Steve Thomas

Partner in Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation
and Insolvency & Corporate Recovery

+44 (0)845 257 9449

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Steve’s practice is insolvency, commercial litigation and corporate restructuring.

Steve qualified in 1991 and is an Accredited Mediator in Civil and Commercial disputes (CEDR). More information about Steve’s mediation.

Steve has previously been a partner and Head of Corporate Recovery in Leeds at a top 100 law firm.

Steve has acted for insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, funders and also directors and shareholders in all types of financial disputes.

Steve’s practice has particular emphasis on asset recovery, guarantees and indemnities and directors liabilities including cross border insolvency and litigation in other jurisdictions.

Steve receives regular instructions from insolvency practitioners in respect of all matters including contentious and non-contentious insolvency, corporate or personal.

Steve also receives regular instructions from directors in respect of guarantees, and defending directors from disqualification and personal claims from HMRC.

Steve’s practice focuses on finding the best solution for the client in the most efficient way.

Steve is listed in the Legal 500 2023 directory, with comments including:

‘Steve Thomas and Anna Shaw are fantastic to work with. They are proactive, forward thinking experts in their field. They think outside the box and are both very personable people to work with.’

‘Steve Thomas and Anna Shaw offer practical and no nonsense advice to their clients.’

‘The practice has far reaching and variety of lawyers who are able to offer a whole host of services which is pretty impressive. The expertise in the ‘room’ is fantastic to see and is pretty much a one stop shop of some high calibre lawyers without the price tag of a magic circle firm.’

‘The team at Excello are approachable, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. They are able to pull together the expertise of all departments when required.’

‘They are a highly professional team that cover a number of legal disciplines. The billing is fair and geared to the resultant position.’

Steve's Experience

Acting for an overseas purchaser of a business from the administrator in the electrical retail business and to include advice for the new corporate entity in the new multi- million pound business.

Acting for a bankrupt in a multimillion pound asset recovery case with alleged assets worldwide.

Acting for liquidator in complex misfeasance and asset recovery concerning multi-million claims abroad.

Acting for directors of an insolvent company in respect of alleged loans in the Court of Appeal and personal claims from the HMRC.

Acting for directors in Directors Disqualification proceedings and seeking leave applications for disqualified directors when the director had been disqualified for in excess of 10 years.


Steve is married with a young family and is a keen follower of all sports but in particular football (he’s a season ticket holder at Leeds United), golf and tennis.

Accredited Mediator in Civil and Commercial Disputes (CEDR)

Director of Leeds Law Society


On mediation day Steve, you were fantastic, patient and a real guiding hand.


Steve’s support and commercial advice throughout a lengthy and complex trial was invaluable and he fought my corner successfully.


Thank you for your efforts on the day .I would not hesitate to use you or recommend you as a mediator in a similar matter in the future.


I wanted to thank you for bringing about a positive result . Your law firm has come top for us.


Steve was excellent in the settlement meeting with the Bank and his negotiating style assisted us in achieving a settlement in contentious and adverse conditions.


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