Andrew Garland is a Partner in the Business Recovery & Turnaround Team at Wilkes. Andrew is well recognised and respected for defending directors who are subject to disqualification proceedings.

Upon qualification he worked extensively with Abbas Mithani, the author of the leading textbook in this area. He subsequently advised the Secretary of state and now acts for directors with a particular emphasis on finding the most efficient and cost-effective solution in respect of directors disqualification issues facing them.

Andrew regularly acts for office holders and directors in relation to the pursuit and defence of significant antecedent transactions and misfeasance claims with a recent emphasis on high-value tax avoidance cases, several of which have included numerous seven figure claims over the last 12 months.

By way of example one case involved claims in respect of transactions covering an EFRBS ( Employer-Financed Retirement Benefits Scheme), Film Scheme, E-Securities Scheme, Gold bullion scheme, spread bet, call option, unlawful dividends, and disposal of assets against directors with a total claim value of in excess of £6m.

“He is a very bright litigator, and totally on top of the evolving law relating to claims against directors arising out of the use of tax avoidance schemes”

Client Feedback – The Legal 500 2021

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Officer holder claims
Directors defence
Company directors disqualification
Similar names- section 216 insolvency act 1986
Personal guarantees
Banking (Individuals & Companies)

Recovery of a preference / wrongful trading application on behalf of an IP for in excess of £200,000

Obtaining permission to act under Section 17 CDDA 1986

Recovery of an illegal dividend under sections 172 to 175 and 830 of the Companies Act 2006

Obtaining court permission to re-use a similar name under section 216 Insolvency Act 1986.

Defending a personal guarantee action brought by a bank for in excess of £1m.


  • Andrew and his team are always proactive and commercial in dealing with a wide range of insolvency litigation matters. There is a very quick turnaround of the work and Andrew is always willing to assist and advise where possible. The team has been successful in negotiating a  successful outcome on a wide range of insolvency cases and we enjoy the reciprocal working relationship.

    - Simon Renshaw, Insolvency Practioner AABRS limited

  • Andrew has always provided concise advice in a timely and easy to understand manner. In my opinion he has demonstrated the highest degree of personal and professional integrity accompanied by trusted thought and leadership, I have no hesitation in recommending him to my clients

    - Anton Christodoulou – Director, Fort & Wolfe

  • Andrew Garland – smart and creative, able to see cases from a variety of angles

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

  • Andrew Garland, partner. He is a very bright litigator, and totally on top of the evolving law relating to claims against directors arising out of the use of tax avoidance schemes. He is very effective in his working day, making good use of a paralegal so that work is undertaken at the appropriate level

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

  • Andrew is the one you want behind the scenes laying the groundwork. They mix and match with each other and the rest of the team to get the right result consistently, time and time again on time. Always cost-effective and effective

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

Business Continuity Update – COVID-19

February 2021


To our valued clients and partners,

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve we wanted to take the time to reassure you of the actions we are taking to protect our clients, colleagues and our wider communities, whilst working to maintain our services to you at this time.

Our commitment to you

We are open for business and will continue to provide you with the best service we can in the safest way possible. In line with Government guidance we will be limiting face-to-face contact as much as possible. We are able to facilitate all client appointments by either video or conference call to suit your needs.

If you have any queries please contact your usual legal advisor to discuss appointment options.

Our staff are set up and ready to respond to you as usual. We are working hard to mitigate any disruptions, and will continue to provide you with the legal service and advice you need, delivered with the high-level of service you have come to expect from Wilkes.

If you do experience a slight delay in hearing back from us, please bear with us. We will be in touch.

If you have a general enquiry please call us on 0121 233 4333 or email us at or contact you usual legal advisor.

Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We look forward to returning to normal, with a handshake, as soon as possible.

The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors

Birmingham – 0121 233 4333  Solihull – 0121 733 8000

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