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Joseph Curl QC specialises in commercial Chancery, with the emphasis on insolvency. He also practises in the areas of banking and financial services, civil fraud, mortgages and real property. Recent reported cases include Re Mark Irwin Forstater [2015] BPIR 21 (proposal for an individual voluntary arrangement deemed rejected where the creditors’ meeting improperly adjourned); Re/fo Ltd (in liquidation) v Varsani [2014] EWCA Civ 360, [2015] 1 BCLC 14 (equitable tracing of laundered assets possible even where substitutions did not occur in chronological order); Hellard and Wade (trustees of Mireskandari) v (1) Chadwick (trustee of Tehrani) (2) Jami Tehrani [2014] EWHC 2158 (Ch), [2014] BPIR 1234 (transaction at undervalue claim against a bankruptcy estate constituted a debt provable in that estate); Bramston v Riaz [2014] BPIR 42 (assets representing ‘the application’ of a transaction at undervalue were vested in a trustee in bankruptcy without further order); Credit Lucky Ltd v National Crime Agency [2014] EWHC 83 (Ch), [2014] All ER (D) 235 (Jan) (application to rescind winding-up order dismissed where the company had apparently been used by organised criminals to launder the proceeds of crime to China); Hellard v Kapoor [2013] EWHC 2204 (Ch), [2013] BPIR 7 45 (application to suspend discharge, raising complex issues concerning purported family trusts).


Between 2001 and 2007, Joseph worked full-time in the insolvency department of DLA Piper UK LLP. He is also a tutor in Equity and Trusts at Birkbeck, University of London. Recent publications include Tackling Laundering: the implications of Re/fo Limited (in liquidation) v Varsani (International Corporate Rescue, forthcoming 2015); TOUSA: Reckless Restructuring (Corporate Rescue and Insolvency 2013, 6(1), 15); Bankrupting personal guarantors: recent developments (Insolvency Intelligence 2012, 25(2), 17-22).


LLB (1st Class Honours) (London); BA (1st Class Honours) (London).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Joseph Curl KC9 Stone BuildingsTenacious and courteous advocacy style, really fights his clients’ corner, deep expertise and specialist knowledge of insolvency law.’