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Corporate Insolvency Practice: Litigation Practice and Procedure

Professor Mark Watson-Gandy's new book published

Saturday, 10 April, 2010

With the changes in the economy, many areas of legal practice have retracted because lawyers who would not have otherwise dallied with insolvency have been turning their hand to it with the perception that, with all the talk of doom and gloom, it is a growth area'.  With this in mind, Professor Mark Watson-Gandy has published a new book, Corporate Insolvency Practice: Litigation Practice and Procedure.

The idea behind Corporate Insolvency Practice is to provide a step-by-step guide to some of the more common applications and procedures in corporate insolvency such as how to petition to wind up a company and how to put it into administration. The book tells you what you need to show, the key bits of the legislation that you need to look at and sample precedents so you know what your papers should roughly look like before you file them at court.

Professor Watson-Gandy argues that corporate insolvency litigation is very different from other areas of litigation - from the legal concepts to administration to the language used in court.  He says:

People can get horribly unstuck if they don't know what they are doing.  Solicitors can muddle through by getting a specialist barrister to assist, but if the barrister is learning on the job too, the results can be disastrous.  I didn't want to write a treatise on the law. There are lots of books at the moment on the corporate insolvency law but there is surprisingly little available to help on the practice, procedure and pleadings.

Professor Watson-Gandy teaches Law for Business on the Executive MBA at Cass in addition to his work at 13 Old Square, a specialist chancery and commercial barristers' chambers in Lincoln's Inn.  He was also awarded a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great for his work as a barrister and law professor for the Catholic Church.  The order is one of the highest awards the Vatican confers on lay men.

Corporate Insolvency Practice: Litigation Practice and Procedureis published by Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing, R.R.P. £79, and can be purchased from

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