William Searle
Solicitor - Commercial Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
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Summit Law LLP

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I am a litigator and deal with commercial and insolvency issues for individuals, businesses, Trustees in Bankruptcy and Liquidators.  My commercial litigation experience includes:

  • Advising on high value contractual disputes
  • Sham trust disputes
  • Applications to secure debt by way of Charging Order over property
  • Enforcement of debt judgments by Order for Sale, Attachment of Earnings or by way of Warrants or Writs of Control
  • Injunctions to prevent dissipation of assets

As well as the above my experience has a particular focus on insolvency litigation including advising:

  • Trustees in Bankruptcy and Liquidators on claims for transfers undervalue, preference, and misfeasance claims
  • the protection of bankruptcy and liquidation assets
  • the realisation of bankruptcy and liquidation assets on behalf of insolvency practitioners including assets based in Europe outside of the jurisdiction
  • Directors disqualification issues

I also advise on corporate litigation including:

  • Shareholders disputes
  • Breach of directors’ duties issues
  • Minority Shareholder rights and unfair prejudice claims
  • Derivative claims brought by shareholders on behalf of the company

I draw my experience from a mixture of residential litigation which involved advising some of the UK’s top letting agents, property investment companies, relocation agents and large estates and commercial litigation. I have also advised and litigated on cases on behalf of Insolvency Practitioners from the big four accountancy firms as well as niche practices.

Recent Successes

  • I have advised on general commercial litigation and debt collection matters with a foreign aspect.
  • I have advised Joint Liquidators of a company on transfer undervalue and preference claims against a company which operated several nightclubs in South London.
  • I Acted on the possession, sale and conveyancing of leasehold and freehold property portfolios on behalf of Trustees in Bankruptcy.
  • I Acted on settlement of £1/2 million transaction undervalue claim against bankrupt directors of a company in liquidation at a mediation.
  • My work has also included contested winding up proceedings, realisation of assets in Spain and acting on freezing injunctions to preserve bankruptcy assets. 

Work in the Community / Pro Bono Work

I love to run and often run for charity.

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