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Daniel Lewis

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+44 (0)20 7306 0102dlewis@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

Dan is highly experienced in the full range of personal and corporate insolvency litigation, particularly in cases with an international element. He acts for and against directors in respect of claims by liquidators, particularly where tax mitigation schemes have been entered into. He regularly represents office-holders in respect of professional negligence claims.

Outside insolvency, Dan undertakes a broad range of commercial and company claims, including arbitrations and shareholder claims.

“Highly popular in the market for his advocacy style and personable manner. He undertakes wide-ranging insolvency work with a particular emphasis on claims arising from participation in tax avoidance schemes. He is also well regarded for his handling of professional negligence claims both for and against insolvency office holders. He is noted for his expertise in international insolvency matters” (Chambers and Partners, 2020)

Dan is a member of the R3 Fraud Group.

Recent cases include:

  • Hunt v. Financial Conduct Authority (Re Total Debt Relief Ltd (In Liquidation)) [2019] EWHC 2018 (Ch) – approval of distribution plan for FCA regulated debt management business.
  • Re DCL Hire Ltd (In Liquidation) [2019] EWHC 2086 (Ch) – appeal on relief from liability of directors.
  • Devon Commercial Property Ltd v. Barnett [2019] EWHC 700 (Ch) – defending claim against receivers alleged to have conflict of duty.
  • Brewer v. Iqbal [2019] B.C.C. 746 – defending claim against liquidator alleged to have sold television channels at an undervalue.
  • In the matter of H S Works Limited [2018] EWHC 1405 (Ch) – resolves the question of the extent to which the provisions of Part 7 of the Insolvency Rules apply to Insolvency Applications.

Recent directories quotes include:

Chambers and Partners 2020
“He is excellent in his drafting, his advice is extremely helpful and he is excellent on his feet in court. He is very effective in winning the sympathy of the court and is very hands-on.”
“He is very client-savvy and good at explaining complex issues to clients and cutting to the chase on complex issues. He inspires confidence in his ability and is a very good advocate.”
“He has a wealth of knowledge in the field of insolvency.”

Chambers and Partners 2019
“He is very pleasant but resilient with a sharp intellect.”
“He has a wealth of knowledge in the field of insolvency.”
“He is intelligent, sure-footed and excellent to work with.”

Chambers and Partners 2018
‘He is very easy to work with and a great asset to the team. He is bright, technically able and clients like working with him.’
‘He is an exceptional junior – very smart and commercial’

The Legal 500 2020
‘His pleadings are persuasive and thorough, and his advice is clear and concise.’

The Legal 500 2018
‘A charming and forceful advocate.’