"Guildhall Chambers houses a strong bench of barristers experienced in the handling of a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters."

Guildhall Chambers’ Insolvency team is one of the largest insolvency teams with a national reputation outside of London.

Recognised by Chambers & Partners as “a centre of excellence for insolvency counsel”, “the go-to set for insolvency matters in the West of the country” and a “go-to set for restructuring matters – you know when you instruct Guildhall that your barrister will be a dedicated and focused insolvency expert who will provide sound and reliable advice.”

We accept instructions in all areas of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency, including directors’ disqualification proceedings, cross-border insolvencies and regulatory proceedings against insolvency practitioners. We also advise on non-contentious insolvency issues, corporate recovery and turnaround.

Members of Guildhall Chambers’ Insolvency team are instructed by leading firms of insolvency lawyers, insolvency office holders and regulatory bodies. Several members of the team are members of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and receive instructions from Government departments, including the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Official Receiver and HM Revenue and Customs.

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Insolvency Experience

Our Insolvency team includes a leading insolvency Queen’s Counsel and Deputy High Court Judge and a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge. We guarantee all the benefits of a broad team structure with a Silk and an experienced Junior team, combining high levels of technical skill with a practical approach.

The quality and experience of our barristers is apparent from the numerous reported cases in which members have appeared. In addition to writing various articles, team members are either editors of, or contributors to, the following publications:

  • Insolvency Practitioners: Appointment, Duties, Powers and Liability (Elgar Corporate and Insolvency Law and Practice series)
  • Tolley’s Insolvency Law Service (Lexis Nexis)
  • Lexis Nexis PSL
  • Gore-Browne on Companies (Jordans)
  • Mithani: Directors’ Disqualification (Butterworths)
  • Corporate Rescue and Insolvency Journal
  • Insolvency Intelligence
  • Westlaw Insight

Members are also active participants in R3, the TMA UK and the Insolvency Lawyers Association and are regular speakers at seminars throughout the country.

Insolvency Barristers

Hugh Sims KC

Call 1999 | Silk 2014

Simon Passfield KC

Call 2009 | Silk 2024

Richard Ascroft

Call 1995

Christopher Hare

Christopher Hare

Call 1998

Katie Gibb

Call 1999

Stefan Ramel

Call 2002

Holly Doyle

Call 2008

James Hannant

Call 2013

John Churchill

Call 2016

Govinder Chambay

Call 2018

Saisha Bacon

Call 2019

Insolvency Clerks

Stephen Arnold

Senior Practice Manager - Civil

Joe Stayte

Practice Manager - Commercial, Insolvency, Property & Estates, Court of Protection (Property & Affairs)

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