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John Bailes
Solicitor, Founder & Managing Director
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John Bailes
Solicitor, Founder & Managing Director
Areas of Specialism:
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Director Disputes
  • Partner Disputes
  • Director Disqualification
  • S216 - Re-use of a prohibited company name
  • Construction Disputes
  • Manufacturing Disputes
  • Engineering Disputes
  • Personal Guarantees
  • Banking Litigation
  • Intellectual Copyright Infringement
  • Injunctions
About John Bailes

After qualifying in 2005 John has dealt with over 1500 cases relating to personal guarantees, bankruptcies, winding ups, shareholder disputes, mis-selling of financial products, construction, land disputes, landlord and tenant residential, landlord and tenant commercial, debt recovery and breach of contract claims.
From 2002 to 2012 John trained and worked at mid-size Leeds commercial law firms and worked as a consultant for a high street firm for a year thereafter.
In 2013 John founded Bailoran Solicitors to offer niche legal services to progressive and growing businesses, providing them with a friendly, no nonsense and commercial approach to resolving their legal issues.
John’s main areas of expertise are Commercial Dispute Resolution and Insolvency and his case load is largely split equally between these two specialisms. His use of commercial and legal factors in complex and niche areas of law helps clients who are often disadvantaged by being the subject of judgments, order, bankruptcies, winding up orders or personal guarantees.
His expertise has resulted in regularly working for both national and international clients.

Some examples of the matters John has dealt with include:

  • Dealing with a group of investors challenging Special Administrators to recover their substantial assets back as promptly as possible.
  • Dealing with a vulnerable client who had 11 years of problems with her management company regarding management fees.
  • Dealing with a large case against a stately home for breach of contract for over £1m.
  • Settling innumerable cases where banks have threatened to sell individuals properties pursuant to personal guarantees and legal charges.
  • Acted for directors of companies defending proceedings against them personally for debts claimed as due from the company.
  • Defending Director Disqualification proceedings against the Secretary of State.
  • Applications to Court to seek permission for directors to use prohibited company names following insolvency.
  • Misrepresentation and breach of contract claims.
  • Bringing and defending claims where goods provided are alleged as not fit for purpose.
  • Annulled bankruptcies.
  • Defended winding up petitions.
  • Resolving shareholder and partnership disputes.
  • Holding mediations and without prejudice meetings.
  • Chasing large scale and complex debt recovery matters.
  • Construction disputes and party wall disputes.
  • Judicial reviews of local government decisions.

Ciaran Corry
Solicitor: Dispute Resolution
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Ciaran Corry
Solicitor: Dispute Resolution
Areas of Specialism:
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
  • Banking Litigation
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Director Disputes
  • Partner Disputes
  • Construction Disputes
  • Manufacturing Disputes
  • Engineering Disputes
About Ciaran Corry

Ciaran qualified at DLA Piper LLP in 1995 and thereafter specialised in Financial Services Litigation. He joined Cobbetts LLP in 2006 and set up one of the largest Financial Services Litigation teams in the UK with 30 members of staff. Ciaran became a partner in Cobbetts in 2009 and then a partner at Walker Morris LLP until he retired therefrom in 2014.

Ciaran has expertise in suing solicitors and surveyors for negligence and fraud; defended mortgage possession claims; consumer disputes with banks; land disputes; declaration and rectification proceedings; obtaining injunctions (freezing and search and seizure orders) and all aspects of civil litigation.

Ciaran joined Bailoran in April 2017 and has focused on commercial litigation disputes.

Carys Everitt
Solicitor: Company & Commercial
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Carys Everitt
Solicitor: Company & Commercial
Areas of Specialism:
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Company Law
  • Regulation & Compliance
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Director Personal Guarantees
  • Online Trading
  • Online Terms of Use
  • Privacy Policies
  • Cookie Policies
  • Legal Review of Websites
  • Company/Business Acquisitions
  • Articles of Association
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Company Record Keeping
  • Anti-bribery
  • Data protection
  • Consumer protection
  • Prevention of Modern Slavery
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Companies Act legislation
  • Staff training on all or any of the above
Penny Keatings
Solicitor: Insolvency
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Penny Keatings
Solicitor: Insolvency
Areas of Specialism:
  • Insolvency
Andrew Blinkhorn
Debt Recovery & Enforcement
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Andrew Blinkhorn
Debt Recovery & Enforcement
Areas of Specialism:
  • Credit Control
  • Debt Recovery
  • Enforcement
About Andrew Blinkhorn

Andrew has over 18 years experience of debt recovery within law firms and in that time he has dealt with over 100,000 Fleet Management Claims for road traffic accidents and 10,000 cases of Business to Business Debt Recovery.

Andrew’s specialisms include advising Small to Medium Enterprises on effective Credit Control and dealing with Pre-legal collections and County Court claims.

Keith Williams
Practice Manager & Debt Recovery
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Keith Williams
Practice Manager & Debt Recovery
Alexia Savar
Paralegal
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Alexia Savar
Paralegal
About Alexia Savar

Alexia is a Masters in Law student at Northumbria University with LPC included and working pro bono as a student advisor in Housing Law.

She has worked at Bailoran for the last 2 years alongside her studies to strengthen the foundations of her promising future legal career.

In that time Alexia has gained experience in matters of Debt Recovery, Insolvency (S216 notices) and small litigation claims as well as researching areas of law for cases including business & commercial, insolvency, land, housing, agricultural, contract, tort and consumer.

Alexia will commence her training contract in Autumn 2019.

“Extremely helpful and courteous”

“I would like to write to you and thank Bailoran for the way they carried out the collection of our outstanding debt with a very awkward and stubborn client. You were extremely helpful and courteous during the process and kept us informed at all times even when the client tried using his vast knowledge of the legal system. Overall we would highly recommend your company and look forward to using you again in the near future.”

Damian Pye | C.A.D. Design & Build Services Ltd.

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“No nonsense and cost effective”

“The Team at Bailoran Solicitors provides both practical and commercial advice in a no nonsense and cost effective manner – I would highly recommend them.”

David Robson | Director at Gaines Robson Insolvency Practitioners

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“No hesitation in recommending”

“We are an employment and family specialist practice but frequently have matters that require insolvency, litigation and commercial input. We would have no hesitation in recommending John Bailes and Carys Everitt personally to new clients as we have done on numerous occasions previously. We have always been provided with a first class service and we have peace of mind that our clients have been referred on to trusted individuals.”

Consilia Legal Solicitors | Niche Yorkshire Law Firm

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“Helped me go forward in my business”

“I met Carys from Bailoran Solicitors at a networking event where I found out about her expertise in business contracts and T&Cs. Since our introduction she has helped me create a water tight agreement for my clients so I am covered in all areas for an event management business. Carys even helped me highlight areas that I didn’t know were required for my business to ensure my contracts protect myself and business but also act in the best interest of my customers. I would highly recommend Carys and Bailoran Solicitors for the help and support they have given me over the past 12 months, and helped me go forward in my business by protecting mine and my customers best interests.”

Zoe Wadsworth | FAB Events

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“Excellent”

“Bailoran’s quality of service and advice regarding costs are excellent.”

Digitronix | Digital Communications Agency

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