Giles Maynard-Connor

Call 1992

"He has a tenacious and enthusiastic approach to litigation and always impresses the client. He is very much a details man when it comes to preparation and is a pleasure to work with."

Chambers and Partners 2019
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Giles is recognised as a robust, thorough advocate. He has a clear grasp of commercial issues and how best to overcome them. He works with his clients, favouring a team approach, particularly when faced with complex issues. With an in-depth understanding of the commercial world, he is adept at keeping his clients informed and aware of any issues that may arise at the earliest opportunity. Giles is a truly commercial litigator in terms of approach to his cases and his clients’ interests and needs. He recognises the importance of achieving his clients’ aims and objectives (whether at trial or through ADR) as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.

Giles is consistently noted as a leader in his field and is highly regarded for his ‘technical knowledge and commercial know-how’. He is Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) and is experienced in dealing with substantial commercial litigation. Over the last 26 years he has appeared at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal and even in the Supreme Court of the Seychelles and in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.

His practice has a particular emphasis on civil and corporate fraud, company and contentious insolvency work, professional negligence (claimant and defendant) and banking. His work for the Secretary of State focuses on contentious public interest winding up petitions, including the appointment of provisional liquidators and appropriate injunctive relief, and disqualification applications under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

In recent years he has successfully completed a number of high profile high value corporate fraud cases and has successfully acted as the leading Counsel for the Secretary of State in what was then the largest public interest petition brought by Companies Investigations.

Giles has also recently appeared in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, where he successfully appealed against a decision of a liquidator of a foreign insurance company in order to confirm a substantial proof of debt based on a UK judgment; and has dealt with the high profile insolvency of the Redcar based steel business operated by SSI UK Ltd, now in liquidation.

He is currently representing over 300 claimants in a multi-million pound corporate fraud case in the Cayman Islands.

Commercial Cases

David Hugh Carr & 16 Ors v Formation Group PLC & 5 Ors [2018] EWHC 3116 (Ch)

Walker v Mills [2018] EWHC 998 (Ch)

Corran v Butters [2017] EWHC 2294 (Ch)

McConomy and another v ASE plc [2017] EWHC 92 (Ch)

Turvill v Bird [2016] EWCA Civ 703

SSI UK Ltd v Hewden Stuart Ltd [2015] EWHC 2726 (Ch)

Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills v Pawson [2015] EWHC 2626 (Ch)

LSC Finance Ltd v Abensons Law Ltd [2015] EWHC 1163 (Ch)

Overfinch Bespoke Vehicles Ltd (in Liquidation) v Freddie White as Liquidator of Lemma Europe Insurance Company Ltd [13/5/15] Gibraltar

Secretary of State v APW Asset Management Ltd [2015] All ER (D) 160 (Apr)

Secretary of State v Combined Maintenance Services Ltd [2015] LTL 7/1/15

Clydesdale Bank Plc (T/A Yorkshire Bank) v Duffy [2014] LTL 30/1/14 CA

Beloit Walmsley Ltd [2008] [EWHC 1888 (Ch) (CVAs and contingent creditors claims)

Straker v Tudor Rose [2007] EWCA Civ 368 (Costs)

Clearwater Corporate Finance LLP v Moon [2006] EWCA Civ 1365;

In the Matter of Lune Metal Products Ltd (in Administration)[2006] EWCA Civ 1720, 15/12/06 LTL;

Northstar Systems Ltd & Ors v Fielding & Ors [2006] EWCA Civ 1660 (costs);

In The Matter of Brampton Manor (Leisure) LimitedLTL 8/2/2006 (directors disqualification);

Davidson v Stanley [2005] BPIR 279;

Ultraframe v Fielding & Ors [2005] EWHC 1638 (Ch) (corporate fraud);

Meisels v Martin & Dawson [2005] EWHC 845 (ch) (creditors’ proofs);

Claughton v. Charalambous [1998] BPIR 558 (bankruptcy – sale of land);

Walker v. Turpin [1994] 1 WLR 196 (CA) (payments in)