Insolvency Seminar Bristol @ The M-Shed


We have moved! This year Guildhall’s annual Insolvency Seminar will be held just over the river at the M-Shed on Thursday 12 May 2016.

For the first time the day will include a choice of focused workshops run by team members with external specialist IPs and lawyers, including a workshop led by Samantha Palmer on distressed law firms.

Chief Registrar Baister will be overseeing events and we are also delighted to welcome guest speakers from DLA Piper, Verisona Law and Bedel Cristin, who will be joining Hugh Sims QC and other members of the Insolvency Team to look at key developments in insolvency law, including an analysis of the decision in Stevensdrake v Hunt and an IP’s personal responsibility to pay legal fees where there is success under a CFA but no recovery. Administrations, claims against offshore trusts and the latest developments on the cross over between matrimonial law and bankruptcy are all addressed.

Don’t miss out on the definitive annual conference tailored for corporate and personal insolvency solicitors and IPs.


The conference is accredited with 5 CPD points (Training reference: 1383).


Normal delegate rate: £195.00 + VAT per delegate.

Group discount of 20% off the full delegate rate for 2 or more bookings from the same firm.


8.45: Registration & Breakfast

9.30: Chairman’s Introduction – Chief Registrar Stephen Baister

9.35: A year in administration – Holly Doyle, Guildhall Chambers & Catherine Burton of DLA Piper

  • Roundup of recent decisions including Nortel Networks (para 65 distributions), Coniston Hotel in the Court of Appeal (para 74 & 75 claims), Lazari (permission to forfeit) and Angel Group (length of postponement of discharge)
  • The changes to the insolvency rules affecting administrators
  • SIP 16 and update on the pre-pack pool

10.15: New rules and changes in the insolvency landscape – Christopher Brockman & James Hannant Guildhall Chambers

  • Express Insolvency Trials pilot
  • The New Insolvency Rules and how they will impact
  • Recent decisions & SIP changes


11.20: CFAs and pyrrhic victories – Stevensdrake v Hunt [2016] – Hugh Sims QC & Simon Passfield Guildhall Chambers and Nick Oliver, Verisona Law

  • The background: the Sunbow liquidation and litigation
  • Counsel’s fees and the earlier decisions of Master Marsh and HHJ Purle QC
  • Solicitors’ profit costs and the decision of HHJ Barker QC
  • The indemnity principle & client conundrum
  • Practical implications and considerations for IPs and solicitors
  • Pro-rating & waterfalls – what are the issues?

12.15: A study in offshore trusts; officeholder claims to recover assets disposed of offshore – Stefan Ramel Guildhall Chambers and Robert Gardner, Bedel Cristin (Jersey)

  • Bringing claims against offshore trusts and recovering assets disposed of by an insolvent into a trust
  • Sham, s.423 and breach of trust claims
  • Trustees’ right of recourse to trust assets and protection under domestic law

13.00: LUNCH


When booking please indicate your 1st and 2nd workshop choices from the list below:

  1. Dealing with non-cooperative bankrupts & Directors
  2. Company directors and breach of duty, a case study
  3. Distressed insolvent law firms in the current climate – with Samantha Palmer of Ashfords LLP


15.45: Bankruptcy and matrimonial law – Daisy Brown Guildhall Chambers

16.30: FINISH & CLOSE with drinks on the terrace


Terms & Conditions

We reserve the right to vary the content, timetable, location or speakers; or to cancel the seminar totally in which case we will refund any payment made in respect of the cancelled conference. Neither the members of Guildhall Chambers nor the speakers will be liable by reason of breach of contract, negligence or otherwise for any loss or consequential loss incurred by any person acting or omitting to act in reliance upon material or presentation given at or in connection with the event. Please be advised that places are limited so please book early to guarantee a place. The fee for this seminar includes a comprehensive conference folder, lunch and all other refreshments.

Booking Terms

Please wait to be invoiced. A VAT invoice will be sent to you on receipt of your booking form / details. All invoices for this seminar must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date. Cheques are made payable to Guildhall Chambers. Unfortunately we are unable to take online payments at this time.

Confirmation Of Registration

If you have not received confirmation of your registration one week before the conference, please telephone 0117 930 9000 to confirm that your registration form has been received.

Substitute Delegates

Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time – please telephone 0117 930 9000 to let us know the name of the substitute.


Provided notice is received at least 24 hours before the seminar, the seminar fee will be refunded less a £20 (+VAT) administration charge.

CPD Accreditation

Under the Law Society’s CPD scheme and the Bar Council’s New and Established Practitioners’ Programme the conference is accredited with 5 CPD points (Training reference: 1383). The seminar will also contribute to CPD requirements under the terms of the ICAEW’s CPD policy.

If you have any questions about the seminar, or any other Guildhall Chambers events, please contact the Marketing Team on 0117 930 9000 or email [email protected].

Sign up

To be kept up-to-date with our latest news and future events, please complete the short form.



For help or advice please call 0117 930 9000 or complete the form below.

A member of the clerking team will help you resolve your request.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Frequently asked questions



Portfolio Builder

Select the expertise that you would like to download or add to the portfolio

Download    Add to portfolio   
Title Type CV Email

Remove All


Click here to share this shortlist.
(It will expire after 30 days.)