Insolvency


"Serle Court maintains its reputation as a strong player in the restructuring and insolvency market"
Chambers and Partners

Insolvency

Chambers is regarded as one of the leading sets for restructuring and insolvency work and has consistently been included in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 since the directories commenced publication. 

Chambers undertakes work in all areas of restructuring and insolvency from large corporate insolvencies to personal bankruptcy cases. Insolvency litigation involving allegations of fraud is a key area of strength, drawing on chambers’ reputation in civil fraud matters, our barristers have experience appearing before both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Members of chambers have been involved in most of the large insolvencies since the advent of the Insolvency Act 1986, including Lehman, BCCI and BHS. 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 many members have been involved in 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.

Members are frequently involved in directors’ disqualification proceedings acting both for the Government and the individual directors.

Daniel Lightman QC is the co-author of three chapters of Lightman and Moss on The Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies (Sweet & Maxwell, 6th Ed, 2017).

Serle Court was awarded 'Insolvency Set of the Year' at The Legal 500 UK Awards 2020.

In 2018, James Mather won Insolvency Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Awards and is recognised in the legal directories as an “exceptionally bright rising star of the Chancery Bar” who “brings real intellectual firepower, rigour and tenacity to a case.”

Matthew Morrison (with Advocate trustee Eleanor Holland, 4 Stone Buildings) runs PILARS, the Personal Insolvency Litigation Advice and Representation Scheme). PILARS works with Advocate to match individuals facing personal insolvency proceedings with specialist barristers who can help (often on an expedited basis). Cases include statutory demands, bankruptcy petitions, applications to annul and appeals against bankruptcy orders. PILARS also offers training and guidance to frontline agencies helping individuals with debt problems. 


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