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Contentious & Claims Validation

Speed is of the essence when fraud and related causes of action are uncovered and our team is experienced in all forms of contentious insolvency cases, and adept at achieving results quickly.

We pride ourselves on our ability to add value and to act in partnership with our clients to obtain successful outcomes, assisting in the strategy and sharing the risk where appropriate.

We are involved in a comprehensive range of investigatory and civil recovery actions, as well as procedural court applications and criminal compensatory processes in insolvency cases.

We also act for insolvency practitioners in bringing claims in mainly non-contentious cases to ease through the resolution of those estates, and defending office holders in claims made against them, as well as representing and protecting the positions of key creditors in distressed financial scenarios.

Our Contentious & Claims Validation Work

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  • UK & Europe
  • Karen Millen

    Acting for the trustee in bankruptcy of Karen Millen in investigating her assets and assisting in realising the same, as well as advising on the pursuit and resolution of various claims arising in the estate, including in the Court of Appeal.

    United Kingdom

    Longmeade Limited

    Acting for the liquidators of Longmeade Limited, a group company in the Lehman Brothers estate. We recently made an application to court for directions on the conduct of a prospective claim in negligence against the Official Receiver and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The consequent judgement of Snowden J was the first time that the English courts have examined the effect of the recent changes to the Insolvency Act, which removed the requirement for liquidators to obtain...

    United Kingdom

    Telent Technology Services Limited

    Acting for telent Technology Services Limited (“telent”) in respect of insolvency issues arising out of the compulsory liquidation of telent's joint venture partner, Carillion Utilities Services Limited and its ultimate parent, Carillion plc, in respect of  multi-million pound ongoing customer contracts for support and maintenance of critical national infrastructure and installation of superfast broadband, including contracts with British Telecommunications plc.

    United Kingdom

    Cartel activity claims

    Cartel activity claims: reviewing claims arising from European Commission decisions on cartel activity and advising the liquidators of two companies in relation to the same

    United Kingdom

    Derby United Credit Union

    Acting for the administrators of the Derby United Credit Union. The administration is one of the first of a credit union following changes to the relevant legislation in 2014

    United Kingdom

    Hachette Group

    Acting for the Hachette group of publishing companies in protecting their proprietary interests in stock supplied to Woolworths, Borders, Hughes & Hughes and British Book Shops. Obtaining a judgment on the Borders case ensuring the protection of Hachette’s ownership of the stock and delivery up of relevant information.

    United Kingdom

    Administration of Speedferries Limited

    Securing the release of a fast ferry from arrest in France via applications in both English and French courts, and dealing with various claims to rights of ownership over the vessel during an administration, including selling the vessel through judicial sale in the admiralty court.

    France

    Acting for a credit insurer of major financial institutions

    Acting for a credit insurer of major financial institutions in respect of its claims in one of Europe's largest ever restructurings.

    Spain

    Acting for the liquidators of Save Service Stations

    Robinson and Others v AIG and Others: acting for the liquidators of Save Service Stations in applying to the High Court for directions as to the correct distribution of realisations of GBP 40 million in the estate, having regard to subordination clauses in certain finance documents. Succeeding on all issues, including the correct application of the rule in Cherry v Boultbee, in the Court of Appeal

    United Kingdom

    High profile travel industry fraud

    Representing ABTA in a high profile travel industry fraud, involving coordinating a successful application for significant compensation in the Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

    United Kingdom
  • Sturgeon Central Asia Balanced Fund

    Acting for the joint provisional liquidators of a solvent investment fund on various issues, including recognition of their foreign proceeding, their investigations following the same, and a subsequent termination application in respect of the recognition.

     

    Bermuda

    Value Discovery Partners

    Acting for the dissolution trustees of a BVI limited partnership on certain issues in the solvent liquidation of the same. Actions include dealing with and defending the estate, as appropriate, in relation to claims made by former professional advisors; and also acting for certain warrantors in Serbia on the sale of a portfolio of significant assets of the partnership

    British Virgin Islands

    Saad Investments

    Acting for the liquidators of an investment fund which is one of multiple defendants in a $9.2 billion fraud claim in the Grand Court in Cayman. Actions include obtaining an order from the High Court in London for recognition of the liquidation of the fund as a foreign proceeding under the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations; and following recognition, using section 236 of the Insolvency Act to obtain extensive documentation from financial institutions to assist the liquidators in the...

