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Jack Watson

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Insolvency

Jack has a busy insolvency practice encompassing both advocacy and advisory work and has acted in a number of high profile, high value cases. He regularly acts for office holders, directors, individuals and insolvent companies often in cases involving an international or multi-jurisdictional dimension.

Jack’s recent insolvency cases include: 

  • Re Abraaj (ongoing): acting as junior counsel (with Tom Lowe QC) in obtaining a proprietary injunction preventing a distribution of sale proceeds allegedly held on constructive trust arising out of the collapse of the Abraaj Group.
  • Re Ferster (In bankruptcy): Acting as sole counsel for a trustee in bankruptcy seeking the extension of a bankruptcy for failure to comply with requests for information.
  • AHAB v Saad (ongoing) – Acting for the joint official liquidators of a Cayman Islands company defending a multi-billion dollar cross-jurisdictional fraud claim.
  • Re Digital Wings Ltd (ongoing) – Opposing an application by the liquidator of a BVI company for recognition and assistance before the courts of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • Re Lancelot (ongoing) – Acting for creditors in the Cayman Islands in claims concerning redemption rights in the Feeder Fund at the centre of the massive US$10 billion Petters ponzi scheme and the creditors ability to sue a company in liquidation in the context of an intended distribution.
  • Re Westpark Durham LLP: Acting for a member of an LLP bringing and defending competing unfair prejudice petitions followed by applications to wind up a competing LLP allegedly created fraudulently in breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Minto v Holmes: Unfair prejudice petition arising out of the conduct of a health and beauty business in the North East of England.
  • Re Takhar: Acting for the debtor in a bankruptcy petition alleging abuse of process in the context of an extant Supreme Court Appeal
  • SIFCO 5: Re s.236: Acting for the joint official liquidators of a Cayman Islands Company in an application to examine various parties under s.236 Insolvency Act.

In addition, Jack undertakes a wide range of insolvency and company related work including:

  • Issues arising in company liquidation, administration and bankruptcy
  • Actions against company directors
  • Shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice petitions
  • Restraining presentation and rescinding winding up orders
  • Advising on share purchase agreements/disputes