Lawyer who advised on Rangers FC takeover takes role at Segens

Former Collyer Bristow partner Gary Withey, who advised businessman Craig Whyte on his takeover of Rangers Football Club, has emerged as a consultant at City boutique Segens Solicitors.

Withey quit Collyer Bristow amid controversy last month after the football club was put into administration (5 March 2012). Rangers FC administrators Duff and Phelps said Withey was crucial to the understanding of deals done following the club’s ill-fated takeover by Whyte.

Collyer Bristow said he left the firm at the beginning of March for “family and personal reasons” despite questions raised about his role as Rangers company sectary.

Withey told The Lawyer that he is “just helping out” at Segens where, according to the Law Society, he is registered as a consultant. Segens senior partner Michael Segen added: “I’ve known Gary for many years and value his corporate expertise. I’m sure Gary will be a very valuable asset to this practice.”

Duff and Phelps has until Monday to file any alleged claims for professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against Collyer Bristow at the High Court (30 March 2012). Withey said he knew “nothing about” the case and was not intending to be in court.

Last month Duff and Phelps successfully applied to the High Court to transfer £3.6m of client money from Collyer Bristow to Taylor Wessing, which is acting for the administrators. Restructuring partner Nick Moser and Mark Phillips QC and Daniel Bayfield at South Square Chambers made the High Court application.