Insolvency

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Paul French

Paul French was called in 1989. His insolvency practice covers every aspect of litigation and advice, from the bankrupt's home (especially exceptional circumstances, the equity of exoneration, transactions at an undervalue/ preferences/transactions defrauding creditors and the impact of ancillary relief claims) to multimillion pound claims by administrators (In re Unigreg Ltd, Neville (as administrator of Unigreg Ltd) v Krikorian [2006] EWCA Civ 943; [2006] BCC 937) and Re Parkside Group [2008] EWHC 3554 (Ch); [2010] BCC 309, [2009] BPIR 549). He successfully represented Exeter City Council in determining that non-domestic rates were an administration expense (re Trident Fashions Plc [2007] EWHC 400 (Ch); [2007] Bus LR 813), a case that had such an impact that the law had to be changed to avoid its consequences. He recently represented David Mond in his case against MBNA as to the meaning and effect of the IVA Protocol (Mond v MBNA [2010] EWHC 1710 (Ch); [2010] BPIR 1167).

 Paul French

He is a joint editor of the Bankruptcy and Personal Insolvency Reports (Jordans) and General Editor of Individual Voluntary Arrangements (Jordans). He contributed a chapter to the new edition of The Modern Law of Meetings (Jordans), and is in the process of co-authoring Personal Insolvency: A User's Guide (Jordans, 2011). He is a regular contributor to seminars on both personal and corporate insolvency, a full member of R3 and a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association.

With Christopher Brockman, he was the joint author of a major two-part article The Annulment of Bankruptcy Orders (2006) 19 Insolvency Intelligence 65 and 93. With Neil Levy, in 2003 he rather presciently wrote an article called The Enterprise Act 2002: preparing for the next recession? NLJ (2003) Vol. 153 No. 7089 Page 1113.

Whilst ranking him as a leading junior in insolvency, Chambers and Partners' Guide to the Legal Profession has recently described him variously as "a brilliant barrister with an encyclopedic knowledge of complex personal insolvency law", "quick thinking and good under pressure", "user friendly and proficient in technical matters", "highly talented", "incredibly tenacious, enthusiastic and creative in providing solutions to problems", "approachable" and "a pleasure to deal with", presenting "a combination of sheer hard work, great communication skills and pragmatism". The 2011 edition describes him as "incredibly quick", appreciated by clients for "his enthusiasm and his fantastic brain" and amongst "a number of fine juniors" at Guildhall Chambers. The Legal 500 has described him as a "counsel of choice for insolvency - a good brain and great to deal with."

Katie Gibb

Katie specialises in insolvency and commercial law. She deals with all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency work and has a particular interest in disputes with a partnership or an employment aspect. In 2007, Katie was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and undertakes company directors’ disqualification proceedings. She is recommended in Chambers UK and the Legal 500.
http://www.guildhallchambers.co.uk/

 Katie Gibb

Simon Passfield

Simon has a dedicated insolvency practice. He undertakes litigation and advisory work in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency law. He is recommended in Chambers UK 2014 as having "developed a strong reputation in the market for both his excellent advocacy and his advisory work" and for offering essential guidance in getting to the issue quickly and enabling a speedy resolution".

http://www.guildhallchambers.co.uk/

 Simon Passfield

Stefan Ramel

Stefan's practice encompasses corporate and personal insolvency law with a particular specialism in cross-border work. He is a member of R3 and the ILA. In November 2010 he was appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Regional Junior Counsel to the Crown. He is also a contributor to Gore-Browne on Companies published by Jordans. He is recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers UK. Stefan has recently acted in the Wind Hellas insolvency.

http://www.guildhallchambers.co.uk/

 

 Stefan Ramel

John Tribe 

John Tribe LL.B LL.M Ph.D  is the KPMG Principal Lecturer in Restructuring at Kingston University Law School. Following completion of postgraduate work at University College London, where he was awarded the Joseph Hume Scholarship in Law, John was appointed to his first academic post at Kingston Law School in August 2003 as a Lecturer in Law. John was the curator of a display on the history of bankruptcy at the Royal Courts of Justice (2010-2011) and is an editorial board member of Butterworths' Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, an Advisory Board Member of Mithani: Directors Disqualification, LexisNexis (looseleaf), and a consultant editor of Jordan Publishing's Bankruptcy and Personal Insolvency Reports.

John has published widely on personal insolvency, corporate insolvency and bankruptcy history. In 2006 he gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament on bankruptcy reform and his work has been supportively cited by a number of his senior colleagues. An experienced media commentator, he has appeared on BBC television and given a number of quotes to the national press on personal insolvency matters. John has undertaken commissioned research for the Insolvency Service (2005 and 2007), Grant Thornton (2007), KPMG (2009), Baker Tilly (2011) and the London Gazette (2012 - ongoing).

John Tribe