Ben Lafferty

Call 2021

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Ben is frequently instructed to handle a variety of Insolvency Act matters and applications, in both the personal and corporate insolvency contexts. In particular, Ben has experience of the following applications and general insolvency matters:

  • Contested winder and bankruptcy hearings;
  • TOLATA claims;
  • Applications to set aside statutory demands;
  • Applications to vary income payment agreements;
  • Applications to annul and/or rescind bankruptcy orders;
  • Administration applications and applications to extend the period of administration;
  • Applications to permanently stay liquidation;
  • Remuneration applications;
  • Reviewable transactions (including TUV and preference matters); and
  • Applications to challenge CVAs on the grounds of unfair prejudice.

Instructions of particular note in Ben’s insolvency practice include:

  • His obtaining of a dismissal of an application to set aside a statutory demand worth £686, 693;
  • His involvement in a tri-partite application to annul a bankruptcy order, in which he acted for the Trustees;
  • His obtaining of three concurrent bankruptcy orders in a debt claim valued at circa £3.2m;
  • His involvement, both by the provision of drafting work and appearances in court, in a CVA challenge application valued at circa £1m, concerning the differential treatment of commercial landlords – where properties had been categorised into differing classes in the CVA. In this matter, Ben was pitted against a silk; and
  • His obtaining of an order setting aside a statutory demand stated to be valued at £130,000, by reason of his submissions on the nature of damages in unjust enrichment claims.