Webinar: Trading conditions for the professional services sector during the global pandemic


This webinar sees our panellists discuss the unprecedented challenges facing professional practices. 

You can watch the webinar On-demand below or click here for a copy of the presentation.


Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the panellists will look at the regulatory environment in which firms continue to operate, as well as: 

•    The high-level endemic challenges prevalent across all practices;
•    The costs of getting back to work;
•    The practical difficulties in transacting; and 
•    Finance solutions and being proactive about raising funds.

The webinar takes the form of a discussion between our sector experts Andrew Hosking and Sean Bucknall, who are widely regarded as the market-leaders in advising distressed law firms and other professional practices. They are joined by Samantha Palmer from Pinsent Masons LLP, a specialist in the professional services sector. The discussion is chaired by Mark Lucas, a partner in our corporate finance team.

During the webinar we also take a look at a worked example to illustrate what the journey to a transaction looks like considering the unique challenges faced by professional practice firms.

Our speakers

Andrew Hosking, Partner, Quantuma
Andrew is a restructuring partner and head of our London office. His expertise includes leading highly complex contentious international assignments involving businesses in a wide range of jurisdictions and industry sectors. His sector experience includes professional services, especially legal, as well as retail and technology. Andrew is widely recognised as the go-to adviser for distressed law firms and their stakeholders. He has unrivalled sector insight, and is well regarded for his focused, no-nonsense and direct approach. 

Sean Bucknall, Partner, Quantuma
Sean is a restructuring and insolvency specialist and his expertise includes corporate recovery, financial reporting and providing advice to a wide variety of businesses facing financial as well as operational challenges. Sean is one of the leading advisers in the UK to distressed law firms and heads up the firm’s professional practices specialist group with Andrew Hosking. Sean’s expertise and unique insight is frequently sought by both advisers to law firms as well as the firms themselves. 

Sam Palmer, Partner, Pinsent Masons: 
Sam has over 25 years' experience in the highly regulated professional practices sector, advising on ethics and professional conduct. Sam provides formal regulatory training, guidance and support to professional practices and undertakes independent investigations and formal regulatory reporting. 

Acting on behalf of professionals, their lenders and other advisors, she also advises on regulatory mapping, business structure planning and providing specialist regulatory support for SRA investigations. Working in house with the SRA from April 2012 until April 2015, she headed up the Regulatory Management team leading the team that supervised the Top 200 law firms together with the SRA’s Financial Stability Programme.