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Insolvency Overview

Chambers is regarded as one of the leading sets for insolvency work and has consistently been included in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 since the directories commenced publication. Members have also appeared in Chambers & Partners World’s Leading Lawyers for insolvency and restructuring.

Chambers undertakes work in all areas of insolvency from large corporate insolvencies to personal bankruptcy cases.

Members of chambers have been involved in most of the large insolvencies since the advent of the Insolvency Act 1986. This has involved advising on and acting in both non-contentious and contentious aspects of insolvency work from the inception of the insolvency to its end.

We have considerable experience in dealing with the cross-border insolvencies and we also deal extensively with insolvencies in the Caribbean, the British Overseas Territories, the Crown Dependencies and those Asian countries which have borrowed heavily from English law, even where there is no connection with England and Wales.

Many members of chambers have appeared in directors’ disqualification proceedings acting both for the Government and the individual directors.”

Philip Jones QC and Daniel Lightman QC are contributors to Lightman and Moss, The Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies, 5th ed, 2011.


Directories

Chambers & Partners 2018

Serle Court maintains its reputation as a strong player in the restructuring and insolvency market, enjoying a growing reputation for its offshore work in the Channel Islands and Caribbean courts. Its members are noted for their expert handling of insolvency cases involving elements of civil fraud or partnership. Standout matters the team has been involved in include litigation arising from the collapse of both Carlyle Capital and Lehman Brothers. 

Client service: "The clerks are friendly, helpful and reliable." The "savvy and commercial" clerking team is led by head clerk Steve Whitaker. 

SILKS

Philip Jones QC 
A well-known advocate who is highly praised by market commentators for his breadth of expertise, encompassing insolvency, fraud and financial services. He remains a particularly popular choice in complex offshore insolvency cases and counts government departments among his diverse clientele. His additional expertise in company law encompasses cases concerning directors' disqualification proceedings and winding-up petitions.
Strengths: "His approach has been thoughtful and deliberate throughout, and while he clearly knows the law, he is also able to bring a pragmatic and practical lens to a matter." "He gives excellent commercial advice, is user-friendly and is available when needed." "He's very respected by the judiciary, he's very measured and he's got a good turn of phrase."

Philip Marshall QC
Impressive silk who routinely receives instructions in offshore cases in addition to complex domestic disputes. He frequently appears as an expert witness in foreign courts concerning English law issues and in arbitrations before the LCIA and ICC. He is highly recommended for his strength in restructuring and insolvency matters, which is buttressed by wider expertise in areas such as company, civil fraud and banking. 
Strengths: "He's a strong advocate who has huge experience, he never fails to bring a new angle and energy to a case." "Technically he is very good in insolvency but his key quality is toughness in court."

Daniel Lightman QC
Widely admired for his vast experience and adept representation of all parties in bankruptcy and insolvency cases. He is adept at representing litigants in disputes with insolvency office holders and is noted for his expertise advising on cases involving a novel or unusual point of law. Interviewees particularly highlight his standout technical ability and deft handling of complex cases.
Strengths: "We use Daniel on particularly technical matters or where there is an unusual point of law upon which we require an opinion. He is extremely bright." 

JUNIORS

Ruth Jordan
Well known for her adroit handling of cases on behalf of the government. She offers broad expertise across the insolvency space, and has notable strength in matters containing financial services and fraud elements. She has appeared in the Tax Tribunals, Court of Appeal and Privy Council, and frequently handles offshore judicial reviews.
Strengths: "She's technically excellent, very able, reliable and an excellent all-round advocate." 

Legal 500 2017

Alan Boyle QC - ‘An experienced tactician, who is at the top of his game’

Lance Ashworth QC - 'Engaging and helpful'

Philip Jones QC - ‘He has a strong intellect and great advocacy skills’

Jonathan Adkin QC - 'A real heavyweight in insolvency law, who sees the angles quickly'

Philip Marshall QC - ‘He is very helpful, easy to work with and goes the extra mile’

Daniel Lightman QC - 'He has a brain the size of a really big planet'

James Mather - 'He brings real intellectual firepower, rigour and tenacity to a case'

Ruth den Besten - ‘Particularly recommended for winding-up cases’

Ruth Jordan - ‘Very creative and industrious, she works hard to achieve clients' objectives’

Timothy Collingwood - ‘He is enthusiastic and always has a fine grasp of the commercial details’

News

13.12.2017

We are delighted to be supporting the KNect365 Law Funds... more

08.12.2017

We are delighted that James Mather has been named Insolvency... more

24.11.2017

The Legal 500 UK Awards shortlist has been announced and... more

16.11.2017

Serle Court hosted another very successful International Trusts and Commercial... more

27.07.2017

As we announced earlier this year, Serle Court’s International Trusts and... more

20.06.2017

Serle Court hosted a successful Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference... more

