Lucy O’Brien

Senior Associate

Insolvency & Restructuring
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Lucy is an insolvency and litigation lawyer and conducts a variety of contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. She deals with appointments of LPA Receivers, administrators and liquidators and advises banks and Insolvency Practitioners on the validity of their security and enforcement options.

Lucy also advises on distressed business sales including pre-packs and has experience in the recovery of assets into insolvency estates by liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy and advises in relation to recovery procedures for lenders.

She is regularly involved in general commercial litigation in the High Court and County Court, including breach of contract and professional negligence claims.

Recent Experience

  • Advising an insolvency practitioner in respect of a pre-packaged administration sale involving a number of companies and complex issues relating to security over book debts.
  • Dealing with technical receivership issues arising prior to and post appointment, including the impact of dissolution of a mortgagor on the LPA Receivers’ powers.
  • Advising a trustee in bankruptcy in relation to a dispute in respect of vested assets with jurisdictional issues.
  • Advising UK liquidators in respect of companies involved in multi-jurisdictional VAT fraud.

Career History

Lucy qualified into the Insolvency, Restructuring and Recoveries team in September 2013 after completing her training contract with Wedlake Bell. Prior to it, she obtained a 2.1 in Law from the University of Reading.


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