Paul Caldicott Partner

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“Clear technical knowledge, coupled with a strong commercial acumen.”

Legal 500 2018

“Paul Caldicott has significant experience handling non-contentious advisory work as well as litigation for a broad range of clients. One source says: "He is excellent: our go-to person for insolvency."”

Chambers and Partners 2019
Paul is a specialist corporate restructuring and insolvency solicitor in our Business Support & Insolvency team, dealing with non-contentious advisory work and all forms of litigation recovery work on behalf of Banks, Asset Based Lenders and Insolvency Practitioners.

Main areas of practice

With over fifteen years-experience, Paul has advised upon complex corporate restructuring strategies and litigated in all the major courts, including the Court of Appeal.  His litigation experience spans emergency injunctive relief, asset tracing (UK, EU and America) and repatriation, pursuing and defending money claims and professional negligence claims. 

Clients

His clients include a wide variety of business owners, directors, creditors and other stakeholders (including banks and charge holders).

Significant experience 

Litigation

  • Defending a money claim in the Companies Court that also involved injunctions in New York and Rotterdam. There was an allegation of fraud (forged signature) that required the assimilation of substantial witness evidence. The claim was litigated during a six day trial.
  • Acting for the appellant in a professional negligence and reported Court of Appeal case of Daniel Thomas Brian Horler v David Rubin & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 4.
  • Acting for the petitioner in the Company Act unfair prejudice litigation and reported case of Hawkes v Cuddy & others [2009] EWCA Civ 291, [2009] All ER (D) 42 (Apr) (Moore-Bick, Stanley Burnton LLJ, Blackburne J). 

Corporate Insolvency

  • Acting for charge holders and insolvency practitioners in respect of corporate insolvency administration sales; involved in all aspects; including organising the strategy, drafting of finance documents and negotiating the sale agreement.
  • Corporate restructuring strategy advice to the insolvency arm of one of the main High Street Clearing Banks, an Irish Bank and a Wales based private bank. The work includes consideration of options and the most appropriate manner to preserve asset values and thus maximise their financial return.

Public Sector

  • Developing and assisting with the implementation of a refinancing strategy for a Government department tasked with providing development finance, which required an awareness of the political goals of the department and knowledge of the EU and public sector constraints placed on the use of those monies.
  • Acting for a South Devon based NHS Trust following the insolvency of one of its suppliers that operated emergency hyperbaric chamber services. Detailed negotiations to ensure continuity of services and the commissioning of an alternative supplier.

Additional expertise 

Paul also acts as an Intervention Agent appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to undertake interventions in solicitors practices and Paul has managed the intervention in the South West. 

“He has thorough technical knowledge and applies this well alongside his commercial experience.”

Chambers UK 2018

“Paul is praised for his clear technical knowledge coupled with commercial acumen.”

Legal 500 2017

Expertise

Paul’s Blog

Construction industry braced for Carillion insolvency

The well-publicised liquidation of Carillion and appointment of partners at PwC with day-to-day control represents one of the biggest failures of a private sector company this decade and certainly the biggest since the collapse of BHS.

Articles by Paul

To what extent does the new Pre-Action Protocol apply to the enforcement of council tax liabilities?

Article

A new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt claims ("PAP") is coming into force. We expect to see councils taking steps in the forthcoming months to significantly overhaul their current debt recovery processes to ensure compliance with the PAP.

Blake Morgan clients succeed in the Court of Appeal

Article

Judgment has been handed down by the Court of Appeal in the latest authority considering compliance with Unless Orders and applications for relief from sanction.

Director Disqualification

Article

In the matter of The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Rosenblatt [2016] EWHC 2821.

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Speaking Engagements

Blake Morgan's Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme - Feb 7 - Cardiff
Southampton

We would like to invite you to our next Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme on Thursday 7 February in our Cardiff office.

Blake Morgan's Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme
Southampton

We would like to invite you to our next Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme on Wednesday 12 September in our Cardiff office.

Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme
Southampton

Due to the recent snow we have had to reschedule our Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn therefore we would like to invite you to our Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme on Thursday 5 April in our Cardiff office.

Related Knowledge & Resources

What happens to insolvency proceedings if the UK leaves the UK without a deal?

With "Brexit Day", 29 March 2019, drawing immediately close without any sign of deal, we take a look at what a no-deal Brexit would mean for insolvency practitioners.

Land gifted by benefactor for use as school reverted back to his descendants when school replaced

The Court of Appeal clarified the legal position under legislation from a very different era but whose terms remain relevant and are still being felt today, and local authorities will need to take note with their educational buildings.

Insolvency Rules...OK?

We look at a Court of Appeal decision that is likely to have far-reaching implications on liquidators who were, naturally attracted to the idea of referring disputes to adjudication as a means of determining monies owed to the insolvent company.

Taking care with re-use of business name following insolvency

Blake Morgan's guide to the restrictions on involvement with another business trading under the same or similar name, when going through insolvency procedures.

Guide to tenant insolvency

Blake Morgan provide a guide to the process of tenant insolvency