Edward Starling's Service teams
- Professional Negligence
- Injunctions and Emergency Procedures
- Contract Disputes
- International Litigation
- Company, Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
- Insolvency, Restructuring & Recoveries
- Commercial Litigation
- Recoveries for lenders
- Insolvency and Restructuring Advice
- Fixed Charge/LPA Receiverships
- Contentious Insolvency and Investigations
- Debt Collection
Edward conducts a variety of contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. He acts on behalf of lenders, liquidators, administrators, LPA receivers, Trustees in bankruptcy, companies, purchasers of distressed assets, creditors and other stakeholders, and directors.
Edward regularly advises administrators and LPA receivers regarding their appointment and any subsequent sale of a business or assets. This includes advising on the obligations of the Administrators including in relation to security, SIP 16 and ROT. Edward also acts for purchasers of distressed assets and can assist in the planning process prior to a bid.
He also regularly advises on all aspects of claims brought by liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy including transactions at an under value, voidable preferences, wrongful and fraudulent trading, and breach of duty (often including allegations of fraud and international asset tracing).
Recent international work has involved France, US, Nigeria, BVI and Seychelles.
- Advising Trustees in Bankruptcy concerning ongoing investigations and proceedings concerning the disputed ownership of a portfolio of properties;
- Advising liquidators on recovery options against former management (and associated trusts and entities) of a leisure company with a creditor deficit of £16m;
- Advising administrators on the sale of the business and assets of an online invoice discounting platform;
- Advising liquidators on potential claims against the former administrators of a construction company;
- Advising the purchaser of a high profile retailer with over 100 stores and concessions from an administrator;
- Advising liquidators regarding investigations and potential claims against directors and third parties (recently of a well-known stock broker, household name service provider and a fin tech company);
- Bringing proceedings against third parties in relation to transactions void under S.127 Insolvency Act 1986;
- Advising on the administration and liquidation (and claims) of an LLP; and
- Advising pension trustees on complex issues concerning the structure of the employer and COMI.
Edward trained with Wedlake Bell and qualified in 2003. He became a Partner in 2010. Edward is a Member of the Association of Business Recoveries Professionals and advises on all aspects of insolvency processes including LPA receiverships. He acts for a large number of the top 30 firms of insolvency practitioners and has conducted a short secondment with an international lender.
Edward has a specialist practice in insolvency but has a broad general commercial litigation practice in the High Court and international arbitration proceedings. Recent experience has included disputes concerning breach of contract, fraud, professional negligence (valuers and solicitors), debt collection, company director disqualification proceedings and disputes concerning deferred consideration and warranties following the sale of a business.
Edward has experience of a full range of interim applications including worldwide freezing injunctions, search and seizure, disclosure, applications in relation to "Expert Shopping" and security for costs together with resolving disputes through discussion and mediation.
Edward is conducting a number of matters on a Conditional Fee Agreement basis (both full and partial agreements) and is keen to explore different funding possibilities to suit each client's needs, whether in an insolvency context or general litigation.
Edward also acts as an independent Supervising Solicitor overseeing search (and seizure) orders obtained in civil proceedings.
- Acting for claimants in applying for a worldwide freezing order against defendants in relation to the purchase of shares in a company following fraudulent misrepresentations about the finances and contractual arrangements of the business;
- Advising a hedge fund on its recovery and enforcement options in relation to sums diverted by former management to offshore accounts;
- Acting for a recruitment consultant in potential proceedings against an investment bank;
- Acting for land owners on disputes regarding the consideration paid by a housebuilder for land and for breach of contract;
- Advising a global natural resources supplier concerning non-payment under a performance bond by an international bank;
- Acting for an international company in a significant and bitterly contested arbitration process concerning allegations regarding the authority to bind a company, fraud and estoppel;
- Advising an individual concerning a fraudulent investment scheme conducted over 30 years; and
- Advising on a shareholder dispute following the breakdown of relations between the stakeholders
Edward trained with Wedlake Bell and qualified in 2003. He became a Partner in 2010. Edward is also a qualified insolvency practitioner.
Articles & Comment
23 Sep, 2016 | Edward Starling
Liquidators and Trustees in Bankruptcy have wide ranging powers to apply to the Court for the delivery up of information that relates to the affairs of the bankrupt…Read More
15 Apr, 2016 | Edward Starling
The case of Sands v Singh has recently clarified but narrowed the circumstances in which a trustee in bankruptcy can challenge an order or financial settlement made…Read More
13 Apr, 2016 | Edward Starling
From April 2016, companies will be required to maintain a register of persons with significant control ("PSC") over that company. That means formally documenting…Read More
The Minister of State for Civil Justice has announced that the LASPO exemption of insolvency litigation will come to an end on 1 April 2016.Read More