Andrew Vinson co-chairs The Insolvency Service Annual Conference

November 14, 2023

On Friday 10th November Andrew Vinson was one of the co-chairs of The Insolvency Service’s third annual Forward Thinking conference held this year at The University of Liverpool.

The conference provides a link between academia, the insolvency sector and policymakers in relation to technical and policy issues in the insolvency arena.

Talks were given by leading insolvency academics, authors, barristers and solicitors. Topic covered included corporate insolvency regimes and rescue, directors’ disqualification and education, and cross-jurisdictional issues such as the rule in Gibbs and UK contracts in foreign insolvencies.

Andrew chaired talks on the particular issues that arise in the insolvency of gas and electricity suppliers, the connected person regime in relation to pre-pack administrations, and the FCA’s consumer duty and its potential impact on the insolvency sector.

The conference was a great success and well-attended by academics, practitioners and the judiciary, with will over 500 attendees in person and online.

A significant proportion of Andrew’s work is insolvency related and he is regularly instructed in relation to heavy-weight applications and trials in this area, often against leading counsel. His most recent such application concerned the interpretation of the rights of a BVI-based secured creditor after an order made for the sale by administrators of a part-constructed multi-million pound development site free from security.

Andrew is also a long-standing member of the Attorney-General’s Regional A Panel through which he regularly deals with insolvency matters such as public interest winding up petitions and directors’ disqualification actions.