Carly Sandbach

Call 2006

“She is a silk in waiting."

Chambers and Partners 2024
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Carly is a leading individual whose practice covers all aspects of chancery and commercial litigation and advisory work. She has a broad range of experience in matters including insolvency (both personal and corporate), company and partnership, shareholder disputes, directors disqualification, professional negligence, banking, mortgage, guarantees and recovery of assets, trusts, contractual disputes and sale of goods.

Carly is consistently recommended as a Leading Individual in Chambers and Partners. In Chambers and Partners 2021 she was recommended as a Leading Individual in both the fields of Commercial Dispute Resolution and Restructuring/Insolvency. Described as “technically excellent and a very, very good advocate”; clients report that she is sensible and down-to-earth, fights cases with vigour and is proactive and able to quickly grasp the issues. “She can be a real fighter when she needs to be, but is also very polished and very clever.” Carly has earned a reputation for thoroughness: her preparation for hearings and conferences is described by the Legal 500 as simply “excellent on the law and extremely tenacious.”

In 2010 Carly was appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel) and was re-appointed in 2018 to Regional Panel A.

Her clients include insolvency practitioners, banks, multi-nationals, small businesses, professional firms and private individuals, as well as the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and other Government Departments.

Carly has recently secured an important victory in the Court of Appeal in the case of Allsop v Banner Jones and Cohen, which has significant and wide ranging implications for future claims (see more here).

Commercial Cases

Alsop v Banner Jones & Cohen: Acting for the Appellant in this complex professional negligence action. Successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal against the High Court’s order striking out part of the claim. The case continues.

Acting for Claimants in a mass international tort claim (group action) regarding the Fundao dam disaster.

Secured a resounding victory for Manchester City Council at the Court of Appeal in the case of Yang v Official Receiver & Ors.

Acted in relation to the well-publicised insolvency of the Kwik Save Group.

Advising in relation to the insolvency of a number of Football Clubs including Portsmouth Football Club and Northwich Victoria Football Club.

Representing an international football agent in personal insolvency proceedings for recovery of disputed agents fees against a premiership player.

Application to the Supreme Court of the Seychelles to assist in asset tracing and recovery within a domestic insolvency regime.

In the matter of Lune Metal Products Ltd (in Administration)

Acted for large well-known city law firm in insolvency litigation arising from the Lexi Holdings Fraud Litigation.

Regularly appears on behalf of major banks including Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays in relation to a variety of insolvency regimes.