A RECORD number of instructions is helping a Kirklees-based corporate recovery and personal insolvency specialist mark its 20th anniversary.

Insolvency and corporate recovery practice, O’ Hara & Co, based at Huddersfield Road, Birstall, has also appointed two new partners to strengthen its senior team and meet the increase in instructions during the last 12 months.

Senior partner Peter O’Hara founded the practice in Batley with five staff after leaving the Leeds office of Coopers & Lybrand.

He said: “The practice has received more than 150 instructions during the last year – a record – and we expect this to double during the next 12 months due to the current economic conditions and have expanded our senior team accordingly.

“We would expect to be busy in the current climate, but we judge ourselves on whether we have managed to achieve the fairest and best possible outcome for all concerned in every assignment we handle. Over the years we’ve saved numerous businesses and thousands of jobs.”

The two new partners, both of whom have returned after time with national firms, are Christopher Brooksbank and Stephen O’Hara.

They join the senior team led by Simon Weir, who joined the practice in 1992 and became a partner in 2003. They are among nine recent appointments taking the total staff to 25.

The practice also has offices in York, Doncaster, Scarborough and Skegness, an associated debt collection company, Continental Cash Collection Ltd and recent acquisition, Fenton Finance Ltd, which provides funds for car buying.