Lucy is Legal Counsel in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, based in London. Lucy has a wealth of experience in insolvency across numerous sectors in both contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency.

Lucy advises insolvency practitioners as well as companies, directors, landlords, suppliers, creditors and others affected by insolvency. Whilst not shy of litigation, where she can, Lucy looks to resolve disputes without having to go to trial.

Lucy also specialises in advising insolvency practitioners appointed as receivers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and has particular expertise in advising on the interaction of POCA and insolvency. Lucy is the secretary of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.

Areas of expertise  

  • Asset tracing and recovery
  • Challenging antecedent transactions
  • Directors’ duties and liability on insolvency
  • Company rescue
  • Bankruptcy

 

Recent work

The below includes work during Lucy's employment at her previous firm:

  • Acting for a creditor who requested a public examination of the director of the company in liquidation and successfully resisting a third party costs order against the requesting creditor.
  • Claims by a liquidator against an errant company director in relation to a number of companies from which he had taken money and unravelling the complex corporate structure used to hide his beneficial ownership.
  • Advising a company that was a subsidiary of a charity on its insolvency and assisting the liquidators with the recovery of assets.
  • Advising HNW individuals on their position as creditors of a bankrupt and on potential antecedent transaction claims against them.
  • Acting for an interim manager of a charitable trust appointed by the Charity Commission; advising on claims by third parties, including a disputed claim by HMRC, and on the conduct and liability of the trustees.
  • Advising a high street bank on its re-financing of companies in CVAs and advising landlords affected by CVAs on their rights and available actions.
  • Obtaining recognition in the High Court of a Malaysian liquidation just prior to trial in order to take advantage of a stay of proceedings.
  • Acting for trustees in bankruptcy on the realisation of a number of properties as well as obtaining a civil restraint order, an order for private examination and indefinite suspension of discharge.
  • Advising the trustees of an occupational pension scheme on a judgment creditor's rights against the judgment debtor’s beneficial interest in the scheme; on the creditor’s application for an order under Blight v Brewster and successfully challenging a charging order against the scheme.
  • Regularly acting for POCA receivers on wide ranging issues affecting the realisation of assets, including disputes over ownership, applications for receiver’s costs and on claims against receivers.
     

 

What clients and directories have said

Lucy is commercial, responsive and very technically knowledgeable. Lucy has a thorough understanding of POCA and is a hugely effective litigator”

Chambers 2022

She has unparalleled experience and ability in representing receivers”

Chambers 2021

 

Memberships

  • R3
  • IWIRC
  • POCLA

 

Related Services

Dispute Resolution

Dealing with a dispute professionally and commercially takes skill. We assist and support our clients with both legal knowledge and strategy.

Insolvency Litigation

Our dispute resolution lawyers represent individuals, companies and insolvency practitioners on insolvency matters.

Insolvency Litigation FAQs

This page sets out a number of Frequently Asked Questions in relation to Insolvency Litigation.

Insolvency Litigation advice for Insolvency Practitioners

We regularly act for trustees in bankruptcy, liquidators and administrators. Our in-depth civil fraud expertise means that we are particularly well placed to assist in complex insolvency disputes that involve an element of fraud and/or dishonesty.

Insolvency Litigation advice for Individuals

We can assist creditors of insolvent companies and people who have claims against insolvent companies. We can also assist victims of fraud with claims against an insolvent company or individual.

Insolvency Litigation advice for Companies

We can advise companies facing statutory demands and winding-up petitions. We regularly act for companies who need advice in challenging a statutory demand and obtaining injunctive relief to prevent the presentation of a winding-up petition where necessary.

Insolvency Litigation advice for Directors

We have experience of advising directors facing claims of fraudulent trading or wrongful trading, and we can also advise directors on the extent of their duties to co-operate with the insolvency practitioner, including at interview.

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