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VWV

NARROW QUAY HOUSE, NARROW QUAY, BRISTOL, BS1 4QA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 925 2020
Fax:
Fax 0117 925 2025
DX:
7831 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk

Ed Husband

Tel:
Work 0117 314 5233
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk
VWV

Work Department

Litigation and Employment

Position

Partner

Career

How Can Ed Help You?

Ed leads our Litigation & Recoveries team in Bristol, which provides clients with a coordinated approach to commercial disputes, insolvency & restructuring and debt recovery.

Ed has nearly 20 years' experience in seeking to resolve often complex commercial disputes and in advising on other issues arising out of financial distress, business breakdown and insolvency.

Given the often difficult circumstances in which he is instructed, Ed strives to provide consistent, pragmatic and commercial advice to clients, often on matters which necessarily involve alternative fee arrangements.

Ed's main practice areas involve him advising on all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency, contractual and corporate disputes (including guarantee, shareholder and warranty claims), asset and debt recovery (including the effective use of statutory demands and winding-up-petitions), professional negligence and on claims involving company directors (including CDDA/directors' disqualification and misfeasance claims). He also has significant experience in advising on energy litigation, and regularly advises on procurement disputes under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (both in court proceedings and on a discrete basis).

Meeting Your Needs

As the different practice areas in which Ed works overlap and complement each other, he looks to provide you with clearly thought out and effective commercial advice. In particular, Ed looks for solutions that avoid protracted litigation where possible and prides himself on his straightforward and commercial approach to advising clients and to resolving business disputes.

Ed is often involved in assisting clients in resolving matters through the effective use of mediation, as well as in taking urgent injunctive action to locate and protect assets (freezing, search and seizure orders). He and his team are also willing to consider alternative fee structures for undertaking work for certain cases, including third party funding, conditional fee arrangements and damage based agreements.

What Others Say

Ed and his team are regularly instructed by a wide range of long standing clients, including a wide range of accountancy firms and insolvency practitioners, one of the Big Six energy suppliers, companies in a wide range of sectors, directors, independent schools, charities and shareholders and partners in dispute.

Ed has been recognised in the legal directories for a number of years for his restructuring, litigation, professional negligence and commercial debt recovery work. A selection of the directory feedback he has received in recent years is set out below:

Chambers & Partners (2016):

"Very experienced litigator with notable experience in insolvency-related disputes."

"Very solid, very calm and very sensible - a strong adviser."

Entries in Previous Years Include:

"Has particular expertise in advising on disputes concerning financial distress and business breakdown, including contract disputes, corporate insolvency and professional negligence."

"Everything that you could want from an insolvency lawyer - calm, well delivered and practical."

Legal 500 describes Ed as "calm, experienced and reasoned" and "proactive, commercial and client focused" with "good client relationship skills."

"Someone with a great deal of insight into commercial problems" and that he is "able to cut to the nub of an issue quickly in order to help you deal with the problems and move on."

"Great all-round commercial expertise, personable service and hard work."

"He is responsive, supportive, approachable and sensible' whilst being 'commercially very strong' with a 'practical approach to his work."

"Efficient, easy to work with and always remains calm" and "provides highly practical corporate and personal insolvency advice."

Member

Ed is a committee member of R3 in the South West and regularly presents to clients and others on litigation and insolvency matters. He is also a member of our Energy law team.


London: Corporate and commercial

Partnership

Within: Partnership

VWV advises medical partnerships, accountancy practices and law firms, in addition to alternative business structures and trading partnerships. The group also has particular experience in advising medical partnerships and other healthcare clients based on the firm’s 2017 merger with Lockharts. The team is led by ‘excellent’ Jos Moule, who ‘combines legal expertise with technical application’. He is currently advising a major Welsh law firm on its full incorporation, which involves the transfer of the LLP’s business and assets to a new limited company. Nigel Puddicombe was appointed as arbitrator in a dispute involving a dental partnership. Ed Husband is also recommended for contentious matters.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

VWV is a ‘strong, approachable mid-sized firm, with a range of specialisms’ that are attractive to corporates, charities and education sector clients. Ed Husband heads the team and acted for Tudor Rose International in a £2.3m contract dispute regarding the variation of an exclusive distribution agreement. Additionally, Husband and the ‘top-notch’ senior associate Nick Martindale are advising the purchasers of mining company Miller Argent on multiple high-value litigation and arbitration claims following the clients’ acquisition of Miller Argent. The team also has handled a number of commercial disputes in the energy and utilities space and has experience in procurement litigation. Indeed, Ben Holt was involved in a number of procurement challenges in the healthcare sector and, separately, advised a private school in relation to roughly 30 years of unregistered utility services.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

VWV has strength in insolvency litigation and debt recovery claims and has won a number of new clients and panel appointments in 2017. Led by Ed Husband, the team was appointed to provide certain debt recovery services to The Bar Council, which comprises all members of the English Bar, as well as barristers chambers in England and Wales. Tabitha Cave focuses on recovery matters in the education sector and assists various schools and nurseries with school fee collections. The team is also active in the energy sector, and Dee Kundi provides ongoing support to a corporate energy supplier in relation to its collection of historical debts. Additionally, the team has seen increased instructions from private-sector corporates and has also invested heavily in its 24-hour digital debt recovery system.

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South West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

VWV handles a range of corporate and personal insolvency matters, but has particular expertise in charity restructuring, energy-sector supply chain insolvencies and insolvency litigation. Department head Ed Husband, who has experience in insolvency litigation, acted for the liquidators of Officeserve Technologies in various claims arising out of the company’s compulsory liquidation, including misfeasance and breach of duty claims against a former company director. Similary, Husband advised the trustees in a personal bankruptcy on claims against various individuals related to the bankrupt individual. In the non-contentious space, Husband advised the directors and proposed administrators of Resourceful Earth on its pre-administration actions, and continues to assist the administrators with a variety of post-administration issues. Senior associate Nick Martindale also has experience in contentious insolvencies.

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

VWV handles disputes involving financial issues, business breakdown, contract disputes, corporate insolvency, securitisation and negligent administration of pension funds. Ed Husband heads the team and is supported by partner Ben Holt and senior associate Nick Martindale, who focuses on  insolvency litigation and liquidations. The firm acted for Platform Funding, a subsidiary of the Co-operative Bank in relation to a multi-party claim against solicitors who did not report a fraudulent sale and leaseback scheme. It also acted for Platform funding in relation to a negligent valuation report with regards to a residential mortgage.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy

Within: Energy

VWV handles contentious and non-contentious instructions involving a range of renewable technologies, but is best known for its ‘invaluable knowledge of land ownership issues involving cross-country pipelines’. David Bird was instructed by Seabank Power to negotiate crossing agreements with Wessex Water and Ecotricity. Mainline Pipelines and CLH Pipeline System are among the team’s major pipeline clients. Edward Rimmell advised Hills Waste Solutions on the commercial and project agreements for its mechanical and biological treatment plant in Wiltshire. Ed Husband is a key contact in the disputes team, which has also been involved in various contentious matters for energy companies and energy purchasers. Jason Prosser heads the department.

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