Christopher Brockman

Year of call: 1985 | Sol: 1986

 "He has been there and done it many times before and brings his experience and pragmatism to every case." "He provides services in a very commercially sensitive way, and gives advice and constructive views on the way forward."
Chambers UK 2017

Christopher Christopher

Chris practises in all areas of personal and commercial insolvency. He has been consistently recommended in Chambers UK for many years including for his "fantastic client supportiveness" and for his combination of "intellect and commercially savvy common sense." He is further "particularly praised for his "flexibility and responsiveness." One source adds "Nothing is ever too much trouble for him." He is viewed as an "innovative thinker and always thoroughly prepared."

Insolvency

Chris' practice areas include asset recovery on behalf of insolvency office holders, opposing and obtaining administration orders; compulsory winding up; freezing orders; wrongful trading/breach of directors' duties claims; 236 applications to examine directors and examination of directors; defending trustees against claims for negligence/breach of duty; Bankruptcy Restriction Orders. He acts for the Secretary of State on various applications, including Company Directors Disqualification proceedings and public interest petitions.

In the recent past Chris had been involved in several high profile personal and corporate insolvency cases and is frequently instructed by HMRC in relation to complex applications including on a number of provisional liquidations. He has also successfully defeated challenges to several, including obtaining personal cost orders against directors.

He is also an expert in the inter-relation of criminal law and the civil insolvency regime.

His recent reported decisions include:

  • 2012: Autoquake Ltd v Car Care Plan Ltd - [2012] All ER (D) 194 (Feb) Directions about valuing 5000 warranty claims in an administration.
  • 2012: Chapper v Jackson [2012] BPIR 257. Successfully defending trustee in bankruptcy in a negligence action.
  • 2013: Re SED Essex Ltd - [2013] All ER (D) 151 (Jun). Successfully defeating a challenge to the appointment of provisional      liquidators.
  • 2013: HM Revenue & Customs Commissioners v SED Essex Ltd & another [2013] All ER (D) 78 (Nov). Following an application to set aside an order appointing provisional liquidators the Court made a personal costs order against the director.
  • 2014: HM Revenue & Customs Commissioners v Winnington Networks Ltd & another company [2014] All ER (D) 207 (May). In granting without notice applications for the appointment of provisional liquidators in relation to companies suspected of fraudulent trading, the court summarised the relevant principles to be taken into account.
  • 2014: Re Chawda (In Bankruptcy) [2014] BPIR 49. A non-bankrupt wife was not entitled to assert the equity of exoneration where it would be artificial to allow her to take the benefits while simultaneously seeking to enforce the right of exoneration to his disadvantage.
  • 2014: Hellard & Another (as Trustees in Bankruptcy of Shahrokh Mireskandari) v (1) Chadwick (as Trustee in Bankruptcy of Mehrdad Jami Tehrani) & (2) Shelley Jami Tehrani [2014] BPIR 163 - Registrar Barber held that a transaction at an undervalue claim against Mr Tehrani’s estate was a claim which was a provable debt in his bankruptcy and granted a stay of the proceedings both against his estate and Mrs Tehrani as a subsequent recipient. This was upheld on appeal [2014] BPIR 1234.
  • 2014: Parkwell Investments Ltd, Re; Parkwell Investments Ltd v Wilson [2015] Bus LR 40, 164 NLJ 7634 and [2015] BPIR 74. An appeal to the FTT by a taxpayer does not oust the jurisdiction of the court to decide whether a petition debt is genuinely disputed.
  • 2014: Re France (A Bankrupt) [2014] BPIR 1448. The Court analysed the use to which information obtained on a search and seizure order could be put.
  • 2015: Winnington Networks Communications Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2015] All ER (D) 19 (May). Successfully defeating an application to dismiss a winding up petition.
  • 2015: Re Micra Contracts Ltd (in liquidation) [2015] All ER (D) 24 (Aug). Acting for the liquidator of a company on a misfeasance claim in successfully obtaining judgment against 3 directors.
  • 2015: Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Munir and others [2015] All ER (D) 133 (May). The court jailed 3 company directors for 6 months where they had paid away company funds immediately after the appointment of provisional liquidators.
  • 2015: Re The Sherlock Holmes International Society Ltd [2015] All ER (D) 130 (Oct). On an appeal by a company for against a winding up order security for costs will not automatically be ordered;
  • 2015: HMRC v Purcell & Sumnall LTL 24/11/2015 EXTEMPORE. Obtaining  personal costs order ordering the directors of a company to pay the costs of both the company which was wound up and the petitioner. 

Christopher is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers' Association, a fellow of R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals) and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Christopher is a contributor to Lexis Nexis PSL (insolvency module) and Gore-Browne on Companies, as well as the author of numerous insolvency related articles. He is also one of the authors of the Modern Law of Meetings (third edition) dealing with the insolvency section.

