Exchange Chambers

Restructuring/Insolvency Department

Northern (Bar)
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Exchange Chambers has an excellent reputation for its handling of both corporate and personal insolvencies and complex restructuring matters. The set houses a strong bench of senior and junior barristers, and offers significant expertise in administrations, contested winding-up petitions and liquidations. Members are also well versed in directors' disqualification and misfeasance proceedings. The team is regularly instructed in both domestic and cross-border insolvency cases.

Client service: "The whole team is very user-friendly." "The clerks are very good - they have never let me down and don't overcommit their barristers." Nick Buckley is the senior clerk in Manchester.


Carly Sandbach

Undertakes contentious corporate and personal insolvency work as part of her broader commercial litigation practice. She demonstrates skill in areas such as breach of directors' duties and cases containing fraud elements. She possesses additional experience in cases comprising professional negligence claims arising from insolvency. She is also regularly instructed by the Secretary of State in public interest winding-up petitions.
Strengths: "She is technically excellent and a very, very good advocate." "She can be a real fighter when she needs to be, but is also very polished and very clever." "Always very well prepared and will really fight her client's corner."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning the ability of directors/companies to appoint administrators out of court and out of hours.


David Mohyuddin QC

As an insolvency expert, he is particularly well equipped to handle matters across the board, such as public interest winding-up petitions and directors' disqualification proceedings. He is popular with clients for his work on contentious cases, frequently advising on disputes surrounding liquidations and allegations of fraud arising from insolvency. He is also noted for his expertise in asset recovery.
Strengths: "A pleasure to work with - he 's quick to respond to queries and is unflappable in court. His written submissions are always succinct, and his cross-examination is thorough and tenacious." "He's really bright, a good team player and very approachable."
Recent work: Acted for the respondents in Gwinnutt v George and Another, an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning whether barristers' fees earned under the old (pre-2013) regime were property falling within a bankrupt barrister's estate or were outside the estate because there was no way of enforcing payment.


Giles Maynard-Connor

Primarily handling corporate fraud and contentious insolvency cases, he is regularly instructed in high-profile, complex matters. Known as a fierce litigator, he also works on behalf of insolvency practitioners on high-value bankruptcy cases, and for office holders on issues related to winding-up petitions.
Strengths: "He is excellent with clients, and solicitors really rate his service levels." "He is a very good advocate - aggressive when he needs to be and very confident when he speaks in court." "Very detailed and thorough."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State in a complex directors' disqualification case.


Ian Tucker

Noted for his broad commercial and chancery litigation practice with a sharp insolvency focus, he is building a solid reputation for effectively handling contentious matters. Matters he regularly advises on include claims of misfeasance against directors and disputes revolving around personal insolvency.
Strengths: "Very impressive both on paper and on his feet." "He is clever, persuasive and thorough." "He's incredibly intelligent - a walking encyclopedia for cases." "Very user-friendly and provides clear advice."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidator of an MVL to determine whether a Deed of Tax Indemnity entered into between the liquidator and the former director/shareholders of the company at the time of it entering into MVL is apt to cover a debt due to HMRC.


Mark Cawson QC

Stands out for his adept representation of both corporates and individuals in complex insolvency cases. He numbers banks, office holders and government departments among his impressive roster of clients. He is especially well known for his ability to deal with cross-border corporate insolvency.
Strengths: "He's good with clients and has a very calm manner." "An iron first in a silk glove." "He's absolutely excellent and very well respected."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant directors who, on the advice of their accountants, had entered into various tax schemes which resulted in the company owing significant sums to HMRC. The liquidators of the company brought a £5 million claim for damages for breach of fiduciary duty against the directors.


Richard Tetlow

A well-regarded junior noted for his expertise spanning both corporate and personal insolvencies. He acts for insolvency office holders and company directors, and is particularly adept at handling cases involving allegations of directors' misfeasance. 
Strengths: "He is very approachable and very user-friendly."