Christopher regularly appears in the Companies and Bankruptcy Courts and his practice includes all aspects of insolvency litigation, both corporate and personal, including applications for directions; contested petitions and administration applications; directors’ disqualification and bankruptcy restrictions orders; proceedings for misfeasance and/or breach of duty, fraudulent and/or wrongful trading and transaction avoidance; insolvent estates (of deceased persons); and insolvent charities.
He acts on behalf office holders; directors; companies; individuals; creditors; and, as Junior Counsel to the Crown, a range of government departments and agencies, including the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Official Receiver and HMRC.
Cases and Work of Note
Rowntree Ventures Ltd v Oak Property Partners Ltd  EWCA Civ 1944 (Civ). An appeal as to the correct approach to the discretion the court exercises when it considers whether it should make an administration order under Schedule B1 of the Insolvency Act 1986. Appearing for the recently appointment liquidators of Oak Property Partners Ltd as respondent to the appeal.
Officeserve Technologies Ltd  EWHC 906 (Ch);  BCC 363. Hearing of application by Officeserve Technologies Ltd for an administration order to be made in respect of it and a winding-up petition presented by a creditor, the issue being whether a better return for creditors would be achieved via an administration or a compulsory liquidation. Acting for Bird & Bird LLP and FRP Advisory Ltd supporting the administration application and seeking their pre-administration costs.
Re PD Verwaltungs GmbH (2017). Representing the English liquidators of a German registered company seeking a stay of proceedings brought by two creditors of the company in Germany seeking to enforce their debts against the company’s assets in Germany.
Re Caledonian Commodities Ltd; Re Caledonian Ltd  EWHC 2854 (Ch). Acting for the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy seeking the winding up of the companies in the public interest, pursuant to section 124A of the Insolvency Act 1986, on the basis they had had mis-sold investments to members of the public, including precious metals, carbon credits, rare earth metals and coloured diamonds.
Taylor v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills  EWHC 1953 (Ch);  2 BCLC 350. Acting for Mr Taylor seeking to reduce the period of a disqualification undertaking given by him pursuant to section 8A of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. Only the second reported application under such section.
Advising the joint liquidators of a charity as to the rights the charity had in respect of a multi-million pound will trust.
Advising a group of approximately 200 claimants in respect of the impact of the T&N/Federal-Mogul restructuring and their rights in respect of the trusts established as part of such restructuring.
Advising the Health and Safety Executive as to the impact of the UK Coal restructuring.
Advising the executors of an insolvent estate.
Young v Young (2014). Acting on behalf of HMRC in a high-profile ‘big money’ divorce case in which the wife was seeking to annul her husband’s bankruptcy granted on a petition presented by HMRC.
Acting on behalf of the Official Receiver in ancillary relief proceedings in the Family Division to which he had been joined in his capacity as the husband’s trustee in bankruptcy.
Official Receiver v Wilson (2014). Acting on behalf of the Official Receiver in proceedings seeking a bankruptcy restrictions order arising out of the Defendant’s conduct leading up to and following the commencement of enforcement proceedings against him by the (then) FSA. Such proceedings were for breach of the general prohibition in FSMA and resulted in the FSA obtaining a judgment for in excess of £17M and the Defendant being committed to prison for contempt for breaching interim injunctions and freezing orders.
All aspects of directors’ disqualification, including acting for the Secretary of State/Official Receiver and defendant directors; permission to act applications under both sections 11 and 17; applications under section 8A; appeals; and claims asserting personal liability for a company’s debts as a result of acting in breach of a disqualification.
“Chris has a razor sharp legal mind and a straightforward approach making him a formidable asset to instructing solicitors and lay clients alike.”