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Two Travers Smith partners recognised in The Lawyer magazine 2022 Hot 100


Travers Smith LLP is thrilled to announce that its Finance Partner, Katie McMenamin, and Disputes Partner, Polly Richard have been recognised in The Lawyer magazine's 2022 Hot 100, an annual publication which celebrates extraordinary lawyers based in the UK who have completed ground-breaking work in the last year.

Katie McMenamin

Travers Smith partner Katie McMenamin is developing a loyal following in the finance markets, where she acts predominantly for lenders. She has an outstanding roster of clients which includes Investec Bank, Banco Santander and the Royal Bank of Scotland International Ltd.

With no sign of a slowdown in the private equity world, McMenamin is at the cutting edge of developing innovative alternative finance instruments, including NAV and hybrid facilities, in the modern fund finance markets. Her sector-leading knowledge combined with a natural flair for dealing with clients means she is in greater demand than ever before.

Alongside her fee-earning work, McMenamin is a proud trainee principal, helping the first round of lockdown trainees adapt to life inside the law.

Polly Richard

Promoted in 2020 while on maternity leave, Polly Richard returned to the firm last February ready to plunge right into her new partnership role. When she came back to work it was remotely, and like many, she has had to face new management challenges she did not anticipate. However, over the past year she’s been making a success of it, contributing to the success of Travers’ flourishing disputes practice.

She’s been the go-to partner on Young v Nero Holdings, the high-profile challenge to Caffe Nero’s company voluntary arrangement (CVA) by Ronald Young, a landlord of premises let to the coffee group. The High Court rejected all of Mr Young’s allegations of material irregularity and unfair prejudice, dismissing the challenge application. The case has important ramifications for landlords, CVAs, insolvency practitioners, high-street retailers and the hospitality industry.

Richard’s workload will not slow down any time soon; she has a pipeline of insolvency litigation work to keep her going for some time to come.

Source: The Lawyer Hot 100 2022

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