    Cayman Islands

    Lehman Brothers

    Acting for the liquidators of various estates in the Lehman Group. Actions have included reviewing the terms of a US plan of reorganisation in respect of various estates and advising on its impact on distributions to a UK estate; considering and advising on claims on behalf of a UK estate against various third parties and negotiating a multiparty release of rights and obligations under sale documentation, relating to mortgage backed securities

    United States
  • Karen Millen

    Acting for the trustee in bankruptcy of Karen Millen in investigating her assets and assisting in realising the same, as well as advising on the pursuit and resolution of various claims arising in the estate, including in the Court of Appeal.

    United Kingdom

    Longmeade Limited

    Acting for the liquidators of Longmeade Limited, a group company in the Lehman Brothers estate. We recently made an application to court for directions on the conduct of a prospective claim in negligence against the Official Receiver and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The consequent judgement of Snowden J was the first time that the English courts have examined the effect of the recent changes to the Insolvency Act, which removed the requirement for liquidators to obtain...

    United Kingdom

    Telent Technology Services Limited

    Acting for telent Technology Services Limited (“telent”) in respect of insolvency issues arising out of the compulsory liquidation of telent's joint venture partner, Carillion Utilities Services Limited and its ultimate parent, Carillion plc, in respect of  multi-million pound ongoing customer contracts for support and maintenance of critical national infrastructure and installation of superfast broadband, including contracts with British Telecommunications plc.

    United Kingdom

    Cartel activity claims

    Cartel activity claims: reviewing claims arising from European Commission decisions on cartel activity and advising the liquidators of two companies in relation to the same

    United Kingdom

    Derby United Credit Union

    Acting for the administrators of the Derby United Credit Union. The administration is one of the first of a credit union following changes to the relevant legislation in 2014

    United Kingdom

    Hachette Group

    Acting for the Hachette group of publishing companies in protecting their proprietary interests in stock supplied to Woolworths, Borders, Hughes & Hughes and British Book Shops. Obtaining a judgment on the Borders case ensuring the protection of Hachette’s ownership of the stock and delivery up of relevant information.

    United Kingdom

    Administration of Speedferries Limited

    Securing the release of a fast ferry from arrest in France via applications in both English and French courts, and dealing with various claims to rights of ownership over the vessel during an administration, including selling the vessel through judicial sale in the admiralty court.

    France

    Acting for a credit insurer of major financial institutions

    Acting for a credit insurer of major financial institutions in respect of its claims in one of Europe's largest ever restructurings.

    Spain

    Acting for the liquidators of Save Service Stations

    Robinson and Others v AIG and Others: acting for the liquidators of Save Service Stations in applying to the High Court for directions as to the correct distribution of realisations of GBP 40 million in the estate, having regard to subordination clauses in certain finance documents. Succeeding on all issues, including the correct application of the rule in Cherry v Boultbee, in the Court of Appeal

    United Kingdom

    High profile travel industry fraud

    Representing ABTA in a high profile travel industry fraud, involving coordinating a successful application for significant compensation in the Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

    United Kingdom

Our Contentious & Claims Validation team

Susie Abdel-Nabi
Susie Abdel-Nabi

Partner

Mohammed Aldowish
Mohammed Aldowish

Partner

Vicente Bañuelos Rizo
Vicente Bañuelos Rizo

Partner

Clinton Cameron
Clinton Cameron

Partner

Keith Conway
Keith Conway

Partner

Lauren Fine
Lauren Fine

Partner

Keith Hutchison
Keith Hutchison

Partner

Duncan Lockhart
Duncan Lockhart

Partner

Jorge Meneses
Jorge Meneses

Partner

Rosie Ng
Rosie Ng

Partner

Prakash Pillai
Prakash Pillai

Managing Director of Clasis LLC

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