Samuel Parsons

Year of call: 2015

Samuel Samuel

Samuel is a specialist insolvency barrister. His practice spans corporate and personal insolvency, cross-border insolvency, and commercial matters that often include an insolvency element.


Samuel Parsons is a specialist insolvency barrister. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of advocacy and advisory work in domestic and cross-border insolvency issues, including personal and corporate insolvencies, claims brought against and on behalf of office-holders, and commercial and company claims with an insolvency element.

Samuel joined the insolvency team at Guildhall Chambers in December 2017 after successful completion of his pupillage at a specialist commercial and insolvency set, and a further period of training at Guildhall under the supervision of Simon Passfield. He has quickly established himself as a useful addition to counsel teams on larger and more complex matters, and is equally comfortable being instructed as sole counsel.

Alongside his practice, Samuel contributes to Tolley's Insolvency Law Service, in particular on the European Insolvency Regulation. He also contributes regularly to Lexis PSL on insolvency matters, and is a Senior Associate Teacher at the University of Bristol.

Before commencing pupillage, Samuel gained valuable experience by working at Enyo Law LLP, where he primarily assisted with a claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority against Société Générale.


  • Wards v Hendawi [2018] EWHC 1907 (Ch). Samuel successfully represented the respondent in an application to set aside a default judgment. HHJ Paul Matthews (sitting as a Judge of the High Court) held that there was no real prospect of the main defence based on unjust enrichment from succeeding, and there was no other good reason why the claim should be allowed to proceed.

  • Advised on the interpretation of the re-vesting provision in section 283A of the Insolvency Act 1986, where a settlement had led to the bankrupt being granted a security interest over what had been his former family home.

  • Advised on the interpretation of a memorandum of understanding in a case concerning conflict liquidators.

  • Successfully represented the joint liquidators in an application for directions in respect of an inter-company debt, and the interpretation of a deed of settlement.

  • Represented a claimant in a personal injury in the trial of a preliminary issue. The issue was whether the Limitation Act 1980 applied in a CVL case, where the company had been dissolved and subseqeuently restored back into its CVL status.

  • Advised and represented creditors and debtors in numerous winding-up petitions, bankruptcy petitions, applications to set aside statutory demands, and other types of insolvency application.

  • Advised on a range of misfeasance, wrongful trading, and preference/transaction at undervalue actions brought by office-holders against directors.


For further information and enquiries please contact:

Insolvency: Chris Checketts 


Senior Associate Teacher, University of Bristol


  • LLM, Harvard Law School
  • BPTC, City University, London (Outstanding)
  • GDL, City University, London (Distinction)
  • BA in Music, University of Oxford (First Class)