Robert Paterson


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Career History

Robert graduated from Cambridge University in French and German literature, before studying further at the College of Law in York. He qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and worked at DLA Piper for five years in Leeds, undertook yet more studying and passed his Joint Insolvency Examination Board exams in 2004. He moved to London in 2006 and joined Lawrence Graham (now Gowling WLG) where he became a partner in 2013. He has been a licensed insolvency practitioner since 2006.

Robert joined Moon Beever in June 2018. He has significant experience of all aspects of corporate and partnership restructuring, and regularly acts for administrators, LPA receivers and liquidators. He also helps lenders, funds and family offices on how to protect their exposure, and advises boards of directors in financially distressed situations. He joined Wedlake Bell from Moon Beever in July 2021 when the firms merged.

In 2016 Robert enjoyed a part time secondment in the Policy Unit of the Insolvency Service at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, consulting with the wider industry in relation to the Government’s review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework.

Despite being primarily a non-contentious lawyer, Robert has had several reported cases in the High Court, and has twice won appeals for clients in the Court of Appeal.

Robert is a member of R3, the IPA and the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers, and often speaks at restructuring and insolvency conferences.


Keeping the lights on – How can you keep control of your property during debt enforcement?

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Wedlake Bell Insolvency and Restructuring Partner Appointed to Government’s Insolvency Rules Committee

Wedlake Bell Partner Robert Paterson has been appointed, by the UK government, to The Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) Insolvency Rules Committee. Alex Chalk KC, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, confirmedRead more


Wedlake Bell Advises MSUK on Pre-Pack Acquisition of TV and Film Production Business

Wedlake Bell has advised MS by Joann Sfar UK Limited (“MSUK“) on its acquisition of the independent TV and film production business and assets of Filmwave Limited (in administration). WedlakeRead more


Serene Construction Ltd v Salata and Associates Ltd & Ors


Bankruptcy and overseas pension schemes

There has been a further judgment in the Wilson & Maloney v McNamara litigation. The High Court had referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) during the BrexitRead more


Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd [2022] EWHC 740 (Ch) Out of the Money Creditors Exclusion.

The application in Re Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd [2022] EWHC 740 (Ch) deals with a number of questions: what constitutes a “compromise or arrangement” for the purpose of Part 26ARead more