Amit Gupta > Chambers of James Pickering KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Pickering KC
Enterprise Chambers
9 OLD SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3SR
England

Position

Amit has a strong commercial and chancery practice with a heavy emphasis on contentious insolvency (corporate insolvency, LLPs, partnerships and bankruptcy), commercial disputes, company law (including directors’ duties, shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice petitions), company directors’ disqualification proceedings and bank recovery proceedings (charges, mortgages, guarantees and indemnities). He has considerable experience of directors’ disqualification proceedings, having been appointed to the Attorney General’s CDDA provincial B Panel. He frequently represents the Secretary of State and directors.

Amit has a strong following of solicitors and lay clients that will always choose him for their work. He prides himself on giving clear and practical advice, quickly absorbing complicated instructions in order to give clear bite-sized advice whilst sharing the workload with his instructing solicitors. Amit is regarded as being user-friendly and accessible.

 

Insolvency work forms the majority of Amit’s practice and includes all aspects of company, LLP, partnership and individual insolvency. His experience ranges from applications to set aside statutory demands, injunctions, bankruptcy petitions, administration applications, antecedent transaction claims (misfeasance, TUVs, preferences, s.423 IA 1986), unlawful dividends and distributions, voting appeals, wrongful trading and all other areas of insolvency.
He has appeared in the High Court on numerous occasions in applications seeking to cure defective out of court administration appointments, high value contested bankruptcy petitions, bankruptcy tourism cases, contested applications to annul and misfeasance trials.

He acts for individuals, companies, partnerships, LLP’s, unincorporated associations, banks, accountants and most often insolvency practitioners.

Amit has considerable experience in commercial litigation, which makes up a significant part of his practice and includes breach of contract claims, unfair contract terms, bank recovery proceedings, civil fraud, breach of warranty, confidential data cases, guarantees/indemnities, rectification, non-est factum and negligence.

Amit also has a wealth of CPR-based experience alongside his commercial practice, which includes (world-wide) freezing orders, security for costs, extended civil restraint orders, passport delivery-up orders, specific disclosure, relief from sanctions and appeals.

Amit appeared in the leading case of Fivestar Properties Limited [2015] EWHC 2782 (Ch.) in which the court considered the boomerang effect of restoration where a company is dissolved and the freehold of a property has been disclaimed by the Crown. Amit has also appeared in and advised on numerous claims concerning the effect of articles of association, shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions, company restoration, late registration of charges and just and equitable winding up petitions.

Amit has been appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (Midlands Panel) and has for the last 4 fours acted for the Secretary of State / Official Receiver. He also represents directors. He often advises on such claims, drafts correspondence and drafts evidence in disqualification claims and is very experienced in interim hearings and trials.

Amit is also regularly instructed to act for high street banks in litigation concerning guarantees/indemnities, securities, the recovery of assets the appointment of LPA receivers and registration of charges out of time.

Career

Called to the Bar in 2006

Memberships

Junior Counsel to the Crown (Midlands Panel)

Previously spoken at the R3 conference and the UK Insolvency Network conference.

Education

LLB at University College of London (UCL)

BVC at College of Law London (Outstanding awarded)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Amit GuptaEnterprise Chambers ‘Amit’s broad experience in a number of areas has proved useful for tackling challenging client matters. His knowledge in these areas is invaluable. He quickly achieves a client’s confidence and is prompt and efficient in dealing with his solicitor’s queries.’ 

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Amit GuptaEnterprise Chambers ‘Amit is very responsive and is very good with the clients.’