk

Richard obtained his Law degree in July 2016. After studying the specifics of Company Law and Insolvency Law, he became enticed to the area surrounding director disqualification and insolvency matters. In November 2016, Richard kick-started his legal career with Neil Davies and Partners, joining as a paralegal providing assistance across the firm, before becoming a trainee solicitor. Richard qualified as solicitor in May 2020.

Away from the office, Richard enjoys live music and plays the guitar himself whenever possible. In addition, Richard likes to travel whether it be for following music or to relish in the arts, food and culture of other countries.

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Richard Shepherd

Richard Shepherd

Solicitor

Doug McEvoy

Assistant Solicitor
douglasm@ndandp.co.uk

As a Trainee Solicitor, Doug had experience in four separate departments.

  • He started his training in the commercial property department where he was exposed to all the various stages of lease, sale and lending work.
  • Secondly, he moved on to the commercial litigation department where he largely worked on disputes related to the exchange of goods and services. While in this seat, he was also introduced to overflow work from the employment, property litigation and personal injury litigation teams.
  • His third seat was in the corporate department, where his work covered management buyouts, asset sales / purchases, share sales / purchases, lending and enterprise management incentive schemes.
  • Finally, he worked in the Insolvency and Business Recovery department, focusing on insolvency litigation relating to directors, liquidations and administrations. This has also led to experience with freezing orders, disqualification, repossessions, s5 notices, cost assessments / budgets, petitions and others. He also built up his experience in commercial litigation and transactional insolvency work, such as asset sales in liquidation.

Since joining us in December 2020 as an Assistant Solicitor, Doug has been exposed to a much broader spectrum of high value corporate insolvency, director disqualification, insolvency and commercial litigation work.

He has worked on the following:

  • Section 236 applications under the Insolvency Act 1986, both as an applicant and as a defendant to warrant of arrest proceedings;
  • bipartite agreements between HMRC and liquidators and multi-million pound claims concerning misfeasance;
  • director disqualification proceedings and affidavits in relation to a multitude of companies trading to the detriment of HMRC;
  • applications to suspend the discharge of a bankruptcy indefinitely; shareholder disputes;
  • commercial litigation;
  • challenging and reviewing personal guarantees;
  • urgent drafting and engagement on freezing order applications and responses; and
  • negotiating and drafting mediation settlements in relation to misfeasance and breach of duty claims.

Outside of work, Doug has a strong passion for and also takes a keen interest in Rugby and Cricket. He goes to the gym several times a week and, due to the Coronavirus lockdowns, has become a very keen runner.

His home away from home is his Parent’s house on the beach in South West Ayrshire. He makes efforts to visit there as often as possible as it has an incredible climate, and, as a bonus, it’s where all the best golf is. In his free time he also enjoys chess, crosswords, any TV series made by Amazon Prime, trading in markets, and (once lockdown lifts) bars, pubs and cinemas.

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Doug McEvoy

Doug McEvoy

Assistant Solicitor

Thomas Riley

Assistant Solicitor
thomasr@ndandp.co.uk

Thomas qualified as a solicitor in Restructuring and Insolvency (“R&I”) in November 2020.

He started his legal career as a paralegal in personal injury and then moved into employment law before specialising in R&I.

Thomas focused his period of recognised training on R&I and is accomplished in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvencies, including administrator appointments, the sale and purchase of businesses and assets owned by companies and individuals, and bringing and defending claims brought by insolvency officeholders.

In 2017, Thomas took on the responsibility of chairing a Charities Foundation in Birmingham, which raised £22,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Outside of work Thomas enjoys reading, walking his mischievous Scotland Terrier called Gus, keeping fit, travelling, learning Spanish and following Liverpool FC and Wasps RFC. He recently stopped playing amateur rugby after playing for nearly 20 years. During his playing days, he mainly played on the wing and represented Shropshire at County level and his local clubs Newport, Stafford and Gnosall.

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Thomas Riley

Thomas Riley

Assistant Solicitor

Samantha Birch

Legal Secretary
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Samantha Birch

Samantha Birch

Legal Secretary

Mandy Davies

Office Manager
mandyd@ndandp.co.uk

Mandy is the office manager and head of the AccountsTeam.

She has been involved in dealing with Solicitors Accounts work for over 25 years and is also NDP’s compliance officer for Finance and Administration.

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Mandy Davies

Mandy Davies

Office Manager

Hilary Cooke

Accounts Administrator
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Hilary Cooke

Hilary Cooke

Accounts Administrator

Mac

Stress Relief Officer

Mac is NDP’s Stress Relief Officer.

Mac brings sanity to the more stressful moments that  his co–workers suffer during the working day.

He has a particular interest in director disqualification issues, walking for miles and eating!

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Mac

Mac

Stress Relief Officer