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Radcliffe Chambers

Restructuring/Insolvency

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Radcliffe Chambers offers expertise spanning a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including both corporate and personal insolvencies. The set houses a strong bench of barristers experienced in the handling of liquidations and administrations, as well as CVAs and directors' disqualification matters. The team is regularly instructed in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes, and its broad client base includes government bodies, financial institutions, major corporations and private individuals. Recent work handled by the set's tenants includes Re Casterbridge, a case involving a company opposing winding-up proceedings in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. Instructing solicitors note: "The set is very well run and communication at all levels is excellent - counsel are all extremely knowledgeable and good at what they do, efficiently cutting through issues to provide clear and concise advice when needed."

Client service:

"The clerks are prompt, pragmatic and honest." "The clerks have a particular expertise in recommending the right person for the job and are always willing to go that extra mile to assist." "The clerks are friendly, efficient and flexible." Senior clerks Keith Nagle and John Clark lead the clerking team.

Strengths:

Adam Deacock
Handles the full spectrum of insolvency work. He regularly appears in court and offers expert counsel to a diverse range of clients in an advisory capacity. His areas of expertise include technical restructurings and litigation concerning high-value misfeasance and fraud. He is also well regarded for his expertise in pre-emptive remedies.
"A very safe pair of hands who takes a no-nonsense approach." "He is a real lateral thinker, extremely bright and a very good advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in Re Neill, a case involving an unregulated pension scheme in Guernsey belonging to a bankrupt former Premiership footballer.

Strengths:

Christopher Boardman QC
Undertakes the full scope of insolvency work, acting in both contentious and non-contentious cases. He is regularly instructed in both corporate and personal insolvencies. He is highly effective on cross-border matters and brings to bear his experience as an international derivatives trader when advising on technical financial cases.
"An expert in insolvency - he's commercially very savvy, a clever strategist and an extremely effective advocate." "He is exceptional on his feet. He's practical, commercial and can see the bigger picture."

Strengths:

Christopher Buckley
Noted for his expert handling of both corporate and personal insolvencies. He is frequently instructed in contested administration applications, directors' disqualification proceedings and bankruptcy restriction orders. He has experience acting on behalf of a wide range of parties, including insolvent companies and individuals, creditors and insolvency office holders.
"He is a specialist in insolvency matters." "He is very intelligent and very good on the details - an effective advocate."
Recent work: Acted for five of the former directors of Keeping Kids Company in directors' disqualification proceedings brought against them by the government following the collapse into insolvency of the well-known children's charity.

Strengths:

Dawn McCambley
Enjoys a strong reputation in the insolvency arena, given her evident expertise in areas such as misfeasance, wrongful trading and transaction avoidance. She is notably strong in matters centring on fraud. Her advocacy style is praised by instructing solicitors.
"She is technically exceptional and has an excellent advocacy style." "She is precise and very good on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for the former liquidators of Callan Education Group in a contested application concerning their remuneration.

Strengths:

James Morgan QC
An experienced silk with recognised expertise in the insolvency field. He has significant experience of appearing before the High Court in complex proceedings, and displays strength in the handling of misfeasance claims and administrations.
"Technically he's fantastic and he's always well prepared. He's also very persuasive and has the ear of the judges."
Recent work: Acted for the creditors in their application to place Lingerie Outlet into administration.

Strengths:

Kate Rogers
Offers expertise in both corporate and personal insolvencies, and is regularly instructed in cases involving allegations of misfeasance, wrongful trading and transactions at an undervalue. She has significant experience of appearing before the High Court in contested winding-up petitions.
"Very strong technically and a good advocate." "She is not only helpful in terms of delivering advice, but is also so down to earth, approachable and professional."
Recent work: Acted for the trustee in bankruptcy in Duncan Lyle v (1) Mr Bedborough (2) Mrs Bedborough, an action against a bankrupt and his wife for recovery of the bankrupt's interest in the matrimonial home.

Strengths:

Katie Longstaff
Up-and-coming junior with a broad corporate and personal insolvency practice. She fields particular expertise in cross-border matters and has significant experience acting as sole counsel for insolvency office holders, companies and individuals in the High Court.
"Katie is an extremely knowledgeable insolvency barrister who isn't afraid to go not just the extra mile, but an extra 100 miles. She is extremely sharp on the law, and that knowledge - combined with her personable nature and clear and succinct advocacy - attracts and wins the confidence of the judiciary."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for the trustees in Lau v Cowley, where it was found that the court did have the power to retrospectively validate the service of an application for recognition in Great Britain under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006.

Strengths:

Matthew Weaver
Highly regarded for his broad insolvency expertise. His practice spans the gamut of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters, and he is regularly instructed to act on behalf of creditors, administrators, liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy, among other parties.
"His work is always top-rate and he's probably the most amenable barrister at the Bar." "An insolvency heavyweight - he is very approachable, technically very good, understands what clients need and thinks outside of the box." "Very approachable and pragmatic."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of a large chicken production company in a substantial claim against its former director.

Strengths:

Reuben Comiskey
Able junior with a strong grounding in commercial chancery matters. He is well placed to advise on both corporate and personal insolvency cases, and also offers significant expertise in fraud-related matters. He is particularly adept at handling misfeasance claims.
"A calm and erudite advocate." "He has an excellent reputation in the insolvency field."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators in Flatman v Wiles, an appeal brought by a director against an order for him to repay approximately GBP375,000 paid out to him shortly before administration.

Strengths:

Tina Kyriakides
Rated highly in the insolvency space, where she is noted for her pragmatism and flair in court. Her insolvency expertise is wide-ranging, including administration, voluntary arrangements and directors' disqualification proceedings. She has considerable experience representing clients in both corporate and personal insolvency cases. She also sits as a deputy Insolvency and Companies Court judge.
"She is extremely user-friendly, while also being very thorough and knowledgeable. She is also really, really good on strategy and steps into the client's shoes when giving advice."
Recent work: Acted for Gate Ventures in dismissing an application for an administration order made by a creditor who claimed that he was owed the sum of GBP2.5 million.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Restructuring/Insolvency


Christopher Boardman QC
New Silks
James Morgan QC
Band 5

Juniors

UK

Restructuring/Insolvency


Adam Deacock
Band 4
Christopher Buckley
Band 5
Dawn McCambley
Band 4
Kate Rogers
Band 5

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