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Restructuring/Insolvency

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Enterprise Chambers is a highly regarded set for restructuring and insolvency matters, and is regularly instructed to appear in complex cross-border disputes. The set houses a strong bench of barristers at both senior and junior level who are noted for their expert handling of all manner of claims arising from corporate insolvencies, from HMRC winding-up proceedings to high-value insolvency litigation. Additional areas of expertise for the team include directors' misfeasance and disqualification claims, and challenges to office holders' remuneration. Members act for a wide range of clients including administrators, liquidators, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners.

Client service:

"The clerking team is second to none - they will go above and beyond to make sure everyone is happy. Michael Ireland, the senior clerk, is a true asset to the set and will move mountains to get the job done." "The clerks are very helpful and solutions-oriented."

Strengths:

Geoffrey Zelin
A popular choice for big-ticket insolvency cases, accepting instructions from a broad client base including liquidators, receivers and administrators. His corporate insolvency expertise includes cases concerning asset recovery claims, professional negligence claims and retrospective administration orders.
"He is very good with clients, attentive to details and has the ability to think outside the box."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Stay in Style, a partnership with two partners who had been made bankrupt.

Strengths:

Hugo Groves
Handles a mixed caseload featuring both company and insolvency litigation. His recent assignments have included claims against directors and shareholder disputes. He is also adept at handling freezing order applications and claims based on failed tax avoidance schemes. He draws on his expertise as a qualified New York attorney in cases with a cross-border element involving the USA.
"He is knowledgeable and easy to work with." "He's exceptionally good - a very safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Instructed in Re John Joseph Healy, a case involving an Irish pension policy which the debtor argued did not vest an English bankruptcy.

Strengths:

James Barker
Handles the full scope of insolvency-related instructions, including matters regarding directors' misfeasance, wrongful trading and the payment of unlawful dividends. He is regularly sought out by accountancy firms, which continue to value his expert advice and representation. He also has a substantial property dispute practice, and is well versed in commercial landlord and tenant matters.
"He is an incredibly knowledgeable and experienced barrister who is always well prepared and adept at dealing with complicated matters." "An exceptional advocate. He's methodical, dedicated and persuasive - a very, very capable barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the trustee in bankruptcy of a high-profile Irish property developer in relation to claims concerning an Irish pension policy with a current value of around EUR8 million.

Strengths:

James Pickering QC
Highly sought-after practitioner at the Insolvency Bar who regularly handles high-profile, multimillion-pound disputes. His areas of expertise include guarantee claims and fraud trials, alongside the developing remit of cryptocurrency debt. He acts for a diverse portfolio of clients that includes administrators, liquidators and lenders.
"He is very charming, user-friendly and well received by the courts." "A really strong practitioner." "He is just unflappable - very reassuring and doesn't miss a detail."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators and administrators of three defrauded companies in Serious Fraud Office v Smith & Others, a dispute arising out of a commercial fraud valued at GBP220 million deriving from the sale of 37 hotels.

Strengths:

Jennifer Meech
A talented junior with experience of appearing both led and unled in a wide range of insolvency disputes. She acts for all manner of clients including banks, corporates and liquidators.
"She has a good eye for detail and a real talent for dealing with a judges - she is a star of the future."
Recent work: Acted for URT Group, a company which was subject to a winding-up petition.

Strengths:

Kavan Gunaratna  
Advises primarily on insolvency matters with a commercial or property slant. His broad practice also encompasses chancery and commercial matters. He is well liked by clients, who applaud his intelligence and top-quality advocacy. He is a popular choice for local government bodies and counts major banks and lenders among his clients.
"Ever reliable, always thoroughly prepared and an excellent strategist." "An excellent technical operator with exceptional interpersonal skills and a reassuring manner with clients."
Recent work: Instructed in proceedings for the administration and pre-pack sale of the retailer of the highly exclusive fashion designer Angelo Galasso.

Strengths:

Linden Ife
Insolvency litigation specialist with a track record of acting in cases concerning the unlawful conduct of directors. She also has experience of acting for lenders in insolvency claims involving management companies. Her robust advocacy style is particularly celebrated by interviewees.
"She's forceful when she needs to be and is incredibly intelligent. A very strong senior junior."
Recent work: Instructed in Hinton (trustee in bankruptcy) v Poole, a case involving various claims against a former director of Claims Direct, a claims management company which went into liquidation with GBP200 million in losses.

Strengths:

Niall McCulloch
Attracts abundant praise from commentators, many of whom pinpoint his thorough preparation and impressive courtroom presence. He concentrates his practice on company insolvency. He regularly handles both domestic and international matters, appearing in domestic courts such as the Court of Appeal and the High Court, as well as in the British Virgin Islands. He regularly acts for liquidators in actions brought against directors.
"A thoroughly nice barrister. He is always so well prepared and is very, very effective for his clients."
Recent work: Instructed in Aabar Block SARL and Edgeworth Capital (Luxembourg) SARL v Maud, a dispute between well-known entrepreneurs and a Sovereign Fund for the control of assets in a Spanish insolvency worth over GBP3 billion.

Strengths:

Stephen Davies QC
A highly experienced silk fielding considerable expertise in a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters. He is adept at acting for a wide range of stakeholders in insolvency litigation and is regularly instructed in high-profile and complex cases.
"A go-to silk - he thinks outside the box and is very approachable, extremely bright, and very straight with his views. He's a delight to work with."
Recent work: Instructed in Holgate v Addleshaw Goddard (Scotland), acting for a creditor and contributory of a company alleged to have been rendered insolvent by negligent advice given by the defendant solicitors.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Restructuring/Insolvency


James Pickering QC
New Silks
Stephen Davies QC
Band 5

Juniors

UK

Restructuring/Insolvency


Geoffrey Zelin
Band 5
Hugo Groves
Band 3
James Barker
Band 3
Jennifer Meech
Band 5

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