Company and insolvency in Regional Bar
'Regularly top of the list when choosing counsel', 18 St John Street Chambers' Jennifer Newstead Taylor specialises is regularly instructed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in insolvency processings, including public interest winding up petitions, applications for bankruptcy restrictions orders (BROs), and directors’ disqualification proceedings. She is also instructed by the Official Receiver in BROs and is praised by clients for being 'bright, enthusiastic, and a great team player'.
The Manchester arm of 23 Essex Street is home to 'sharp advocate' Tom Gosling who has a predominantly company law-based practice, advising and representing parties in shareholder and LLP disputes. These include contractual claims, breach of trust or fiduciary duty, winding-up, and unfair prejudice petitions. Recent instructions of note include London Borough of Camden & Preston City Council v Saint Benedict’s Land Trust Limited, the first reported case to consider whether failure to verify a winding-up petition in accordance with rr.7.6,7.7 and 7.9 Insolvency Rules 2016 rendered the petition a nullity. Claire Bunbury also comes highly recommended in the field of insolvency and restructuring.
'Top set in the North West', Exchange Chambers has 'excellent strength in depth' in the fields of company and insolvency law. In recent instructions of note, Mark Cawson QC has been acting for defendant directors in respect of £5m-plus claim for damages for breach of fiduciary duty brought by the liquidators of a company in liquidation. He also led Ian Tucker in acting for creditor and preferential shareholder on a successful application for an administration order, the purpose of which was to enable a conspiracy claim, potentially in excess of £100m, to be pursued against another former director and secured creditor. Also at the junior end, Carly Sandbach appeared in Keyworker Homes (North West) Limited, a landmark High Court decision on the ability of directors/companies to appoint administrators out of court and out of hours.
Kings Chambers is 'the best set in the North of England' for company and insolvency work according to some solicitors. In the company arena, the set's members handle a broad range of matters, including unfair prejudice actions and shareholder disputes, while they also act on behalf of officeholders, companies, directors, and debtors, offering advice on contentious, non-contentious, personal, and corporate insolvency. Chambers has a wealth of talent at the senior end with Lesley Anderson QC, Mark Harper QC, David Casement QC, and Paul Chaisty QC all seen as leaders in the field. Louis Doyle and Andrew Grantham strengthened the senior ranks after both were elevated to silk in the first quarter of 2020. At the junior end, Neil Berragan and Martin Budworth are the names to note.