Recommendations


CHAMBERS 2017

Restructing/Insolvency

Leading Junior - Band 1

Dedicated insolvency specialist who is also head of the insolvency team at Guildhall Chambers. He is regularly instructed by insolvency practitioners and government departments, appearing in both local and London courts, and he is also and accredited mediator.

Strengths: "He has been there and done it many times before and brings his experience and pragmatism to every case." "He provides services in a very commercially sensitive way, and gives advice and constructive views on the way forward."

Recent work: Acted for HMRC in relation to an application which reinforced the principles upon which the court will appoint a provisional liquidator.


LEGAL 500 2016

Commercial, Banking, Insolvency & Chancery Law

Leading juniors

'An insolvency expert.'


CHAMBERS 2016

Restructing/Insolvency

Leading Junior - Band 1

Heads up the insolvency team at Guildhall Chambers. His sole focus is insolvency and he regularly advises government departments and insolvency practitioners.

Strengths: "He is a great lateral thinker and a good all-round insolvency counsel."

Recent work: Represented the wife of a bankrupt in opposing an undervalued loan account transfer to a former business partner.


LEGAL 500 2015

Commercial, Banking & Insolvency

Leading juniors

'He is knowledgeable and practical, and clients appreciate his common-sense advice.'


CHAMBERS 2015

Restructing/Insolvency

Leading Junior - Band 1

Highly regarded as an experienced and effective counsellor, capable of handling disputes in all areas of corporate and personal insolvency. He is particularly praised by sources for his willingness to "roll up his sleeves" and take charge of a dispute.

Expertise: "He is a good lateral thinker, and a good all-round insolvency counsel."

Recent work: He acted on behalf of HMRC in appointing a provisional liquidator and obtaining an urgent freezing order against a recipient of company funds.


LEGAL 500 2014

Commercial, Banking & Insolvency

Leading juniors

'He regularly deals with emergency and complex applications'.


CHAMBERS 2014

Highly regarded for his expertise in the field of insolvency law and especially noted for his specialism in emergency applications.

Expertise: "He is always ready to offer sensible, commercial advise and to roll his sleeves up and seek a solution".

Recent work: He is frequently instructed by HMRC in relation to complex applications, including on a rare application for the appointment of a provisional liquidator. He has also acted for the trustee in a anumber of recent high-profile bankruptcy cases.


LEGAL 500 2013

The 'extremly personable' Christoper Brockman attracts praise.


CHAMBERS UK 2013

Restructuring/Insolvency

Leading Junior - Band 1

Christopher Brockman is "very hard-working and has a good knowledge of insolvency work." "Clearly an expert in his field," he is praised for his responsiveness. He recently acted for the trustee in the case of Chapper v Jackson.


LEGAL 500 2012

Guildhall Chambers fields an impressive insolvency team - featuriing Chris Brockman, who is recommended in this area.


CHAMBERS UK 2012

Restructuring/Insolvency

Leading Junior

Christopher Brockman is a firm favourite with instructing solicitors, who say: "He rolls up his sleeves and gets on with it as part of the team, which is fantastic."

Others say: "He is pragmatic, switched-on and always delivers what you want."


CHAMBERS UK 2011

Restructuring/Insolvency

Leading Junior - Band 1

Christopher Brockman is particularly praised for his "flexibility and responsiveness." One source adds: "Nothing is ever too much trouble for him." He is an "innovative thinker and always thoroughly prepared."


LEGAL 500 2010

Commercial, Insolvency & Property

Christopher Brockman noted for his 'vast experience coupled with a hughe amount of common sense'.


CHAMBERS UK 2010

Christopher Brockman received significant market praise. Having originally been a solicitor, he "has a huge amount of experience under his belt" and proves to be "a highly effective advocate." He is renowned for his "fantastic client supportiveness" and for his combination of "intellect and commercially savvy common sense." Brockman practises in all areas of personal and corporate insolvency law and has a particular specialism in emergency applications of all forms, including worldwide freezing orders. One of his recent notable cases, Donaldson v O'Sulliavan, concerned a challenge in the Court of Appeal to the transfer of appointments share a trustee in bankruptcy was appointed in place of a retiring office holder.


CHAMBERS UK 2009

Sources consider solicitor turned barrister Christopher Brockman to be "the best of both worlds, because he also understands a solicitor's perspective." He offers practical advice and is "excellent in crisis situations." Notable work includes successfully acting for a bankrupt individual in overturning the settlement of a personal injury action the Official Receiver and his area of expertise include corporate, personal and partnership insolvency and shareholder disputes.

CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Insolvency: Chris Checketts

Appointments

  • Attorney General's Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association

education

  • CEDR accredited mediator