Maitland Chambers

Restructuring/Insolvency Department

London (Bar)
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Maitland Chambers houses a strong bench of barristers experienced in the handling of a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters. Members are regularly instructed to act for and advise on major domestic and cross-border corporate insolvencies, liquidations and administrations, and act for a diverse client base including both secured and unsecured creditors, insolvency practitioners and corporations. The set also also offers considerable expertise in personal insolvency matters, and members are routinely instructed to act for insolvent individuals. Insolvencies involving complex issues concerning property are also a key area of strength for the set, and in recent years its members have been instrumental in developing the law surrounding the role of landlords in relation to CVAs.

Client service: "The clerking service is outstanding." "The clerks are all very smooth and very sensible." The clerking team is led by senior clerk John Wiggs.

Catherine Addy QC

Enjoys a number of prestigious appointments, including deputy Insolvency and Companies Court judge. She exhibits skill across the full range of insolvency matters, and has been regularly instructed by government departments including HMRC, the Attorney General and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. 
Strengths: "A really good advocate with very good judgement. She has the ear of the court." "She has brilliant and encyclopedic knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for Regis Corp, the US former parent, senior secured creditor and franchisor of the UK hairdressing chain Regis UK, in relation to Regis UK entering administration.

Christopher Parker QC

Commercial chancery silk with a strong following for contentious work in the insolvency and fraud arenas. Commentators note his technical excellence and down-to-earth approach. His additional expertise in company law includes cases concerning breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder disputes.
Strengths: "A very good courtroom advocate - persuasive and tenacious." "He's cerebral, very clever and formidable in court."

Matthew Collings QC

Highly proficient practitioner who demonstrates great skill in offshore insolvency matters. He routinely handles cases that are complex, high-value and high-profile. He has significant trial and appellate experience.
Strengths: "A very effective advocate - he's very affable, presents incredibly well to the judges and is easy to listen to."
Recent work: Instructed in Wave Lending v Parmar, a successful bankruptcy appeal against a bank claiming loan repayments.

Michael Gibbon QC

Draws on his prior experience as a financier to inform his highly regarded insolvency practice. He is well known for his adept representation of stakeholders in commercial insolvency cases, while his key clients, HMRC and BIS, continue to benefit from his expertise. His broad practice encompasses both non-contentious and contentious matters.
Strengths: "He is really good at cutting through the technicalities to find a clear path to a successful resolution." "Michael is a excellent advocate. He is very pragmatic, sensible and approachable."
Recent work: Represented the third defendant, a major airline, in Goldtrail (in liquidation) v Aydin and Others. The case involved claims of dishonest assistance in relation to an alleged breach of duty/misfeasance by Aydin.

Olivier Kalfon

Offers a broad practice with notable strength in the areas of insolvency, banking and finance, and dispute resolution. He is able to draw on his merchant banking background to provide expert technical advice concerning financial litigation. Sources hail his skilled advocacy and composure in cases.
Strengths: "A very good senior junior and a solid, safe pair of hands who gets the job done." "His written work is excellent."

Rebecca Page

She regularly handles major cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal. She boasts experience in cross-border insolvencies in the British Virgin Islands. She is experienced in the handling of negligence claims both for and against insolvency practitioners.
Strengths: "She is very bright, academic and comes at problems from a clever angle." "She's very smart and a practical and lateral thinker."
Recent work: Continued to act as sole counsel for the applicant in a contested application to appoint administrators to Force India Formula One Team.

Rebecca Stubbs QC

Appears in high-profile matters, regularly representing clients in the Supreme Court and before the Privy Council. She is recognised for her broad-based experience and expertise in the field. 
Strengths: "Rebecca is a very, very effective advocate." "She is very bright and super quick to grasp details."

Rowena Page

Talented junior who is regularly instructed in matters in the High Court and county courts. She has experience acting for office holders in a range of corporate and personal insolvency matters.
Strengths: "She is very, very thorough in her preparation and extremely knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted for the local authority in Amin v Redbridge LBC, a bankruptcy case clarifying the law on costs following rescission.