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Rachel Brown – hard working, determined, commercially aware and sensitive. The sort of commercial litigation solicitor that every client would want to instruct.

Legal 500 2021

Rachel Brown is an experienced commercial litigator specialising in insolvency litigation and disputes involving distressed businesses.

Rachel is a pragmatic solicitor who enjoys building strong client relationships. She is committed to achieving the best outcome for her clients. 

She regularly advises officeholders, directors, creditors (secured or unsecured) and lenders on formal insolvency procedures. She also provides strategic advice to individuals and businesses in times of distress. Rachel is able to assist with domestic and international insolvency issues, including complex cross-border cases, and regularly deals with cross-border recoveries. 

Rachel also regularly advises on issues relating to directors' duties and liabilities. This includes claims for:

  • misfeasance, wrongful trading and fraudulent trading under the Insolvency Act
  • claims for breach of duties under the Companies Act
  • director disqualification claims and claims for repayment of overdrawn loan accounts. 

She can also assist with any issues relating to the service of a statutory demand or winding up petition.

Recent work
  • Advising an overseas subsidiary of a global trust and corporate services firm on successfully defending a multi-million pound tort claim in relation to one of its BVI trust company clients. The claim related to investments made through an SPV to develop a large commercial property in central London and included insolvency issues across several jurisdictions. 
  • Acting as conflict lawyers for a Top 10 accountancy firm in a high profile insolvency case where an application was made to remove and replace the administrators. The case involved complaints about the sale of the business in a pre-pack administration and the supporting SIP 16 statement. 
  • Advising the director of an insolvent travel company on defending claims for misfeasance, wrongful trading and a preference payment with a financial value in excess of £8m. The claim involved an insurance claim under a D&O policy and criminal allegations of fraud. 
  • Advising the officeholders of an insolvent investment wine business on various matters, including trust claims and an application for a Berkeley Applegate Order. 
  • Advising a company director on defending a claim for breach of duty in relation to the activities of an English plc with coal mining interests in Indonesia. 
 "I found [Rachel] to be very efficient and dedicated to her client’s cause. She was easy to work with and showed levels of maturity and skill one would expect from a partner." Legal 500 2021

"Rachel Brown – hard working, determined, commercially aware and sensitive. The sort of commercial litigation solicitor that every client would want to instruct." Legal 500 2021

"Rachel Brown is superb – tough but fair." Legal 500 2021

"Rachel Brown – identifies the issue quickly and looks for the best possible solution. Very comfortable with insolvency and restructuring issues." Legal 500 2021
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Away from the office, Rachel enjoys an active lifestyle and can often be found running around London, cycling out into the surrounding countryside or swimming at her local Lido.
London Bridge and The Shard at dusk.

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