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Steven joined Ward Hadaway in January 2011 and has over 27 years' legal experience.

Steven is Head of the Commercial Dispute Resolution Department and a partner in the Insolvency Unit at Ward Hadaway.

Steven has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters with a particular focus on contentious matters.

He is well known around the country by insolvency practitioners and has developed a sound knowledge of tracing assets abroad and realising these assets for the benefit of creditors.


Steven has extensive experience advising the leading insolvency practitioners and ‘Big Four’ accountants on aspects of corporate and personal insolvency matters as well as individuals and companies who may be looking at defending actions and/or creditors and debtors generally.

His experience includes acting for insolvency practitioners, providing advice and assistance to businesses facing financial difficulties with cash flow and debt issues, directors in relation to their duties, individuals and landlords on all aspects of insolvency law.

Reported Cases

Appleyard v Wewelwala [2012] EWHC (ch), [2013] 1 All ER 1383.

Expertise: Services


What people say

  • He's a really good adviser. You can pick up the phone and get quick, clear advice on things, he'll give you clear routes rather than all the options and he understands clients' perspectives and what they need.

    Client quote
  • Clients praise his "excellent skills" and describe him as 'very enthusiastic' and 'quick to react'.

    Chambers & Partners
  • An innovative, commercial and altogether practical insolvency specialist.

    Legal 500
  • Steven is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the advice he gives is right for the circumstances of each individual matter.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • Steven Petrie is an experienced insolvency litigator praised as 'absolutely top-drawer' by clients.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Steven "takes client service to another level,

    Chambers & Partners
  • Clear regional leader

    Legal 500
  • Steven Petrie has considerable experience in the insolvency and restructuring practice area. He demonstrates a niche skill in tracing assets abroad and realising these for creditors. According to clients, he will 'dig you out of a hole when you get yourself in one'.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Insolvency and Corporate Recovery practice heads Jane Garvin and Steven Petrie ‘are easily accessible and provide excellent, timely and complete advice’.

    Legal 500