16.05.2017

We announced earlier this year that Serle Court’s Trusts and... more

17.03.2017

The latest edition of Chambers Global is now available online... more

13.02.2017

Leading Chancery and Commercial set Serle Court announces the return... more

17.11.2016

Serle Court hosted a very successful International Trusts and Commercial... more

15.07.2016

We announced earlier this year that Serle Court’s International Trusts... more

25.05.2016

The latest edition of Chambers Global is now available online... more

07.03.2016

Leading commercial and chancery set Serle Court today announces the... more

04.03.2016

The latest edition of SerleSpeak is now available to download... more

11.05.2015

The latest edition of Chambers Global is now available online... more

10.03.2015

The latest edition of SerleSpeak is now available to download... more

01.12.2014

Serle Court hosted a second successful conference in Cayman on... more

30.10.2014

The latest Chambers & Partners directory was published on 30... more

03.10.2014

Prof. Jonathan Harris will be chairing an IBC conference on... more

01.10.2014

The Legal 500 UK Awards shortlist for 2014 has been... more

01.10.2014

The 2014 Legal 500 directory was published on 1 October... more

07.12.2012

  Serle Court hosted a very successful conference in Cayman... more

01.11.2012

The 2013 Chambers & Partners directory was published on 1... more

20.09.2012

We have had another excellent set of results in the... more

22.05.2012

Lance Ashworth QC – whose practice covers commercial, insolvency, company,... more

21.09.2011

In the new edition of the Legal 500 directory, Serle... more

07.09.2010

In the new edition of the Legal 500 directory, Serle... more

09.09.2009

In the new edition of the Legal 500 directory, Serle... more

21.01.2009

The 2009 conference has an impressive list of speakers including... more

Notable Cases

Shlosberg v Avonwick [2016] EWHC 1001 (Ch)

Philip Marshall QC and James Mather, assisted by Oliver Jones,... more

Lehman Brothers Limited [2017] UKSC 38; [2017] B.C.C.235

Ruth den Besten appeared in the Supreme Court in the... more

Joint Stock Company Aeroflot - Russian Airlines v Berezovsakaya [2014] EWCA Civ 431

Administration of estates; Confidential information; Confidentiality agreements; Court-appointed receivers; Creditors'... more

Kea Investments Ltd v Novatrust Ltd BVIHC (Com) 2014/46; [2014] EWHC 4061 (Ch)

A cross-border joint venture dispute involving proceedings in England and... more

Lictor Anstalt v Mir Steel UK [2014] EWHC 3316 (Ch)

Successful claim on behalf of  the owners of a steel... more

Pace Europe Ltd v Dunham [2012] BPIR 836

Appeal to the High Court regarding the issue of the... more

Millhouse Capital UK Ltd and Abramovich v Sibir Energy plc [2008] EWHC 2614 (Ch), [2009] 1 BCLC 298

Even had there been merit in a US$4bn fraud claim... more

Yugraneft v Roman Abramovich 2008 Commercial Court (Clarke J) ALLER (D) 299 (Oct)

Reverse summary judgment obtained against a Russian company which claimed... more

Re Lexi Holdings Plc [2008] EWCA Crim 1443

A debt owed to an unsecured third party can only... more

Yugraneft v Abramovich (2008, Christopher Clarke J)

Alan Boyle QC and Richard Walford appeared in the continuing... more

Stow v Stow [2008] Ch 461

The trustees brought a claim for declaratory relief to which... more

Re Lexi Holdings Plc [2007] EWCA 1501 (Mummery and Chadwick LJJ)

Held that the Court could disbelieve affidavit evidence as incredible... more

Re Lexi Holdings Plc [2007] EWHC 2652 (Briggs J) and [2009] EWCA Civ 117

Held that a company director who knows of some instances... more

Re City Group Ltd, Secretary of State for Trade & Industry v Gee & Ors [2007] EWHC 350 (Ch), [2007] All ER (D) 343 (Feb) [2008] B.C.C. 76

The first defendant was the majority shareholder, and executive chairman... more

Sisu v Tucker [2006] BPIR 154

Whether a minority creditor was unfairly prejudiced by the terms... more

Gil v Baygreen Properties Ltd (in liquidation) [2005] BPIR 95

Claim by creditor of company against director for breach of... more

Buchler v Almidani [2005] All ER (D) 273

Application by trustee in bankruptcy against the bankrupt's brother for... more

Sisu v Tucker [2006] 1 All ER 167

In proceedings to which Administrators and Liquidators were parties, and... more

Re Plummer [2004] B.P.I.R. 767

P sought to have a bankruptcy petition set aside. An... more

Raja v Goodman [2000] Ch 274

Case concerning the validity of the variation of an individual... more

Re Carman Construction Ltd [2000] BPIR 371

Case involving a winding up petition presented by the supervisor... more


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