Harold is a Finance Litigation and Disputes Partner, with particular expertise in banking, asset based lending and receivables financing disputes, both cross border and domestic. He provides advice to the major UK clearing banks, challenger banks, international banks and a wide range of finance sector clients (which include Private Equity and other independent funders). Harold heads-up Addleshaw Goddard's Manchester office (having also previously founded and headed up the Manchester office of Shoosmiths).
As an experienced litigator, Harold provides advice on and acts in relation to all aspects of dispute resolution, including claims for and against lenders, fraud claims and asset recovery involving urgent worldwide injunctive processes, contractual / commercial disputes, reviews and enforcement of security and insolvency proceedings. Harold is consistently recognised as a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 law directory given his client base, depth of knowledge, experience and peer recognition.
Harold is a member of Addleshaw Goddard's Africa Business Group and regularly visits and acts for Addleshaw Goddard's clients in Africa and the Middle East.
Harold is also the ethnicity lead on the firm's inclusion and diversity programme which focuses on attraction, recruitment and engagement in all AG's inclusion and diversity strands. Harold was shortlisted for the Diversity Champion Award at the UK Diversity Legal Awards in September 2019 and mentors aspiring ethnic lawyers both internally and externally.
- Advising various clients on injunctions arising from customer, executive and retail frauds as a result of fraudulent activity, including claims against the perpetrators.
- Acting for clients in defeating proceedings against them for damages arising out of alleged breaches of agreement by the lender.
- Obtained a worldwide freezing injunction against a customer and its directors as a result of a fraud perpetrated against the lender.
- Advised on bespoke terms of security and guarantee documents for major receivables finance company funding an overseas company backed by guarantors outside the jurisdiction.
- Pursued and obtained a substantial settlement against a guarantor for liabilities owed following the collapse of its company customer.