Richard Ascroft > Chambers of Anna Vigars KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers

Work Department

Insolvency; commercial; company law; company directors disqualification; banking and financial services.


Richard is a barrister who specialises in insolvency law, company law and commercial litigation. He has over 20 years advisory and advocacy experience and has appeared in courts at all levels including the House of Lords. Richard is identified in the major legal directories as a leading junior in his chosen fields and was on the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for 16 years. He is also a contributor to the leading work on directors’ disqualification.


Called 1995, Lincoln’s Inn. Admitted barrister and solicitor, High Court of New Zealand 1990; junior counsel to the Crown (A-G’s provincial panel) 2002 to date. Contributing editor, ‘Mithani: Directors’ Disqualification’.

Richard has a comprehensive knowledge of the Insolvency Act 1986 and related legislation and acts on behalf of debtors (individuals and companies), office holders, bankrupts and directors. His practice involves all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency including:

  • Company director disqualification proceedings
  • Bankruptcy Restriction Orders and Debt Relief Restriction Orders
  • Misfeasance claims (breaches of trust and breaches of duty)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Transaction avoidance claims (voidable preferences, transactions at an undervalue; transactions defrauding creditors)
  • Administrations
  • Voluntary liquidations
  • Voluntary arrangements
  • Unlawful returns of capital
  • Prohibited names (s 216 of the Insolvency Act 1986)

Recent work includes:

  • Acting for Asil Nadir’s trustee in bankruptcy
  • Advising a major electronics retailer on the enforceability of a reservation of title clause against administrators
  • Securing permission for an undischarged bankrupt to act as a company director
  • Obtaining the release from disqualification undertakings of two former Farepark directors
  • Advising in relation to alleged breach of duty by the former partners of an LLP


R3, Chancery Bar Association, Insolvency Lawyers’ Association.


Otago University, New Zealand (LLB (Hons); Oxford University, Keble College (BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard AscroftGuildhall ChambersRichard is a highly experienced insolvency barrister. He has a wide understanding of the law, comes across well in court and is popular with clients.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard AscroftGuildhall ChambersHe has a good technical and practical grasp of the issues in a case. An approachable barrister.’