Carly Sandbach

Call 2006

“She is a silk in waiting."

Chambers and Partners 2024
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Carly is an Insolvency Specialist whose practice encompasses all areas of corporate and personal insolvency litigation. Having made her mark very early in her career, since 2010 Carly has been consistently recommended as a Leading Individual in the Chambers UK Guide. In Chambers UK Guide 2021 she is recommended as a Leading Individual in both the fields of Commercial Dispute Resolution and Restructuring/Insolvency.

She is described as an ‘excellent junior with a prolific commercial practice’. Clients say she is sensible and down-to-earth, fights cases with vigour and is proactive and able to quickly grasp the issues – “she manages to get results when they’re not expected and is a fighter”. She is ‘tenacious’ and ‘pugnacious’ when she needs to be, is extremely hard-working and has a good commercial attitude. As to her advocacy, she is described as “She can be a real fighter when she needs to be, but is also very polished and very clever”. She 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”. Chambers 2021 describes her as “technically excellent and a very, very good advocate.”

Carly was recently successful before the Court of Appeal in the Second Appeal in Yang v Official Receiver & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 1465, clarifying a significant area of personal insolvency law on which there was no existing authority.

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.

Insolvency Cases

Landmark High Court decision on the ability of directors/companies to appoint Administrators out of court and out of hours – represents a significant departure from the previously reported cases and is of enormous significance to the industry.

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.