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Led by a dedicated silk, the Guildhall insolvency team is one of the largest insolvency teams with a national reputation outside of London. The 15-strong team provide specialist advocacy and advice on all aspects of contentious insolvency law. All team members also advise on non-contentious insolvency issues, corporate recovery and turnaround, including: 

  • Corporate insolvency from administrations, liquidations to asset recovery.
  • Personal insolvency law, from individual voluntary arrangements to advising trustees in bankruptcy.
  • Corporate and partnership break-up and shareholder disputes.
  • Directors' liabilities and prosecuting and defending directors' disqualification proceedings.
  • Disciplinary matters concerning Insolvency Practitioners, and Insolvency Practitioner's liability.
  • Acting for Official Receivers, HM Revenue & Customs and the Treasury Solicitor.
  • EC Insolvency Regulation and UNCITRAL Model Law on Insolvency Proceedings.


The team is instructed by leading firms of insolvency lawyers, insolvency office holders and regulatory bodies. It is recognised by clients and the leading legal directories for its depth of specialisation and the quality of its legal advice whilst retaining a commercial approach to complex problems. The team is supported by experienced and dedicated insolvency clerks, headed by Justin Emmett, recognised individually as "exceptional" in Chambers UK on more than one occasion.