Tom Longstaff

Call 2017

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As well as being regularly instructed to appear in the winding up list on behalf of both creditors and debtors, Tom has considerable experience of appearing in a range of hearings relating to personal and corporate insolvency, including bankruptcy petitions and applications to remove an office holder.

Tom regularly appears in the applications list of the High Court, and has experience of contested and uncontested applications to place a company into administration.

In addition to pure insolvency cases, many of Tom’s commercial cases have an insolvency angle, and in that regard he is currently instructed by Claimants in litigation relating to the alleged misconduct of the Global Restructuring Group of RBS.

Insolvency Cases

Tom’s recent practice includes:

  • Regularly appearing in the applications list to apply for administration orders, and to extend the term of an administration.
  • Acting for the Creditor in contested bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Acting for the Liquidator in various claims against the former directors of a company relating to unlawful dividends and preferences.
  • Responding to an application to set aside a statutory demand.
  • Making an application to restore a company to the register and place it back into administration after further realisations were received by former administrators.

Before being called to the Bar, Tom was part of the team defending a major clearing bank in a £81 million claim in which it was alleged that it had conspired with an insolvency practitioner to force the Claimant into Receivership.

In addition, Tom has been involved in numerous cases with a substantial insolvency angle, which includes acting:

  • For Sir Philip Green, in the investigation undertaken by The Pensions Regulator following the administration of BHS.
  • In Blue Mango Investment Holdings v Bank of Ireland in which the Claimant company unsuccessfully applied for an injunction to prevent a sale by a Receiver on grounds of misconduct.

Tom also has experience of acting on behalf of a Trustee in Bankruptcy to recover losses occasioned by antecedent transactions, and in matters where a bankrupt seeks to challenge the conduct of the Trustee.