Simon Ridpath, Managing Partner
Simon is responsible for driving the overall strategic direction of the firm to deliver growth, innovation and focus, ensuring that the firm stays ahead of clients’ needs as they grow and evolve.
Simon is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the firm. An experienced insolvency lawyer, Simon applies his commercial expertise and broad knowledge of company structures, reorganisations, and financing to deliver operational excellence and world-class legal services across our global markets, for all our clients.
Key to meeting this objective is Simon's passion for growing commercially-astute teams of sector specialists, along with attracting, developing and retaining exceptional talent to build an international workforce that reflects the diversity of our clients. Our mission is to help our clients achieve their goals now and for the long-term so Simon spends much of his time listening to our clients to understand how we can better respond to their needs, and sets the purpose, culture, and values of our firm to ensure we meet them.
Before becoming Managing Partner, Simon worked primarily with insolvency practitioners in administrations, receiverships, liquidations and when appointed as trustees in bankruptcy. He worked on the administrations of retailers including Peyton & Byrne, Borders, MFI and Allied Carpets, for the purchasers of Coventry City FC, and for numerous private clients as both creditors and debtors.
Simon is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Acting for the Administrators of Peyton & Byrne, Borders, MFI and Allied Carpets on a variety of trading issues and the sale of certain business assets of those specialist retailers
- Acting for the purchasers of Coventry City Football Club on the purchase of its business and assets
- Acting for Grant Thornton as the joint administrators of a hotel business in Durham, resulting in a solvent exit from administration with payment in full to all creditors
- Acting for the liquidator of a biomass power station in North Yorkshire, completing the sale of business and assets to industry competitor and realisations for secured and unsecured creditors
- Acting for trustee in bankruptcy for recognition of UK insolvency in Oregon, United States under US Bankruptcy code and successful recovery of US estate assets
Simon Ridpath featured in the Lawyer’s Hot 100 list
Simon Ridpath features in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list
Charles Russell Speechlys’ Managing Partner named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2022
The Hot 100 brings together the ‘most daring, innovative and creative’ lawyers in the UK, covering all fields of law.
Simon Ridpath named in The Lawyer's prestigious Hot 100 2022
Simon Ridpath features in The Lawyer Hot 100 2022, which brings together the ‘most daring, innovative and creative’ lawyers in the UK.
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The Purpose Podcast: Corporate purpose
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The Lawyer publish article on the firm's new Managing Partner's strategy for the next financial year
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International Women’s Day 2020 – 8 Women for 8 March
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Commercial Dispute Resolution, Global Restructuring Review and New Law Journal cover the news of Simon Ridpath's appointment as the firm's next Managing Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys appoints Simon Ridpath as new Managing Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Ridpath as the firm’s next Managing Partner.