Partner - Kingston Smith & Partners LLP
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Redhill: +44 (0)1737 781572
Brian’s level of professionalism and his approachable nature enables his strong ability to offer impartial and concise advice to people and businesses going through financial difficulties. His determination to find the right solution for the situation is what sets him apart from many others working in insolvency, leaving clients feeling confident that he has their best interests at heart.
Using his knowledge from all sides of the business spectrum, Brian advises directors of under-performing companies and, using his many business connections, can guide directors through their duties and responsibilities to help mitigate any potential allegations of wrongful trading.
Brian has recently become more involved in the franchise arena, where his many years of involvement and experience in the SME sector is deemed to be invaluable to clients. He takes appointments on company liquidations, administrations and voluntary arrangements and also has experience overseeing a number of Law and Property Act Receiverships. He also specialises in personal insolvency, investigating bankrupts on behalf of creditors and the Secretary of State. He undertakes Individual Voluntary Arrangements for those in financial difficulty.
Brian qualified as an Insolvency Practitioner in 2009 and before joining the firm he spent 15 years with a leading bank where he was responsible for helping the growth of a number of SME businesses.
Brian is a Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and licensed with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.
“Brian is a highly professional yet personable and dynamic Insolvency Practitioner, who is driven to achieve an outcome that is commercial, pragmatic and, for insolvent estates, achieves the best possible return to creditors. His approach to business ensures that stakeholders at all time understand what is required from them, and his experience and background in banking gives him a unique understanding and approach to those matters requiring a good understanding of financial transactions/accounts.”
Ms Nicola Brastock, Associate Solicitor
“I have worked with Brian for many years on a variety of cases. What is plain to see is his innate ability to put people at their ease in what is often a distressing situation and his ability to deliver difficult messages in a positive way. Brian puts his client at the centre of everything he does and while he is expert in his craft, he keeps a close eye on the commercial reality of any given situation. I also defy anyone to match his attention to detail!”
Tania Clench, Legal Director, Shakespeare Martineau
“Brian is an extremely thorough and bright practitioner. He has excellent attention to detail which helps spot those assets which are not always obvious when investigating an estate.
Having worked closely with Brian and his clients, he gives that extra time to listen to clients to really establish how efficiently he can assist always having recovery for creditors at the forefront of his mind. I think that makes Brian an outstanding insolvency practitioner with real integrity and drive to do an excellent job for his clients”
Meta Panchamia, Partner, McMillan Williams Solicitors Ltd
As a ten year old boy dreaming of football stardom, my favourite cartoon was Roy of the Rovers ‘The Safest Hands in Soccer’. Now as a 50 year old lawyer in the challenging (and sometimes murky) world of debt, I’ve found the Safest Hands in Insolvency. Much less sexy, but very reassuring all the same! Brian Baker, of Kingston Smith & Partners ticks all of my professional boxes: knowledgeable, calm under pressure, creative, practical and unscrupulously honest. He’s my go-to insolvency guru. Everybody should use him!