Matthew specialises in corporate and personal insolvency, recovery and restructuring, receiving instructions from insolvency practitioners, company directors and individuals. These instructions involve contentious and non-contentious work, with a particular focus on asset recovery. Matthew has also acted on appeals in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
Insolvency & Corporate Recovery
- Sports Management Group Ltd (in Liquidation); Green v Marston and Lochner  All ER (D) 208 (May). Matthew helped to establish a de facto directorship, despite the relevant individual not being an authorised signatory or having direct access to the company’s bank account.
- Acting for the administrator of a deceased insolvent estate. Matthew challenged trusts and property transfers on the basis of shams and/or transactions defrauding creditors (Section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986).
- Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy, challenging a property disposal resulting in a significant asset recovery from China.
- Acting for a number of trustees in bankruptcy challenging divorce settlements, including the set aside of matrimonial Consent Orders approved by the Court pre-bankruptcy in ancillary relief proceedings. Green v Austin  BPIR 1176.
- Claims involving alleged transactions at undervalue, preferences, misfeasance, unlawful dividends and overdrawn director’s loan accounts.
- Applications for the restoration of dissolved companies to the Register of Companies by Court Order, often involving the reappointment of office-holders.
- Applications for Administration Orders, and extensions to Administration terms.
- Petitioning for Winding-up and Bankruptcy Orders.
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